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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials have placed five prison employees on paid leave in connection with the escape of an inmate who spent 10 days on the lam before being caught in Georgia. The Department of Correction announced the moves Monday. Convicted burglar Jerry Mercado escaped from the medium-security Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield on Jan. 7. Authorities believe he may have stowed away in the undercarriage of a garbage truck or state vehicle. He was caught Jan. 17 in Canton, Georgia.

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - A hotel in suburban Atlanta has been evacuated after a man entered and opened fire in the lobby. Henry County police Capt. Joey Smith told news outlets that the incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. Monday when the suspect fired at least one shot, shattering the glass lobby door at the Home2 Suites by Hilton. He says officers found the suspect upstairs.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Port of Savannah is celebrating a big milestone _ moving 4 million cargo containers in a single year. The Georgia Ports Authority announced the breakthrough. Savannah's docks handled just over 4 million container units of imports and exports for the first time during the 2017 calendar year.

ATLANTA (AP) - A man has been fatally shot by another man after a domestic dispute involving his children's mother in suburban Atlanta. Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 40-year-old Troris Murphy was found dead with gunshots wounds in the yard of a townhome on Saturday afternoon. Police say Ernest Watson shot Murphy several times after Murphy physically assaulted the woman.

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