Georgia News Roundup
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NAACP hosting Atlanta gun buyback

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP is looking to collect 1,000 firearms during a gun buyback at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Officials say the event Thursday is part of NAACP programs centered on non-violence leading up to Martin Luther King Day.

Atlanta chapter President R.L. White says the organization is looking to get guns off the street and participants can turn them in in exchange for gift cards. Organizers say participants will not be asked for ID if they're looking to turn in a gun.

The event is expected to feature several political and religious leaders along with local police and sheriff's officials and others.

Officials say the event begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Central Avenue.

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Georgia church hosts gun violence documentary screening

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police, the National Park Service, the King Center and other organizations are partnering to host a free screening of a film intended to spark discussions on gun violence.

Organizers say "Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence" will be shown at Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion. Police say the event is part of a series of non-violence programs leading up to Martin Luther King Day.

Police say the panel discussion is expected to feature relatives of gun violence victims, religious leaders and more.

Organizers say the film was produced by The Presbyterian Church and explores the impact that a single shooting can have on a survivor, their family, a community and society.

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Bongo, an antelope species, escapes from zoo pen

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta is investigating how a bongo known as Tambo escaped its pen.

Zoo officials say the bongo -- a species of antelope -- "briefly left his habitat" Wednesday afternoon.

Zoo officials tell WSB-TV that the escape caused no harm to Zoo Atlanta guests, staff or the animal, and the situation was safely resolved. They say that veterinarians were able to safely tranquilize Tambo and return him to his holding area, where he is recovering normally.

The zoo was temporarily closed during the incident, and zoo guests were escorted to the nearest buildings as a safety precaution.

Eastern bongos are a critically endangered antelope species found in eastern Africa.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Sheriff probes gunshot death of central Georgia man 

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in central Georgia are investigating the shooting of a man found dead in the backyard of his residence near Perry.

Houston County sheriff's officials say 30-year-old Kerry Benald Glenn was found dead Tuesday night.

Houston County sheriff's Capt. Jon Holland tells The Telegraph newspaper of Macon that Glenn died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Glenn's death is being treated as a homicide.

Holland said Glenn lived in a manufactured home on Georgia Highway 224 West that he shared with a family member, who was not at home when the body was discovered. Holland said a family friend was at the home baby-sitting when she saw Davis lying near the back porch beside several cars where family members park.

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Sheriff probes gunshot death of central Georgia man

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in central Georgia are investigating the shooting of a man found dead in the backyard of his residence near Perry.

Houston County sheriff's officials say 30-year-old Kerry Benald Glenn was found dead Tuesday night.

Houston County sheriff's Capt. Jon Holland tells The Telegraph newspaper of Macon that Glenn died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Glenn's death is being treated as a homicide.

Holland said Glenn lived in a manufactured home on Georgia Highway 224 West that he shared with a family member, who was not at home when the body was discovered. Holland said a family friend was at the home baby-sitting when she saw Davis lying near the back porch beside several cars where family members park.

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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DA won't oppose efforts to move Macon murder trial

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors say they won't oppose a venue change in the trial of Stephen McDaniel, who is accused of dismembering and killing Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings.

The Telegraph reports that prosecutors said in court papers Wednesday they would not object to a request from defense attorneys that McDaniel's trial be moved out of town. Defense lawyers say extensive news coverage makes it impossible for McDaniel to get a fair trial in Macon.

Judge Howard Simms has not yet ruled on the issue.

If a change of venue is granted, it's possible that McDaniel's trial could be held in Macon -- but with a panel of jurors brought in from another Georgia city.

Authorities accuse McDaniel of killing Giddings, who was from Laurel, Md., in June 2011.

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Army helicopter makes 'hard landing' in Savannah 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An Army spokesman says emergency responders were called overnight when a helicopter flown by special operations troops made a "hard landing" at a military airstrip in Savannah.

Maj. Allen Hill could not say Thursday morning whether anyone was injured in the rough landing at Hunter Army Airfield. He says the crew was returning from a routine training flight late Wednesday shortly before midnight.

The flight crew belongs to the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Also known as the Night Stalkers, the regiment based at Fort Campbell, Ky., is an elite unit trained to fly helicopters behind enemy lines under cover of darkness.

Hill said he could not immediately identify the type of helicopter or say how much damage it sustained. He says the Army is investigating.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Co-defendant: Georgia men accused in plot not violent 

By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who pleaded guilty to federal explosives charges in what prosecutors described as a plot against the government says two other men accused in the plot aren't violent men.

Dan Roberts testified in federal court Thursday in the trial of Ray Adams and Samuel Crump. Adams and Crump face charges of conspiring and attempting to make ricin.

Roberts, Adams, Crump and another man were arrested in November 2011 after an undercover informant infiltrated their meetings.

Roberts and Frederick Thomas pleaded guilty in April 2012 to conspiring to get an unregistered explosive and an illegal gun silencer. They were each sentenced to five years in prison.

Roberts said Crump was friendly and talkative and Adams was quiet. He said neither was a member of a militia.

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