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Man dead, 2 officers shot after standoff


SUWANEE --- A standoff ended Friday with a suspect's death after two Gwinnett County police officers were shot and wounded while serving an arrest warrant, police said.

Gwinnett County Police spokeswoman Illana Spellman identified the man who had been holed up inside a house since 8 p.m. Thursday as William Shable Caram. She said authorities were not yet sure how the man died. Police said the man was found dead before 11 a.m. Friday.

Officials canceled classes earlier in the day at Riverside Elementary School because of safety concerns in the neighborhood.

Savannah official is semifinalist for job

SAVANNAH --- Savannah City Manager Michael Brown is one of eight semifinalists for the city manager position in Austin, Texas, that city's council announced.

The semifinalists were revealed to the Austin City Council on Thursday, after being compiled by a hired search firm. The information provided to council members included outlines of each person's qualifications, experience in cities with trends similar to Austin's, reasons for seeking the city manager position and strategies for managing growth.

Face-to-face interviews are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Austin. Mr. Brown has served as Savannah city manager since 1995.

Man's body is found in Savannah River

SAVANNAH --- The body of what appears to be a black male has been found in the Savannah River near the Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah-Chatham metro police reported.

Boaters discovered the body floating in the river Thursday and called authorities, said Sgt. Mike Wilson, the department's spokesman.

The department's marine patrol unit, along with boats from Savannah Fire and Emergency Services, retrieved the body, Sgt. Wilson said. The body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

Transfer, new trial sought for murderer

WOODBINE --- An attorney representing convicted murderer Noel Chua has requested his transfer from a state prison to the Camden County jail until a judge decides whether to order a new trial in the case.

Donald Samuel's motion for Mr. Chua's transfer was filed with another for a new trial. In the latter motion, Mr. Samuel asserts the verdict to convict Mr. Chua on Oct. 20 was contrary to the evidence presented in the six-day trial in Brunswick.

Mr. Chua, a St. Marys physician, was sentenced to life in prison for the overdose death of Jamie Carter III, 20, who was found dead in Mr. Chua's home Dec. 15, 2005. The jury convicted him of felony murder and seven violations of Georgia's Controlled Substances Act.

-- Edited from wire reports