Georgia News Roundup
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3 Georgia soldiers named to USA shooting teams

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Army officials say three soldiers from the Marksmanship Unit have been named to the USA Shooting Paralympic National and Development teams.

USA Shooting, the sport's governing body, held its national rifle and pistol championships at Fort Benning last week. Officials say Sgt. John Joss was named to the national team, and Staff Sgt. Shaun Tichenor and Sgt. Eric Trueblood were both named to the development team.

Officials say the three participate in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's wounded warrior program, which was announced last fall and allows soldiers who have been wounded in combat to represent the U.S. Army in international competitions.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Severe storms could bring hail, high winds to Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters are predicting severe storms for much of Georgia.

The National Weather Service says the main threats from the storms will be damaging winds, large hail, lightning and brief heavy rain.

The storms are expected to fire up ahead of a cold front that will enter far north Georgia early Thursday afternoon and push southeast across most of the state.

The weather service expects the front to be in the Dalton and Blue Ridge areas between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday; and in the Rome and Gainesville areas between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Forecasters project that the front will reach metro Atlanta between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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2 suspects jailed after body found at Georgia college

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Two suspects are in custody in connection with the death of a man whose body was found at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston, just east of Atlanta, authorities said.

One of the suspects, 28-year-old Christopher Shepard, faces a murder charge in the killing of 23-year-old Alpha Oumar Diallo of Stone Mountain. He died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to his head, an autopsy found.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the arrests early Thursday morning.

A second suspect, 44-year-old Constance Mason, has been charged with one count of making false statements and writings.

Both suspects live at a residence on North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, very close to the campus where Diallo's body was discovered Monday. A passer-by had noticed the body shortly after 7 a.m. Monday in a grassy area about 30 feet from a sidewalk on the campus, college officials said.

Investigators say the two suspects both reside at 751 N. Indian Creek Drive, but they haven't described their relationship. It wasn't known early Thursday whether either suspect has a lawyer.

Their arrests came as the result of an investigation by Georgia Perimeter campus police and the GBI, authorities said.

Diallo is a citizen of Guinea, in western Africa, and had been living in the U.S. since 2008.

He was not a student at Georgia Perimeter College. His relatives told WSB-TV that he was a straight-A student studying information technology at Westwood College in Atlanta.

Georgia Perimeter is the largest state college of the University System of Georgia. About 24,000 students are enrolled through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Movie filming temporarily closes I-75 in Georgia

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Filming of "Need for Speed" temporarily shut down both directions of Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta.

Northbound and southbound lanes were closed Wednesday between exits 277 and 288 in Bartow County, WXIA-TV reported. The southbound lanes were closed off and on for more than four hours.

Filming was expected to move to a different location after Wednesday.

Video from WXIA shows crews filming a 2014 Mustang equipped with several cameras driving down the closed interstate.

Earlier this month, filming of the same movie closed a bridge linking Georgia and Alabama for several days as crews shot a scene of a car being driven into the Chattahoochee River. The bridge links the Georgia city of Columbus to the Alabama community of Phenix City.

"Need for Speed" has filmed scenes in other Georgia cities, including Macon and Rome.

Information from: WXIA-TV, http://www.11alive.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police: Robbers might have dressed as deputies 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Police in Macon are searching for two gunmen who might have dressed as sheriff's deputies during an armed robbery.

Police issued a lookout early Thursday morning for the pair. They're wanted in connection with an armed robbery late Wednesday in the central Georgia city.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that both men were reportedly wearing Bibb County Sheriff's Office uniforms over their clothing.

The men are believed to be driving a dark-colored sport utility vehicle with chrome rims and shiny trim.

Few other details on the robbery were immediately available.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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