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An Oconee County Deputy was hit by a car while directing traffic in front of Oconee Veterans Park. According an alert from the Sheriff's Office, the deputy was conscious, alert and talking on the scene. A post by Sheriff Scott Barry on the department's Facebook page states first reports from the hospital regarding the deputy are positive. The driver of the vehicle that struck the deputy did stop.

Red Cross Seeking Blood Donations for Cancer Patients

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others. Kristen Stancil is Communications Manager with the organization.  She says most people don’t think about the need for blood in treating cancer patients.

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Georgia Department of Public Health officials announced Monday that the state’s premature birth rate increased in 2016.

Premature babies are defined as infants born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. In 2016, Georgia’s pre-term birth rate was 11.2 percent. That’s an increase from 2015’s 10.8 percent rate. Georgia’s rate is also higher than the national average for pre-term birth which is 9.8 percent.

Chief Freeman on Athens Shooting Involving Officer

Oct 16, 2017
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating after Athens police officer fired at an armed suspect during a domestic dispute which left a woman dead and the suspect in intensive care.

A woman is dead after and a man is hospitalized after a domestic dispute in West Athens.

Police Chief Scott Freeman held a press conference in the wake of that shooting. Freeman says the suspect, Nicholas Head, shot Quintavia Wade in the face as the first officer arrived on the scene.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is currently working a shooting involving an officer. The GBI is on the scene. Police say no officers were injured, there are no other suspects, and there is no threat to the general public. Spokesperson Epifanio Rodriguez says calls the department received about an active shooter in the West End area near Hawthorne Avenue are unfounded. There is no active shooter and there is no threat to the general public. WUGA will updates on this incident as information becomes available. 

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