Georgia News Roundup
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Woman kills herself, same bullet wounds ranger

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Police say the same bullet that a woman used to kill herself accidentally struck and wounded a park ranger.

Gwinnett County police say the bullet traveled through the window of a truck and then struck the ranger in the stomach.

D.P. Wright, a 70-year-old ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at Lower Buford Dam Park, was shot the night of June 26 when he went to tell a 34-year-old woman sitting in truck that the park was closed.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith says investigators believe only one shot was fired because one shot was heard and a single shell casing was found.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday ( ) that Wright's family expects him to be discharged from the hospital sometime this week.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Woman recovering from surgery killed in house fire

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — A woman killed in a house fire outside Atlanta had just undergone surgery and could not get out of bed to escape the flames, authorities said.

The woman, in her 50s, was on oxygen at the home on Timor Trail near Lithonia when the fire started in her bedroom around 3 p.m. Monday, DeKalb County fire officials said.

Three men say they tried to rescue the victim, but her oxygen tank exploded, WSB-TV reported.

"We tried to run into the house to help, but it was too smoky," Dino Lyons said. "The fire was too big. It had grown already. The oxygen ignited the flames."

Lovely Watkins told WSB Radio that her granddaughter also tried to save the woman, and called out to her but she didn't have the strength to get up and get out.

"She called her, 'Momma, please get, please get up!' She just didn't have the strength to get up," Watkins said.

Ga. student killed by car as she walked to work

BARNESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a suspect in the hit-and-run death of a college student as she walked to her job at a Huddle House restaurant in Barnesville.

Georgia State Patrol officials say Alexandria Desir of Locust Grove was struck by a vehicle as she walked along Rose Avenue in Barnesville late Saturday night.

Authorities say Desir was a student at Gordon State College in Barnesville.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that investigators believe the vehicle is a Saturn Vue between the model years 2002 and 2005. The right front corner of the vehicle should be damaged, the GSP said, and the light should be missing.

Barnesville is about 60 miles southeast of Atlanta.


Citizenship ceremony set for Carter Library 

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal immigration authorities plan to welcome 55 new U.S. citizens at a special ceremony at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials said in a statement that the agency's Atlanta district director, Denise Frazier, will administer the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony Tuesday morning.

The 55 citizenship candidates come from 33 countries.

The ceremony is part of the agency's annual Independence Day celebration. During a period from July 1 to July 5, the agency says more than 7,800 people will become citizens at more than 100 ceremonies.

UGA Foundation allocates $3.3 million surplus

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia Foundation says it will be offering an additional $3.3 million for scholarships, faculty support and other initiatives in the next fiscal year.

The foundation made the announcement in a press release Monday, saying the surplus funds were the result of strong returns on investments as well as budget management. The foundation provides more than $40 million annually to the university.

Foundation officials say the funds include $1 million designated to support an effort to acquire a piece of property in Washington, D.C., that would be home to UGA's Washington program. Officials say the property would include living and classroom space and enhance the university's presence in the nation's capital.

Funds for need-based scholarships, study abroad scholarships and professional school scholarships were also included.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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