Georgia News Roundup
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Fulton County to open community prosecution office

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Fulton County prosecutors say they're hoping a community prosecution office in East Point will foster positive relationships between residents and law enforcement.

District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says the prosecution office opening Wednesday is part of a national concept where prosecutors strategically launch community-based offices to raise visibility and develop relationships with community members.

Jones says the office is a joint effort among prosecutors, East Point's Mayor Janquell Peters, city council, law enforcement and others.

Jones says the office will be staffed by community prosecutor Kenya Johnson, who currently serves south Fulton County.

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Zoo Atlanta hosting international gorilla workshop

ATLANTA (AP) — Primate care experts, veterinarians, researchers and more are gathering at Zoo Atlanta for the International Gorilla Workshop.

Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines says more than 160 experts are expected to gather at the zoo this week to discuss challenges and issues facing gorillas living in zoos and in the wild.

Hines says the workshop is expected to include discussions, educational sessions and more. Some of the sessions will be led by zoo Atlanta staff.

Hines says Zoo Atlanta is home to America's largest collection of endangered western lowland gorillas — include three who are over the age of 50.

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Georgia to implement boater education class requirement

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — State Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding Georgians that boater education courses will soon be required for some vessel operators.

Officials say boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1998 will be required to take the state's boater education course beginning July 1.

Department officials say boaters will be exempt from the course if they are licensed by the Coast Guard, are operating a vessel on a private pond or lake or can prove that they've completed a similar approved boater education course in another state.

Officials say the course will be offered in class, on line and through a home study program.


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3 people drown at Lake Lanier over weekend

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities report three people drowned at Lake Lanier over the weekend.

Hall County Fire Services said one death occurred Sunday as a man attempted to walk across a sandbar to an island.

Fire officials said the man apparently fell into deeper water and did not resurface. His body was later recovered.

Separately, a 15-year-old teenager and his 51-year-old father also died. Witnesses told authorities that the teenager went into the water to retrieve a ball and became distressed. The father went into the water to help the child, but he did not resurface. The body of the father and son were discovered Sunday afternoon.

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Forecasters confirm weekend tornado near LaGrange

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Forecasters say a storm over the weekend produced a low-level tornado in western Georgia.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service report that a storm Sunday generated a tornado that touched down near LaGrange.

It uprooted and snapped trees that fell onto cars and homes. The tornado also destroyed a greenhouse.

No injuries were reported.

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Police standoff outside home in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Police were in a standoff outside a home in southwest Atlanta following a report that a man inside was armed with a gun.

WSB-TV reports that officers arrived at the home around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

The cause of the standoff was not immediately clear.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

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Georgia courthouse set to reopen after gunman's attack

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia courthouse is opening its doors after a gunman attacked it Friday, wounding a deputy before he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement.

WSB-TV reports that the Forsyth County courthouse was set to reopen for business Monday morning. Repairs were made over the weekend to walls and windows that were struck by bullets.

It was the scene of an attack Friday when 48-year-old Dennis Marx arrived with an assault rifle, explosives and supplies to take hostages. Marx had numerous run-ins with law enforcement. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday to plead guilty in a drug case.

Deputy Daniel Rush, who was shot in the leg, was reported in stable condition this weekend and has been credited with saving lives.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

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