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I-185 fires appear to have been set


COLUMBUS, GA. — Columbus Fire Department officials said nine grass fires that have been reported along Interstate 185 in Muscogee and Harris County appear to have been set.

Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer the fires started about 3:40 p.m. along the northbound side of the interstate,

Shores said that at least three fires appear to have been set in Columbus and six set in Harris County. He said the grass fires spread into nearby neighborhoods.

Students robbed in their dorm room

ATLANTA — Three suspects are in custody after police say four students were robbed at gunpoint in their dorm room at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

One of the suspects is a Georgia State student and another is a former student, school officials said.

The two suspects who are not students gained access to the dorm by using other students’ identification cards, school spokeswoman Andrea Jones said.

The suspects knocked on the door and two of the suspects pointed a hand gun in the students’ faces and robbed them of an iPad and cellphones Wednesday evening, police said.

In other news

LAW OFFICERS SAY motorists are reporting more collisions with bears on roads and highways just north of Atlanta. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says at least eight bears have been hit and killed on roadways in as many weeks.