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Family safe after Atlanta carjacking

ATLANTA — Police searched Saturday for the man who carjacked a woman and her two children near Turner Field and forced her to drive away. The woman and children were found safe Saturday.

The same man is accused in an attempted carjacking earlier Friday night. Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee said in the attempted carjacking, a man was shot, fled the scene and later returned. Chafee said medics took the man to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was in stable condition.

The carjacker later forced his way into the woman’s car. Police said the woman, her daughter and son were found safe at The Mall West End, about three miles from the shooting. The children were not injured.

Men accused of pet store threats

GAINESVILLE, GA. — Gainesville police say two men are accused of threatening customers at a pet store after one of their pit bulls bit a child.

Police say a dog belonging to Craig Wooke bit a 6-year-old boy in his face at the pet store last weekend. Authorities say Wooke and Darin Dyer fled, and Dyer pointed a gun at a customer who tried intervening in the parking lot.

Officials say both men were arrested without incident Friday.

Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said Wooke has been charged with being a party to a crime and Dyer has been charged with aggravated assault.

The boy’s mother says doctors have removed nine stitches from his face.

Sheriff accused of giving out benefits

COLUMBIA — A suspended South Carolina sheriff is free on bond as he faces charges of official misconduct and giving favored inmates extra benefits.

Chesterfield County Sher­iff Sam Parker appeared before a judge Fri­day. He was indicted last week and suspended from office by Gov. Nikki Haley

Parker is charged with four counts of misconduct in office and two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates. Each charge is a misdemeanor with a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Parker is accused of letting friends carry badges without training, giving weapons to people he knew, and letting inmates have unsupervised visits with women and sleep outside jail with access to TV and alcohol.

Parker’s attorney says he didn’t witness or take part in any of the alleged crimes.

Citadel’s abuse inquiry nears end

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel’s internal investigation into the handling of a complaint about a former camp counselor who molested boys could be released early next month.

The school looked into the complaint about Citadel graduate Skip ReVille but never contacted police. He was sentenced in June to 50 years in prison.


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