Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta residents, businesses must register alarms

ATLANTA (AP) — Businesses and residents in Atlanta will soon be required to register any security or burglar alarm systems they have installed.

Atlanta police said in a statement that officers responded to 65,000 alarm system calls last year. Police say 95 percent of those were false alarms or were canceled while officers were on their way.

Police say those false or aborted calls accounted represent more than 6 percent of total 911 dispatches.

In response, the city has revamped its existing False Alarm Ordinance. The new rules take effect Sept. 15 and require that alarm systems be registered by phone or online by Feb. 1.

Penalties include a $150 fine for failing to register an alarm. The first false alarm gets a warning, while the second will result in a $50 fine.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Authorities identify Albany teen who drowned in Lake Dow

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have identified a boy who drowned in a lake south of Atlanta as 16-year-old Benny Davis of Albany.

Henry County fire Capt. Sabrina Puckett said he was in McDonough visiting friends Monday afternoon, when he drowned in Lake Dow.

Puckett says divers responded to the small lake when a caller reported that a boy jumped from a dock and didn't resurface.

Officials say the boy's body was found about 30 feet from the dock in about 15 feet of water. Officials say signs posted near the private lake say the water is for fishing only and that swimming is prohibited.

McDonough is about 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Montreat College to pursue merging with Point University

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The boards of Montreat College and Point University in Georgia have agreed to pursue a merger between the two private Christian schools.

A joint statement from the schools says the entity would bear the name of the university in West Point, Ga. However, the western North Carolina campus will continue to be identified as Montreat.

Officials say the merger will increase the reach and effectiveness of the schools' Christian education. It will offer new programs to Montreat's undergraduate students, as well as access to graduate programs in Georgia.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Montreat has struggled in recent years with finances and low enrollment. In January 2012, Montreat laid off 39 full-time employees and discontinued some programs.

Montreat has 858 students, while Point University has more than 1,400 students.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Suspended DeKalb CEO wants case dismissed 

ATLANTA (AP) — Indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis wants the public corruption case against him dismissed.

In court filings this week, Ellis maintains that a special grand jury lacked the authority to pursue allegations of theft, extortion and conspiracy against Ellis. Ellis' lawyers also claim that DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James did not provide their defendant with required notice of the indictment.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Ellis on Monday formally waived his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

A 15-count grand jury indictment charges Ellis with trying to extort campaign contributions from companies and their employees. Prosecutors allege Ellis instructed the county's director of purchasing and contracting to prevent some companies from getting business because they didn't contribute to his campaign.

Ellis has denied any wrongdoing.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia Chamber to honor US Sen. Saxby Chambliss

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Chamber is planning to honor U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss at its annual Congressional Luncheon in Macon.

Organizers say the Aug. 19 event is being hosted at the Macon Marriott Centreplex and Chambliss is being honored for his contributions to the state and for his career in public service.

Chambliss, a Republican from Moultrie, last year announced plans to retire from the U.S. Senate after his current term.

Online: Congressional Luncheon

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Body found in apartment breezeway in College Park

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Police in an Atlanta suburb have opened a homicide investigation after a man's body was found in a breezeway of an apartment building.

WXIA-TV reports that the body was found Tuesday morning at the Lakeside Reserve Apartments in College Park, just south of Atlanta. Police found the body after they were called to Building 19 at the complex on Lakemont Drive around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

College Park police Lt. Gerald Riser said investigators haven't determined how the man died, but they're treating the case as a homicide.

The man's name has not been released. Neighbors said he lived with his girlfriend at the apartment complex.

Information from: WXIA-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Fort Gordon would be center of military cyber efforts

FORT GORDON, Ga. (AP) — Military officials say they're moving forward with a plan that will consolidate U.S. cyberspace training into a new center of excellence at Fort Gordon in east Georgia.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the Army's chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, has approved the plan, which officials describe as one of the most significant reorganizations in American intelligence.

The newspaper reports that the Army plans to create a Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon that will "unify and modernize" all cyber-related training efforts, including those that teach how to use electronic-warfare technology to track electromagnetic activity worldwide.

Ray Harp, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said Army Secretary John McHugh is expected to approve the measure soon.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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