Georgia News Roundup
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GBI probing police-involved shooting

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing an officer-involved shooting in south Hall County.

Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Mitchell says officers were responding to a report of an armed man injuring three people early Sunday morning. Mitchell says the man, whom authorities believed was holding a sword or machete, ran toward officers with the weapon after being ordered to drop it.

The man was shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to

The identity of the 27-year-old man has not been released, but authorities say he'll likely be charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer and obstruction.

The officer who fired the shot has been put on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol in police-involved shootings.

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Man killed while answering knock at apartment door

ATLANTA (AP) — Police in Atlanta are investigating the killing of a man shot several times when he answered a knock at the door of an apartment.

Atlanta police say the man was answering the door of a friend's unit at the Auburn Glenn apartments on Boulevard Southeast late Sunday night when he was shot. Atlanta police Maj. Chris Meadows tells WSB-TV that the suspect used a handgun to shoot the man, who had stopped by to see his friend in the apartment. Investigators say the victim was in his 30s.

Few other details were immediately available early Monday.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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2 killed, 3 others wounded in Savannah violence

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah are searching for suspects after a violent weekend that resulted in two people slain and left three other people hospitalized.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say the violence began around 1:08 a.m. Saturday, when 16-year-old Rahssan Baker, was found in the street with a gunshot wound. He was taken from the scene on West 42nd Street to Memorial University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition.

Around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 57-year-old Moses Mack was found dead in his bed with head trauma in his East Anderson Street home.

Then, around 11:29 p.m. Saturday, 36-year-old Hector Brown was killed and two other men injured in a triple shooting on East 39th Street. The men had left a party in the area. The survivors of the shooting told police that a man in a pickup truck pulled up beside their vehicle and began firing at them. The two wounded men were treated for their injuries at a local hospital.

Police are asking anyone with information on the cases to call or text CrimeStoppers.

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Savannah baseball team owner pitches new stadium

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The owner of Savannah's minor league baseball team is seeking support from the city for a new multi-use stadium.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the Savannah Sand Gnats' owner is pitching the idea of a new stadium along the Savannah River to host baseball games, concerts and other events.

Hardball Capital CEO Jason Freier says Grayson Stadium is no longer a suitable home for the company's baseball team due to the aging ballpark's deteriorating condition and location outside of downtown.

Freier said he is seeking a partnership similar to one that Hardball Capital formed with Fort Wayne, Ind. Fort Wayne's Parkview Field was built using a combination of public and private funding.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

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Teen who died on flight was traveling with family

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane Fire Department says the 16-year-old boy who died on a Delta Air Lines flight had a medical condition and was with members of his military family traveling from Seattle to Atlanta.

Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer told The Spokesman-Review the family members were traveling Saturday because the boy's father is being transferred from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The boy had been cleared for the flight but suffered a medical emergency. His heart and breathing stopped. The crew performed CPR but couldn't revive him.

The plane diverted to Spokane International Airport, where medics continued CPR without success. The Spokane County medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy.

Delta Air Lines Flight 128 had 258 passengers on board. Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says passengers later returned to the plane to complete their trip.

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Judge denies lawmaker's bid to drop state's case 

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has rejected a request by lawyers for Georgia state Sen. Don Balfour, who sought to have the indictment against the lawmaker dismissed.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk announced the decision on Monday.

A grand jury indicted Balfour in September on felony charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing. He is accused of illegally claiming legislative expense pay and double-billing the state and his private employer for some expenses.

The trial in the case is set to begin Dec. 16.

Balfour has been under legal scrutiny for payments that he received for his work in the General Assembly. Defense lawyer William Hill has said his client believes he's being unfairly targeted for inadvertent mistakes.

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