Georgia News Roundup
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Public viewing scheduled for Evelyn Lowery

ATLANTA (AP) — A public viewing ceremony has been scheduled for civil rights and women's empowerment pioneer, Evelyn Lowery.

Lowery, was the wife of civil rights activist Rev. Joseph Lowery, past president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Evelyn Lowery died Thursday morning at the age of 88 after complications associated with a recent stroke. Lowery founded SCLC/Women, Inc. to focus on empowering women, girls and families. She also created the Drum Major for Justice Awards, held annually in Atlanta.

Cascade United Methodist Church in southwest Atlanta is planning a public viewing Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. A memorial service is being held Wednesday morning at the International Chapel at Morehouse College.

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State officials recognizing 'Georgia Pre-K Week' 

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 100 state and local officials are expected to visit thousands of pre-kindergarten classrooms as the Department of Early Care and Learning recognizes Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 as Georgia Pre-K Week.

Department spokesman Reg Griffin says Commissioner Bobby Cagle and First Lady Sandra Deal are scheduled to visit three child care programs in Alpharetta on Monday.

Griffin says they, and other state officials, will join in for educational activities, facility tours and one-on-one discussions with staff members.

Cagle says educating children from birth to age 5 is critical to their success in kindergarten and elementary school. Cagle says investing in pre-kindergarten education in Georgia is key toward children reaching their potential and the state's long-term economic growth.

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AARP hosting national convention in Atlanta 

ATLANTA (AP) — The AARP is hosting a day of service in Atlanta as part of its annual national convention at the Georgia World Congress Center this week.

The group's national expo is titled "Life@50+" and the organization is hosting a day of community service that will feature former NFL quarterback Dan Marino, sportscaster James "JB" Brown and others Thursday morning before teams of volunteers work on service projects throughout the city.

AARP officials say volunteers will work at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Books for Africa, the DeKalb Senior Center, the Salvation Army and more.

The organization's annual convention runs Wednesday through Saturday. The convention includes a session featuring Julian Bond and former Atlanta Mayor, congressman and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young.

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Woman found shot inside minivan in Atlanta suburbs 

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A woman was found wounded by gunfire inside a minivan in Atlanta's northeast suburbs, and police are trying to learn what led to the shooting.

Authorities say the woman was found bleeding in the vehicle at a gas station in Norcross early Monday morning.

CBS Atlanta reports that police found the woman around 1:30 a.m. outside the Exxon station on Jimmy Carter Blvd. near Rolling Way. Police said the woman, who was alert and breathing, was taken to a hospital.

Gwinnett County police turned over the case to DeKalb County police when they learned that the shooting occurred in nearby DeKalb County.

Few other details were immediately available early Monday.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

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Police: Armed men rob store, set business ablaze 

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a business owner is recovering from burns after police say armed men robbed his store and then set the building on fire.

Police say the crime happened Sunday at a Play N Trade store in the Cherokee County town of Woodstock, just north of Atlanta.

Investigators tell WSB Radio that three to four suspects held up the store and poured gasoline to start the blaze.

Woodstock police Sgt. Randy Milligan says officers found the building on fire when they arrived shortly before noon Sunday.

Antwain Jordan was at the shopping complex and said a cloud of smoke was coming from inside, and the store owner emerged with burns on his legs. Authorities say 42-year-old store owner Troy Braselton was in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Information from: WSB-AM.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Man shot to death at motel in Macon 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Macon police are investigating a deadly shooting at a motel in the central Georgia city.

Police say the killing occurred around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the Scottish Inn on Romeiser Drive, near Middle Georgia State College.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells The Telegraph that a 19-year old man was killed in an altercation that began in one of the rooms and spilled outside.

Jones said authorities were trying to locate next of kin before releasing the man's identity.

Few other details were immediately available early Monday.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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$1,500 missing from Macon police evidence safe 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Records show that more than $1,500 has disappeared from an evidence safe in the Macon Police Department's crime lab.

The Telegraph reported the thefts after reviewing several hundred pages of documents obtained through the Georgia's open records law.

The newspaper reports that the money went missing between April 2010 and May 2011, and the apparent thefts were possible because of lapses in security and record-keeping.

Police say those problems have been addressed, but investigators still don't know where the money went.

Macon police Maj. Charles Stone, head of the department's Criminal Investigations Division, said he doesn't think the thefts will affect any prosecutions. Stone said the case appears to be "strictly a money theft."

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Jet that crashed in California has ties to Alabama, Georgia 

ATLANTA (AP) — Records show that a private jet that crashed into a hangar at a Southern California airport is owned by a company with offices in Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala.

Authorities said they did not expect to find any survivors from the flight from Idaho, which ran off the runway Sunday night at Santa Monica Municipal Airport and crashed into a storage hangar. The impact caused the hangar to collapse in flames around the jet.

Federal Aviation Administration records show that the Cessna 525A is registered to a Malibu, Calif. address and its corporate owner, Creative Real Estate Exchange, has offices in Birmingham and Atlanta.

Investigators have been unable to determine how many people were aboard the twin-engine Cessna Citation, which is designed to hold eight passengers and two crew members.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Waffle House customers robbed in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Police in Atlanta are investigating the pre-dawn robbery of several customers inside a Waffle House in the city's Buckhead area.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said three men at the 24-hour restaurant were robbed of their iPhones and jewelry.

Police say the crime happened shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday at the business on Piedmont Road.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that no injuries were reported.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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