CEDARTOWN, Ga. — A young mother has died and her 1-year-old son is in critical condition after a tree limb fell on the pair as they sat on a bench in the playground area of Peek Park in Cedartown.
The Rome News-Tribune reports the limb fell on 16-year-old Latrena Drayton and her son, Jeremiah Drayton, on Friday. Drayton died from her injuries. Jeremiah was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for treatment where he was listed in critical condition Saturday.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — An 11-year-old Georgia boy injured in a lightning strike is on the mend in a Florida rehabilitation center.
Bowen Tyre was struck June 9 while standing in the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach Shores. Heather Tyre told the Daytona Beach News-Journal her son was taken off a ventilator June 11 and began treatment at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville on Wednesday.
The family lives in Patterson, Georgia, which is about 95 miles north of Jacksonville.
The lightning strike hit the boy on the left side of his head near his ear.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah police are investigating after a 17-year-old boy was found shot to death inside a stolen car.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say they’re seeking witnesses to the shooting that killed Jamell Dwayne Law Saturday night.
Police say a red Dodge Neon had crashed on West 41st Street, where it had driven into the steps of a vacant house around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. They say the Neon had been reported stolen from a commercial burglary Thursday night.
A funeral is planned Wednesday for former Augusta Fire Department Chief Howard “Bubba” Willis, who died Sunday.
Willis, 66, started his firefighting career with the old Suburban Richmond County Fire Department in 1974, according to Chronicle archives, and worked in a number of departments over three decades.
As a special operations chief, he handled the hazardous materials unit, high angle rope rescue, water rescue and safety, along with security for major special events, such as the Georgia Games and July Fourth celebrations.
ATLANTA — Authorities have arrested an Atlanta man after a hotel fire injured ten people, including a firefighter.
Fulton County police arrested 42-year-old Roger Solomon on Sunday and charged him with arson and two counts of aggravated assault.
Fire crews were called to the Days Inn on Fulton Industrial Boulevard shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials say about 50 people escaped the blaze.
Conditions of the nine people taken to hospitals were not available early Monday. Fire officials say the firefighter is expected to be fine.
Officers are on scene at a water main break at the Burger King on Deans Bridge and Barton Chapel roads.
According to Augusta dispatch, the report was made at 11:49 a.m. and deputies requested cones and barrels to surround the incident location in the Burger King parking lot.
One lane of Deans Bridge Road – headed toward Fort Gordon – has been closed to address the problem.
An Augusta teenager was arrested Saturday after attempting to steal hair weaves from an area business, police said.
Deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road around 6:40 p.m., where Teiara Martin, 18, of Ruby Drive, was seen on surveillance video concealing beauty supplies, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Martin, an employee of McDonald’s inside the Wal-Mart, is accused of taking two packs of hair weaves, false eyelashes, a nail kit and two bags of Hershey kisses.
A pair of Richmond County deputies had their lunch interrupted Friday to assist with a car break-in.
Around 11:23 a.m., two officers were eating at Farmhaus Burgers, on the 1200 block of Broad Street, when a customer advised them that someone was breaking into his vehicle, according to an incident report.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Miss Warner Robins Betty Cantrell has been named Miss Georgia.
Cantrell was crowned Saturday night at the Miss Georgia pageant at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports Cantrell won the talent competition for her opera performance.
First runner-up was Miss Capital City Adeline Kenerly and second runner-up was Miss Cobb County Patricia Ford.
WASHINGTON — Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.
Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals’ 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A letdown? Yeah, a little.
“I mean there is, just because you’re so close, one strike away from a perfect game,” he said. “But to get a no-hitter in front of these fans, there’s nothing better.”
NEW YORK —Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases Friday night, the highlight so far in what’s become a resurgent season for the formerly disgraced slugger.
The New York Yankees star wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Rodriguez became the 29th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits, and the first since Yankees great Derek Jeter homered from the very same batter’s box in 2011.
The tenacity and unwavering patriotism of several hundred Vietnam War veterans outlasted the beads of sweat that soaked into their clothes and dripped off their brows Friday at Fort Gordon.
Under a blazing sun, the veterans – some using walkers and canes – showed no signs they contemplated leaving the ceremony that many had waited on for a half century. Having endured a lengthy war, the death of comrades and an ungrateful nation, the veterans appeared strong and hardy as bands played, flags waved and a nation said ‘thank you.’
Columbia County authorities charged a Martinez couple with murder Friday in the death of the woman’s 5½-month-old child, two days after he was found lifeless by emergency crews.
Investigators suspect Bentley Reeves was smothered to death by his mother’s boyfriend, in the mobile home he shared with the couple and a 2-year-old sibling, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
After deliberating four hours, the jury in the River Watch Parkway wrong-way driver case found Monique Sullivan guilty Friday, including of felony murder.
The Richmond County Superior Court jury had to sort its way through the technical legal definitions and determine if the state had proven either “criminal intent” and/or “criminal negligence” to find Sullivan guilty of murder, four counts of aggravated assault, cruelty to children and the traffic offenses of driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding and running a red light.
Rather than seeking $90 million to $110 million from Augusta’s next sales tax package for a new civic center, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is looking to craft a financing deal that will include just $10 million to $15 million in sales taxes.
The authority’s recent pitch to use sales tax dollars to build a replacement for the 35-year-old James Brown Arena, which could cost up to $110 million, caught many off guard, including city officials now compiling a sales tax package to put before voters Nov. 3.