Heat prompts changes in routines for police horses
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Extreme heat prompted police in Savannah to keep their horses off the city's streets as temperatures were expected to approach 100 degrees in many parts of Georgia.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police Sgt. Gene Lawhorn, who oversees the department's mounted patrol unit, says the horses get a break when the air temperature reaches 97 degrees or the heat index hits 100 degrees - whichever comes first.
The Savannah Morning News reports that officers on Wednesday afternoon hosed down the horses.
The National Weather Service predicted high temperatures around 98 degrees Friday and Saturday in Savannah.
A heat advisory was scheduled to be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Friday in a large part of south and central Georgia, including the cities of Albany, Americus, Brunswick, Columbus, Macon, Statesboro, Valdosta and Waycross.
American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak
ATLANTA (AP) - An American doctor who was released from an Atlanta hospital after surviving the Ebola virus says he's glad for any attention his situation brought to African countries fighting an epidemic.
Thirty-three-year-old Dr. Kent Brantly spoke to reporters briefly Thursday after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. He called for more resources in the ongoing Ebola epidemic and requested prayers for the sick.
Brantly was working in Liberia when he became infected with Ebola, along with American aid worker Nancy Writebol. The 59-year-old Writebol was quietly released Tuesday.
Doctors say both could return to their medical work and expect them to be immune to one type of Ebola virus. They said the two pose no public health threat, and no one should fear being in contact with them.
Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle on a bridge in Columbus.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said the death of the woman, whose name wasn't immediately released, is considered accidental.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the crash happened sometime Thursday night or early Friday, and the exact time was not immediately available.
WTVM-TV reports that Columbus police and the coroner in Phenix City, Alabama, were attempting to locate the woman's relatives on Friday.
Nunn ramps up attacks on Perdue at Ga. Sen forum
MACON, Ga. (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn is ramping up her attacks on Republican David Perdue as the race for Georgia's open Senate seat heats up.
The two met for their first candidate forum Thursday and Nunn quickly set the tone by touting her ability to work across party lines while portraying Perdue as an obstructionist who would continue Washington gridlock.
Perdue didn't respond to the attacks, focusing instead on criticizing the policies of national Democrats and arguing Nunn would be a proxy for President Barack Obama.
The Georgia race is one of the most closely watched this year as Republicans make a push to take control of the Senate for the last two years of Obama's term.
Libertarian Amanda Swafford, who will also appear on the ballot, was not invited to the forum in Macon.
POLICE SHOOTING-COLLEGE PARK
Fugitive squad to search for shooting suspect
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a fugitive squad will continue the hunt for a man accused of shooting at an officer during a chase in College Park, south of Atlanta.
WSB-TV reports that police searched throughout the night and into Friday morning for a gunman after a shootout in a school parking lot in College Park.
College Park Police Deputy Chief Ferman Williford says an officer was chasing a theft suspect Thursday evening when he shot at the officer and continued running. Williford says the officer returned fire.
Williford says the officer wasn't hurt, but a bystander may have suffered a leg wound.
Williford says the suspect is armed and dangerous.
FATAL SHOOTING SENTENCE
GA man gets life sentence in teen's shooting death
ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man who claimed self-defense in a teen's shooting death has been sentenced to life in prison.
District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says 39-year-old Ronnie Clay was found guilty of murder in the death of 18-year-old Jared Billings. Clay was charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Prosecutors say Billings was shot Jan. 1, 2013 in southwest Atlanta after an argument on the front porch of a house. Authorities say Clay pulled a gun on Billings, shot him in the chest and fired three more shots as he fled the scene.
Prosecutors say Clay claimed he shot the teen because he was being robbed at knife point.
Clay was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years.
TRANSPORTATION BOARD ELECTIONS
New leadership chosen for Ga. transportation board
ATLANTA (AP) - Three new officers have been elected to lead the Georgia State Transportation Board.
Officials say Augusta business owner Don Grantham has been elected board chair after serving as vice chair for the past year.
Blue Ridge business owner Emily Dunn has been elected vice chair.
Decatur architect and business owner Robert Brown has been elected secretary.
The state transportation board is the policy-making and governing authority of the Georgia Department of Transportation. Officials say the three were each unanimously elected to the positions by their colleagues and will serve one-year terms.
Ga. woman shoots suspected burglar through door
LILBURN, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say a 73-year-old woman shot through a door and wounded suspected burglar as he approached her bedroom.
Police spokesman Jake Smith said Thursday that the woman called 911 when she heard glass breaking at her back door and fired through her bedroom door when she saw a flashlight shining on the other side.
Smith says the suspect, identified as Jamie Christopher Lewis, took himself to the Eastside Medical Center and was suffering from a non-life threatening wound to his chest. Smith says a Snellville Police officer called Gwinnett County police when he noticed the man had been shot.
Lewis is charged with burglary and it's unclear if he has an attorney.
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