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News Briefs - Metro Atlanta

Compiled by Stan Washington | 3/28/2014, 6 a.m.

Home Depot groups hit 10,000 mark in homes project

ATLANTA (AP) - Nonprofits backed by the Home Depot Foundation have improved more than 10,000 homes for veterans as part of the retail giant’s grant program. The foundation has handed out more than $65 million to organizations that renovate, rehab or build new homes for veterans since 2011. The foundation committed to providing $80 million in grants by 2015. Home Depot Foundation President Kelly Caffarelli says expected troop cuts could result in more veterans who need housing assistance.She expects the foundation to continue working on veterans’ housing. The Obama administration pledged in 2009 to eliminate veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. According to the latest U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development count, nearly 58,000 veterans were homeless in January 2013. That’s down an estimated 24 percent from 2010.

Police seek to ID 2 vehicles in attempted assaults

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County and Emory University police are seeking to identify two vehicles as they continue to investigate a series of attempted sexual assaults near the school’s campus. DeKalb County police say one of the vehicles is an older-model, dark-colored, two-door pickup truck with a diamond tool box in the rear. The other is a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee, which may have been in the area and could possibly assist in the investigation. Officials say three attempted sex assaults between December and January have been reported and may be connected to a rape on Emory’s campus on Feb. 11.

Trial resumes for soldier charged in wife’s death

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - Testimony has resumed in the court-martial of a Georgia Army soldier charged with killing his pregnant wife for $500,000 in life insurance and benefit money. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui (AH-gee-gee) faces an automatic life sentence if a military judge convicts him of murder in the July 2011 death of his wife, Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui. A former Army buddy at Fort Stewart testified Monday that Aguigui confessed to handcuffing his wife during sex and suffocating her with a plastic bag pulled over her head. Prosecutors told the judge upcoming witnesses Tuesday include Army investigators. Aguigui of Cashmere, Wash., has pleaded not guilty. He is already serving a life sentence at a Georgia prison after pleading guilty last summer to a double slaying that occurred about five months after his wife’s death.

Johns Creek selects new city manager

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) - The city manager of one Atlanta suburb has been named to the same position in a nearby community. Officials announced that Dunwoody City Manager Warren Hutmacher will be the city manager in Johns Creek. His appointment will be effective April 28. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said in a statement that Hutmacher has a broad understanding of the north Fulton County city’s culture and unique insight into its foundation and goals. Hutmacher has also been a city manager in Norcross and Avondale Estates.

Medal of Honor recipients recognized

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service during Vietnam were honored at a ceremony at the State Capitol Tuesday. The Georgia Department of Veterans Services plans to individually recognize each of the state’s 12 native sons who were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. State officials say an estimated 254,000 Georgia residents - about one-third of the state’s total veteran population - are Vietnam veterans.