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Powerball jackpot up to $305 million


ATLANTA — The Powerball jackpot has grown to $305 million for Wednesday’s drawing.

The prize grew after no one matched all six numbers in the multi-state lottery drawing Saturday night.

Five Powerball tickets won $1 million because they matched five of the six winning numbers, according to the official Powerball Web site. No one has won big in Powerball since June 23 when a couple from Connecticut won $60 million.

Officers shoot, kill man wielding knife

DECATUR, GA. — Authorities are investigating after DeKalb County police officers shot a knife-wielding man. Police say the shooting happened about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Decatur.

Police say two officers were flagged down by a woman who told them about an armed man. The officers approached the man and told him to drop his knife. Police say both officers opened fire as the man approached them.

The man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died. Police have not released his identity.

Toxic metals found at former plant site

COLUMBIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says unsafe levels of toxic metals have been detected in a dozen yards in a neighborhood that was once home to a fertilizer plant.

The State newspaper of Columbia reports that EPA contractors have finished their soil sampling work in the Edisto Court community. A decision on whether to clean up the contamination at taxpayer expense could take several months.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control identified elevated lead and arsenic levels in the soil of eight yards last month.

DHEC says a fertilizer plant that closed in the late 1930s is the likely pollution source.

Charges upgraded in death of girl, 7

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A Spartanburg woman faces upgraded charges in the death of her 7-year-old daughter, who was thrown from a sport utility vehicle after a high-speed chase on Interstate 85.

Judge James Ashmore denied bond Saturday for 26-year-old Errika Shelton. Her daughter died from injuries stemming from the high-speed chase last Monday that ended with her SUV rolling over into the median.

Solicitor Barry Barnette had upgraded two of the traffic charges. Shelton is accused of reckless homicide and habitual traffic offender causing death on a suspended license.

She also faces charges of failing to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension and unlawful neglect of a child and possession of marijuana.

Her attorney Frank Eppes requested a $150,000 bond. Eppes says Shelton wanted to attend her daughter’s funeral Sunday.



Wed, 01/17/2018 - 23:14

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