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September 27, 2018 - 12:00 am

ATLANTA TRANSIT-EXPANSION PLAN

Multibillion-dollar Atlanta transit expansion proposed

ATLANTA (AP) — The agency that runs Atlanta's public transportation system has put forward a $2.7 billion expansion proposal.

It envisions building light rail along a popular urban trail known as the Atlanta Beltline and a light rail link with Emory University, among other projects.

The proposal from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, is set to be voted on by its board of directors Oct. 4. The initiative is called "More MARTA."

The agency says in a news release that it would represent the largest transit undertaking in the area in more than four decades. It says the proposal came about after a two-year period of planning and public outreach.

Project funding would primarily come from proceeds of a transit-specific sales tax approved by Atlanta voters in 2016.

ROSWELL POLICE-AUDIT

Georgia city to pay consultant to audit police department

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com)

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — The city of Roswell is going to pay an outside consultant to take a closer look at its police department.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the City Council voted unanimously this week to approve a contract between the city and the Center for Public Safety Management LLC to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Roswell Police Department. Per the contract, the consulting services will not exceed the amount of $77,750.

Funding for the audit will come from the Roswell's police department's budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

Monday's move by the council comes after former members of the police department were involved in a handful of controversial incidents in the past year.

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FATAL PLANE CRASH INVESTIGATION

Feds: Small plane in fatal Georgia crash had no fuel cap

(Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com)

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) — Federal investigators say a small plane that crashed in Georgia last month, killing four people, took off without a fuel cap.

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane's pilot and a mechanic told a parachute rigger they planned to use "fuel cell tape" to cover an open fuel port.

Four people died when the plane operated by a skydiving service crashed Aug. 25 near Swainsboro in eastern Georgia. The dead included Army Staff Sgt. Aliaksandr Bahrytsevich, a member of the military parachute team the Golden Knights.

The Augusta Chronicle reports the NTSB's preliminary findings say the parachute rigger saw the plane take off with a group of skydivers after he reported the fuel cap missing. It landed and took off with another group before crashing.

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INMATE ESCAPE-SENTENCE

Prisoner sentenced for escaping prison camp to have sex

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal prisoner has been given additional prison time for escaping from a prison camp in Atlanta to have sex with girlfriends.

Federal prosecutors say Jaye L. Thomas of Dalton was sentenced to an additional year and nine months. That is to be served after his current 11 year, three month prison term.

Prosecutors say surveillance images showed Thomas escaping from the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta in March and April 2016. They say eyewitness testimony, cellphone records and other evidence confirmed that he escaped from the penitentiary's prison camp three times to have sex with two different girlfriends.

Thomas was previously sentenced in January 2015 after he was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was sent to the prison camp for minimum-security prisoners in 2016.

WEST COAST RAPPER-ATLANTA ARREST

West Coast rapper arrested on drug charges near Atlanta

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — A rapper and producer who collaborated with some of the most famed acts in West Coast rap history has been arrested on drug charges outside Atlanta.

News outlets report Daz Dillinger, born Delmar Drew Arnaud, was charged Tuesday with 13 marijuana-related felonies.

Cobb County police spokeswoman Sarah O'Hara says she doesn't know why officers obtained a search warrant for the 45-year-old's home.

According to the warrant, police found marijuana, THC vaporizer pods and "a grape drink laced with cannabis."

Arnaud posted $15,000 bail Wednesday. He hasn't commented on the arrest. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

He's half Tha Dogg Pound, which was signed to Suge Knight's Death Row Records in the 1990s. He's also produced records for his cousin, Snoop Dogg, and the late Tupac Shakur.

HUSBAND ARRESTED-STABBING

Authorities: Man arrested in death of wife found stabbed

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com)

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say a man has been arrested in the death of his wife found brutally stabbed multiple times.

A Clayton County Sheriff's Office statement says police and deputies responded to a domestic incident in Forest Park on Wednesday night. Authorities say the woman had been brutally stabbed multiple times and her neck was cut so severely that her head was nearly severed.

Authorities tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution a witness identified Jermaine Jones as the suspect and tried to stop him. Authorities say the witness ended up fleeing for his life.

Authorities say Jones later called 911 and was taken into custody without incident. Authorities say his clothes were bloody.

Court records say Jones was booked on a charge of malice murder. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

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NORFOLK SOUTHERN-HEADQUARTERS

Mayor fights railway's possible move to Georgia capital

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The mayor of a Virginia city is arguing against the possible relocation of Norfolk Southern's headquarters from his city to Atlanta, Georgia.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander met with Southern chairman, president and CEO James Squires to argue the company is better off staying put.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the chief operating officer of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Bert Brantley, has confirmed the company is scouting Atlanta for a new headquarters.

Alexander says he won't be offering any incentives from the state or city at this point. But he says he can present Squires with an option that would allow the company to centralize and consolidate its operations and talent in Norfolk.

SHOPPING CENTER SHOOTING

Man found shot to death in Atlanta area shopping center

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) — A man has been found shot to death in an Atlanta area shopping center.

South Fulton police say officers were called to the Old National Village Discount Mall around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Fulton County medical examiner's office said the victim was 24-year-old Jeremiah Wyatt of South Fulton.

Police are trying to determine what led to the shooting. No other injuries were reported.

No arrests have been reported.

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