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Georgia News Aug 19

By: AP
By: AP

BURGLARY SLAYING
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia woman is asking neighbors to "help us find justice" after her 44-year-old granddaughter was shot and killed during a burglary at their home that remains unsolved.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Denice Roberts, who had cerebral palsy, died in her grandmother's arms Aug. 10. The women had come home to surprise at least one burglar inside their house in Fayette County. The burglar fled through the back door and fired a gunshot that hit Roberts in the head.
Roberts' 78-year-old grandmother appeared with sheriff's deputies at a news conference Friday. Sheriff's officials say she fears for her life and asked reporters not to use her name.
Sheriff's spokesman Brent Rowan says the slaying had "no rhyme or reason."

ROBINS-LAND BUYOUT
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- Three Georgia counties will split $12.4 million in buyout costs to purchase homes the military says are too close to Robins Air Force Base.
The Telegraph of Macon reports commission chairmen of Bibb, Houston and Peach counties signed a cost-sharing agreement Friday. With help from the state and federal governments, they are buying up 250 parcels of residential property north of the base near Macon, in an area considered at too great a risk for plane crashes and too noisy.
Local officials fear allowing the homes to stay occupied could make Robins a target in the next round of military base closures.
The deal calls for Bibb and Houston counties to put up $6 million apiece, with Peach County chipping in $400,000.

TRAIN DEATH
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a MARTA commuter train carrying several passengers.
WSB-TV reports the fatal collision happened early Saturday at about 1:20 a.m. at the downtown Atlanta Civic Center station on West Peachtree Street. Police say the man, identified as 52-year-old Bert Langley of Atlanta, was in an unauthorized area of the station when the train hit him.
About 20 passengers were aboard the train and were taken to another part of the station to catch connecting trains.
Police say the collision is still under investigation, but their work was not expected to interrupt train service.

BIRTHDAY ROBBERY
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- An Athens man is in jail on charges that he robbed someone at gunpoint during a child's birthday party.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports 25-year-old Jamaal Akem Ball was arrested Thursday on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary.
Police say the suspect stole $250 from a man hosting the birthday party April 28. Police say Ball drew a snub-nosed pistol from beneath his shirt, pointed it at the man's head and demanded money. Party guests who knew Ball identified him to police.
When he was arrested nearly four months later, Ball also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on an unrelated charge. It was unknown if Ball had hired an attorney.

TRANSPORTATION-EARMARKS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation says Georgia has $11 million in federal funding to spend on road and rail projects, but the money must be used by the end of the year.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the money announced Friday is part of $473 million nationwide being freed up by President Barack Obama.
The Georgia money comes from unspent earmark funds. Congress banned the practice of steering money to specific projects last year amid criticism of wasteful spending.
Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden says the state will review transportation projects assigned by Congress from 2003 to 2006 to see what be completed by Dec. 31. The biggest project is $2.97 million for rail facilities near Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia authorities are searching for an Atlanta man missing who went missing after he jumped from a sailboat into the waters of Lake Lanier.
WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/OJAyf8 ) 44-year-old Jeffrey Nause jumped overboard and plunged into the lake early Saturday, about 30 minutes after midnight.
Georgia Department of Resources Sgt. Mike Burgamy says Nause was on the sailboat with a woman and another couple before he vanished beneath the water. He says Nause may have been drinking.
The Hall County Sheriff's Office is assisting the DNR in its search and investigation.


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