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Officer hit, killed helping motorist


STOCKBRIDGE, GA. โ€” Police are urging a suspected hit-and-run driver to surrender after they say he hit and killed an officer who was helping a stranded motorist south of Atlanta.

Henry County Police officer Elgin Daniel, 53, of Ellenwood was helping a stranded driver who had run out of gas on North Henry Boulevard when a Ford F-250 pickup slammed into him about 6:40 p.m. Monday, Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith said.

The truck hit Daniel and John Cook, 58, an employee of a roadside service company who had stopped to help, authorities said.

The truck took off and headed east toward Rockdale County.

A $5,000 reward is also being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

Agency heads get 7 percent raises

COLUMBIA โ€” State agency directors and college presidents are getting a combined salary boost of $640,300 after votes Tuesday by a legislative panel, which represent their first state-provided raises in five years.

The Agency Head Salary Commission approved 7 percent salary increases for agency directors and technical college presidents, and 8 percent raises for presidents of four-year public colleges and universities.

The raises are the first approved by the panel since 2007, said Lindsey Krimlick, a spokeswoman for the Budget and Control Board.

Most state employees received 3 percent raises in the current budget. State law enforcement officers earning less than $50,000 will get 5 percent raises.