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2 girls in store wounded when rifle discharges

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two teenage girls inside a store were wounded by gunfire from a rifle, which discharged when it was thrown outside a nearby house.

Sheriff's officials in Effingham County say the two 17-year-old girls were treated for injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Authorities say the shooting happened Saturday afternoon at the Griffin Lake Store, and was part of what sheriff's officials consider a domestic dispute.

Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said the investigation found that 20-year-old Samantha King of Guyton threw the rifle outside the residence during the dispute. He said the gun discharged, firing into the store.

Ehsanipoor said there's no indication that the firearm was discharged intentionally. He said King faces a charge of reckless conduct. It wasn't known Sunday whether she has an attorney.


Police identify body in alley as woman, 53

(Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle ,

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police have identified a body found in an alley in Waynesboro as that of a 53-year-old woman.

Mary Lee Crumbley was found dead after Waynesboro police officers were dispatched to the alley around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Waynesboro police Lt. Theodore Jackson says the woman's cause of death hasn't been determined.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Waynesboro police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Burke County Coroner's Office are investigating. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.


Girl, 4, drowns in partially-filled swimming pool

(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV,

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has drowned after she fell into a swimming pool at a DeKalb County apartment complex.

Authorities say the girl was playing with a friend at the Southern Place complex in Clarkston, just east of Atlanta, when she fell into the pool. WSB-TV reports that the pool was only partially filled with water.

The girl's name hasn't been released, and few other details were immediately available Sunday.


Boy, 12, hospitalized after being struck by car

(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV,

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy was in critical condition after being hit by a car in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta police say the child was playing with friends near Centra Villa Drive and Venetian Drive when a driver hit him Saturday night. WSB-TV reports that he was hospitalized at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Police said the wreck was an accident, and they don't expect that the driver will face any charges.


$90M movie studio promises Hollywood jobs for Ga.

MELDRIM, Ga. (AP) — Savannah gets the occasional limelight in films such as "Forrest Gump." But now, a neighboring community hopes to get into moviemaking full time.

Effingham County officials celebrated last week as Medient (MEE-dee-ent) Studios broke ground on a planned $90 million production studio complex. The project is envisioned as a round-the-clock film factory, with everything from screenwriting to principle photography to special effects being done on a 1,550-acre campus.

Medient is a small company with big ambitions. It has 22 employees and a little more than $52,000 in the bank, as the end of June. But it plans to hire 1,200 workers within five years.

John Henry of the local Industrial Development Authority says the studio would boost the total number of jobs in Effingham County by about 10 percent.


No. 2 Army civilian to visit Port of Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Army's No. 2 civilian leader is planning to visit the Port of Savannah next week.

The Army Corps of Engineers says Under Secretary Joseph Westphal has scheduled a tour of the nation's fourth-busiest container port Wednesday and plans a news conference afterward. The Army Corps is in charge of a $652 million project to deepen 30 miles of the Savannah River to make room for larger cargo ships traveling between the Savannah port and the Atlantic Ocean.

Westphal's two-day trip to southeast Georgia also includes planned stops at two area military bases — Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield

Westphal is the second high-profile visitor planning to tour Savannah's docks next month. The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Savannah port on Sept. 16.