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Midday Update: 7 men facing 57 charges in fish trafficking case; Olympic ticket sale in Beijing starts stampede; worker arrested after hidden camera found in apartment

Federal authorities have charged 7 men with 57 counts of illegally catching, transporting and selling fish across state lines.

The indictment, returned last week in U.S. District Court in Albany, Ga., said several Florida fishermen and seafood dealers and 2 Georgia brothers conspired to transport a variety of fish illegally across state lines from Florida to Georgia, mislabeled fish and falsified documents, investigators said.

The men are accused of illegally catching and selling red drum, red snapper, red grouper, gag grouper and of selling Vietnamese catfish as grouper. Officials say the total commercial value of the fish involved exceeded $200,000.

Authorities said it was among the largest undercover operations in the Panhandle in the past two decades.

– Associated Press

Olympic ticket sale in Beijing starts stampede

Thousands of eager fans who had waited for up to two days swarmed sales windows today for the final batch of tickets to next month’s Olympic Games, knocking people to the ground and bending metal barricades in the chaotic crush.

Witnesses said scuffles broke out at one ticket site as officials opened additional sales windows at the last minute, causing some fans to stampede ahead of others in a bid to buy some of the 250,000 tickets that went on sale in different parts of the host city.

The official Xinhua News Agency said 30,000 people lined up for tickets, but muggy weather with temperatures above 93 degrees Fahrenheit coupled with the long wait made people impatient. Police immediately took actions to maintain order, including limiting access to some areas, it said.

Some journalists were escorted away after going into the off-limit areas, Xinhua said. Hong Kong television showed several journalists pushing back and forth with police.

– Associated Press

Hidden camera found in apartment, worker arrested

A maintenance worker has been arrested after a hidden camera was found inside an apartment in Doraville.

DeKalb County Police took 56-year-old Julio Rodriguez into custody Wednesday night. He was charged with unlawful surveillance and criminal trespass. A police spokeswoman said the camera was discovered in a bedroom ceiling by a tenant.

Police said the investigation continues and additional charges are possible.

– Associated Press

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