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Accident kills inmate 1 day before release

LAGRANGE --- A prison inmate in west Georgia died in a freak accident when a piece of limestone hit him in the neck just a day before he was set to be released.

John Filmore Glass Jr., 40, of Tallapoosa, was pronounced dead at West Georgia Medical Center at 11:54 a.m. Wednesday, about an hour after the accident, authorities said.

Mr. Glass was fatally injured while on a grass-cutting work detail, Troup County Public Work Camp Warden Dexter Wells said. Mr. Wells said another inmate on a bushhog had become stuck in a ditch while cutting grass along a dirt road.

Mutated cold virus blamed for 10 deaths

ATLANTA --- U.S. health officials say a mutated version of a common cold virus has caused 10 deaths in the past 18 months.

Adenoviruses usually cause respiratory infections that aren't considered lethal. But a report Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a new variant has caused at least 140 illnesses in New York, Oregon, Washington and Texas.

The illness made headlines in Texas earlier this year, when a so-called boot camp flu sickened hundreds at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The most serious cases were blamed on the emerging virus, and one 19-year-old trainee died.

Police chief resigns amid investigation

ARCADE --- The Arcade police chief has resigned amid an investigation into an accusation of wrongdoing at the department and personal issues.

Dennis Bell had been with the Arcade Police Department for 10 years. He submitted a letter of resignation this week, citing the death of his grandmother.

Arcade Mayor Pro-Tem Ron Smith said Mr. Bell had been on personal leave for about three weeks.

5 charged in robbery that led to death

MARIETTA --- Authorities have charged five people in connection with a robbery that led to a police chase in which a suspect was killed.

Dorian Lamont Taylor, 23, was killed Tuesday when the car he was in flipped over and crashed on Interstate 75.

Canton police have charged Jermy Womack, 21, of Jonesboro; Robert Gaston, 18, of Riverdale; Rhoda Gaston, 41, of Riverdale; and Aisha Graham, 18, of Hampton, with armed robbery. Mr. Womack has also been charged with false imprisonment.


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