Originally created 02/22/06

Across Georgia



Bill would let athletes play in all-star games

ATLANTA - High school athletes would no longer be penalized for participating in certain all-star events during the offseason under a bill unanimously approved by House lawmakers.

State Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, said a handful of high school athletes have been banned from school sports by the Georgia High School Athletic Association after they played in showcase games.

Student athletes would still lose their eligibility if they get paid for playing the games or violate other policies, Mr. Martin said. But participating in games not sanctioned by the association would no longer automatically cost players their athletic eligibility.

Thieves target cars in parking lots at hotels

ALPHARETTA - Alpharetta police have increased patrols after thieves targeted 28 cars in the parking lots of as many as six motels in north Fulton County.

The break-ins happened Sunday night, with the first reports coming in to police at about 4:45 a.m. Monday, police said. He said thieves smashed windows in most of the cars; in a few other cases, the windows were pried out. Items taken included laptop computers and compact discs. Police also are investigating at least six car break-ins about two weeks ago near Northpoint Mall, which is several miles away from the motels, police said. In those cases, thieves took electronic equipment.

Police said they think the thieves were watching consumers who brought electronics out of stores.

New Orleans teen dies in shooting in Atlanta

ATLANTA - A teenager believed to be a Hurricane Katrina evacuee was slain in a shooting early Tuesday that resulted from an argument, police said.

Jamal Canselo, 17, of New Orleans, was pronounced dead after being shot once in the chest, authorities said.

The teenager was walking from a store with his brother and a friend when he allegedly was approached by James Butler, 32, of Atlanta.

Bill lets city dictate use of land sale funds

ATLANTA - The Hartwell City Recreation Authority soon will be able to sell property and have some options on what to do with the money.

The original 1996 law creating the city authority gave it power to buy and sell land, such as playgrounds and golf courses. What the current bill by Rep. Alan Powell, D-Hartwell, does is provide choices for the proceeds of sales. House Bill 1207 would allow the authority to keep it, invest it, give it to the city or even lend it to the city.

The measure awaits Gov. Sonny Perdue's signature.

- Edited from wire reports