Georgia News Roundup
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Savannah celebrating a soggy St. Patrick's Day

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — It looks like Savannah will be celebrating a soggy St. Patrick's Day.

Rain was falling across the city early Monday and showers were forecast to continue through the parade's scheduled 10 a.m. start time. Thousands of gaudy green revelers have been celebrating through the weekend. Bars were even allowed to open Sunday for the first time to pump more tourism dollars into the economy.

The St. Patrick's Day parade is a 190-year-old tradition in Savannah. It was started by Irish immigrants to the Georgia coast in 1824.

The celebration is now Savannah's biggest tourist attraction of the year. The city visitor bureau says most of the 15,000 hotel rooms in town were booked for St. Patrick's Day this year, despite the holiday falling at the start of a work week.

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Historic Atlanta building being razed after crash

ATLANTA (AP) — A historic Atlanta building is being torn down because of damage it sustained in a crash between a bus and a delivery truck.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the late 19th-century building, which originally housed a Baptist church, was deemed unstable and condemned several months after the November crash that killed a FedEx delivery driver. The delivery truck and a transit bus crashed into the building's foundation.

Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department spokeswoman Janet Ward says the building, which had most recently housed a nightclub, will be demolished soon.

Officials consider the building so unstable that police plan to close a portion of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard to traffic as long as it's still standing because of a danger of falling debris.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Man ejected after crash in Athens police chase

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Athens say a man was ejected from his rolling SUV after an officer struck the vehicle with his patrol car to end a highway chase.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports authorities Sunday tried to pull over a black Ford Explorer after receiving a report that it was being driven by a man wanted on an outstanding warrant for stalking.

Athens-Clarke County police Sgt. Jim Peden says the SUV driver evaded a roadblock maneuver by pulling into oncoming traffic on Highway 29. He says because the fleeing motorist was endangering other drivers, an officer struck the Explorer's rear quarter panel — a move intended to make the vehicle spin out and stop.

The Explorer started rolling and ejected the driver. His name and medical condition were not immediately released.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Delta flight loses piece of wing, lands safely

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Delta flight from Orlando, Fla., landed safely in Atlanta after declaring an emergency because a part of the plane's wing was missing.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Flight 2412 landed about 7:10 p.m. Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airplane, a Boeing 757, stopped on the runway and was towed to the gate.

After the flight landed, Delta officials told the FAA that a four-foot by eight-foot panel from one of the airplane's wings was missing.

The FAA is investigating. There was no word from Delta on how many passengers were on the plane. No injuries were reported.

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Atlanta bus station evacuated in false alarm

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say the discovery of what appeared to be a hand grenade prompted the evacuation of the city's downtown Greyhound bus station.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports several hundred people were pulled off buses and told to leave the station at about 5 a.m. Monday when an object that looked like a hand grenade fell out of a box.

The street outside was closed and commuter trains on a nearby rail were stopped for more than hour as police investigated. Atlanta police say the grenade was real, but was hallowed out and posed no threat.

Marvin Green said he was on his way from Florida to South Carolina when his bus was evacuated at the Atlanta station. He says passengers were told only that officials had "found something suspicious."

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

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Charges pending for man after standoff in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Charges are pending against a Georgia man who held police at bay for more than eight hours during a standoff on Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive.

Police say Monday that the man is in custody, but his name hasn't been released.

Sunday's standoff prompted the shutdown of the busy road, which wasn't reopened until before dawn on Monday.

The man was wanted in connection with a murder earlier this month in Hampton, Ga., about 30 miles from Atlanta.

Sunday's chase began around 12:30 p.m. in the Chicago suburb of Harvey and continued into Chicago. The chase injured four people — including a 10-year-old and a Chicago police officer. None of their injuries were life-threatening.

Police say the man was armed with knives and had self-inflicted injuries.

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Bo Callaway funeral set for Wednesday in west Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Arrangements have been made for family and friends to say farewell to former Georgia congressman Bo Callaway.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports a funeral Mass will be held Wednesday in Pine Mountain for Callaway, who also served as Army secretary and helped found Callaway Gardens. He died Saturday at age 86 at an assisted-living facility in Columbus from complications from a brain hemorrhage he suffered about two years ago.

Callaway won election to the U.S. House in 1964, becoming Georgia's first Republican congressman since reconstruction. He was appointed Army secretary in 1973.

The funeral Mass will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Pine Mountain, where Callaway's family established Callaway Gardens as a 6,500-acre garden and resort.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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Georgia deputies shoot, kill man during 911 response

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say sheriff's deputies in north Georgia shot and killed a man who threatened them with a gun as they responded to a 911 call.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports three Forsyth County deputies involved were not injured during the shooting early Monday and have been placed on administrative leave pending a review.

Sheriff's spokesman Doug Rainwater says the deputies were dispatched to a home on a 911 call just after midnight Monday. He says a 52-year-old man at the house "threatened deputies with a firearm" and was shot. Details of what prompted the 911 call were not immediately released.

The name of the man who killed was not immediately released.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case, which is typical in shootings involving law-enforcement officers.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

4 injured in commercial bus wreck in Virginia

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say at least four people are being treated for serious injuries after a commercial passenger bus overturned on Interstate 95 in Stafford County.

The accident occurred around 4 a.m. Monday in the southbound lanes between Stafford and Fredericksburg. Southbound lanes that were closed after the crash have been reopened.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the driver, 50-year-old Qilong Xioa of Flushing, N.Y., was charged with reckless driving. She said speed was a factor in the wreck.

The Princess Tours Inc. bus was en route from New York to Doraville, Ga.

Geller says 54 passengers were on the bus when it overturned on its side. All of the passengers were taken to area hospitals but Geller says it appears only four suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

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