Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia police look to expand info-sharing network

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a web-based information sharing program has changed the way they investigate gang-related crime.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos said Monday that the department partnered with Atlanta-based software developer Formulytics to launch the Atlanta Police Intelligence Network.

Campos says the program is an online platform that arranges investigations in a way that helps authorities investigate the organized nature of certain crimes — specifically gang activity — instead of focusing on individual incidents.

He says this helps investigators see larger patterns and the bigger picture of gang-related activity in certain areas.

Campos says the department has been in discussions with agencies from neighboring jurisdictions about adopting the information sharing program. Campos says the department and Formulytics are working on a pilot to integrate neighboring counties into the network.

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Carter to speak at The Carter Center in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak at an event at The Carter Center in Atlanta.

Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter are expected to discuss peace and health initiatives around the world. The event Tuesday is part of an annual series.

The 7 p.m. event is sold out, but will be broadcast live on The Carter Center's website.

The Carters established The Carter Center in 1982 in partnership with Emory University. The center is involved in advancing democracy, human rights and economic opportunity.

The center has observed 94 elections in 37 countries and pioneered new public health initiatives in Africa and Latin America. A major focus has been the work to eradicate Guinea worm disease.

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Emory to host conference on human trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University's law school plans to host a daylong conference on human trafficking.

The 10th annual Emory Public Interest Committee Conference, "Neighbors for Sale: Modern Slavery in Atlanta," is scheduled for Sept. 21. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is set to be the keynote speaker.

Panel sessions will explore human trafficking in the metro area, responses of local government and nongovernment organizations, and ways the legal community can act to help prevent trafficking.

Organizers will also provide opportunities for action through volunteering with victims' groups or legislative work.

The conference will also feature investigators and lawyers who work on trafficking cases, health care workers and charities that work with victims and lawmakers and lobbyists who work on trafficking laws.

The event is open to the public but registration is required.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Atlanta transit system eyes more frequent trains

ATLANTA (AP) — Metro Atlanta's transit agency is considering running more frequent trains.

MARTA plans a Sept. 19 public hearing on its proposal, which would include more trains during rush hours.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the idea is being considered as MARTA plans to reinvest in rail service after years of service cuts and fare hikes.

The improvements proposed to a MARTA planning committee on Monday would add service on all four lines on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Trains on the Red and Gold Lines, which extend to North Springs and to Doraville respectively, would run every 10 minutes instead of every 15 as they do now.

MARTA is short for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


MARTA approves crackdown on 'nuisance' riders

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of metro Atlanta's public transit system have approved a plan to crack down on riders who bother other passengers by begging, listening to loud music and being unruly.

MARTA's board on Monday approved a new code of conduct that allows the transit system's police to suspend unruly passengers from using the system for offenses such as spitting, panhandling, soliciting, eating or drinking. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that suspensions can range from one day to a year, and even a permanent ban in certain serious cases.

The effort is part of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's "Ride with Respect" campaign.

MARTA executives say that so-called nuisance crimes cause people to avoid riding the trains and buses -- and they want to improve public perceptions about safety.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Former Air Force commander to discuss Sept. 11

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — A military veteran who was the commander of Andrews Air Force Base on Sept. 11, 2001, will discuss his experiences during a remembrance event in Atlanta's northern suburbs.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears will speak about his personal experience during the free event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northview High School in Johns Creek.

Johns Creek city officials say Spears will speak about his role as the operational and installation commander of the 89th Airlift Wing. The unit was responsible on Sept. 11, 2001 for the safe airlift of President George W. Bush and other national leaders.

The event is meant to honor the service and sacrifices of first responders and military personnel on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


New VA clinic opens in northeast Georgia

OAKWOOD, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Veterans Administration is opening a larger community-based outpatient clinic in Oakwood, allowing some veterans in northeast Georgia to get their treatment closer to home.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the new 18,000-square-foot clinic recently opened off Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

In addition to a population surge over the years, officials say the Hall County area has seen a spike in the number of aging veterans who need care.

Information from: The Times,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police: Georgia inmate scammed Alabama residents by phone 

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Police say a man imprisoned in Georgia is being charged in an Alabama telephone scam.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports 23-year-old Jesse Barrett Mainor faces one count of impersonating a police officer, even though he's already in prison.

Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson says someone posing as a police officer or court official made a series of phone calls to people in the central Alabama town demanding money.

Thompson says investigators tracked the calls to Mainor, who's originally from Prattville but is serving time in Georgia.

Georgia prison records show Mainor is serving 15 years for robbery and assault in Lowndes County, Ga. He's being held at Autry state prison near Pelham, Ga.

Court records aren't available online to show whether Mainor has an attorney in the Alabama case.

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