Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia officials offer bear-proofing tips

ATLANTA (AP) — State Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding Georgians of ways to reduce the risk of coming face-to-face with hungry bears.

Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings said Thursday that heavy rain this summer means certain natural foods bears typically forage for may be in short supply, which could send them wandering toward residential areas if garbage receptacles aren't secured.

Department wildlife biologist Adam Hammond says bears become used to finding food in garbage cans if it's available, and will return out of habit until eventually losing natural fear of humans.

Officials say Georgians should secure garbage containers in enclosed areas, place receptacles on the curb for pick up the day of, not the night before and remove food scraps from grills and fire pits daily.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia State offering free bankruptcy class

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University is offering a free bankruptcy assistance and practice program for families struggling to overcome debt.

Aside from the public service element of the program, officials say the session on Sept. 24 is also aimed at giving law students the opportunity to develop practical skills.

Organizers say representatives from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Georgia State School of Law and other organizations will explain foreclosures, loan modifications and other bankruptcy procedures.

Representatives will meet with participants individually who may be looking for resources to help them navigate the bankruptcy process.

Participants are asked to RSVP by Sept. 23.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police: Woman shoots man in her Atlanta home

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say they're trying to learn why a woman shot a man to death inside her east Atlanta home.

Police say they were called to the home on Clifton Road near Flat Shoals Road around 2:30 a.m. Friday. They found a 30-year-old man dead of gunshot wounds.

Paul Guerrucci, the Atlanta Police Department's homicide commander, tells CBS Atlanta that the woman and man knew each other. Investigators do not believe the man lived in the home. Police say there were no signs of a break-in.

Few other details were immediately available.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia man accused of making threats involving school

By Jeff Martin, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A man was to appear in court Friday after law officers say he made statements about weapons and going to his old high school to test them.

Joseph John Medved, 51, made the comments to a receptionist at a Roswell pain treatment center Wednesday night, Fulton County sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said. He also mentioned a weapon at a pawn shop, she said.

Witnesses to the conversation called deputies in Forsyth County, where Medved lives. Local authorities then called in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and put him under surveillance.

Deputies say they confirmed that he went to a pawn shop to get a weapon. They also went to his home in Cumming, still watching to see what he would do.

"Forsyth County deputies saw him go to a wooded area and fire shots into the woods," Flanagan said, adding that officers saw him putting weapons in a truck.

He was then taken into custody without incident.

Later, in a search of his basement, deputies from Fulton and Forsyth counties said they found a shotgun, ammunition and a suspicious device.

"They immediately left the home when they discovered what appeared to be an IED, improvised explosive device," Flanagan said. The device found in the home included "shrapnel described as nuts and bolts," she said.

Medved was being held Friday morning on a charge of terroristic threats and acts. A court appearance was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Fulton County Jail records show. The jail records do not list an attorney for Medved.

His son, John Medved, said he believes the situation is being blown out of proportion.

"He gets pissed off and he makes comments that he does not mean," John Medved told WSB-TV.

The suspect's old high school is in Gwinnett County, though authorities have not said which one it is. Administrators at schools in Forsyth and Gwinnett counties were told to be on alert as authorities investigated the case.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Falcons sweeten deal to buy church for stadium

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are offering an extra $8 million to purchase a church property that sits at the site of a proposed stadium.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced a preliminary $14.5 million agreement Friday under which officials would acquire the site of the historic Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority would pay $6.2 million. The Atlanta Falcons would provide an additional $8.3 million.

Mount Vernon is one of two churches that will have to be relocated if the $1 billion, retractable roof stadium NFL stadium is to be built on the Falcons' preferred site.

A lawyer for Mount Vernon Baptist Church said the congregation will likely hold a meeting next week to vote on the proposal.

Reed has reached a preliminary agreement with the other church.

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