Police say bullets found on suspect
BRUNSWICK, GA. — Police warrants say a teenager charged with fatally shooting a baby in the face in coastal Georgia had bullets in his pants pocket when he was arrested a day later.
A search warrant filed Friday in Glynn County Magistrate Court says officers found two .22-caliber bullets in a pants pocket of 19-year-old De’Marquise Elkins when they arrested him March 22.
Elkins is charged with murder in the March 21 slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, who police say was shot as Elkins and an accomplice tried to rob the toddler’s mother. Authorities also charged 15-year-old Dominique Lang in the slaying.
Police say they later recovered a .22-caliber pistol that Elkins’ mother and sister dumped in a saltwater pond.
Both suspects have pleaded not guilty.
Car hit by train at dark crossing; 3 die
TOCCOA, GA. — Three people died when a passenger train smashed into a car as it moved over railroad tracks at a darkened, unprotected crossing in northern Georgia, a sheriff said Saturday.
The violent crash at about 9:45 p.m. Friday killed all three people – a man and two women in their 20s – inside the 2008 Mazda struck by the Amtrak train, said Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley.
He said the train hit the car at about 60 mph and pushed it roughly 300 feet. The car overturned into a ravine and caught fire.
No passengers on the train were injured. The sheriff said the train was traveling to Washington from New Orleans.
The crash occurred at a railroad crossing marked by only a stop sign in Toccoa, about 96 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Investigators found no sign that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, Shirley said. The victims’ bodies were taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime lab in Atlanta for autopsies.
All three of the victims were from the Atlanta suburb of Austell and were traveling to visit family in Toccoa, the sheriff said.
60-year-old walks in front of pickup
SAVANNAH, GA. — A 60-year-old Savannah man is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by a pickup.
Savannah-Chatham County police said Saturday that Daniel Sweeney walked into the path of the truck late Friday.
The driver, Kevin Frazier, told police he tried swerving but that Sweeney kept walking toward the truck. Police say the driver slammed on his brakes and the truck spun before it came to a stop on top of the pedestrian.
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