Georgia News Roundup
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Retired Marine Sgt. Gary Tolar tapped for Georgia juvenile justice post

ATLANTA (AP) — Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles has announced he's hired a retired Marine Corps sergeant to serve as assistant deputy commissioner for secure facilities.

In a release, Niles says Gary Tolar will draw from 30 years of military experience in his new position.

Officials say Tolar comes to the department from the U.S. Marine Corps 4th Reconnaissance Battalion. Among other things, Tolar was responsible for ensuring that U.S. missions met operational guidelines.

Department spokesman Jim Shuler says Tolar, of Loganville, has been awarded more than 10 military service awards. Officials say he's working toward a degree in business management from the University of Virginia.

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Adult stores robbed 13 times since April

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are searching for a suspect in more than a dozen robberies of an adult store's metro Atlanta locations.

The Star Enterprises stores have been robbed 13 times since April.

Investigators believe one man is behind the robberies, which stretch from Gwinnett to Rockdale counties. In Rockdale County, officials say he's considered the county's most wanted criminal.

Surveillance video of one robbery obtained by WSB-TV ( shows the suspect shooting his way into a store. Employee Tobi Valury said the man pointed a gun at him and a woman in the store and asked them to empty the cash drawer.

Star Enterprises is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Conyers police are offering a separate reward through CrimeStoppers.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Off-duty police officer carjacked in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Atlanta police officer was held at gunpoint and then carjacked at a traffic light.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports  that the crime happened around 3 a.m. Sunday on North Avenue at Argonne Avenue.

Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said the suspect walked to the officer's vehicle and pointed a handgun at him. The suspect demanded the officer's phone and ordered him to leave his vehicle.

Police later located the vehicle -- as well as a pistol the officer had inside it -- near the corner of Freemont and Adelle streets.

The suspect remains at large.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Crews use boats, divers, chopper in river search

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Divers and rescue crews using boats and a helicopter have been searching the Savannah riverfront after witnesses reported seeing a man in the water asking for help.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say two witnesses reported seeing a young man sitting along the waterfront and then hearing a splash on Sunday morning. They reported seeing the man in the water asking for help but were unable to get a nearby rope to him before he sank.

Divers from the police department and Savannah Fire and Rescue searched the area for several hours. They were aided officers on shore and on boats belonging to the police and fire departments, U.S. Coast Guard and Georgia Department of Natural Resources and a coast guard helicopter.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Planetarium stars spell love for Georgia couple 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The way the stars aligned inside a Macon planetarium caught a 22-year-old college student by surprise.

The stars spelled out a question: "Krystal Sanderson Will You Marry Me?"

Sanderson's boyfriend Alan Gilbert was behind the message that appeared at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Macon on Sunday. One of their first dates had been under the stars, and the couple spent a lot of time gazing up at the night sky.

So the 23-year-old Gilbert convinced Sanderson to come with him to the planetarium.

The Telegraph reports that the couple sat through a 30-minute show about prehistoric sea creatures before his question appeared on the screen, against a background of the Earth and stars while music played.

Others attending the show applauded after she accepted the ring.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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