Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia Department of Labor hosts recruitment fair

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The state Department of Labor is planning to host a recruitment fair for a cabinet and vanity manufacturing company.

Department officials say they're helping American Woodmark recruit workers for its facility in Butts County Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The recruitment fair is being hosted at the Southern Crescent Technical College in Jackson.

Officials say the company is recruiting cabinet makers, carpenters, packaging and distribution employees. Officials say potential applicants must be 18 years old and have either a high school diploma or a GED.

Applicants are asked to bring résumés and dress appropriately for an interview.

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Visitors warned of birds nesting along Georgia coast

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is reminding beachgoers to be mindful of protected bird nesting habitats along the coastline.

Several areas of the coast are home to beach-nesting birds that lay eggs in shallow areas between the ocean and sand dunes between April and July. After hatching, the chicks hide on the beach or in the grass.

Department officials say disturbance from humans could cause adult birds to abandon the nests and chicks, which could leave the birds exposed to extreme heat and predators.

Department officials say visitors should observe beach-nesting birds from a distance, and back away from birds they accidentally disturb.

Visitors are also asked to keep pets on leashes. Officials say owners of animals that chase shorebirds could be fined for harassing a federally protected species.

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NRC schedules conference with Duke Energy

ATLANTA (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a regulatory conference with Duke Energy officials to discuss two apparent violations at the utility's Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday in Atlanta.

A statement from the NRC says the utility and the agency will discuss the safety significance of an issue which involved failure to promptly identify and correct conditions which may have impacted safety-related equipment during certain severe hurricane conditions.

The NRC said some buildings were found to contain openings that might have allowed water to enter, including one that could have affected nine of the 10 safety-related service water pumps on Unit 2.

The Brunswick plant is located about 30 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina, near Southport.


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Men in worker uniforms rob ATMs at Atlanta hotels

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are looking for two men who broke into ATMs inside two metro Atlanta hotels.

WSB-TV reports surveillance video shows the robbers were dressed as maintenance workers and broke into the cash machines in front of hotel guests and employees.

College Park police Maj. E.W. Strozier says the robbers appear to have stolen more than $14,000 from an ATM at the Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta. They weren't so successful on May 1 at the Marriott Atlanta Gateway in College Park, where Strozier says they managed to break into the ATM's shell but couldn't access the vault.

Strozier says police suspect the men may have worked ATM maintenance jobs in the past and perhaps kept keys or equipment that helps them get into the machines.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Man killed in shooting outside Athens nightclub

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating weekend shootings outside an Athens nightclub that killed one man and injured another.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports police believe both victims were innocent bystanders who got hit by gunfire in the parking lot outside Bootleggers nightclub at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday.

Athens-Clarke County police say 22-year-old Derrick Merritt was killed. A second man, 22-year-old Jamaris Antrellis Walter, was taken to a hospital for treatment Saturday but was not listed as a patient Sunday.

Police are seeking help from witnesses with any information about the shootings. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the case.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Historic Savannah church gets $650K in maintenance

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The 123-year-old steeple of one of Savannah's historic churches is covered in scaffolding while it undergoes $650,000 worth of maintenance.

The Savannah Morning News reports the Independent Presbyterian Church in downtown Savannah has no major structural issues. Associate pastor Ron Parrish says the cast-iron steeple merely needs sandblasting, painting and sealing. He says the project's biggest cost is the scaffolding that took a month to erect.

The church dates to 1819, but its original wooden steeple burned in a large fire 70 years later. That's why the congregation made its replacement out of cast iron.

Church officials say maintenance work on the steeple is supposed to be finished in August, though it could be sooner.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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Autopsy shows woman drowned in Lake Sinclair

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — Officials in middle Georgia say they believe a 50-year-old woman found dead in Lake Sinclair died from accidental drowning.

The Macon Telegraph reports authorities found the body of Vicki L. Stephens at the bottom of the lake near her home. Putnam County Coroner Gary McElhenny says an autopsy last Friday determined she drowned.

The coroner says sheriff's investigators looked into the case, but found no evidence of foul play.

McElhenny says authorities don't know how Stephens ended up in the water or why she drowned, but her death appears to be accidental.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Body found along Chattahoochee River identified

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman whose body was found along the Chattahoochee River.

Roswell police spokeswoman Lisa Holland tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 20-year-old Markiesha Taylor of Decatur was found Sunday afternoon on the banks of Vickery Creek Park, part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Holland says the FBI was called to investigate because Taylor's body was found on property owned by the federal government.

Taylor's cause of death is unclear.

Two other bodies were also recovered from the river earlier this month.

Authorities say 56-year-old Gee Hang of Johns Creek was pulled from the river May 3 after she drowned. Two days later, 34-year-old Perfecto Ochoa Alvarado was found dead in the river near Austell. His death was ruled a homicide and remains under investigation.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Man pleads guilty in Augusta prostitution ring

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in eastern Georgia say the last of five defendants has pleaded guilty in a sex trafficking ring.

Authorities said Monday that 35-year-old William Warren Hart of Hephzibah pleaded guilty to using interstate commerce to facilitate a business involving prostitution.

Authorities say the prostitution ring involved a 16-year-old runaway girl and operated in the Augusta area in 2013.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Shelica Daniels, 29-year-old Allison Barnes, 30-year-old Heather Hedrick and 32-year-old Charles Castillo, all of Augusta, have also pleaded guilty to conspiring to engage in the sex trafficking of a minor.

Authorities say Hart had a limited role in the ring and faces up to five years in prison, while the other four defendants could be given a life sentence.

Prosecutors say a sentencing date has not been scheduled.

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Man sentenced to 15 years in fatal DUI crash

ATLANTA (AP) — Fulton County prosecutors say a convicted drunk driver has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in a crash that killed an 11-year-old boy.

Officials said in a statement that 44-year-old Gatha Dyer was sentenced Monday morning on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving in the death of Patrick Williams, who was a student at McNair Middle School.

Officials say Williams was trying to cross a street in southwest Atlanta April 1, 2013 when Dyer hit him. Officials say the boy was thrown 53 feet and landed on another car's windshield. Officials say Dyer slowed down before fleeing the scene and was on probation for another DUI accident in Cobb County at the time.

A witness followed Dyer to get his tag information and gave it to police.

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