Georgia News Roundup
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Savannah police open $4.5M administration center

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah-Chatham County police are moving some of their personnel into a new $4.5 million Administrative Services Center built on land once used as a federal agency's bug farm.

City officials planned a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for the 23,000-square-foot facility. In addition to administrative service workers, it will house the police department's budget office, its gang unit and a secured property and evidence room.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture once used the property for insect research, but donated it to the City of Savannah in 2001 on the condition that it be used for law enforcement purposes.

The center was funded with local option sales tax money as part of an $11.4 million plan that includes construction of a new police training center on the site later this year.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Tablets donated for Atlanta homeless survey

ATLANTA (AP) — Efforts for the Atlanta Street Homeless Registry have received a boost with a donation of 20 computer tablets by Staples, Inc.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said this week the tablets will allow outreach workers to more effectively capture information from the homeless as part of the registry which was launched in January.

That month, volunteers and professional outreach workers conducted more than 630 surveys with people sleeping outdoors and in emergency shelters in Atlanta. Information collected in the city's first homeless registry includes names, health challenges and barriers to maintaining permanent housing.

The effort is funded with a $3.3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Under an initiative called "Unsheltered No More," Reed and various community partners have set a goal of connecting 800 people to permanent housing by December.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Gator ousted from suburban Atlanta pond

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An alligator that had been living in the pond of a suburban Atlanta subdivision was removed, but not before biting the trapper on his arm.

WSB-TV aired video showing the gator sinking its teeth into the arm of Jason Clark as he carried the gator from the neighborhood pond in Lawrenceville, just northeast of Atlanta.

The bite drew blood, but caused no serious injury. Clark said moments after being bitten that he's had worse bites in his career.

Neighbors had expressed concerns that the gator would keep growing, so Clark and his wife showed up Wednesday to remove it. Authorities believe the gator was a pet that someone might have dropped off in the lake.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Hall County approves deal on bus service

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Hall County commissioners have approved an agreement with Gainesville, allowing a public bus service to continue operating past July 1.

The deal involving the Red Rabbit fixed-route bus service was reached at a Wednesday meeting, The Times of Gainesville reported.

The bus service is part of Hall Area Transit, a program of the jointly funded Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center.

Hall County commissioners had voted last month not to seek about $400,000 in federal funding for the service, putting it in jeopardy unless the city agreed to take over. The Federal Transit Administration pays 50 percent of the operating cost and the city and the county had split the rest.

The agreement between the city and the county transfers all financial responsibility and assets to Gainesville as of July 1, while the county will assume total responsibility for the curbside Dial-A-Ride bus service in fiscal year 2015. The city will operate the Dial-A-Ride service for the next fiscal year.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia couple sentenced in death of 2-year-old girl

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A man and woman convicted of murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl have been sentenced to life in prison.

Floyd County Superior Court Judge Tami Colston sentenced 28-year-old Eric Castro and 22-year-old Brittany Parker Thursday in the death of Parker's daughter, Kailee Marie Parker. The Rome News-Tribune reports Parker was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole and Castro is ordered to serve life without parole plus 20 years. Castro was convicted on charges of murder, child cruelty, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and child cruelty. Parker was convicted on charges of murder and child cruelty.

Authorities say Parker left the girl with Castro while she was at an appointment and her head was slammed against a hard, flat surface at least five times.

Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Missing Macon man found dead at cemetery

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Police in Macon say the body of a missing man has been recovered at a cemetery.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says 71-year-old David Mann, who was reported missing May 7 after a doctor's appointment was found at the Riverside Cemetery Thursday. Gaudet says someone called police to report various articles of clothing that were left near the cemetery's north gate.

Gaudet says officers and two dogs found Mann's body farther inside the cemetery in a ravine.

Information on Mann's cause of death was not immediately available.

Police say nearly 10 law enforcement agencies helped search for the man.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Semi-truck crash leaves 1 dead in south Georgia

CECIL, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in south Georgia say a crash involving two semi-trucks left one driver dead and another hospitalized.

Officials say a semi-truck heading south on I-75 rear ended another semi-truck Wednesday in Cecil — about 17 miles north of Valdosta. The truck's cab was crushed on impact and the driver was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the truck that was rear ended was taken to the South Georgia Medical Center. Information on the extent of his injuries was not immediately available.

Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Stan Stalnaker tells the Valdosta Daily Times authorities are trying to determine the cause of the accident and the identity of the driver who died in the accident has not been released.

Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, http://valdostadailytimes.com/

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