Georgia News Roundup
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GDOT to begin litter removal from state highways

ATLANTA (AP) — Department of Transportation officials say they're gearing up to fight grime along Georgia highways.

GDOT officials said in a statement that the annual Litter Pick Up Week is scheduled for April 7-11.

Southwest Georgia District Maintenance Engineer Stacy Aultman says the agency conducts litter pickup week before mowing grass to avoid hitting garbage and scattering it along roads.

Department officials say the agency spent more than $12.8 million removing litter from roads statewide in 2013. GDOT officials say the department collected more than 151,000 bags of garbage from state highways last year.

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Georgia prosecutors host event to honor crime victims

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office is planning a ceremony to recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Organizers say officials from the District Attorney's office and the president and CEO of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence are scheduled to speak to an audience of crime victims, law enforcement, prosecutors and elected officials Friday morning at the District Attorney's office in Lawrenceville.

Organizers say the event is also expected to include a musical performance, an annual wreath laying ceremony and a balloon release to honor crime victims and their families, weather permitting.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week is from April 6-12.


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Police: Car chased by officers plows into bus stop

UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) — Police near Atlanta are searching for a driver they say crashed into a pedestrian at a bus stop during a police chase, seriously injuring a woman.

Authorities say the driver also collided with an SUV during the chase late Thursday night. They say it began when the driver eluded Fairburn police officers during a traffic stop.

Police tell WSB-TV the ordeal ended about a half-mile later, when the driver crashed into an SUV and then a MARTA bus stop in Union City. Police said the suspect could not open the doors of his Dodge Charger after the wreck, so he climbed out the sunroof and ran.

Fairburn police said the most serious injury involved a 31-year-old woman at the bus stop, who was in serious condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

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1 man killed, 1 wounded in shooting near Atlanta

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Police outside Atlanta are investigating a shooting that killed one man and wounded another.

DeKalb County police Lt. Antonio Catlin said the shooting happened shortly after 4 a.m. Friday at an apartment complex in the Clarkston area, about 10 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Catlin tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that one man was dead at the scene, and the injured man was taken to a hospital as police worked to learn the circumstances of the gunfire. Names of the men weren't immediately released.

Catlin said before dawn Friday that no arrests had been made and police had not identified any suspects.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Caterpillar to hire more workers for new Georgia plant

BOGART, Ga. (AP) — The Caterpillar company is planning to hire 100 more workers for its new manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.

Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.

Once hired, that will bring the workforce at the Athens-area plant up to about 500. White said he hopes to hire another 200 workers by the end of the year.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports ( that Caterpillar still maintains a goal of employing as many as 1,400 workers by 2018 at its million-square-foot facility on Monroe Highway.

The plant, near the Clarke and Oconee county line, opened in October 2013.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

2 Bluffton officers suspended following bar fight

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Two Bluffton police officers have been suspended as authorities investigate their alleged involvement in a bar fight in Georgia.

A department news release identified the two as officers Henry Criss and Lindsey Morton. The statement said the suspensions came after an incident late Wednesday at a bar in Tybee Island, Ga.

A Tybee Island police report said that Criss was charged with aggravated assault and battery after he allegedly pulled a gun on another bar patron. The police report says that the officers were intoxicated.

It was not immediately known if the two were represented by attorneys.

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