Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia police warn against warming up unattended cars

ATLANTA (AP) — Police in coastal Georgia are reminding drivers not to leave unattended vehicles running to warm up in sub-freezing temperatures.

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police officials say five cars in their jurisdiction have been reported stolen this year with keys that were left inside. Of the five, three cars were running when they were stolen.

Officials say 11 cars have been stolen since Dec. 1 by thieves who found keys in the car, a purse inside the car or in the trunk.

Police say vehicles actually warm up more quickly when they're being driven, and the luxury of getting into a warm car doesn't outweigh the misery of dealing with a stolen one on a bitterly cold day.

Police say vehicles are commonly stolen at ATMs, convenience stores and from residential driveways.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia receives $3 million ARC grant

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has received a $3 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a project aimed at transforming Fort Oglethorpe's downtown and entrance to the nearby Chickamauga Battlefield.

Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin said Monday the project will be a "game-changer" and the street improvements will enhance both the visitor experience and the quality of life of nearby residents.

The battlefield is the nation's oldest and largest Civil War battlefield, and attracts some 1 million visitors annually.

Officials say the money will be used by Fort Oglethorpe and the Georgia Department of Transportation to transform LaFayette Road into a gateway to the park. The work will feature nearly a mile of improvements including sidewalks with landscaped vegetation, landscaped medians, bike lanes and crosswalks.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Insurance Commissioner offers tips on frozen pipes 

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's office is offering tips to homeowners dealing with frozen pipes as the region faces sub-freezing temperatures early this week.

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, Ralph Hudgens, says Georgians whose homes are damaged by the extreme cold may be able to get financial help through their homeowners policies.

Hudgens says some policies may cover repairs to internal plumbing that was caused by frozen pipes. He says policies may also pay for damage to carpeting, furniture and other belongings that may have been damaged because of frozen pipes.

Hudgens says damage from water entering a house from outside — such as from a broken water line — may not be covered.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Prosecutor: 2 men plotted against government sites

By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A prosecutor says two Georgia men plotted to make poison to use against government officials and federal buildings, while defense attorneys said the pair were simply talking big but committed no crimes.

Jurors heard opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Samuel Crump and Ray Adams.

Crump and Adams were among four men arrested in November 2011 after surveillance by an undercover informant who infiltrated their meetings at homes, during car rides and at a Waffle House restaurant. They face charges of conspiring and attempting to make ricin.

Two other men, Frederick Thomas and Dan Roberts, pleaded guilty in April 2012 to conspiring to get an unregistered explosive and an illegal gun silencer. U.S. District Judge Richard Story sentenced each of them to five years in prison.

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