Georgia News Roundup
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35 set to graduate Atlanta police academy

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say they're welcoming 35 new officers to the force.

Department spokesman Carlos Campos says the new officers will graduate from the Atlanta Police Academy Monday evening at City Hall.

Campos says the graduation ceremony is the culmination of a 21-week training program and 12 weeks of training with veteran officers.

Campos says the training program included courses in constitutional law, Atlanta Police Department policy and procedure, defensive tactics, arrest techniques and physical fitness.

The graduating class consists of 11 women and 24 men. Campos says the class includes a 39-year-old single mother who began the process of becoming an Atlanta police officer two years ago.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Body found outside Atlanta prompts homicide probe

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say the discovery of a man's body outside an apartment complex northeast of Atlanta appears to be a homicide.

Police said a person walking Sunday afternoon found the body outside the Landmark at Bella Vista apartments on Satellite Boulevard near Duluth.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. T.R. Tobler said the body was found in green space between the complex and Satellite Boulevard. The man's name was not released.

Police tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/15pMsjD) that investigators believe the man is a homicide victim, but a cause of death had not been determined late Sunday. An autopsy is planned.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Waffle House patron opens fire on would-be robber

UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a customer at a Waffle House outside Atlanta shot and wounded a suspect who was attempting to rob the restaurant.

Police said the shooting happened early Monday, when a gunman tried to hold up a Waffle House in south Fulton County.

Union City police Det. Gloria Hodgson said the suspect entered the Waffle House on Jonesboro Road just before 2 a.m., "brandishing a pistol and demanding money."

Hodgson tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a customer inside the 24-hour diner shot the suspect. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately available.

Hodgson said there were no other injuries.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Jet makes emergency landing at south Georgia airport

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — More than 150 passengers made it off an Allegiant Air jet that made an emergency landing at a south Georgia airport, authorities said.

Police in Albany say they responded to reports of a possible fire in the cargo department of the plane shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

Concerns about the possible fire led the plane -- Allegiant Air flight 863 -- to make an emergency landing at Southwest Georgia Regional airport in Albany.

Passengers learned there was a problem when a harried flight attendant announced the plane was making an emergency landing, The Tampa Bay Times reported. The jet then made an "incredibly sudden stop" at Albany's small airport, said one passenger, retired Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Testerman.

Passengers were told to leave their belongings on board and slide down chutes that deployed at the front and back of the plane, he said.

All 155 passengers and 6 crew members got off the plane safely, WALB-TV reported.

"The pilots had an indication of a possible fire in the cargo hold," Allegiant spokesman Brian Davis said. "In an abundance of caution, they made the decision to land and get everyone off the plane."

It wasn't clear late Sunday whether there actually had been a fire.

The plane had taken off from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was scheduled to land in St. Petersburg, Fla., Davis said. Officials were planning to transport the passengers by bus to St. Petersburg, Davis said.

Albany is about 180 miles south of Atlanta.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Off-duty officer killed in bike, pedestrian wreck

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Wrens police officer was one of two people killed in a motorcycle accident in the east Georgia town of Hephzibah.

Wrens police said in a statement that 26-year-old Officer Kyterian Jones was driving the motorcycle when the wreck happened Sunday night. Authorities said Jones, who had joined the department in February, was off-duty at the time.

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said Jones lost control of his vehicle, veered off the road and struck two pedestrians and a parked car in the 2900 block of Ulm Road.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Jones and one of the pedestrians died at the scene. Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Monica Belser said the other pedestrian was hospitalized.

The name of the pedestrian who died was not immediately released.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Jury selection to begin in Andrea Sneiderman trial 

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A judge has signed an order dropping murder charges against a metro Atlanta woman once accused of arranging for her husband to be killed.

The judge on Monday signed the order before jury selection began in the trial of Andrea Sneiderman. Prosecutors on Friday asked to dismiss murder charges in the case.

Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was gunned down in November 2010 outside a suburban Atlanta preschool. Andrea Sneiderman's former boss, Hemy Neuman, was convicted in the killing but found mentally ill in March 2012.

Until Friday, she faced charges of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. She still faces lesser charges, including lying to police and hindering an investigation.

Sneiderman has pleaded not guilty and has denied prosecutors' allegations she was having an affair with Neuman.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Savannah port again misses 3 million container milestone

By Russ Bynum, Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Ports Authority says the threat of a strike by East Coast dockworkers last fall cost the Port of Savannah enough business to hold its fiscal year performance just below a milestone 3 million cargo containers.

Port officials said Monday that overall tonnage of imports and exports at Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick increased 2.4 percent to a record 27.23 million tons during the 2013 fiscal year. Cargo containers moving through Savannah were down slightly at 2.94 million. It's the third straight year containers at Savannah have hovered just below 3 million.

Curtis Foltz, executive director for Georgia's ports, says tense contract negotiations for East Coast longshoremen last fall caused U.S. retailers to divert about 70,000 containers from Savannah to the West Coast. Ultimately a strike was avoided.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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