Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia officials urge safety as holiday approaches

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are stressing the importance of watercraft safety as Labor Day weekend approaches.

Agency officials say there have been 68 boating incidents, eight boating-related fatalities and 22 people have drowned in Georgia waterways this year. Officials say conservation rangers have also handed out 140 boating under the influence citations.

Boaters are encouraged to establish designated operators — similar to designated drivers — and take a boating safety course.

Officials say boaters and children should always wear lifejackets while they're on the water, and operators should avoid overloading their watercrafts with people or equipment.

Online: Go Boat Georgia

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Sneiderman moved to prison in northeast Georgia 

ALTO, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta woman convicted of lying under oath and lying to police investigating the killing of her husband is serving her sentence at a women's prison in northeast Georgia.

Attorney Brian Steel tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Andrea Sneiderman was moved to Arrendale State Prison near Alto hours after her sentencing Tuesday.

The 37-year-old mother of two was found guilty on 9 of 13 counts against her last week. A judge sentenced her to serve five years in jail with credit for about a year she'd already served under house arrest.

Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was gunned down in November 2010. Andrea Sneiderman's boss, Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing but found to be mentally ill.

Prosecutors said Andrea Sneiderman lied about an affair with Neuman.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police investigate fatal shooting in south Fulton

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting in south Fulton County that left one person dead and another injured.

Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a fight just before 11 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot along Old National Highway.

Police say the two victims came out of a restaurant, got in a car and began driving out of the parking lot when another car pulled up and someone started shooting.

One man was declared dead and the other was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound in his arm.

Police say the injured man gave them some information, and they are looking into leads. They are also working on a description of the suspects' vehicle, which left the scene after the shooting.

The names of the victims weren't immediately released.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Long County girl appears to have drowned

ALLENHURST, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old girl appears to have drowned in a drainage pond in Long County.

Local media reports say divers recovered the girl's body from the pond near a mobile home park in Allenhurst just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities say the girl was in the pond with other children when she apparently drowned. Authorities say the pond is about 15 feet deep.

The property manager told WTOC-TV that there used to be a fence around the pond but it was torn down. He told the television station he plans to put up another barrier until he can build a permanent wall around the pond.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Savannah police step up surveillance capability 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Savannah will soon be able to watch in real time the video surveillance from a police helicopter.

The Savannah Morning News reports that city officials have approved spending $48,000 for equipment that will transmit a live feed from a Savannah-Chatham police department helicopter to a command center on the ground.

Police say they'll use the technology to monitor crowds at large public events and, when possible, to track crime as it occurs.

A police spokesman told the newspaper that the camera will monitor only public spaces, except in limited cases where police might use it to track individuals after a suspected crime has been reported.

The department has 143 stationary cameras already mounted throughout its jurisdiction.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Atlanta mayor set to launch bid for second term 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is set to announce his bid for a second term.

Reed is expected to launch his campaign Monday outside Atlanta City Hall.

The 44-year-old mayor is a Democrat, but he has tried to frame himself as a pragmatic problem solver rather than a partisan.

He was a frequent surrogate campaigner for President Barack Obama leading up to the 2012 election. But he's also worked closely with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's administration on a new downtown stadium and with Georgia's Republican congressmen on expanding the port of Savannah.

A former state legislator, Reed was first elected in 2009 and took office in 2010.

He was rumored earlier this year as a potential U.S. Senate candidate, and he's still expected to seek statewide office at some point.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia high court to hear state's appeal in Hill case 

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to hear the state's appeal of a lower court judge's order that halted the execution of a death row inmate last month.

The high court on Monday issued a statement saying it would hear the appeal in the case of Warren Lee Hill.

A Fulton County judge on July 18 issued a stay of execution to review the constitutionality of a new Georgia law that classifies certain information about execution drugs as a "confidential state secret."

If the parties request oral arguments, they are likely to take place in the coming months. Hill's stay of execution will remain in place.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider next month whether it will take up Hill's federal appeal on other grounds.

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