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Updated: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:15:18 EST

SHOOTINGS-CARJACKING-GEORGIA

2 dead, 3 injured in northwest Georgia shootings

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Northwest Georgia authorities are investigating a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded.

They say a gunman shot multiple victims at one house, crashed a car into another house, shot the occupant, committed a carjacking, crashed the vehicle and shot himself in the head.

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap says three people were shot at a house in Cartersville and one was pronounced dead on the scene. Millsap says the gunman fled and crashed a car into a house where he kicked in the door in and shot an occupant in the hand.

Millsap says the shooter then carjacked an elderly man and his grandson and crashed their vehicle into a truck. Millsap says the impact caused a fire and the gunman shot himself in the head.

BRUNSWICK POLICE-RETIRE RESIGN

Brunswick chief retires after training probe

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The police chief for the city of Brunswick has retired after an investigation into an online training program for officers. Two other officers have resigned.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Chief Tobe Green and the two officers have been on paid administrative leave since July 15. City Manager Bill Weeks says he asked the officers for their resignations or retirement after an investigation found "inappropriate conduct" related to an online program offered by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

The council in June asked police agencies across Georgia to look into a glitch in the state's online training system that allowed at least 500 officers statewide to earn training credits without spending the required number of hours.

Weeks told the newspaper he had spoken with the council.

ATLANTA POLICE-TELEVISION SHOW

Atlanta police to be featured on television show

ATLANTA (AP) — Members of the Atlanta Police Department's Narcotics Unit will be featured on an upcoming episode of a National Geographic Network show.

Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy says the unit will be featured on a Wednesday episode of the series "Drugs Inc."

Espy says the episode will focus on the powdered form of the drug MDMA — known as "Molly" — which has become popular across the country. Authorities say the drug was once sold in pill form as Ecstasy and is promoted as being purer and additive-free.

Police say because demand for the drug has risen sharply, producers struggling to keep a steady supply have started introducing new and dangerous chemicals to it.

COURTHOUSE-FIRE

Hancock Co. looking for temporary space after fire

SPARTA, Ga. (AP) — Hancock County officials are searching for temporary office space after a historic courthouse was gutted by a fire.

The county's commissioners may agree Wednesday to lease space from Oconee Fall Line Technical College's branch in Sparta for $1 a year. WMAZ-TV reports that all county business is at a standstill after Monday's early morning fire.

One commissioner says people who have to pay bills may get a grace period. The county clerk says employees still will be paid.

State authorities have said the fire caused about $5.5 million in damage to the Hancock County Courthouse which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cause of the fire is undetermined and no evidence of foul play was found.

FORT GORDON-SOLDIER DEATH

Team investigating Fort Gordon soldier death

(Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com)

FORT GORDON, Ga. (AP) — A team from Fort Rucker, Alabama has taken the lead in investigating a Fort Gordon soldier's death during a training exercise.

The Augusta Chronicle reports the body of 27-year-old Anthony Thomas Scardino was found Friday night after he went missing during land navigation training that afternoon. Fort Gordon spokesman J.C. Mathews said it is standard procedure for a team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center to investigate accidents, particularly when someone dies.

Mathews says an autopsy was performed Sunday by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.

Base officials said in a statement that 2nd Lt. Scardino had three deployments. Scardino was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard and was temporarily assigned at Fort Gordon for training.

GEORGIA MOVIE STUDIO

Production company plans construction in 2014

(Information in the following story is from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com)

MELDRIM, Ga. (AP) — A production company promising a film studio campus in Effingham County in southeast Georgia is hoping to complete the first building by the end of 2014.

Medient Studios Inc. officials presented their master plan to local officials on Tuesday. The Savannah Morning News reports that CEO Jake Shapiro says the initial production building will support 200 jobs.

Shapiro says the first phase of construction including two stages will cost between $15 and $25 million. Later projects include hotels, a lake, sport fields and an amphitheater.

Some local officials say they're skeptical a project can get through a state review process before the end of the year. A committee plans to meet weekly while work continues.

COMMON CORE-HEARING

Ga. education board holds Common Core hearing

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Supporters of Common Core are urging state leaders not to move away from the education standards.

A series of public hearings to discuss the standards began with Tuesday's session. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that most of about 25 speakers supported the standards, including several current and retired teachers.

State Board of Education members are holding the sessions in congressional districts during the next few months and will send the feedback to the University of Georgia. The information will then be reviewed by the board as they consider whether to make changes to the standards.

Common Core has drawn opposition from some conservatives who view it as federal intrusion on local education decisions. Supporters say the standards increase the academic rigor of schools across the country.

KENNESAW MAYOR-ETHICS

Website at center of ethics complaint in Kennesaw

(Information in the following story is from: Marietta Daily Journal, http://mdjonline.com/)

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A Kennesaw resident has filed an ethics complaint against the city's mayor after a dispute over a website.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Mark Harris is a frequent critic of Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews and filed the complaint with the Kennesaw Ethics Board on Tuesday. Harris says Matthews used the city attorney's services to send a cease-and-desist letter about a website that Harris operates. The letter says the site impersonates Matthews by using his name as its title and web address.

At a recent city council meeting, Matthews said some residents believed statements on the site were coming from him.

The board has 60 days to conduct a hearing after receiving a complaint.

HEALTH HAZARD-CRUELTY

Parents face child cruelty charges for messy home

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Snellville man and woman face child cruelty charges after authorities say their two teenage sons were found living in hazardous conditions at the family home.

The teens were removed from the home after animal control officers were called to the address Friday and notified state welfare workers. Police say they found roaches and fleas, cat feces and urine and trash in the kitchen of the home and in one boy's bedroom.

WSB-TV reports that the boys are staying with their grandparents.

BIRD STRIKE CONFERENCE

Aviation, wildlife leaders to discuss bird strikes

ATLANTA (AP) — Wildlife experts and aviation industry leaders are scheduled to meet in Atlanta to discuss methods to help prevent bird strikes.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say the airport's fire training facility is hosting the annual Bird Strike Committee conference Wednesday afternoon.

Organizers say the three-day conference is expected to include more than 200 attendees sharing best practices to prevent collisions between birds and aircrafts.

According to the group's website, bird strikes cause more than $700 million in damage to U.S. civil and military aircrafts and the collisions put flight crew and passengers at risk.

Committee officials say the conferences are typically composed of practical classroom and field training sessions, presentation of technical papers, exhibits and demonstrations with vendors, and a trip to a local wildlife management area.

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