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Georgia News Sep 16

By: AP
By: AP

POLICE OFFICER-CRASH
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- City officials have recommended firing an Albany police officer involved in a serious crash.
Assistant City Manager West Smith said authorities have moved to terminate Police Cpl. Gary Price.
Smith told The Albany Herald that Price will have a hearing with the city manager to discuss his future with the police department. Smith declined to comment further.
Price drove a police vehicle through a red light on June 30, resulting in a collision with a truck. Reports indicate that the police lights on Price's vehicle were flashing when he went through the intersection. The accident sent two adults and five children to a hospital.
A phone listing for Price could not be found.

HINESVILLE FIRE
HINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A fire has destroyed the home of a Hinesville family.
Authorities said a deputy sheriff saw the blaze Saturday morning and immediately called for help.
The fire department sent six trucks to fight the fire. By the time the fire was contained, the mobile home had been totally destroyed.
The Savannah Morning News reports that the occupants were not home when the fire started. The American Red Cross is providing the family with disaster assistance.

TURNER FIELD
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta officials are seeking ideas for developing a 55-acre tract of land north of Turner Field into a sports and entertainment district.
Invest Atlanta, the city's economic development agency, made the request for ideas on Friday. It aims to turn the parking lots around the ballpark into a more vibrant neighborhood.
Redevelopment projects have run into trouble during a down economy. But Invest Atlanta Redevelopment Director Ty Rachal told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that signs point a revival of the local market.
The city wants a development that could support thousands of fans when the Braves are playing, yet still attract visitors when the team is on the road. It also wants ways to pay homage to key moments for the team, for example, Hank Aaron's record-breaking 755th home run.

GUN IN COURT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A woman has been arrested for carrying a loaded handgun into Gwinnett County Courthouse.
The sheriff's office said Lesley Fanning was arrested Wednesday when security officers using a scanner spotted the gun. Authorities said Fanning did not have a permit to carry the weapon.
She was charged with bringing a weapon into a courthouse and having prescription narcotics not in their original container.
WSB-TV reports that Fanning is the daughter-in-law of former county commissioner Shirley Lasseter. Lasseter and her son, John Fanning, have pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.
Fanning has been released on bond. It was not immediately clear whether she had an attorney.


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