Across the region

College student killed in Atlanta


ATLANTA — Police are searching for the assailant who fatally shot a 23-year-old student in Atlanta.

Investigators said Ayokunle Lumpkin, of Kennesaw, was killed early Sunday while following a vehicle that struck his girlfriend’s car in Chosewood Park. He was taken to Grady Hospital and pronounced dead.

Authorities said that a green vehicle sped away from the scene. No arrests were reported Sunday.

Lumpkin was a member of Georgia State University’s soccer team.

Crews can’t find drowning victim

ATLANTA — Emergency crews ended their second day of a fruitless search for a man who went missing after jumping from a sailboat into Lake Lanier.

Hall County officials spent Sunday using sonar to search for 44-year-old Jeffrey Nause. He was last seen early Saturday after jumping into the water near the Lake Lanier islands. Witnesses said Nause became distressed and went underwater.

Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said the case is being investigated as an accidental drowning.

Governor supports Collins in runoff

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal has backed state Rep. Doug Collins in a close Republican runoff election for a Congressional seat in north Georgia.

Deal recorded an automated telephone message supporting Collins that will be targeted at voters ahead of Tuesday’s GOP runoff in the 9th Congressional district. Collins faces conservative talk show host Martha Zoller in the race. The winner of the GOP runoff is heavily favored to win the general election given the Republican Party’s strength in the region.

“Doug has served as my floor leader in the State House, and he’s helped me enact laws that protect life, crack down on illegal immigration and cut taxes to promote jobs,” Deal said in the call, according to a transcript provided by Collins’ campaign.

The upcoming election Tuesday has become a closely contested race. Collins beat Zoller by just over 700 votes, or less than 1 percent of ballots, in last month’s primary election.

AARP dubs Macon ‘age-friendly’ area

MACON, GA. — Officials in Macon and surrounding Bibb County are getting to work to bolster their recent designation as an “age-friendly” community.

AARP granted the city and county that distinction earlier this month as part of a program with the World Health Organization aimed at making communities more comfortable and accessible to the elderly.

The next step is devising a plan to makeover Macon’s Tattnall Square Park to use as a template for age-friendly improvements to other neighborhoods.

Macon spokesman Chris Floore says the payoff for residents is that Macon and Bibb County will be able to use the “age-friendly” designation in their promotional materials.

In other news

SAVANNAH POLICE are investigating the shooting death of a 40-year-old man. Milton Moffett was found dead Saturday in his home. Officers had been called by a neighbor to check on the victim. No arrests were immediately reported.