Georgia News Roundup
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Savannah man charged in self-inflicted shooting

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah say a man accused of lying to authorities after accidentally shooting himself has been charged with providing false information to police, obstruction and other offenses.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Julian Miller says 21-year-old Deaussey Ladarius Mungin accidentally shot himself in the finger Monday and told police he was wounded when someone fired at him from a passing vehicle.

Miller says police didn't find the crime scene, thought the wound was self-inflicted and asked him to submit to a gun residue test. Mungin instead checked himself out of the hospital and ran.

Miller says ammunition fell out of his sweater and police also found marijuana when he was arrested.

Mungin was also charged with violating his probation and drug offenses. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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Fire engulfs bicycle shop in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a popular bicycle shop in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood.

CBS Atlanta reports that firefighters battled the blaze at Peachtree Bikes on Peachtree Road around 8 p.m. Wednesday. No injuries were reported.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Richard Heard said firefighters heard some small explosions shortly after arriving at the strip mall. Heard tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that those were likely due to bicycle tires in the shop.

Some other businesses in the strip mall also sustained smoke damage.

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Body found in closed Jonesboro fitness center

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police are trying to figure out what happened to a man whose body was found in a closed fitness center south of Atlanta.

The body was found shortly after noon on Wednesday at the now-defunct Hoops and Fitness athletic center on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities believe the man was in his mid-30s to mid-40s. He hasn't been identified.

Few other details were immediately available.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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2 Gainesville High students charged in threat case

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two teenage boys are facing charges in connection with a threatening note found in a boys' restroom at Gainesville High School.

Gainesville police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said one of the teens has been charged with terroristic threats and acts, interference with government property and disruption of a public school.

He said the second juvenile is charged with making false statements during the investigation.

The Times of Gainesville reports that both suspects are Gainesville High School students and were taken into custody Wednesday. Their names were not released because of their ages.

Information from: The Times,

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Fast food workers in Georgia to rally for higher wages 

ATLANTA (AP) — Fast-food employees are rallying in Atlanta to push for higher pay and the right to form a union.

Organizers with Atlanta Jobs With Justice say the group is joining workers in cities nationwide Thursday to push for salaries of $15 an hour.

Demonstrators rallied Thursday morning at a Burger King in southeast Atlanta. One worker held a sign stating "Capitalism has outlived its usefulness -- MLK."

Tina McCoy, who works at a Church's Chicken restaurant, said she thinks $15 an hour would be sufficient to live comfortably and pay bills.

Long John Silver's employee Antwon Brown says he's been working in the industry for six or seven years, and that low wages are unfair and unconstitutional.

Workers planned a march and demonstration at Cleopas R. Johnson Park at 5 p.m.


Georgia man charged with stalking after Iron Bowl call

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A western Georgia man who called his ex-girlfriend from jail to talk about the Iron Bowl game has been charged with stalking.

The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus reports 48-year-old Michael Marshall's 51-year-old girlfriend filed a yearlong restraining order against him after he was arrested for a DUI and other traffic violations earlier this month.

Marshall appeared in Muscogee County Recorder's Court Thursday and said he thought the call last Saturday would be a nice gesture.

Marshall told the court, he "just called to say War Eagle. It was an incredible game."

The judge set Marshall's bond at $5,000.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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