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macon.com Midday Update: Major meth ring busted in Savannah; Atlanta police investigate death of local musician; family thows babies, pets to safety during apartment fire

Twenty-nine defendants have been named in a major methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

The indictment names Donaciano Hernandez, known as Chano, and Mauro Aldaco, known as Poyo, as the leaders of the drug trafficking organization in Savannah.

U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr. says the organization has been operating in at least 10 counties since 2005. The indictment was unsealed Thursday.

The 29 defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine among other charges.

Nine of the defendants are already in jail on other charges. Seventeen have been arrested. Three remain fugitives. Four of the defendants are illegal immigrants.

– Associated Press

Atlanta police investigate death of local musician

Police in Atlanta are investigating the slaying of a local musician found beaten to death this week.

Police say 59-year-old Danny Kahn was found dead Monday night inside the office of his Grant Park moving company, Danny Delivers.

Police think Kahn knew his killer, but they haven't made any arrests yet.

Atlanta police detective Kevin Otts said he couldn't say much about the investigation but said Kahn's office was locked and his car was parked outside.

The last time he was known to be alive was at 2:15 p.m. Monday, when he spoke with someone Otts wouldn't identify.

One of his moving crews returned to the office about four hours later, but left finding it locked. A moving crew supervisor was concerned and called police around 10:30 p.m. Firefighters broke into the office and found the body.

– Associated Press

Family thows babies, pets to safety during apartment fire

A family has thrown babies and pets from a burning apartment building in DeKalb County.

DeKalb County Fire Captain Eric Jackson says a family tossed a mattress from the second floor of LaCota Apartment on Friday morning. They then dropped a rabbit, two birds and three babies onto the soft landing spot.

Firefighters also rescued residents by ladder.

No one was injured. The fire displaced eight families.

Jackson says the fire department is investigating the fire as being intentionally set.

– Associated Press

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