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Updated: Sun, 11 May 2014 07:15:38 EST


Man dies in mobile home fire in central Georgia

(Information in the following story is from: The Macon Telegraph,

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a man in central Georgia.

The Telegraph reports that Monroe County emergency crews responded to the blaze at a mobile home in Forsyth on Friday afternoon and discovered the body of its owner.

Monroe County sheriff's officials say the man who died -- 57-year-old Larry Tenney -- lived alone in the home.

Authorities say a preliminary investigation led them to believe that faulty wiring in the living room area caused the fire.

An autopsy was planned on Tenney's body. Authorities said that as of late Friday, foul play was not suspected.


Mobile home fire claims life of east Georgia man

(Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle ,

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have identified a body found after a mobile home fire in east Georgia.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that 45-year-old Garry Hargis of Hephzibah was killed when the trailer he was renting on Mims Road caught fire on Wednesday.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said firefighters responded to Hargis' mobile home, where he was found inside. He was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon.


Police: Man found in river was victim of homicide

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — Police west of Atlanta have opened a homicide investigation after a body was pulled from the Chattahoochee River near Six Flags Over Georgia.

Denell Boyd of the Cobb County Fire Department said a boater spotted the body near the riverbank behind the amusement park in the Austell area Monday afternoon.

Cobb County police on Friday identified the body as 34-year-old Perfecto Ochoa Alvarado, and described his death as a homicide.

Police said the exact cause of his death isn't being released due to the active investigation.


Road billboards to display missing woman's image

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — Law officers are planning to display the photo of 87-year-old Shirley Dermond, who they fear has been abducted, on digital billboards across Georgia in hopes of generating new leads on her disappearance.

Her husband, 88-year-old Russell Dermond, was found beheaded Tuesday at the couple's home in an exclusive gated community on the shores of Lake Oconee. The whereabouts of his head are unknown.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills tells The Associated Press that the billboard messages are expected to be up and running by this weekend.

It wasn't known Friday how many billboards will display Shirley Dermond's photo and request that people call in tips, but Sills said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping to coordinate the advertising effort and that billboards around the state will have the information.


Falcons draft Freeman to bolster rushing attack

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons hope Florida State's Devonta Freeman can help revive the NFL's worst rushing attack.

Drafting Freeman with the third pick of the fourth round on Saturday, Atlanta picked up some insurance behind starter Steven Jackson and primary backup Jacquizz Rodgers.

Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo was selected with the next-to-last pick of the fourth round.

The Falcons had the lowest-ranked running game last year as a porous offensive line failed to open space for Jackson and Rodgers.

Freeman left after his junior season at national champion Florida State.

He averaged nearly 5.9 yards on 173 carries to become the school's first 1,000-yard rusher since former Falcons star Warrick Dunn did it for his third straight year in 1996.

Shembo gives Atlanta depth behind oft-injured linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

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