Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta police to swear in 28 new officers

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Police Department is set to swear in 28 new police officers.

The new class of officers is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday afternoon at the Atlanta Police Training Academy.

The ceremony marks the end of 12 weeks of training at the academy. That training includes classroom instruction in constitutional law, local and state laws, Atlanta Police Department policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness.

The Atlanta Police Department has more than 2,000 sworn officers, which makes it the largest law enforcement agency in Georgia.

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Police identify man, woman killed by gunfire 

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Police say there's no history of domestic violence within the past several years between a man and woman killed in a shooting that involved a police officer.

Gwinnett County police on Wednesday identified the couple as 80-year-old Betty Jo Massengale and 73-year-old James Daniel Guler. Both were killed by gunshots early Wednesday at the home where they lived on Old Shadburn Ferry Road near Buford.

Police say an officer was walking toward the residence when a female approached him in the driveway. Authorities say a male suspect shot the female in the back, and the officer opened fire on the man. Police say the man fell to the ground and fired another shot. The officer wasn't hurt.

Police haven't determined whether the man died from the officer's shot or from a self-inflicted gunshot.

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2 people killed, 1 hurt in crash in Gwinnett County

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in a wreck involving a semitrailer in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs. A third person was listed in critical condition after the late Wednesday night crash.

Police say the accident happened on Satellite Boulevard near Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett County, just northeast of Atlanta.

Gwinnett County police tell WSB-TV that the semi struck a Chrysler PT Cruiser on Satellite Boulevard. The truck then jumped the curb, took out part of a guard rail and landed inside a wooded area.

Authorities say the driver and front-seat passenger in the PT Cruiser were killed. The back seat passenger was in critical condition.

Few other details were immediately available early Thursday.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Savannah-area officers apprehend 26 wanted people

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Law enforcers in the Savannah area say they captured 26 wanted criminal suspects during a sweep that involved dozens of officers from several agencies.

The two-day P.R.O.P.S. (Police, Probation and Parole Responders of Public Safety) ended Wednesday night.

Authorities say officers also checked to see whether dozens of people were complying with terms of their probation and parole.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Willie Lovett commissioned the operation. Police said in a statement that representatives from eight law enforcement agencies joined the department's patrol division to conduct the operation.

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Child, 2, nearly drowns in Augusta Mall fountain

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old child nearly drowned after falling into a fountain at an east Georgia shopping mall and was hospitalized in critical condition.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the accident happened Wednesday afternoon at the Augusta Mall.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies and emergency crews responded to the mall's lower level near Sears shortly before 5 p.m.

Sheriff's Sgt. Shane McDaniel said a nurse who was shopping at the mall performed CPR on the child. Emergency crews continued CPR when they arrived.

Authorities say the child was revived and taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he was in critical condition.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

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Lee County Florida Sheriff upset about Ludacris concert

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott is upset that Florida Gulf Coast University has hired Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris to headline a concert in November at a county owned park.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports Scott emailed university president Wilson Bradshaw this week regarding the November event, called "Eaglepalooza."

In a series of emails The News-Press obtained through public records requests, Scott challenged President Wilson Bradshaw to overrule a student group's decision to bring the nationally known rapper to Southwest Florida.

"I can't for the life of me begin to imagine why a black university president would sanction such vile content," Scott wrote.

Scott says Ludacris, who grew up in Atlanta, uses racial slurs in his songs, glorifies violence and sings about illegal drugs. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is also scheduled to play.

Ludacris and Lamar have censored versions that play on the radio, but Scott shared uncensored lyrics in his emails that contain numerous vulgarities, including derivatives of the N-word that "glamorize racial slurs."

Scott asked his legal department whether he could decline requests for off-duty deputies to work security detail, like it did for a Girls Gone Wild request, or if it could bill the university for an enormous manpower demand by citing "the pattern of local and national trends for heightened violence at these hip-hop shows." Scott also recommended that Lee County government deny an event permit for the concert, which is slated for Nov. 24 at JetBlue Park.

Bradshaw emailed Scott on Monday saying students had the final say about the talent.

Bradshaw also assured the sheriff the school would hire off-duty officers for the event and everyone will be screened by metal detectors.

The university president declined to comment Wednesday on issues related to race.

"As a university president — black or white — periodically there are expressed views related to students and faculty that the president doesn't personally or professionally sanction or share," Bradshaw wrote. "In this case, our students indicated a strong interest in inviting these performers to Eaglepalooza, and our staff assures me they are doing everything possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for the attendees."

Past Eaglepalooza performers include Pitbull, Flo Rida, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and LMFAO. This year's Eaglepalooza budget is $250,000, according to Mike Rollo, vice president for student affairs. The money comes from a student activities fee and ticket sales.

Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com

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