BURGLARY ATTEMPT-POLICE SHOOTING
Burglary suspect shot by DeKalb police officer
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A DeKalb County police officer has shot a man who was a suspect in a daytime burglary attempt.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one of three suspects in the attempted Tuesday morning burglary of a DeKalb County home was hiding and was shot in the arm when he surprised officers.
Police spokesman Mekka Parish said a woman called police about 10:30 a.m. and said there was a break-in at her home.
When police arrived they found two men hiding in the attic of the home. A third suspect fled to a home more than a mile away and hid in a shed in the rear of the house.
DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander said the suspect was shot when he jumped out in front of the officer.
Delta plane makes emergency landing in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Delta Airlines flight from New Orleans to Atlanta has been diverted to Birmingham because of a report of smoke in the cockpit.
Delta Flight 2234 was just east of Montgomery when pilots aborted the flight plan and made an emergency landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The plane landed safely at about 3 p.m. Television station ABC33/40 reported emergency crews inspected the plane and didn't find any smoke or other signs of fire on the aircraft.
No one was injured in the incident.
Barge outlines '14 campaign for Ga. Governor
SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — State schools Superintendent John Barge says education, ethics and economic development will be his top issues as he challenges Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.
Barge formally announced his plan to run for governor during a speech Tuesday outside City Hall in Smyrna, his hometown.
Barge is the second candidate to challenge Deal in the Republican primary. Earlier, Dalton Mayor David Pennington announced plans to run.
While Barge was short on specifics, he says he would increase funding for public education in Georgia while reducing the size of government. He also did not take an immediate position on Deal's refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. Barge says he plans to consult with experts on the issues and have more details in the coming months.
FORSYTH COUNCIL MEMBERS-BRIBERY
Ex-Forsyth council members plead guilty to bribery
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two former Forsyth city council members have pleaded guilty to accepting bribes.
The U.S. attorney's office in Macon said Tuesday James Edward Calloway and Desi Surtane Hansford each pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in connection with the performance of their official duties.
Prosecutors say the pair served on the council committee that oversees utilities for the city.
Prosecutors say Calloway solicited a $20,000 bribe from a water and waste treatment company to guarantee a contract with the city. The company notified the FBI.
As part of the investigation, a representative of the company gave the two men $10,000, which they split equally. Calloway was arrested while receiving a second $10,000 payment a week later.
Calloway cooperated with investigators and gave $5,000 to Hansford, who was then arrested.
Conservatives pressure Ga. senators on health care
ATLANTA (AP) — Tea party and other conservative activists are pressuring Georgia's two Republican senators to join the effort to deny money for implementing President Barack Obama's health care law.
A few dozen people, including leaders of multiple national organizations, gathered at the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday and accused Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss of trying to have it both ways on the law that Republicans derisively call Obamacare.
The groups have staged similar events across the country. They want Congress to use budget votes later this month to cut off money for the law.
Brent Bozell leads ForAmerica, a national conservative group based in Virginia. He said too many Republicans, including the two Georgians, trumpet their votes to repeal the 2010 law yet won't promise to block its funding.
Suspect charged with abandoning body on road side
(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html )
JASPER, Ga. (AP) — One suspect has been jailed and others face possible charges after authorities say a woman's body was left outside a mobile home in Jasper when friends could not revived her.
Police say 20-year-old Taylor Smith died after an apparent asthma attack she experienced while with friends. Pickens County sheriff's deputies say the friends dropped her lifeless body off along Robin Lane. Deputies found the body near a trailer just down the road from the county jail.
WSB-TV reports that 38-year-old Marty Gaddis, faces charges that include concealing a death and abandonment of a body. It wasn't known whether Gaddis has an attorney.
Smith's mother, Tanya Smith, is a Holly Springs police lieutenant. She said her daughter didn't deserve "just to be dumped on the side of the road."
Created: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 04:16:11 EST
Updated: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 04:16:11 EST