PEDESTRIAN KILLED-SCHOOL BUS
Pedestrian killed when hit by Atlanta school bus
ATLANTA — (AP) — A man has been killed when he was struck by an Atlanta Public Schools bus.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that police were called to the scene of the accident on James Jackson Parkway at about 4 p.m. Friday.
Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. Gregory Lyon said the accident occurred when a man ran into the road and was struck by the bus.
Police said only one student and the driver were on the bus at the time of the accident. Lyon said charges are not expected to be filed against the driver.
Police have not identified the victim pending notification of relatives.
REPUBLICAN CAUCUS LEADERS
Ga. state House GOP Caucus fills leadership roles
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia state House Republican Caucus has chosen members to fill key leadership positions.
During a meeting Friday, state Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City was elected House majority whip. Rep. Matt Hatchett of Dublin was chosen as chairman of the House, and Rep. Sam Teasley of Marietta was selected as vice-chairman of the caucus.
House Speaker David Ralston said each of the three new caucus officers has a reputation for hard work and their contributions will be integral to the caucus.
COCAINE TRAFFICKING INDICTMENT
Prosecutors charge 12 in cocaine trafficking ring
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 12 people they say were part of a national cocaine trafficking organization.
The U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta on Friday says the indictment came after an 18-month FBI investigation of a drug trafficking organization with ties to Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas and Louisiana.
The indictment was handed down in July and a judge ordered it unsealed Thursday.
Prosecutors say the organization used vehicles outfitted with hydraulic concealed compartments to smuggle cocaine and cash throughout the U.S.
Investigators have seized more than 70 kilograms of cocaine and about $1 million in drug proceeds. Nine of the 12 defendants had been arrested by Friday.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment, as well as fines of over $10 million dollars.
Falcons sweeten deal to buy church for stadium
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are offering an extra $8 million to purchase a church property that sits at the site of a proposed stadium.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced a preliminary $14.5 million agreement Friday under which officials would acquire the site of the historic Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority would pay $6.2 million. The Atlanta Falcons would provide an additional $8.3 million.
Mount Vernon is one of two churches that will have to be relocated if the $1 billion, retractable roof stadium NFL stadium is to be built on the Falcons' preferred site.
A lawyer for Mount Vernon Baptist Church said the congregation will likely hold a meeting next week to vote on the proposal.
Reed has reached a preliminary agreement with the other church.
State Botanical Garden to hold insect festival
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is set to hold its annual insect festival.
The Insect-ival Family Festival is scheduled for Sept. 21 at the garden at the University of Georgia on Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A butterfly release will happen at 11 a.m. on the lawn of the International Garden.
The festival will include discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect cafe, puppet shows and lots of live insects. Participants can hold a hissing cockroach, play games, jump like an insect and look at active beehive to learn more about insects and their environments.
The festival is sponsored by the garden, EarthShare of Georgia, the UGA Lund Club, the UGA department of entomology and the Georgia Museum of Natural History.
VICTOR HILL-RETALIATION LAWSUIT
Lawsuit accuses Clayton sheriff of retaliation
ATLANTA (AP) — Two Clayton County Sheriff's Office employees and a former employee are suing Sheriff Victor Hill saying he retaliated against them after they supported his political opponents
Brian Crisp, Jeffrey Mitchell and Garland Watkins filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Hill, the sheriff's office, the county and Chief Deputy Shon Hill.
County attorney Jack Hancock said in an email he hasn't seen the lawsuit and has no comment.
Crisp, Mitchell and Watkins say in the lawsuit they campaigned against Hill in elections in 2004, 2008 and 2012 and filed federal discrimination claims against him in 2005. They say he retaliated against all three of them on multiple occasions.
The lawsuit seeks general and punitive damages, back pay and benefits and asks a judge to order Hill to stop retaliating against them.
MOUNTAIN PLANE CRASH
Report reveals new details on mountain plane crash
ATLANTA (AP) — For many months, few facts were known about why a plane slammed into a mountain in the north Georgia wilderness, killing the pilot and three passengers.
The Beechcraft Bonanza vanished in the Chattahoochee National Forest on May, 30, 2011, while on a sightseeing ride during the 50th reunion of the Gilmer County High School Class of 1961.
Now, as part of a lengthy investigation that's still ongoing, federal investigators have zeroed in on an instrument that measured the plane's altitude.
Investigators haven't determined what caused the crash that killed pilot Phil Key of Pataskala, Ohio; and Ellijay residents Patricia Smith; Woody Pierce and Mattie Pierce.
A recent report by the National Transportation Safety Board states that two medications were found in the pilot's system which they say can cause impaired judgment.
Created: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 04:16:02 EST
Updated: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 04:16:02 EST