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Teen surrenders in Columbus slaying

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A teenager has surrendered in the slaying of former Columbus radio personality David Rutherford.

The Columbus Ledqer-Enquirer reports that the 17-year-old gave himself up to officers Sunday afternoon at the office of his attorney, Stacey Jackson.

Jackson says he wanted to make sure his client was arrested in a safe environment because he had been listed as armed and dangerous. He says the teenager is not guilty and had nothing to do with Rutherford's death.

The 57-year-old former radio personality was found dead in the back parking lot of Greater Ward Chapel on June 26. He had worked for Magic 101.3 FM.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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East Point police officer found dead in home 

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — An East Point police officer has been found dead in her home.

Police identified the officer Monday as 32-year-old Cpl. Crystal A. Parker. She was a seven-year veteran of the force and was the 2012 Officer of the Year for the department.

Mayor Earnestine Pittman says the officer had been off duty when she was found in her south Fulton County home shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators told WXIA-TV that the body was discovered after someone called police and asked them to check on the officer because she could not be reached.

A neighbor told WSB-TV that the officer's home had been broken into a couple of weeks ago. The neighbor, Destiny Jones, said the officer worked security for Club Central in East Point during her off time.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Another vehicle fire reported in downtown Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Columbus authorities are trying to determine if a truck fire this weekend is connected to five vehicle fires that occurred in May.

All the fires were set and all were in the downtown area. Fire Marshal Ricky Shores said it's too early to say if the truck fire Saturday night in the Uptown Historic District is connected to the May fires or if it's a copycat.

The May fires were set in the early morning hours. The latest fire was discovered at 10:38 p.m.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that police are looking for two white males, around 17 or 18 years old, who were seen in the Front Avenue area around that time. She says they are being sought as witnesses rather than suspects.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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