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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Briefs

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BRANTLEY MAN DIES IN HEAD-ON COLLISION

HORTENSE - A Brantley County man died and another man was injured in a head-on collision Thursday morning near Hortense.

Frank Burgess, 31, of Hortense, was killed in the crash about 7:51 a.m., Trooper 1st Class Ray Strickland of the Georgia State Patrol reported.

The other driver, Jeffrey Rowland, 39, also of Hortense, had serious injuries, Strickland said.

Rowland was taken to Southeast Georgia Health System's Brunswick hospital, then taken in stable condition to Shands Jacksonville, a health system spokeswoman said.

Information about his condition Friday wasn't available from Shands.

A preliminary investigation indicated Rowland was driving north on Browntown Road in a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Burgess was driving a 1995 Lincoln Town Car south.

The pickup crossed the center line and collided head-on with the Lincoln, Strickland said.

The cause is under investigation. No citations had been issued as of Friday, records showed.

Associated Press

ACWORTH POLICE DOG DIES AFTER BEING LEFT IN CRUISER

ACWORTH - Authorities are investigating the death of a police dog who apparently died of heat stroke after being left inside a patrol car.

The dog died Monday after its handler got distracted while switching electronic equipment between cars, Acworth Police spokesman Capt. Wayne Dennard said.

The officer, a 13-year veteran of the department, was called into the police station and returned to find the dog dead. Dennard said he did not know how long the dog was in the car.

Police did not release the name of the officer.

Associated Press

GIRL'S BODY FOUND BURNED IN CLAYTON WOODED AREA

JONESBORO - Authorities are looking through reports of missing people and runaways after finding the burned body of a girl in a wooded area.

A Clayton County police officer found the body Wednesday while he was on the way home and noticed the smell of a decaying body.

He followed the smell off the road and about 30 feet down an access road used by the county's water authority. The officer found the body in a wooded area off the road, Clayton County Police Deputy Chief Tim Robinson said. …

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