Georgia News Roundup
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UGA to host a conference on public defender system

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia's law school plans to host a conference on the state's public defender system.

The daylong conference, "Honoring Gideon's Promise, Rallying Gideon's Army," is set for Oct. 4.

It celebrates the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, a U.S. Supreme Court case that says due process requires state governments to provide defense counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases.

The conference will include four panel discussions and a screening of the 2013 HBO film "Gideon's Army."

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Georgia community colleges get $5.6 million in grants 

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia community colleges have been awarded $5.68 million from the Obama administration to expand partnerships with local employers.

U.S. Department of Labor officials said Thursday that the grants are part of a national pot of $474.5 million.

The grants are aimed at developing programs to help community colleges and universities across the country expand programs to train students to develop skillsets to meet the needs of local employers.

Officials say Central Georgia Technical College will be given more than $2.6 million and Moultrie Technical College will be given more than $3 million.

Labor officials say 57 grants being distributed across the country will help support 190 projects in at least 183 schools in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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Police chase closes part of I-85 in northeast Georgia

BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a police chase that ended in northeast Georgia led to all northbound lanes of Interstate 85 being shut down for a time.

Investigators closed all the northbound lanes of the interstate near Georgia Highway 53 in Jackson County for nearly an hour before dawn on Friday before they were reopened.

Police told WSB-TV that the chase started in DeKalb County and traveled through Gwinnett, Barrow and Jackson counties. It wasn't immediately known what prompted the chase, and few other details were released early Friday morning.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Fire destroys 1 home and damages at least 3 others

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two adults and three children were able to escape from their burning home in Loganville when they smelled smoke.

The blaze was so intense that it damaged at least three other houses nearby.

Gwinnett County fire officials say crews arrived at the home in Loganville around 6:30 p.m. Thursday and found heavy fire. They said it appeared to have started on the home's exterior and quickly spread to the attic.

Heat from the blaze sparked a small fire in the attic of a neighboring home and melted the siding on a couple of other nearby houses. Firefighters sprayed water on neighboring homes to protect them.

Loganville is about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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Evelyn Lowery hospitalized after stroke

ATLANTA (AP) — The wife of civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery has been hospitalized after relatives say she suffered a stroke.

The family said in a statement that Evelyn Lowery was hospitalized late Wednesday and was in critical condition.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Lowery family's statement requested prayers. It said that Joseph Lowery was by his wife's side at an undisclosed hospital.

Evelyn Lowery founded SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc. in 1979. The group works to empower women, girls and families as they relate to human rights, social action, economic self-sufficiency, reduction of health disparities, and leadership to build strong families and communities.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Georgia fugitive arrested in Louisiana

JENNINGS, La. (AP) — A fugitive wanted in Georgia on suspicion of committing sex crimes against children has been arrested in Jennings, La.

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office's Fugitive Apprehension Unit says 21-year-old Elton Freeman was captured Wednesday.

Freeman is wanted by the Fulton County Police Department on counts of molestation of a juvenile, aggravated sodomy, cruelty to children and sexual battery of a minor.

Freeman is awaiting extradition to Georgia.

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Search for suspects continues in abduction case

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are continuing their search for two men depicted in sketches who are suspects in the abduction of a 14-year-old Georgia girl.

Ayvani Hope Perez was abducted early Tuesday from her suburban Atlanta home. A suspected kidnapper called her family, demanding money and drugs in exchange for her release, according to a court document released Thursday.

After a 36-hour ordeal, the suspected kidnappers finally called the family around midday Wednesday and said Ayvani would be dropped off at a relative's home in Conyers.

The girl was found safe and in good health at her aunt's home.

Police on Wednesday arrested two men in connection with the case. But police say they're still searching for the two suspects depicted in the sketches, who they say were involved in the abduction.

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Delta jet diverted to Boston in concern over odor

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a Delta flight from Manchester, N.H., to Atlanta was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Boston over concern about an odor of fumes in the cabin.

Flight 1941 left Manchester-Boston Regional Airport at about 7:15 a.m. Friday with 144 passengers and five crew members.

Deputy Airport Director Brian O'Neil says an odor of fumes or possibly smoke caused the flight to be diverted to Logan Airport, where the plane landed safely. The MD 88 can carry more than 140 people.

In a statement, Delta Air Lines Inc. said the fumes were observed after takeoff and that the crew elected to land in Boston. Delta put passengers on other flights.

No one was hurt. It wasn't immediately known what the problem was on the plane.

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