Design and budget for Falcons stadium approved
The design and budget for a new Atlanta Falcons stadium have been approved.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority board of governors on Tuesday unanimously approved the complete schematic design and a preliminary budget of $1.2 billion, up $200 million from the previous estimate.
The design was recently completed by an architecture firm. The design team had presented a conceptual design earlier this year, but officials say the new version includes more details.
Board chairman Tim Lowe told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the extra $200 million included in the budget will be covered by the Falcons.
Bonds backed by the city's hotel-motel tax are set to cover $200 million of the stadium's cost, while the rest is to be covered by the team, the NFL and personal seat license sales.
LAW GRAD SLAYING
Man charged in death of law student re-indicted
(Information in the following story is from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com )
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed a new indictment against a man accused in the death of a Mercer University law student.
The Telegraph newspaper in Macon reports the new indictment was filed Tuesday in Bibb County Superior Court. Stephen McDaniel was initially indicted in November 2011 in the June 2011 slaying of his classmate and neighbor Lauren Giddings.
Both indictments include one count of murder. The first said McDaniel decapitated Giddings, while the second doesn't.
District Attorney David Cooke says prosecutors decided to refine the indictment in light of recent Supreme Court decisions.
Cooke says the new indictment shouldn't delay the case, which is set for trial Jan. 6.
Police discovered Giddings' torso in a garbage bin outside her Macon apartment building. The rest of her remains haven't been found.
POLICE SEEK RV
Driver turns himself in after fatal Georgia wreck
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A 52-year-old man has turned himself in to Marietta police to face charges from a deadly chain-reaction crash.
An attorney for Dannie Albert Mondor told WSB-TV that Mondor turned himself in Tuesday afternoon at the Cobb County Jail.
He surrendered after police located his recreational vehicle in Cape Coral, Fla., and contacted him.
Investigators described Mondor as a Canadian citizen who owns property in Cape Coral. Police say he's been charged with vehicular homicide and hit-and-run.
Police said the RV struck a Toyota Camry on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta Saturday and kept going. The Camry struck a Prius, which hit the median and flipped. Killed in the chain-reaction crash was 40-year-old Bradley Braland of Winter Garden, Fla.
Johns Creek man admits hurting infant daughter
(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html )
ATLANTA (AP) — A Johns Creek man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting he severely injured his baby daughter.
WSB-TV reports Gregory Barnett pleaded guilty to child abuse charges Monday. His lawyer said he was too drunk to remember exactly what happened when the infant was injured in January.
Courtney Johnson, Barnett's ex-girlfriend and the baby's mother, told the judge the injuries left her daughter severely brain-damaged and developmentally disabled.
Prosecutors said Barnett injured the child following an argument with Johnson. Johnson said she left the home because she was scared and returned to find the child with a head injury.
Judge Christopher Brasher said Barnett behaved in a "selfish and foolish." He sentenced Barnett to serve 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.
Police charge man they say tried to hit officer
(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com )
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Sandy Springs have filed charges against a man they say tried to hit an officer and drove into two police vehicles.
Police Capt. Steve Rose tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 18-year-old Colin Lee Daves faces criminal and traffic charges, including aggravated assault.
Rose says police spotted Daves around 7 p.m. Monday in a stolen car in a parking lot. Rose says Daves tried to flee the officers, hit two Sandy Springs police vehicles and nearly hit an officer.
Rose says the officer fired at the car and hit Daves.
Daves later wrecked the car and went to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound in his leg. Hospital staff notified police, who took him into custody.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Daves had a lawyer.
Created: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:17:51 EST
Updated: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:17:51 EST