Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia high school students to march in Macy's parade

ATLANTA (AP) — Seven Georgia high school students have been chosen to travel to New York to march in the famous Thanksgiving parade sponsored by Macy's.

The students will be among the 185 musicians in the Great American Marching Band in the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Macy's says the Great American Marching Band has honored the country's finest high school musicians since 2006.

The band is comprised of students from all 50 states and is directed by Auburn University's Richard Good and assistant director, Barry Houser, from the University of Illinois.

One student was selected from each of the following Georgia high schools: Buford High School, Columbus High School, Dalton High School, Forsyth Central High School, Starr's Mill High School, Troup County Comprehensive High School, and Warner Robins High School.

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Georgia offering online hunter education courses

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering free online courses to anyone looking to fulfill their hunter education requirement for licensing.

The department's Wildlife Resources Division is offering an 8-hour online or CD course followed by a 2-hour review session for those looking to fulfill the requirement to get their seasonal hunting license.

Completion of a hunter education course is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1961 who needs a seasonal license, is at least 12 years old and hunts without adult supervision or hunts deer, turkey or bear in wildlife management areas.

There are exceptions for hunters who use short-term licenses or hunts on their own land.


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Robbers make off with nearly $5 million in jewelry

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say thieves made off with nearly $5 million rings, bracelets and watches from a Buckhead jewelry store.

Three suspects stormed into the business wearing ski masks and threatened to shoot the workers if they didn't get face down in a back room.

Police tell WSB Radio that the suspects used hammers to smash glass cases during the robbery of Elif Fine Jewelry around 11 a.m. Nov. 7.

Police say it took the suspects a little more than a minute to steal the loot.

Information from: WSB-AM.

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2 arrested after boy's body found near golf course 

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — Clayton County police say they've taken two people into custody in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy whose body was found in a wooded area.

Department spokesman Phong Nguyen says the teen, whose identity hasn't been released, was found lying near an old golf cart path Tuesday evening. Nguyen says the boy had been shot.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to call the Clayton County police tip line at 770-477-3513.

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Remains found in northeast Georgia appear to be animal 

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — After suspicions that human skeletal remains were found by a crew during survey work in Clarke County, police now say the remains appear to be that of an animal.

Police worked with the Athens-Clarke County Coroner's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to dig up the area near the place where the bones were recovered Thursday.

Athens-Clarke County police said in a statement late Thursday that the remains will be examined further by an anthropologist to determine the species.

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Woman, 86, dies in Macon house fire 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Macon police say they suspect that a space heater caused a fire that claimed the life of an 86-year-old woman at her home.

Police identified the woman as Eleanor Stranahan, who died in the Thursday blaze on Alfred Drive. They say she was unable to flee her home due to physical difficulties.

Police say the fire is believed to have been accidental.

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Missing toddler found safe after search in Atlanta 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a missing toddler who was the subject of a missing child alert has been found safe.

Police said in a statement shortly after 7 a.m. Friday that 2-year-old Guadalupe Aguayo was found near the intersection of the Downtown Connector and Interstate 20.

The child's father, Ramon Aguayo, had told police that he left Guadalupe with his roommate's girlfriend. Police say that when the father and the roommate returned to the residence at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the child and the girlfriend were not at the location. The roommate's 1996 Ford Ranger was also missing from the location.

Details about how the child was located were not immediately available.

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Residents near Georgia base warned of weapons training 

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — Residents who live near Fort Benning are being warned about upcoming training with heavy weapons and the loud noises that accompany the firing.

With two major holidays approaching, residents in the Midland, Upatoi and the northeast part of Muscogee County are being told about the training, which can scare pets, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

Soldiers are scheduled to be training until Nov. 27, before taking a break for Thanksgiving. Firing resumes on Dec. 2 and continues until Dec. 19, before training is suspended for the Christmas holidays.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Terry Gumbert of Midland says he's notified about 2,000 residents in the region through his neighborhood email alert system. The training is expected to include M1 Abrams tanks, guns and demolitions with C-4 plastic explosives.

Fort Benning's Maneuver Center of Excellence, which includes the U.S. Infantry and Armor Schools, fires more than 42 million rounds each year to keep soldiers sharp.

Before the Armor School arrived from Fort Knox, Ky., the post was firing more than other Army installations. More firing was added with the new school.

"Many of the people who live out here have pets that are terrified of the heavy firing," Gumbert said. "We always have a rash of lost animals who run off in terror if they are not controlled."

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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Woman arrested in break-in that led to dog fights 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Macon police say they've arrested a woman and charged her with animal cruelty after a break-in at a central Georgia animal shelter that led to deadly dog fights.

Police say 36-year-old Crystal Gale Fessler of Macon faces 13 counts of cruelty to animals and is also accused of criminal trespass. Jail records do not list an attorney for Fessler.

Police have said that someone let about 40 dogs out of their cages during the early morning hours of Oct. 17 at the All About Animals Shelter in Macon. Investigators say that led to dog fights which left three dogs dead and others severely wounded.

A motive in the case remained a mystery.

Mendy Harrison, a volunteer at the shelter, says workers there were seeking answers about why the break-in happened.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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