Copeland’s home to get free wing
ATLANTA — A Michigan-based builder will construct a wing onto the home of Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman battling a disease that destroys flesh.
Executives with Pulte Homes of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., say its workers and partners are volunteering to construct the two-story 1,956-square-foot addition to Copeland’s suburban Atlanta home at no charge to the family. Company officials say the addition, expected to be completed within 40 days, will include a bedroom, a fitness room for rehabilitation and a study area.
The 24-year-old suffered a deep cut May 1 when she fell from a broken zip-line over a west Georgia river. She then contracted a rare infection called necrotizing fasciitis.
Prisoner killed in escape attempt
KINGSLAND, GA. — Authorities say a federal prisoner was shot and killed by a guard outside a medical office in the south Georgia town of Kingsland.
Larry Marcell Jr. was being taken from the Folkston detention facility where he was being held to Kingsland for medical treatment.
Kingsland Police Lt. Todd Tetterton says Marcell attacked one of the two guards outside the office.
Tetterton said Marcell managed to gain partial control of one guard’s gun, despite being secured by handcuffs, a waist chain and leg irons.
Tetterton said there was a struggle and a shot was fired into the ground, and the other guard then shot Marcell.
Marcell was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Foundation has backlog of wishes
ATLANTA — The Georgia chapter of a national charity that works to grant the wishes of sick and dying children is facing a major backlog.
Georgia officials with the Make-A-Wish Foundation said donations have dropped and costs have risen as demand for wishes has increased.
Weston Crusselle, a 17-year-old Cobb County boy with leukemia, has spent a year-and-a-half on the charity’s waiting list. He’s one of 600 children in Georgia waiting for their wish. Charity officials say many of them don’t have the time.
Officials say about 60 percent of the wishes involve flights, but with lost donations and more expensive airfare, the charity is having trouble keeping up with the requests.
Georgians waiting hours for licenses
ATLANTA — Continuing delays and long lines are frustrating Georgia motorists trying to get their drivers licenses renewed.
Long lines and waits of up to four hours are continuing, despite recent assurances from state officials that wait times would be shorter this week.
At some state offices, drivers hoping to renew their licenses were being turned away.
Georgia Department of Driver Services spokeswoman Susan Sports says the agency has expanded the list of documents it would accept to prove residency and identity and is moving employees to high-demand areas.
House Speaker David Ralston blamed the state agency for inadequately preparing for a new law requiring the additional documentation.
Officers who kill can’t get benefits
COLUMBIA — South Carolina law officers who experience mental trauma after killing someone in the line of duty aren’t entitled to workers’ compensation, according to a ruling released Wednesday by the state’s Supreme Court.
In a 3-2 decision, the justices ruled that current law doesn’t cover mental health benefits for such officers because they are trained in the use of deadly force and know that they may have to use it.
The way the statute is written, only officers who experience mental stress from “extraordinary and unusual” job conditions are eligible for benefits, the court concluded.
Haley reimburses state for security
COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley’s campaign has reimbursed taxpayers more than $7,700 for her security during out-of-state fundraising events in her first 18 months in office, her campaign aide said Wednesday.
The checks went out Tuesday, the same day Haley’s political campaign received invoices from the State Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Natural Resources – for $4,633 and $3,104, respectively, said campaign fundraiser Marisa Crawford.
State law bars taxpayer funds from being used for campaign events.
In other news
FOLLY BEACH’S CITY council approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday to ban all alcohol on the beach through Labor Day. The vote comes after a July 4 brawl. Five officers were hurt and seven people were arrested.