Georgia News Roundup
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Savannah parkway begun in 1990 opens final leg

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After 24 years of construction that cost $182 million, the Harry S. Truman Parkway in Savannah is finally finished.

The final 2-mile stretch of the four-lane parkway was scheduled to open to traffic Friday morning after rush hour. The Georgia Department of Transportation built the road project in five phases, with construction starting in 1990.

The completed Truman Parkway spans nearly 11 miles, staring at Highway 80 just east of Savannah's downtown historic district and ending amid the shopping centers on the city's suburban south side.

Savannah-Chatham County police cars and Georgia State Patrol cruisers are assigned to lead the way as the freeway's newest leg opens to traffic at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Metro Atlanta unemployment center to remain closed

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Labor officials say one of their career centers will remain closed for maintenance.

Officials said in a release Thursday that the building on Beaver Ruin Road has been closed since Feb. 24 for roof repairs. Officials originally expected the building to reopen on March 17.

Customers are encouraged to visit the department's website to apply for a job, locate another career center or file unemployment insurance claims.


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Forum on human trafficking planned for Lithonia

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Leaders in DeKalb County are planning a forum to educate residents about human trafficking.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Lou Walker Senior Center on Panola Road in Lithonia.

DeKalb County officials say metropolitan Atlanta area is considered a major hub for the interstate trafficking of vulnerable individuals for sexual and other exploitation. They say people who attend the forum will learn about the nature of the crime, its visible signs, and how individuals may be able to help authorities contain and prevent its growth.

DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May said in a statement that human trafficking is "a most horrific" crime as it targets children. He said it affects everyone in every community, and he's encouraging residents to attend the forum.

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Police search for stolen race car outside Atlanta

PALMETTO, Ga. (AP) — Police are on the lookout for a missing race car that's believed to have been stolen.

Authorities say the car and a white trailer used to haul the vehicle were taken from a home on Roosevelt Highway in the Palmetto area southwest of Atlanta.

The stolen car belonging to David Tatum III is a silver 1967 Chevrolet dragster-type race car.

Tatum tells CBS Atlanta that he has been buying, trading, and racing cars for nearly 25 years.

Palmetto police say the thieves could have connections to people who know Tatum. Police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact them.

Palmetto is about 25 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Information from: WGCL-TV, 

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Prison guards charged in connection with beatings

PELHAM, Ga. (AP) — Five state prison guards are facing charges in connections with the beatings of inmates at the Jimmy Autry State Prison in south Georgia.

Mitchell County District Attorney Joe Mulholland says one of the suspects is accused of destroying the videotaped recording of the violence.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the guards were fired from their jobs at the prison in Pelham and were taken into custody on Wednesday. All five were free on bond Thursday.

Three of the defendants have been charged with battery and violating their oaths; one was charged with simple assault and violating his oath; and a fifth guard was charged with tampering with evidence and violating his oath.

The Atlanta newspaper reports that the Department of Corrections declined to release any details about the Feb. 8 incident.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Supreme Court Justice Scalia to speak in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is set to speak at a constitutional symposium in Atlanta.

Scalia is scheduled to give a speech titled "Interpreting the Constitution: A View From the High Court" at the 11 a.m. Friday event hosted by the State Bar of Georgia.

The Supreme Court justice is scheduled to be the final speaker at the two-and-a-half-day conference.

Scalia was appointed to the nation's highest court in 1986, making him the longest-serving justice currently on the court.

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Man accused of throwing brick over Facebook update

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An eastern Alabama man is accused of throwing a brick at the home of man who maintains a Facebook page known as "The Neighborhood Watchers."

Authorities say the dispute centers on an update the administrator posted on the social media site.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Zachary Heath Belitz faces a disorderly conduct charge. He's accused of throwing the brick Wednesday after the Facebook group's administrator posted an item about Belitz' upcoming trial on indecent exposure charges involving multiple women. Belitz faces an April 15 trial in that case.

On Wednesday, sheriff's officials say the Facebook administrator ran outside with a shotgun and fired twice after the brick was thrown, and a truck fled the scene. No one was hurt.

It wasn't known whether Belitz has an attorney.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man in standoff accused of torching home

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta say they've apprehended a man they say held a SWAT team at bay and set fire to the home.

Police say the ordeal began shortly before dawn Friday, when officers responded to reports of a domestic assault and the suspect refused to surrender to officers. The DeKalb County police Special Weapons And Tactics team was then called to the home near Lithonia and officers began negotiating with the man.

DeKalb police interim Chief Jim Conroy tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officers were able to get the 45-year-old suspect out of the house before it was set on fire and became fully engulfed in flames.

WSB-TV reports that one woman was taken to a hospital. The extent of her injuries wasn't immediately known.

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