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Live wires fall on school bus


DECATUR, Ga. - Authorities say live electrical wires fell across a DeKalb County school bus with about 30 elementary school children aboard, but no injuries are reported.

DeKalb County Fire Department Capt. Eric Jackson says the accident happened just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Chamblee area when a piece of a tree fell onto the lines in heavy wind.

Jackson says the children and their driver were stranded for more than 20 minutes until Georgia Power crews cut the power and freed the bus. He says they were "very orderly" and sang songs while anxious parents gathered nearby.

School district spokesman Dale Davis says the children were on their way home from Montgomery Elementary School.

Atlanta bar worker fatally shot during robbery

ATLANTA - The management and staff of an Atlanta restaurant where a bar worker was killed during a robbery early Wednesday morning have established a memorial fund in his memory.

John Henderson, 27, died at Grady Memorial Hospital just after 7 a.m., about three hours after he was shot twice in the head and once in each leg during a robbery at Standard Food and Spirits, said Atlanta police spokesman Officer Eric Schwartz.

Police said four young men threw a heavy object through the glass front door of the popular Grant Park restaurant around 4:15 a.m and took Henderson and a female employee into the business office. The female worker told police she was able to hide in a cabinet when the robbers weren't looking.

The restaurant remained closed Wednesday as employees and management gathered to grieve and speak with longtime customers who paid their respects, city spokesman Dexter Chambers said in a statement.

3 Georgia counties close schools after heavy rain

ATLANTA - Three north Georgia counties closed schools on Wednesday because of flooding and road closings caused by heavy rain.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City changed its forecast Wednesday afternoon to call for temperatures in the upper 30s in north Georgia, rather than the low 30s overnight predicted earlier.

A wind advisory issued for most of the state calling for gusts ranging from 20 mph to 30 mph was due to expire about 7 p.m.

The school closings were in Catoosa, Gordon and Walker counties.

Meanwhile, Georgia's drought situation improved slightly.

Frantz said that as of Wednesday morning Lake Lanier, the source of Atlanta's water supply, had risen almost 2 feet. Lake Allatoona, which was pretty much in line with what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wanted at this time of the year, had risen about 5 feet.

Georgia Power Co. spokesman Jeff Wilson said Wednesday night that about 5,000 customers were still without power, about 2,100 of them in metro Atlanta. He said crews would be working through the night to get the power restored.

90-year-old Athens man missing

DECATUR, Ga. - Authorities are searching for a 90-year-old Athens man who wandered away from the Veterans Affairs hospital in Decatur.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued a Mattie's Call, an alert for a disabled missing adult, for Venus J. Jarrell, who was last seen at the hospital shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. The GBI says the 5-foot-5, 180-pound Jarrell, his hair in dreadlocks, was wearing yellow pajama pants, a gray maxi length coat and a light-colored hat.

Sgt. Elbert James of the VA police says Jarrell was waiting Tuesday to be picked up by relatives when he disappeared. A search of the grounds failed to find him. James says he is believed to be on foot, but relatives have checked bus stations in Athens and Atlanta.