Georgia News Roundup
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Agency offers holiday fire safety tips

ATLANTA (AP) — State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgians to use caution during holiday cooking and when heating up leftovers.

Hudgens says Georgia has already recorded 15 fatalities in 2013 that were related to cooking, and that many house fires are typically linked to stoves that have been accidentally left on.

Hudgens is reminding Georgians to always set a timer when cooking, and to immediately cover a pan with a lid if it catches fire and turn off the burner.

Hudgens says fighting a grease fire with water may make a fire worse, and Georgians should wear tight-fitting sleeves when cooking. He says loose sleeves could inadvertently touch a burner and ignite.

Hudgens is also reminding Georgians to install an adequate number of smoke alarms.

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Atlanta police welcoming 28 new officers

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police officials say they're preparing to welcome 28 new officers to the force.

Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy says six women and 22 men are graduating from the Atlanta Police Academy Tuesday. Espy says the training included 12 weeks of field training and classroom courses on constitutional law, hands-on defense tactics and arrest techniques.

Espy says eight graduates have military experience and 10 moved to Georgia from another state to join the department.

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Man gets prison for having stolen checks in Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Georgia man who had more than $144,000 in stolen Social Security checks in his possession when police stopped his vehicle in Louisiana last year has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik also sentenced 50-year-old Terry Ulysses Morris last week to three years of supervised release following his 45-month prison term.

Morris, a resident of Lithonia, Ga., pleaded guilty in July to possessing stolen mail.

Prosecutors said police found more than 200 stolen checks in his possession after stopping his vehicle on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish in January 2012.

Morris allegedly told investigators he had driven to Houston in an unsuccessful effort to find people to buy or cash the checks.

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Police: Motorist in crash had been shot repeatedly 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a motorist whose vehicle struck a utility pole appears to have been shot multiple times.

Atlanta police Officer John Chafee says officers were called to an address on Arlington Avenue around 9 p.m. Monday in response to a report of a person shot.

Chafee says officers found the vehicle and the wounded driver. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, but died of his injuries.

Chafee says a preliminary investigation found that the driver may have been involved in some type of dispute.

The shooting remained under investigation early Tuesday, and no arrests have been made.

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2 people found shot to death in East Point home 

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Police in the Atlanta suburb of East Point are investigating a double shooting that claimed the lives of two people.

Few details were immediately available, but police say a man and a woman were killed in the Tuesday morning shooting in a residential area on Potomac Court.

Police tell CBS Atlanta that the man and woman are both in their 30s. WSB-TV reports that both victims were found inside the home.

East Point is about six miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

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Homeless man who turned in wallet gets makeover 

ATLANTA (AP) — Offers of cash, clothes and plenty of well wishes are pouring in after a homeless man turned in a wallet which had been stolen from a hotel guest in downtown Atlanta.

Joel Hartman also got a makeover in a salon at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The hotel is providing him with a room and meals this week.

Hotel General Manager Scott Stuckey tells WSB-TV that he's received calls and emails from all over North America and brought them to Hartman.

The hotel guest from France told police a man pushed her and grabbed her purse as she walked to her car Nov. 7. Later that day, Hartman came to the hotel and said he had found the wallet while looking for food in a nearby trash can.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia avoids freezing rain, but flood threat remains 

ATLANTA (AP) — Temperatures remained above freezing in most of Georgia early Tuesday, sparing residents from treacherous ice.

However, the National Weather Service said most of north Georgia was under a flood watch through Wednesday morning.

Forecasters said rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches were expected in that part of the state by Wednesday morning, with higher amounts possible.

The weather service is projecting a chance of rain and snow in metro Atlanta Wednesday morning, but little or no snow accumulation is expected in the city.

Some snow accumulation will be possible in the north Georgia mountains Wednesday morning. In Blairsville, for instance, forecasters say new snow accumulation of less than a half-inch is possible.

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