Q&A on the News

Q: In January, a young man allegedly was shot and killed by Phillip Sailors after pulling into his driveway by mistake. I haven’t heard anything since the first few days after the incident. Can you provide an update?

— Joe Miller, Concord

A: Sailors was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on an $11,200 bond a few days after the shooting and is waiting for the district attorney’s office to complete its investigation, attorney Michael J. Puglise told Q&A on the News. “Nothing monumental has happened,” Puglise said. Sailors was arrested and charged with shooting Rodrigo Diaz, 22, who mistakenly pulled into his driveway in January. Sailors was 69 years old at the time of the shooting. Puglise told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in January that Sailors thought “he was going to get run down.” The police report indicates the vehicle was leaving Sailors’ property when Diaz was shot, the AJC reported.

Q: When you watch the weather reports, sometimes you hear them talk about the UV Index. Exactly what is the UV Index?

— Rick Brewer, Smyrna

A: The UV Index is a daily forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to the sun, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The National Weather Service predicts the UV intensity on a scale of 1 to 11-plus on a next-day basis for every area of the country. On the scale, 1 is a low risk of overexposure, and 11-plus signifies an extreme risk. The UV Index takes into account weather conditions, cloud cover, ozone levels and other factors that affect the amount of UV radiation reaching the ground. You can check the UV Index for your city or area of the country at www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.

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Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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