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Witness describes scene as child escapes day care center

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A Gainesville daycare center is under investigation after a 4-year-old child wandered away onto a busy highway.

It happened Tuesday at the Gainesville Academy on Highway 63.  Witness Debra McEwen says she spotted the child in the roadway from about a half a mile away.

"At  the top of the hill, I noticed what looked like a small figure running into the right hand lane. She was  darting out into the traffic. she darted into my lane she darted into the other left lane, sees a truck coming she goes back into my lane across," she said.  McEwen passed the child without striking her.  "Then I look in my rear view mirror and she’s darting and people are slaming brakes on. It was just squealing tires and people trying to stop," she said.


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Rabies alert issued in north Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A rabid raccoon was recently captured in northern Hall County.

The raccoon made contact with a dog in the Cool Springs Road area. Animal control officials caught the raccoon and shipped it to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, where it tested positive for rabies.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the raccoon was found. It is Hall County's third confirmed case of rabies this year.

Pet owners, especially ones who live near Cool Springs Road, are encouraged to vaccinate their animals for rabies. The Hall County Animal Shelter offers $10 vaccines Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.

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Ga. inmates make history, graduate high school in prison

ALTO, Ga. -- Graduating high school guarantees little.


It does not guarantee a better job, nor a better life -- just a much better chance.

But for 19 women who received their diplomas Thursday, it meant a historic step.

They formed the first group of Georgia inmates to graduate high school while in a state prison -- in this case, Lee Arrendale State Prison in Gainesville.

Most states allow inmates to receive GEDs. Georgia is now one of the few that goes further, using charter school provisions to enable its inmates to graduate high school.

Accidental shooting at Gainesville Armed Forces center

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Gainesville Police are reassuring the public there is no cause for alarm after an accidental shooting at an Armed Forces Recruiting Center.

It happened at around 10:30 a.m. Friday in the McEvers Corners Shopping Center at Dawsonville Highway and McEver Road. Police said an armed forces member was shot. The victim was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment.

Gainesville Police spokesman Kevin Holbrook said it appears the victim shot himself.

"Given recent incidents in Chattanooga we know the public may be concerned about the police presence," the police department said on its Facebook page. "There is no need for public alarm, this was an accidental shooting.

Man dies while committing burglary

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Forsyth County Sheriff's investigators believe a man found dead over the weekend was committing a burglary shortly before he passed away.

Officials were dispatched to the 8200 block of Browns Bridge Road Saturday at around 7 a.m. When they arrived, they found 42-year-old Joseph Pollard dead.

Investigators said Pollard and 51-year-old Jeffery Chester were burglarizing the location when Pollard died. Chester left, then later returned to the scene. He was arrested and charged with burglary.

Pollard's cause of death has not been determined, but police do not suspect foul play. The GBI will perform an autopsy.