Monday, January 26
FBI: Hunt continues for suspect in bomb threats against jets
ATLANTA (AP) — An FBI agent says law officers are continuing to pursue a suspect after someone made bomb threats targeting two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Stephen Emmett told The Associated Press on Sunday that the agency is continuing to pursue leads in an effort to locate the individual responsible for the threats.
No bombs were found in searches of both planes after they landed safely in Atlanta on Saturday.
Airport officials say the threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived at Atlanta from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon.
Preston Schlachter, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, says the threats were posted on the social media network Twitter.
GEORGIA DEATH PENALTY
Ga. inmate who's come close to death 3 times to die Tuesday
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution three times is once again scheduled to die this week.
Warren Lee Hill, 54, who was sentenced to death in August 1991, was first scheduled to die two and a half years ago. Challenges filed by his lawyers have provided temporary reprieves on three occasions and twice have effectively halted all executions in Georgia for months at a time.
His case has also drawn national attention to Georgia's toughest-in-the-nation standard for death row inmates to prove intellectual disability in order to be spared execution on those grounds. State law and a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibit the execution of the intellectually disabled, but Georgia requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt of that disability.
HUSBAND AND WIFE KILLED
Husband and wife found dead in their home outside Rome
(Information in the following story is from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com)
ROME, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say the deaths of a man and his wife, whose bodies were found in their Floyd County home, are being investigated as homicides.
Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson identified the couple as 69-year-old James Steven Reeves; and 71-year-old Myra Wilson Reeves.
They were found dead Friday afternoon in their home on Terhune Road. The home is just southeast of Rome.
Henderson told The Rome News-Tribune that the two died as a result of homicide, but could not say how they were killed. No arrests have been made.
Both bodies were taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for autopsies.
CLAYTON COUNTY KILLING
Man shot to death in Clayton County
(Information in the following story is from: WGCL-TV, http://www.cbsatlanta.com/index.html)
ATLANTA (AP) — Police say they suspect robbery led to a shooting that left a man dead in Clayton County, south of Atlanta.
Clayton County police say a 33-year-old man was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex Saturday night.
CBS 46 reports that the man was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene.
A second person who was wounded by gunfire was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center. That person's condition wasn't available.
Police ID driver in wrong-way crash that shut down I-85
(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com)
ATLANTA (AP) — Police have identified the driver killed in a wrong-way crash on a metro Atlanta interstate over the weekend as 27-year-old Keith F. Smith of Suwanee.
DeKalb County police say that Smith's 2001 Mercedes exploded in flames when it collided with a southbound rental truck around 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 85 South.
Police say the Mercedes was driving the wrong way on the interstate and crashed head-on into the rental truck.
The driver of the truck, George Saunders of Cumming, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition wasn't available.
The wreck closed the southbound lanes of I-85 for about four hours early Saturday.
Fire crews battling blaze at Douglasville apartment
(Information in the following story is from: WAGA-TV, http://www.myfoxatlanta.com)
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Fire crews are battling a blaze at an apartment complex in Douglasville.
WAGA-TV reports the blaze broke out Saturday at the Century Arbor apartments near Highway 5.
Fire officials say all residents have been evacuated. No one has been injured.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.