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  • Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:29 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:29:08 GMT
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair
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    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair since 2010 when the fair restarted, and it originated in 1980 to raise money to refurbish the old courthouse after it began to deteriorate.More >>
  • Columbus woman speaks out about domestic violence

    Columbus woman speaks out about domestic violence

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:23 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:23:03 GMT
    A Columbus woman is speaking out about domestic violence. She speaks about her near death experience and the fight to regain control of her life.More >>
    A Columbus woman is speaking out about domestic violence. She speaks about her near death experience and the fight to regain control of her life.More >>
  • Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office investigating murder, attempted murder cases

    Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office investigating murder, attempted murder cases

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:09 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:09:03 GMT
    On August 31 at about 11:33 p.m. CST, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls from subjects attending a poker party in reference to a shooting with at least two injured gunshot victims. More >>
    On August 31 at about 11:33 p.m. CST, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls from subjects attending a poker party in reference to a shooting with at least two injured gunshot victims. 

     
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GEORGIA MOVIE STUDIO

Georgia film studio plan: High drama, few results

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A promised $90 million movie studio in coastal Georgia is seeking a fresh start after a troubled first year.

Medient Studios broke ground on its 1,500-acre complex in Effingham County west of Savannah in August 2013, promising to create 1,000 jobs in five years. A year later, no buildings have been constructed. This summer the company fired its CEO. It also saw regulators temporarily suspend trading of its stock and reported a $14.6 million loss in its newest earnings report.

Company executives are asking Effingham County to renegotiate the terms of Medient's economic incentives package. The company also plans to change its name to Moon River Studios.

New CEO Jake Shapiro says the studio is focused on success and will start shooting its first film in coastal Georgia this fall.

SAVANNAH SLAYINGS

Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say the first shooting happened Friday night. They say 21-year-old Devonte Mumford was found shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday with a gunshot wound in the parking lot of a sports bar on Skidaway Road.

Later, around 12:30 in the morning Saturday, police say 37-year-old Antonio Duncan was shot in a Chevrolet Malibu station wagon as it traveled north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Police say both men were taken to Memorial University Medical Center, where both died.

Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information on either crime to call police or CrimeStoppers.

POLICE OFFICER SHOT

Officer wounded by gunfire released from hospital

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a police officer has been released from a hospital after being shot while responding to a domestic dispute in Clarke County.

Athens-Clarke County police said Senior Police Officer Michael Ward was wounded on Sunday and then treated for the single gunshot wound at St. Mary's Hospital.

Police Capt. Charles Newson described the injury as a superficial gunshot wound when the suspect apparently grabbed the officer's gun while it was holstered.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a 28-year-old suspect was apprehended in the shooting and faced charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery on a police officer.

MIDTOWN ATLANTA SHOOTING

Atlanta police probe shooting in midtown high-rise

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police detectives are investigating the killing of a man inside a high-rise apartment building in midtown Atlanta.

Police say 21-year-old Brandon Michael Gibson was shot multiple times early Sunday morning at the SkyHouse Midtown apartments on West Peachtree Street near 12th Street.

Police tell WSB-TV that Gibson was shot in a fourth-floor hallway.

Police said they were still looking for the suspected shooting, and investigating a crime scene that included blood in the lobby of the building.

LAKE ALLATOONA-BODY

Authorities identify woman found in Lake Allatoona

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have identified a deceased woman who was found floating in Lake Allatoona as a Marietta woman.

Officials late Sunday night identified the woman as 33-year-old Sheila Ann Carlotta.

A boater found the body Sunday morning, prompting an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Police estimate the body was in the water for less than a day.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/1zZYey1) reported that the body was located near the beach of the Kellogg Creek Day Use area.

Detectives told WSB-TV that Carlotta's family and friends told them she was swimming in the area Saturday.

Lake Allatoona is just northwest of Atlanta.

LAKE DROWNING

Boy, 1, drowns in west Georgia lake

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 1-year-old boy has died in an apparent accidental drowning in a west Georgia lake.

Troup County sheriff's officials say deputies were called to West Point Lake after a 911 call early Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said the boy's mother had found the child unresponsive in shallow water. Sheriff's officials said CPR and other life-saving measures were attempted. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the child was taken to West Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:56 p.m. Sunday.

The boy's name was not immediately released.

The lake near LaGrange is just east of the Georgia-Alabama line.

COLUMBUS HOLDUPS

Police searching for armed robber in Macon

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for a gunman who robbed two workers outside a Macon bank.

The stickup happened Sunday afternoon at a State Bank & Trust branch near Eisenhower Parkway.

The Telegraph of Macon reports the suspect demanded that two store employees hand over a bank deposit bag. The thief took the bag and fled.

No inures were reported.

KENNESAW LENDERS

Kennesaw bans new pawn, payday lenders for 1 year

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Kennesaw has banned new pawn shops and payday lenders from opening for one year.

The Kennesaw City Council approved the temporary moratorium during a meeting this month. It will not affect businesses already operating within city limits.

Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews said city officials realized Kennesaw's restrictions on lenders were laxer than other cities.

Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh told The Marietta Daily Journal that citizens told her they were tired of seeing the lenders at entrances into the city.

Authorities said the moratorium was proposed so city officials have time to research new rules.

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