DA charges Atlanta officer in shooting

ATLANTA - An off-duty Atlanta police officer who shot a man at an apartment complex has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and false imprisonment.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says the officer, Reginald Fisher, is charged in the shooting of Tremaine Miller on May 5 at a complex where Fisher was working at a security job.

Fisher told investigators he tried to question Miller in a park known for drug sales and that Miller ran to his car.

The officer told authorities he ordered Miller to put his hands in the air and thought Miller was reaching for a gun.

Former Polk County jailer indicted

ATLANTA - A federal grand jury has indicted a former sergeant at the Polk County jail on a felony charge of using excessive force against an inmate.

The former jailer, 25-year-old Joshua David Lowe of Aragon is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson in Rome.

The indictment handed down Thursday said Lowe was working as a detention officer when he allegedly used excessive force in striking an inmate at the jail.

Lowe was terminated as a result of the incident.

CDC: October soonest for swine flu shots

ATLANTA - A U.S. health official said a swine flu vaccine could be available as early as October, but only if vaccine production and testing run smoothly this summer.

Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency began shipping virus samples to manufacturers in the past several days. The government will have to review the safety and effectiveness of what's produced, and decide if a vaccination campaign is warranted. October is about the time seasonal flu vaccine campaigns generally get rolling.

CDC officials reported more than 8,500 probable and confirmed cases in the U.S., including 12 deaths and more than 500 hospitalizations.

Higher fares in store for MARTA

ATLANTA - MARTA is planning to hike fares, slash staff and cut its service.

A key committee of the Atlanta transit system on Thursday approved raising MARTA's fare from $1.75 to $2. The committee also recommended raising parking fees, ending rail service at midnight and cutting more staff to fill a $110 million shortfall.

The changes cannot take effect until the full board votes on June 22.