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Former speaker of House to run again

ATLANTA — A former speaker of Georgia’s House of Representatives who resigned in disgrace over a sex scandal is trying for a political comeback.

Glenn Richardson said Monday that he will run for a legislative seat being vacated by Sen. Bill Hamrick, of Carrollton, who has been appointed to a judgeship.

Richardson was the first Republican speaker of Georgia’s House of Representatives since Reconstruction.

He announced he would resign in 2009 after attempting suicide and being accused by his ex-wife of having an affair with a lobbyist.

That scandal propelled current House Speaker David Ralston into the chamber’s top leadership post and led to changes in ethics laws.

A special primary election will be held in the district during the Nov. 6 statewide vote.

Firm cited after worker is killed

FLOWERY BRANCH — Federal labor officials have cited a Flowery Branch company with 19 safety and health violations after an accident that killed an employee.

Adam Wingo, 30, died after the March 3 accident at Koswire, a Korean manufacturer of wires and cables.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Wingo became caught in moving wire and was pulled into rotating rolls. OSHA says the accident was preventable.

The citations carry $145,530 in proposed penalties.

The company has 15 business day from receipt of the citations to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s regional director or contest the citations and penalties.

The Flowery Branch office of the company could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

Zoo Atlanta plans funeral for gorilla

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s zoo plans to hold a memorial service for Ivan, a 50-year-old gorilla, who died last week.

Zoo Atlanta says the memorial will be held Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. in the rainforest exhibit where Ivan lived. Fans are invited to share cards and photos to be displayed outside his habitat.

Ivan came to Zoo Atlanta on permanent loan from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo in 1994. He was born in the wild around 1962 and wildlife traders sold him to the owners of a department store in Tacoma, Wash., in 1964. A few years later, he was moved to an indoor enclosure at the store.

According to the wishes of Ivan’s original owners and Woodland Park Zoo, Ivan’s remains will be cremated and returned to the original owners in Tacoma.

Empire State killer had Georgia ties

GAINESVILLE — A funeral home in Georgia will be handling arrangements for the man who, police say, shot and killed a former co-worker outside the Empire State Building last week.

Jeffrey Johnson graduated from Gainesville High School in 1971. School officials say Johnson, as a student, was involved in intramural athletics, the Pep Club and the school newspaper.

Authorities say Johnson shot and killed Steven Ercolino on Friday morning. They were former co-workers at Hazan Import Corp. Johnson was killed by police officers.

Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said officers assisted in notifying Johnson’s next of kin.

Officials at Memorial Park North Funeral Home in Gainesville told The Gainesville Times they did not know when services would be held.

Navy wants airport to be moved away

ST. MARYS — The Navy has called for the relocation of the St. Mary’s Airport after two skydivers who took off from the airport landed inside the perimeter of Kings Naval Submarine Base.

The base commander on Monday called for the relocation of the airport, where The Jumping Place skydiving business is based, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Two skydivers missed the airfield along Georgia’s coast on Aug.12 and landed on the high-security submarine base less than three miles away. The St. Mary’s Airport Authority last week revoked the company’s operating permit.

In spite of that and posted trespass warnings, the company took off with dozens of skydivers Saturday. Four received warnings from police, and five were cited.

Owners of the business said they tell skydivers not to land on the base.

Fire investigated at Perry’s studios

ATLANTA — Officials are investigating a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studios, the second blaze in the past four months at the filming complex.

The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. Monday, and there were no reports of injuries. Authorities say the fire was contained to the roof, which had been undergoing repairs at the time of the blaze.

On May 1, more than 100 firefighters battled a blaze that ripped through a simulated streetscape at the studios, sending flames about six stories into the sky.

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran has said the cause of the May fire would be recorded as undetermined. Cochran said the intensity of that fire consumed any evidence that would lead to a cause of ignition.

In other news

AUTHORITIES ARE investigating the death of a Gainesville teen whose body was found in the woods behind her apartment complex as a homicide. Police said Hannah Truelove, 16, received injuries that “were indicative that she died from a violent death.”


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