Georgia News Roundup
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Repairs continue at DeKalb County recorders court

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County officials say the county's Recorders Court is expected to reopen for trials after being closed because of weather damage.

Officials said in a statement that crews have been working since Friday to make repairs to the building's air conditioning units and three of the five courtrooms are ready for use. Officials say repairs on the other two courtrooms are expected Tuesday.

The court handles misdemeanor cases in unincorporated DeKalb County.

Some arraignments have been cancelled and people who show up for court will be given the option to negotiate dispositions with the District Attorney's Office, or fill out a waiver form to plead not guilty and schedule a future trial date.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Savannah State University given grant to prepare STEM teachers 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah State University officials say the school has been given a five-year $1.4 million grant to prepare future science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers.

Officials said in a statement that the school was awarded the grant from the one of the National Science Foundation's teacher scholarship programs. University officials say the grant is meant to prepare teachers to work in high-need middle and high school classrooms and at the university expects the grant to help prepare at least 28 future educators.

C. Reynold Verret, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Savannah State says the grant program will help address a critical workforce shortage.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Updated Georgia hunting rules now available online

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say information on new state hunting regulations is now available online and in print.

Chief of the department's Game Management Section John Bowers says he encourages all hunters to review state hunting regulations yearly to stay informed about changes and opportunities.

Department officials say some of the major changes this year include the Chattahoochee Fall Line and Spirit Creek Forest wildlife management areas being open to hunting this fall.

Officials also say suppressed firearms are now legal for hunting on private land with permission from the landowner.

Online: www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


3 killed by overnight house fire in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Three people died in a house fire overnight in southwest Atlanta.

A neighbor tells WGCL-TV that a lightning bolt woke her and may have caused the fire. The fire broke out just after 2 a.m. at the brick, split-level ranch home on Revere Road.

The area west of I-285 is about 11 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

Crews remain at the scene on Tuesday morning. Names of the individuals have not been released.

Information from: WGCL-TV, http://www.cbsatlanta.com/index.html 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Dublin man arrested in shooting outside club

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Dublin man has been arrested after a shooting outside a middle Georgia club that wounded six people.

Wrightsville Police Chief Aaron Price tells The Telegraph of Macon that 21-year-old Michael Harvey faces one aggravated assault charge and more will be added. Harvey turned himself in on Monday.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning outside a club in the town about 60 miles east of Macon. Authorities say five of the victims are in stable condition at local hospitals. A sixth person had been released.

Price says a motive for the shooting hasn't been determined. Investigators aren't looking for other suspects but Price says that could change.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Savannah authorities consider gunshot sensors

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah-Chatham police officials may buy a system that uses acoustic sensors to locate gun shots in real time.

The Savannah Morning News reports that police officials say the surveillance system known as ShotSpotter will cut down on people firing guns and help in cases with reluctant witnesses. The initial system could cost $205,000 the first year and $135,000 annually.

Authorities say the sensors are attached to rooftops or utility poles, and the information can be used to dispatch officers before 911 calls.

Officials say they would start with a three square-mile area where about 25 percent of shootings occur.

Authorities say they would work with other law enforcement agencies, local business and schools or seek grant funding to pay for the system. They haven't yet asked for city funding.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com 

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