Georgia News Roundup
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GBI plans autopsies on 2 men found dead in lake

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation plans autopsies on the bodies of two men who went missing after a Jan. 2 fishing trip.

CBS Atlanta reports that autopsies on Mason Cox and David Wood are set for Monday.

Police divers found their bodies in Lake Lanier in Lake Lanier Friday evening.

Dawson County sheriff's Major Tony Wooten said there were no initial signs of trauma.

WSB-TV reports that hundreds of mourners packed Dawsonville's North Georgia Church on Sunday to remember the 20-year-old men. Friends described the two as adventurous and full of life.

Many people in the tight-knit community are struggling to understand what could have happened to the athletic friends who grew up on the lake.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Fire at Georgia church under investigation

JASPER, Ga. (AP) — Fire investigators are expected to continue probing the cause of a blaze that destroyed a church in north Georgia.

The Rev. Jerry Stewart told local media outlets that he stopped by the Gospel Outreach Church of North Georgia in Jasper on Saturday evening to turn the heat on ahead of Sunday service.

Stewart says he was a few minutes down the road from the church when someone called to tell him the building was on fire.

The church's roughly 200 members gathered at a community center for Sunday service.

The cause of the fire is unclear. Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office, says investigators planned to be at the scene by mid-morning Monday to investigate the cause.

"The fire scene should have cooled off enough for investigators to go in and determine what took place," Allen said early Monday morning.

Jasper is about 60 miles north of downtown Atlanta.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man searching garbage cans in Atlanta shot in back

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a man searching through garbage in a northwest Atlanta neighborhood was shot in the back.

Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said the man told officers he was looking through garbage for scrap cans around 1:30 a.m. Monday when he got into an argument with someone on Spencer Street. He told police he was shot as he walked away. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a Special Weapons and Tactics Team was called to a home where the man said he's been shot, and police eventually took three suspects into custody.

One was charged with aggravated assault. The other two were charged with possession of a controlled substance after police said they found marijuana inside the home.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Visitation restricted at Georgia hospital system 

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Officials at an eastern Georgia hospital say they're restricting patient visits to try preventing the flu from spreading.

Representatives at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta said Monday that friends and relatives under the age of 12 are being restricted from visiting patients.

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the Georgia Regents Medical Center, Dr. Kevin Dellsperger, says the facility has an obligation to protect those who are vulnerable to influenza from potentially being exposed to it.

Dellsperger says one of the best ways to prevent the flu from spreading is for those who are infected to stay home and recover. Aside from limiting exposure, Dellsperger says people should wash their hands frequently and get a flu shot.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


SCLC pushes for statue of King at Capitol building 

ATLANTA (AP) — The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is lobbying state lawmakers to approve building a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the state Capitol.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports state Rep. Tryone Brooks is leading the initiative and has already filed a bill for consideration.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, former SCLC president and civil rights leader, says the statue should have been erected a long time ago.

In 2013, a statue of former lawmaker and publisher Tom Watson was removed from the Capitol steps. Some had criticized the statue's placement because they said Watson vilified Jews and blacks. His statue was relocated to a park across the street from the Capitol.

Brooks says the SCLC plans to fully fund the statue, and will not seek state funds.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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