Georgia News Roundup
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Company identifies worker killed at Savannah mill

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — International Paper Co. officials have identified a worker killed at the company's Savannah mill as 58-year-old Ricky Salter.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Salter, a maintenance worker, was killed at the facility on Sunday.

Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Julian Miller said Salter was in or around an elevator when he was killed at the facility on West Lathrop Avenue. He was declared dead at the scene.

Mill spokeswoman Karen Bogans said in a statement that Salter was a valued and respected member of the company's Savannah workforce and had been an employee for more than two years.

She said grief counseling will be available to employees through the company's employee assistance program.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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Police probe stabbing of pit bull inside pet store

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Police say a pit bull was repeatedly stabbed during a pet adoption event inside a PetSmart store in the west Georgia town of Newnan, horrifying adults and children.

A police report states that a man stabbed the pit bull, Clara, after it slipped out of its collar and began tugging on the ear of his dog, a Westie Terrier.

Teresa Reeves tells WXIA-TV that the man pulled out a pocket knife and repeatedly stabbed Clara. Reeves said there was "blood everywhere" and the worst thing she's ever seen.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports that the pit bull was euthanized due to the severity of the stab wounds.

No arrests have been made.

PetSmart said in a statement the safety of people and pets in its stores is its top priority.

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Alabama man shot to death; Georgia man wounded 

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the killing of an Opelika man in a shooting that also wounded a Georgia man.

Lee County sheriff's officials say the gunfire happened late Sunday evening, when 29-year-old Jertheaus Antez Williams was shot in the head and later died.

Authorities said 43-year-old Marcus Keith Byrom of Montezuma, Georgia, was shot multiple times in his left arm and torso. He was flown to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. Deputies said Byrom was in serious but stable condition Monday afternoon.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that multiple 911 calls were made by people attending a poker party an address on U.S. Highway 431 North in Opelika. Deputies and police officers found about 12 people surrounding the two wounded men on their backs, a short distance from the roadway.

Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Georgia Tech police probe robberies of students

ATLANTA (AP) — Police at the Georgia Institute of Technology are investigating a pair of robberies, telling students in a crime alert that one suspect is described as 12 to 13 years old.

Georgia Tech police say a student reported that a white minivan pulled up to him as he walked on Ferst Drive Northwest near Cherry Street Northwest Wednesday night. Police said a passenger in the van got out, showed a handgun and demanded the student's property.

Police said the second robbery happened minutes later and also involved a white van. In that case, a male and female student reported that a passenger in the van displayed a handgun and demanded their property as they walked on Tenth Street.

Police described the van as a white Dodge Caravan with a Georgia license plate.

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Halliburton reaches $1.1B oil spill settlement

HOUSTON (AP) — Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years.

Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The deal will settle claims assigned to Halliburton as a result of BP's settlement in 2012 and punitive damages from the loss of property or commercial fishing activity resulting from the oil spill.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Study: Georgia disaster preparation weak for kids

ATLANTA (AP) — A child aid group says Georgia is among 21 states failing to meet standards for protecting kids during natural disasters.

Save the Children on Tuesday released its 2014 National Report Card on protecting Children in Disasters.

After Hurricane Katrina, the National Commission on Children and Disasters reviewed the nation's disaster preparation and made final recommendations in 2010. Save the Children boiled those down to four areas for child care providers: evacuation and relocation plans, family-child reunification plans, special needs student plans and a written emergency plan at all K-12 schools.

According to the study, Georgia met one of the criteria by requiring schools to have emergency plans. The study says a January storm that stranded some Atlanta-area students at schools or on buses overnight demonstrates why more preparation is needed.

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