Abducted Georgia girl reunited with family; Colorado gets $30 million in U.S. flood relief

September 18, 2013
GEORGIA
Abducted girl, 14, reunited with family

A 14-year-old suburban Atlanta girl abducted in a home-invasion robbery was found alive Wednesday after a search by several law enforcement agencies, and two suspects were in custody, police said.

Ayvani Hope Perez had been taken from her Ellenwood, Ga., home early Tuesday after authorities said robbers broke in, demanded money and jewelry and were told there was none. Authorities have said the robbery and abduction appeared to be random.

Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter said the girl was found in Conyers, Ga., and has been reunited with her family.

“She’s in good health; she’s being evaluated as we speak,” Porter said.

He said two suspects were in custody. However, FBI Special Agent Rick Maxwell said those two suspects were not the two men identified in police sketches. Authorities are still looking for tips about the men in the sketches, Maxwell said.

Asked whether the suspects in custody knew the girl and her family, he said, “We have not determined the relationship between those people.”

— Associated Press

colorado
Federal relief funds sent for flood repairs

The U.S. Department of Transportation made $30 million in flood relief available to rain-soaked Colorado on Wednesday to help pay for repairs of roads and bridges damaged or destroyed in historic floods.

Floods in Colorado caused by torrential rains that began Sept. 9 have killed eight people in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, destroyed at least 1,700 homes and caused more than $150 million in damage to roads and bridges.

Meanwhile, airlifts gave way to door-to-door searches for victims injured and killed in the flood-scarred Colorado foothills, as authorities began ramping down emergency operations and commenced the “long and arduous” recovery phase.

— Reuters

mississippi
King secretary selling trove of memorabilia

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal secretary is selling a collection from the early civil rights movement, including handwritten notes by King and a page from his “I Have a Dream” speech, that an auction house calls an unprecedented historical trove.

Maude Ballou, of Ridgeland, Miss., worked as King’s secretary from 1955 to 1960, when King led the Montgomery Improvement Association and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis.

Ballou, who turned 88 on Friday, is selling the items Oct. 17 in New York through Texas-based Heritage Auctions. People can bid in person or online. Ballou and Heritage Auctions say a portion of the proceeds will be used to establish an education fund at Alabama State University.

— Associated Press

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