Georgia News Roundup
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2 Army cargo planes to be retired at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Army National Guard is set to retire two cargo planes at a facility in metro Atlanta.

Officials say two C-23 Sherpa cargo planes are going to be retired Tuesday at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta. Army officials say the planes support all aspects of the Army including active duty, guard and reserve training and mission requirements.

Army officials say the planes have provided support during critical missions including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Hurricane Katrina and more.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Bag searches, more police expected at Atlanta race

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say bags, backpacks and purses will be searched near the finish line of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race.

Race officials say that at this year's event, more areas will be restricted to volunteers and race workers at the annual race in Atlanta, which is set for the Fourth of July.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that workers will be at the entry points to the start at Lenox Square and at the finish line in midtown Atlanta. They will be searching bags and backpacks before people can get inside a fence that will be set up around the Meadow at Piedmont Park.

Authorities say there will be more local, state and federal law enforcement officers at the race and officials are urging spectators to report anything suspicious.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Girl, 16, killed in ATV crash in central Georgia

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old girl was killed in the crash of an all-terrain vehicle in central Georgia.

The Telegraph newspaper reports that the accident happened around 3:40 p.m. Friday in Houston County.

Houston County sheriff's officials say the ATV was being driven by 17-year-old Joshua Ryals of Warner Robins when it tipped over as he attempted to make a turn.

Authorities said Ryals and 16-year-old Theresa Bridges of Warner Robins were thrown from the vehicle. They said Ryals was seriously injured, and Bridges died Friday night at a hospital.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Man drowns in east Georgia lake 

APPLING, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old man has drowned at an east Georgia lake.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the man was swimming with five friends at the Augusta Sailing Club near West Dam on Thurmond Lake when he went under Sunday evening. His name wasn't released.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the group tried to reach a buoy about 50 yards from the roped-off swimming area at West Dam. All five friends made it to the buoy and returned, but the victim went under and didn't surface.

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said the man was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m. Sunday.

An autopsy was planned for Tuesday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


NTSB: Plane crashed after flying into thunderstorm

NEW SITE, Miss. (AP) — Investigators say a 2012 plane crash in Mississippi that killed three members of a Georgia family likely happened because the pilot inadvertently flew into a thunderstorm.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a probable cause report May 30 that the Piper Cherokee Lance broke apart in flight. The investigation revealed that the breakup of the plane was consistent with structural overload.

Severe storms are accompanied by turbulence and wind shear that can damage planes.

The July 8, 2012, crash near New Site in north Mississippi killed James Bartley Jr.; his wife, Terry Bartley; and their youngest daughter, Caroline Bartley. He had a podiatry practice in Columbus, Ga.

The family was flying from their vacation home in North Carolina to the University of Mississippi, where Caroline Bartley was a student.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Man, 33, drowns in Lake Lanier 

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A 33-year-old man who drowned in Lake Lanier over the weekend was from Atlanta, authorities said.

The man drowned Sunday afternoon on the lake just northeast of Atlanta. He was identified Monday as Lindy James Murdock of Atlanta. Authorities said he went under the water around 3 p.m. Sunday and did not resurface near the Two Mile Island chain in Forsyth County.

"He was on a float, had come off the float and went down," Sgt. Mike Burgamy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources told The Times of Gainesville.

Several people were on the float with him, Burgamy said.

His body was recovered late Sunday near Vann Tavern Park after about a 45-minute search by dive teams from Forsyth and Hall counties.

The cove where the man was located is about 40 feet deep in certain locations, deputies said. The man was on a float that measured 8 feet by 10 feet.

Murdock "was just out with friends, swimming and enjoying the day," Burgamy said. "It doesn't appear that foul play was involved."

Information from: The Times,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


South Georgia town shuts down police department

SMITHVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Budget cuts have led city leaders in a small south Georgia town to shut down its police department.

The Smithville City Council decided at its meeting last week to lay off all four officers, WALB-TV reported.

Smithville Mayor Jerry Myrick said previously that budget cuts caused the city to cut back some employees, starting with the police department.

The Albany station reports that the Lee County Sheriff's Office will be patrolling the town.

The mayor says the city was originally planning on keeping the police chief, but the city decided to do away with the entire department. The mayor says more cuts in the city are expected.

Some residents said they were concerned about their safety in light of the development.

"I got to wait, I'm going to have to wait for one to come if I need one. Which I hope I don't. And that's not fair to me and I pay taxes. Plus I been here 42 years," said resident Alice Johnson said.

One of the police officers, Sammy Stone, said he believe the sheriff's department will do what it can to provide law enforcement protection.

"I've had some real good success with the Sheriff's Department and I feel the sheriff is going to give them what he got. As much as he can with what he have. I think he's going to make sure things are going to be taken care of here in Smithville," Stone said.

Information from: WALB-TV,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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