Georgia News: 1st Black Olympic Decathalon Winner Dies; Copter Crash in Atlanta; Toddler Shot and Killed

By: AP
By: AP

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Milt Campbell, who became the first black to win the Olympic decathlon in 1956 and went on to play professional football and become a motivational speaker, has died after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 78.
Linda Rusch, Campbell's partner of 13 years, said Campbell died Friday at his home in Gainesville, about 55 miles northwest of Atlanta. She said he had been fighting prostate cancer for a decade.
A native of Plainfield, N.J., Campbell was a rising high school senior when he won the silver medal for the decathlon at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, finishing second to Bob Mathias. Four years later, Campbell won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Campbell is a 1999 inductee into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and was honored this year by the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say an Atlanta police helicopter has crashed in the city.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said the helicopter went down about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in northwest Atlanta and that police had gone to the crash site. It was not clear whether anyone onboard had survived and he had no immediate update on any deaths or injuries.
Local television news stations showed police and emergency vehicles at the scene, which was cordoned off after the crash.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Police in Georgia say several people have been injured after shooting broke out at a crowded fair in Savannah.
Savannah-Chatham County police spokesman Julian Miller said he didn't know how many people were hurt late Saturday, but said none of the victims appeared to have life-threatening injuries.
Memorial Health University Medical Center spokeswoman Dawn Henderson says six people have been brought to the hospital from the fairgrounds. No details of their conditions were immediately available.
Sarah Smith, a deputy coroner for Georgia's Chatham County where the fairgrounds are located, says no deaths have been reported to the coroner's office.
Miller says shooting erupted at the Coastal Empire Fair shortly before closing time while large crowds remained at the fairgrounds. Miller says several people were taken into police custody for questioning.

ATLANTA (AP) -- The contractors building a new nuclear power plant in eastern Georgia have filed a lawsuit seeking more than $900 million from Southern Co. and other plant owners. The lawsuit filed Thursday at a federal court in Washington is the third between the parties over the construction of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) near Augusta.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal transportation officials are investigating reports that a Georgia Nissan dealership sold a recalled vehicle without performing mandatory repairs. Investigators report they are looking into at least one case of a Nissan Quest minivan sold by the Gwinnet Place Nissan dealer, in Duluth, Ga. The investigation notice was posted online Saturday to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed the wife of a high-ranking state official to the Board of Workers' Compensation. Deal released an executive order Friday naming Elizabeth Gobeil to replace former GOP state Rep. Warren Massey, whose term ended in January.

ATLANTA (AP) -- A toddler has been killed by a shooting in Atlanta, while her infant brother is hospitalized. Police said the shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. Saturday when someone fired two bullets through a door in south Atlanta. The shots hit Ty-Teyanna Motley and her 1-year-old brother, Isaiah. The victims' uncle, Charlie Howard, said both children were sleeping with their grandmother on a sofa near the door.


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