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Officials: Georgia school suspect had assault rifle

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:37 Published in National News

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A police chief says the suspect in a Georgia elementary school shooting fired from inside the school and officers returned fire.

 

   DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander said at a news conference that the gunman who had an assault rifle was able to get into Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur Tuesday by following behind someone who was authorized to be there.

 

   Alexander says the 19-year-old suspect is being questioned.

   The chief also says officers believed the suspect had explosives in the trunk of his car so they cut a hole in a fence to man sure students running from the building could get even farther away.

 

   DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond praised faculty and authorities who got the young students to safety, saying it is a "blessed day, all our children are safe."

Kraft to pump $40 million into Granite City plant

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:26 Published in Local News

A large investment in a Granite City plant should create a few dozen jobs.

Illinois and Kraft announce a $40 million investment in the plant there. The facility makes powdered beverages and the money will be used to buy four new pouch fillers. Kraft will need to hire 30 more people to handle the additional work.

The equipment should be up and running by 2014.

Shrewsbury police say a suspicious event in a part this month was just an innocent mistake.

Police issued a warning on Tuesday after a couple came forward saying a woman tried to walk away with their young boy in the park. The mother said a woman approached her two-year-old son, grabbed his hand, and started to walk away. The mother believed her son was being abducted. The mother grabbed her boy and the woman walked away.

It turns out the woman works at a concession stand and was just trying to help the boy find his parents. Police say there was no ill intent and are calling the situation a misunderstanding.

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