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Updated: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 01:15:34 EST


Rabies quarantine set for Henry County community

(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV,

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities plan to quarantine a Henry County neighborhood after a rash of rabies cases.

WSB-TV reports a ninth case of rabies was recently found in Hencry County. An alert and 31-day quarantine are set to start Monday in a McDonough neighborhood.

Several rabid raccoons were found in the county several months ago, then there were three rabid foxes that attacked people and pets and now another raccoon.

Vince Farah of Henry County Animal Control tells the television station the number of cases is alarming since he generally sees an average of four or five cases a year and he's already seen about twice that this year.

Residents are asked to get their pets revaccinated for rabies and to keep an eye out for wild animals acting strangely.


Georgia APME Broadcast Awards announced

ATLANTA (AP) — Winners in the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors annual broadcast contest were honored Saturday at the group's meeting in Atlanta.

AP member broadcast stations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island judged the Georgia broadcast contest. Stations were judged in three divisions: radio, television stations serving markets of more than 500,000 and television stations serving markets with fewer than 500,000.

The Pacemaker is awarded to the station in each division with the best overall performance in the contest. It went to WABE for radio, to WXIA in Atlanta in the larger television markets category and WRDW in Augusta for the smaller television markets category.

The Georgia APME, comprised of newspapers and broadcast stations that are members of the news cooperative, also honored WSB-TV for its outstanding member video cooperation.


3 acquitted in prison beating in Macon

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

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A jury has acquitted three Macon State Prison employees of federal charges related to inmate beatings.

The Telegraph newspaper reports jurors acquitted deputy warden James Hinton, along with Corrections Emergency Response Team members Tyler Griffin and Derrick Wimbush. The verdict came around 8 p.m. Friday.

Federal authorities had said the three, along with three other guards, conspired to beat inmates to retaliate for assaults on guards in October and December 2010. Prosecutors said the group also conspired to cover up the beatings.

The Telegraph reports the other team members were acquitted on some counts but were also found guilty on some charges. The charges for which they were found guilty weren't immediately available.

Separately, five guards have pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from alleged incidents at the prison.


Atlanta officer shoots man during investigation

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say an officer shot a man while investigating suspected drug activity.

Sgt. Gregory Lyon tells The Atlanta-Journal Constitution officers have obtained warrants to arrest Desmond Hunter on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property, felony obstruction and carrying a weapon without a license

According to local media reports, the shooting happened around 7 p.m. Friday after two officers approached a group of people to ask about suspected drug activity.

Police say a physical struggle broke out between an officer and a man with a gun. Police say officers used a stun gun on the man before shooting him.

Police said the man was in stable condition at a hospital.

The officers involved are on administrative leave while the investigation continues.


Escaped Ga. inmate captured after hunters find him

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

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Monroe County say an escaped inmate was captured after a group of hunters discovered him.

The hunters called authorities, and deputies arrested James Douglas Kelly without incident shortly after 5.p.m. Friday. He was taken to the Department of Corrections State Diagnostic Center in Jackson.

The Telegraph newspaper in Macon reports that Kelly escaped Wednesday while on work detail. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the hunters found him under a covered shed at a camp near Tobesofkee Creek eating hotdogs and drinking alcohol.

Kelly was in prison serving a sentence for burglary and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He was arrested about five miles from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center property he escaped from.

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