Created: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:15:24 EST
Updated: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:15:24 EST
Man killed; woman, child wounded in home invasion
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a home invasion turned deadly in suburban Atlanta, where a man was shot to death and a woman and child were both wounded by gunshots.
Police in Duluth, just northeast of Atlanta, say they were at the scene of the Wednesday morning crime at the home near Rogers Bridge Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
Duluth police Maj. Don Woodruff said robbery is believed to be the motive.
Woodruff told WSB-TV that the wounded woman was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. He said an 8-year-old child was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, also with non-life threatening injuries.
Woodruff said a 4-year-old child was unharmed.
Lake search turns up no sign of missing man
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Forsyth County authorities say will continuing searching Lake Lanier for a missing partygoer, but don't plan to send any more divers under water.
Authorities have been searching for the last of three people they say ran from a deputy who broke up an unauthorized party at a park near Lake Lanier.
County fire Chief Jason Shivers tells The Forsyth News that searchers have scanned a cove of Lake Lanier with sonar and will continue those efforts. He said they don't expect to do any more diving unless something more turns up.
Shivers said a deputy patrolling an area near Two Mile Creek Park found a group of about 20 teens and young adults early Tuesday morning. Authorities say some were detained but the deputy heard others jump in the water.
OSHA partners with Ga. group for safety workshop
CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is partnering with the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association for a safety and health fair in Chamblee.
Officials say the Aug. 16 event will feature Spanish-language health and safety publications, and a question and answer period on occupational safety and health issues.
Organizers say exhibitors and vendors will also be on hand and will conduct tool and equipment safety demonstrations.
Group hopes to build park in Ga. toddler's memory
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Child safety advocates and others following the case of a Georgia toddler who died in a hot car are raising money in hopes of building a park in his memory.
Police have said 22-month-old Cooper Harris died after being left inside an SUV while his father was at work at a Home Depot office in suburban Atlanta. The child's father Justin Ross Harris, who told police he forgot Cooper was in the car June 18, faces a murder charge.
The Marietta Daily Journal reports that the group known as Cooper's Tree House Foundation has started an online campaign to try and raise $250,000 to build a park either in Marietta or Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Harris is a native of Tuscaloosa and moved to Georgia in 2012 to work for Home Depot.
GRU leading minority cancer research program
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Regents University has been chosen to lead a research program meant to increase minority access to clinical trials and cancer treatments.
GRU officials say the university's cancer center has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to lead the research program in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.
University officials say the Georgia program is one of 12 in the country meant to set community-based cancer research priorities and help address barriers that have historically prevented minorities from participating in clinical trials and other cancer research initiatives.
TVA to cut more than 2,000 jobs
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of a $500 million cost-cutting campaign.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority is making the cuts this year to pare expenses and make electric rates in the Tennessee Valley more competitive with neighboring utilities.
Most of the staff reductions are being made by not filling vacant jobs and through retirements and resignations by the end of next month.
TVA President Bill Johnson said this week that the voluntary reduction offers were well received and avoided the need for massive firings, although some employees are being laid off.
The staff cuts are the agency's largest in more than two decades.
Steve Harvey moves awards to accommodate fan base
ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Harvey says moving his annual Neighborhood Awards from Las Vegas to Atlanta would be more economically feasible to attend for his loyal radio listeners.
Harvey is hosting the 12th annual national convention in Atlanta for the first time. The four-day event will be held at Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center. It kicks off Thursday.
The Neighborhood Awards recognizes small-town business people. It is expected to draw about 150,000 attendees.
Harvey calls the cross-country move logical, because 2.1 million listeners of his "Steve Harvey Morning Show" are within a seven-hour drive radius from Atlanta.
Along with a shorter commute, ticket prices are being reduced by half compared to last year's cost of admission.
The initiative behind the awards is to honor people and businesses that uplift their neighborhoods.
Report: Lutzenkirchen, driver both intoxicated
LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Documents from the Georgia State Patrol show that former Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen and the driver involved in a fatal crash were both legally intoxicated.
Authorities released the toxicology report Wednesday. Lutzenkirchen had a blood alcohol level of .377 at the time of the crash in Troup County on June 30. The 23-year-old was a passenger in the car.
The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.
The report indicates that driver Joseph Ian Davis, who was also killed, had a blood alcohol level of 0.17. He was 22.
The Chevrolet Tahoe ran a stop sign and overturned on a road near LaGrange. Two other passengers were injured.
Several thousand people attended a public memorial for Lutzenkirchen at his high school stadium in Marietta, Georgia.