Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta group helps Savannah pets avoid euthanasia

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in coastal Georgia say the Atlanta Humane Society helped more than 30 animals find home and avoid being euthanized.

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Julian Miller says 25 dogs and 11 cats and kittens were transferred from the department's animal control shelter to the Atlanta Humane Society Tuesday for adoptions.

Miller says the Atlanta group also collected four cats and nine dogs from the Hilton Head Humane Society in South Carolina.

Miller says the Atlanta Humane Society worked to find homes for the animals who may have otherwise been euthanized when they heard that Savannah's facility was at near capacity.

Miller says the transfers eliminated about half the dogs in the Savannah shelter and made room for animal control officials to begin housing more.

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Emory University receives $1M grant for Tibet effort

ATLANTA (AP) — A trust founded by the Dalai Lama has awarded $1 million to support the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Emory University.

University officials announced the grant this week, saying it will help support an ongoing partnership focused on incorporating modern science into the monastic education of Tibetan monks and nuns. Each summer, Emory science faculty travel to India to offer intensive course work as part of a broad effort to establish a science curriculum for all Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

The science project was launched in 2007 at the Dalai Lama's request. Last year, a group of six monks completed an intensive three-year program at Emory focused on science instruction. Those monks have returned to India where they will be leading efforts to teach science at three major monastic universities.

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2 people shot to death in Newnan

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in a shooting in the Coweta County town of Newnan.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports that police and sheriff's deputies responded to the gunfire on Hill Street around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Newnan Police Chief Douglas "Buster" Meadows said one person was dead at the scene and another was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital and later died.

Authorities say the gunfire happened near the intersection of Hill and Hatcher streets.

Few other details were immediately available.

Newnan is about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Information from: The Times-Herald, http://www.times-herald.com 

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Jury sentences man to death in Augusta killings

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An east Georgia jury has sentenced a man to death for the killings of three people in Augusta in 2008.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the sentence for 36-year-old Adrian Hargrove was issued Tuesday, at the conclusion of a 38-day trial.

The Richmond County Superior Court jury decided that Hargrove will serve three death sentences -- one for each victim.

The same jury had earlier convicted Hargrove of murder in the Feb. 9, 2008, killings of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson and her parents, Sharon and Andrew Hartley. Prosecutors say Pederson, who was pregnant, and the Hartleys were repeatedly stabbed with a butcher knife and beaten by Hargrove.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com 

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Fire crews stop Carrollton blaze before it spreads

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say firefighters were able to stop a pre-dawn fire at a restaurant in downtown Carrollton from spreading to nearby businesses on Carrollton's historic town square.

Carrollton Fire Chief Jimmy Bearden tells WSB-TV that said the blaze was reported around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters quickly opened up the roof and contained the attic fire.

The Atlanta station reports that the building is home to La Trattoria, an Italian restaurant at Adamson Square.

Bearden said firefighters were continuing to search for hot spots early Wednesday morning.

No injuries were reported.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


2 firefighters hurt in blaze at historic home

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a large blaze at a historic home in Atlanta.

The fire, reported to 911 shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, heavily damaged the home on Lullwater Place off Ponce De Leon Avenue.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Chris Wessels tells CBS Atlanta that a portion of the ceiling collapsed, trapping a firefighter under debris for about 10 minutes. Fellow firefighters managed to free him, and he sustained minor burn to his leg. A second firefighter injured his ankle during the rescue.

WAGA-TV reports that the 90-year-old home is next door to a home where scenes from "Driving Miss Daisy" were filmed. WSB Radio reports that it had been vacant for about 17 years but had recently been purchased.

The cause was under investigation early Wednesday.

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Fire crews stop Carrollton blaze before it spreads

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters were able to stop a pre-dawn fire at a restaurant in downtown Carrollton from spreading to nearby businesses on Carrollton's historic town square, authorities said.

The blaze was reported around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Carrollton Fire Chief Jimmy Bearden told WSB-TV.

Firefighters quickly opened up the roof and contained the attic fire. Fire walls helped prevent the blaze from spreading to other structures at Adamson Square, authorities said.

The building is home to La Trattoria, an Italian restaurant. Owners of the restaurant said that significant water damage would likely keep the business closed for some time, The Times-Georgian of Carrollton reported.

Firefighters were continuing to search for hot spots early Wednesday morning, Bearden said.

No injuries were reported, the Carrollton newspaper reported.

Carrollton is about 45 miles southwest of Atlanta.

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