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4 Georgia Prisons on Lockdown

ATLANTA -- Four Georgia prisons have been locked down for security reasons. "The Wardens at four state prisons in Georgia made the decision at a local level," Department of Corrections spokeswoman Peggy Chapman said in a statement. "The duration of the lockdown has not been determined." "Lockdown status consists of inmates being confined to their cells," she added. "There will be no visitation, telephone calls or store calls until the lockdown has been lifted." It's not clear which prisons have been locked down. No further details are yet available....

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Gwinnett High Schooler Killed In Hit-And-Run

Atlanta - GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Police were looking for a driver who struck and killed a Gwinnett County high school student near the Gwinnett Place Mall on Tuesday. Agustin Cortes, 17, of Lawrenceville, was a student at Berkmar High School in Lilburn.The incident happened on Pleasant Hill Road near Gwinnett Place Drive. Witnesses told police that a tan or brown car struck the young man and kept driving west toward Duluth. The victim was not in a crosswalk at the time, according to police. A witness told police that they saw a partial...

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Secret Santa Drops $5,500 Into Kettle At Ga. Store

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Someone slipped a $5,500 donation into one of the Salvation Army's red kettles in northwest Georgia, a Chattanooga spokeswoman for the charity said Wednesday. Salvation Army spokeswoman Kimberly George said the charity found 55 $100 bills in one of its donation kettles, making it the largest cash donation in the area.She said the gift deposited Tuesday is especially welcome because donations this season."This will be a boost, but the need is great," George said. "Need is up 30 percent and donations have been, at best, flat."George said there have...

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House Catches Fire Twice In Less Than 10 Hrs

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A teen and his grandmother were displaced after a fire consumed their Riverdale home on Thursday. It was the second reported fire at the home on Soapstone Lane within 10 hours, firefighters said.Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh went to the destroyed home, where windows were already boarded up from Wednesday’s fire. Seventeen-year-old Timmy Doan lived at the home with his grandmother. He said he was home alone when the first fire started at about 7:30 p.m. He said he ran outside and called 911.Clayton County Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Thomas said...

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Verizon store hit by smash-and-grab burglars

A Ponce de Leon Avenue cell phone store was targeted by smash-and-grab burglars early Tuesday. A rock was thrown through the glass front door of the Verizon Wireless store across Ponce from the old City Hall East building about 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones. Jones told the AJC that the thieves took two Apple iPads, two HP netbook computers and four "smart" phones. An employee arriving for work at the nearby Whole Foods witnessed three males running from the stairwell leading to the Verizon store and getting into a red, late model...

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Top superintendents’ base pay blossoms with add-ons

Georgia's highest-paid schools superintendent, J. Alvin Wilbanks in Gwinnett, had a base salary of $272,249 in 2009-2010. Wilbanks declined one salary adjustment he was entitled to this year based on a slight rise in teacher compensation. But after factoring in the rest of his contractual add-ons, his total topped out at $390,556. That includes payments twice a year for unused leave time, a perk that's unusual among superintendents in metro Atlanta and unavailable to most teachers, at least until they retire. Cobb County Schools Superintendent Fred Sanderson's base salary was $210,596. Sanderson's contract does not entitle him to...

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College Student Shot, Killed At Off-Campus Party

BARNESVILLE, Ga. -- Three men are in custody following the brutal slaying of a Gordon College student. Barnesville police told Channel 2 Action News reporter Richard Elliot that the three men burst into a college house party Saturday night and tried to rob the 10 to 12 people there, but something went wrong.Danavan Bussey, 21, of Millegeville, lived at the house on Westchester Drive as he attended college. According to Barnesville Police Chief Chuck Keadle, one of the suspects shot Bussey in the face with a shotgun. Bussey was rushed to an area hospital,...

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Father Of Three Gunned Down Outside Home

ATLANTA -- A father of three was shot to death just steps from his front door in northwest Atlanta, police said. The shooting happened on Griffin Street near Orr Street on Wednesday night.The victim’s mother told Channel 2 Action News that her son, Wayne Wright Jr., 29, had three children -- the youngest being a 9-month-old. “Wayne is my baby … he’s my baby boy. I went out the door and said, ‘Lord, no. Please no,’” said Barbara Banks, the victim's mother. Banks said her daughter-in-law broke the news to her by phone.Investigators...

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Man Gets 2 Years For Poisoning Dog

DECATUR, Ga. -- A 36-year-old DeKalb County man has been sentenced to spend two years in prison for poisoning his neighbor's dog with antifreeze. The DeKalb County District Attorney's Office said Kenyata Mondrell Bryant was convicted Wednesday of aggravated cruelty to animals in the death of a 9-year-old Lab-dalmatian mix. Erik Burton, spokesman for District Attorney Robert James, said Bryant was accused of enticing the dog last year with a bowl filled with chicken bones and cornbread that was laced with antifreeze. Burton said Bryant was sentenced to five years, two of which he...

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Georgia Man Charged With Lottery Threat

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Police have arrested a man who claims he was robbed of a lottery prize worth $750,000. Jose Antonio Cua-Toc is in the Houston County Jail and faces charges of violating probation, terroristic threats and forgery. Authorities say Cua-Toc told police last weekend that the man who picked up the prize last week, Erick Cervantes, took the lottery ticket from him. Warner Robins police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said Cervantes claimed Cua-Toc called him 15 times asking for some of his lottery winnings and threated to kill Cervantes, his wife and their...

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