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Blaze damages 14 homes, destroys 7

STOCKBRIDGE, GA. — A fire in a Henry County subdivision damaged 14 homes, destroying seven of them.

The blaze Saturday started in one home of the Flippen Woods subdivision in Stockbridge and quickly spread to more than a dozen others.

Henry County Fire Chief Bill Lacy said firefighters arrived at the scene four minutes after getting the emergency call. By the time they arrived, flames were shooting from the attics of four houses.

Lacy said the 105-degree heat dried out the homes, allowing the fire to spread quickly. He also said firefighters became fatigued in the sweltering heat. No serious injuries were reported.

Man survives crash that split his truck

SAVANNAH — Police say the driver of a pickup truck is lucky to be alive after a crash cut his vehicle in half.

Dylan Snipes lost control of his 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup truck early Saturday in Effingham County. Sheriff’s office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said the truck flipped several times.

Emergency crews had to cut the driver from the wrecked truck. He was flown by helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center and is expected to survive.

The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash. Authorities said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the accident.

Coastal police get a free hovercraft

BRUNSWICK, GA. — A coastal Georgia police agency has a new tool for beach patrols that didn’t cost taxpayers a penny – a hovercraft that was donated by its owner.

Glynn County Police Capt. Jay Wiggins said he spotted the hovercraft by the road recently with a for-sale sign on it and called the owner. When Larry Credle, a former civil defense worker, heard the police wanted the vehicle, he gave it to the county.

Police wanted the hovercraft for beach patrols because it can travel on both sand and water.

Police Chief Matt Doering says that should be easier for officers than launching personal watercraft from the beach.

Hero’s family can’t find Medal of Honor

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina native whose last act of heroism during the Vietnam War won the Medal of Honor is having a new Navy destroyer named for him, but the medal is missing.

The family of Marine Pfc. Ralph Johnson hasn’t seen the medal for years.

Johnson’s sister, Helen Richards of Summerville, said her mother died in 1991 and none of Johnson’s 13 siblings have found the medal marking the nation’s highest military honor.

Johnson received the Medal of Honor two years after his death in 1968, when he threw himself on a grenade after shouting a warning to his fellow Marines during a firefight in Vietnam.

The VA medical center in Charleston bears his name.

Deputies say 2 men shot in self-defense

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Two men are recovering from gunshot wounds after South Carolina deputies say they fired to defend themselves from being run down.

Officials said 40-year-old Johnnie Williams and 33-year-old Anthony Ancrum were sent to a Beaufort County hospital. Deputies said the white 1991 Cadillac Deville the suspects were driving had a stolen license plate, and after they stopped the car Williams slammed it into gear to run down the officers.

Two deputies who were part of a drug task force shot at the car, wounding the two men. The car then crashed into a tree.


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