Georgia News Roundup
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Police seize $3 million in drug known as 'Molly'

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — Police say they found more than $3 million in the drug known as Molly when officers served a search warrant at a house in Morrow.

Authorities say the drug is a mix of Ecstasy and methamphetamine.

Police say the person inside the home had a large amount of the drug when officers showed up with the warrant on Thursday night.

Clayton County police Maj. Alan Holloway tells WSB-TV that the drug would have had a street value of around $3 million.

Officers arrested at least one person at the home. Details on the suspect were not immediately available.

Morrow is about 15 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


MARTA plans crackdown on 'nuisance' riders 

ATLANTA (AP) — Metro Atlanta's public transit system is vowing to crack down on riders who bother other passengers by begging, listening to loud music and being unruly.

The effort is part of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's "Ride with Respect" campaign.

MARTA executives tell WSB-TV that so-called nuisance crimes are one reason people avoid riding the trains and buses -- and they want to improve public perceptions about safety on the system.

MARTA's board is set to vote Monday on a plan that could result in violators being banned from the system for up to a year.

MARTA General Manager Keith Parker warned that riders will see increased warnings and citations for panhandling and nuisance crimes.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Insurance firm to add 600 jobs in Columbus area 

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is preparing office space as it plans to add hundreds of jobs in the Columbus area.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the Atlanta-based insurance firm has announced in recent weeks that it's adding 600 jobs in Columbus.

The company has signed a two-year lease for 47,700 square feet of space in Muscogee Technology Park on the city's northeast side. Blue Cross spokesman Bert Kelly says the company will house about 400 workers at the site when it's finished.

The company's new hires are expected to increase its Columbus-area workforce to about 1,800. A portion of its employees work remotely from their homes.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Man falls 4 stories from parking deck, survives 

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old man who they say leaped from the top of the Classic Center parking deck in Athens and plunged four stories during a foot chase with police is expected to survive.

Athens-Clarke County police say Christopher Lee Porterfield of Danielsville fell four stories, struck a concrete retaining wall and landed on a ground-floor patio Thursday morning.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Porterfield was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center. Police describe his injuries as not life-threatening.

An officer began following the man's car shortly after 5 a.m. Authorities say he entered the deck and sped to its highest level, got out and jumped from a ledge. Police said Senior Officer Jimmy King reached out in an unsuccessful attempt to grab Porterfield to keep him from jumping.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Augusta to consider 'slum' designation downtown 

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta city leaders are considering a measure designating part of the downtown area as a "slum area" in order to redevelop it.

A city committee on Monday will decide whether to approve the designation for 594 downtown acres in the east Georgia city. The Augusta Chronicle reports that the area is bounded roughly by 15th and Reynolds streets, Gordon Highway and Walton Way.

The city is considering the measure to secure money to fund some of the $40 million in renovations at Augusta Municipal Building.

Georgia's Urban Redevelopment Law allows governments to create Urban Redevelopment Areas if they include "slum" conditions. That gives local governments the ability to issue different types of bonds for redevelopment. It also gives a government increased powers to buy and sell properties for redevelopment.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle ,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


State inadvertently shares Social Security numbers 

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say Social Security numbers and other information about thousands of Georgians have been inadvertently shared by a state agency.

The Georgia Department of Labor says one of its employees mistakenly sent the data on 4,757 unemployed residents to about 1,000 people. The information was sent at 3:58 p.m. Thursday, in the form of an email and attachment.

People whose information was shared are primarily from Cobb and Cherokee counties, and people in those same counties received the information by mistake, officials said.

State officials asked those who received the email to hit the delete button, WSB Radio reported.

"This email and the attachment contained confidential information that must be deleted," labor officials said in a follow-up email to people who received the data. "We request that you please delete the email and attachment immediately."

State labor officials say they will provide free credit monitoring services to all of the people affected.

But some people remained concerned about the potential for identity theft.

Raymond Hickcox said he was worried that everyone who got the email won't be honest and delete the information.

"Clearly, everybody can make a mistake," Hickcox told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Now that it's out, what do you do to keep people's information from being compromised?"

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