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Three killed in LaGrange plane crash

LAGRANGE, Ga. -- A twin-engine aircraft crashed at LaGrange-Callaway Airport Saturday afternoon.

There were three people aboard the plane. The LaGrange Police Department identified them as Vincent Michael Rossetti, 60, Willy Lutz, 69, and Jeffrey Van Curtis, 53. All three were from Peachtree City and died as a result of the crash. 

Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed immediately in the crash. The third passenger died after being life-flighted to Columbus Medical Center.  

A witness, Retired Air Force Pilot Rusty Miller, said the plane, a 1980 Beech Baron, was owned by two of the men on board, two physicians.

The plane, which took off from Panama City, Fla., at around 9:15 a.m. Saturday, landed in LaGrange around 10:45 a.m. 

Kyle Carr doesn't race in Olympic relay

SOCHI, RUSSIA -- After getting to Sochi as part of the U.S. Olympic short track relay team, Peachtree City native Kyle Carr did not race in Friday's event.

Kyle's mom told 11Alive's Jaye Watson, the coach said Jordan Malone was the better fit.

A local businessman helped pay the way for Kyle's mom to go to Sochi to watch her son.

See our coverage of Kyle Carr and his mom going to Sochi here.

Russia finished first in the relay winning gold.  The U.S. team finished second for silver.

Even though Kyle was a part of the team, because he did not compete he will not get a medal.

Kyle's mother, Lisa Cervantes said she was devastated that her son didn't race.

Summer gold medalist cheers on Kyle Carr

Summer gold medalist cheers on Kyle Carr

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Two-time gold medalist Barbara Jones Slater is partial to the Summer Olympics, but she's intrigued by the short track speed skaters in Sochi.

"Only thing is, the relay's kinda confusing," she told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie. "It's not like our relay."

Jones Slater made history in running shoes, not speed skates, during the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

She was-and still is-the youngest female to win an Olympic gold medal in track & field. She was 15.

"Standing up on that podium, even when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner today, I get that thrill, that chill," she said.

She was part of the 4x100 meter relay team and went on win a second gold in the same event in Rome in 1960.

One of her teammates that year was Wilma Rudolph.

"Are your teammates like your family or even closer?" Leslie asked.

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

(WXIA) -- Spring is just around the corner, and Pike Nurseries is preparing to hire 250 people for one of its busiest seasons.

The nursery chain, which has locations throughout metro Atlanta, will hold a career fair on Friday, Feb. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its Roswell location (615 West Crossville Road).

Job seekers can also apply at any Pike Nurseries location. The stores are looking for anyone who is passionate about gardening.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA-- With the state tournament set to begin this weekend, time to take a look at the latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Basketball Poll. The Spartans are still undefeated and still on top.

The Greater Atlanta Christian boys head into the state tournament a perfect 27-0. The Spartans are followed by Wheeler, Allatoona, North Gwinnett and Norcross make up the top 5.

Miller Grove, Berkmar, Tucker, Walton, and Stephenson completes the top 10.

The Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. McEachern maintains the lead as the state tournament begins.

For much of the season McEachern and Southwest DeKalb have been 1 and 2. That continues this week with Parkview, Redan, and Archer the top 5.

Next comes Tucker, Hillgrove, Wesleyan, North Forsyth, and Southwest Atlanta Christian making up the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports.


Auburn named Georgia's safest city

Auburn named Georgia's safest city

(WXIA) -- A small town on the Barrow-Gwinnett border has been named the safest city in Georgia.

Auburn tops SafeWise's latest list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia.

SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile the ranking. It cited Auburn's mere 76 crimes in 2012 -- none of which were murder, arson, rape or robbery -- for its standing.

"What's most impressive to me about a state like Georgia is the collective dedication to both personal and community safety," SafeWise security analyst Carolyn Heneghan said in a release. "Of the 50 cities we recognized, it's not just the small towns, but the bigger cities too, that all take part in keeping themselves, their neighbors and their children safe."

Metro Atlanta fared very well on the list, with 9 of the top 10 located within easy driving distance of the state capital.

Georgia's safest cities include: