Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia sheriff's officials bust dog fighting ring

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in south Georgia say 27 dogs have been rescued from a dogfighting ring.

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine told WALB-TV investigators busted a dogfighting ring late last week and recovered treadmills, a large trailer used to transport dogs, training equipment and dog medicine.

Authorities also found drugs and say the dogs are being cared for by animal welfare advocates.

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Trial set for DragonCon co-founder in abuse case

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have set a December trial date for the founder of a science-fiction convention who faces multiple charges of child molestation.

A judge in Gwinnett County set the trial for Edward Kramer after hearing testimony about his numerous medical conditions. WSB-TV reports that Kramer entered the courtroom Monday in a wheelchair, equipped with an oxygen tank and hearing aid.

Kramer was charged with molestation in Gwinnett County in 2000, but declared unfit to stand trial because of a spinal condition. He was accused of molesting three boys between 1996 and 2000. He was put on house arrest and ordered to have no contact with children under 16. He was given permission to travel in 2008 and authorities say he was found in 2011 in a Connecticut motel room with a 14-year-old boy.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Husband of woman missing 4 years arrested in Georgia

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — The husband of a missing Bradley County woman has been arrested and charged with her killing.

Marsha Brantley disappeared more than four years ago, but was not reported missing for about six months. She was last seen alive in late May or early June of 2009. She was reported missing by a friend in November.

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office said Brantley's husband, 48-year-old Donnie Ray Brantley, was arrested Monday when he appeared for a separate charge at a Georgia courthouse. Donnie Brantley now lives in Kingston, Ga.

He is held in the Bradley County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. Jail records did not show whether he yet had an attorney.

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Pedestrian struck, killed on I-75 south of Atlanta

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have reopened the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 as police continue to investigate a wreck that claimed the life of a pedestrian.

Police say the crash happened around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday near exit 228 on I-75 in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta.

State transportation officials tell CBS Atlanta that the pedestrian was struck by a semitrailer that was hauling furniture.

All northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for a time but were reopened by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

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Woman gets life prison sentence in stabbing deaths

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — A Montezuma woman will spend life in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing to death her aunt and cousin in central Georgia in 2009.

The Telegraph reports that 59-year-old Lillian Walker pleaded guilty to two counts of malice murder and one count of armed robbery. She entered the pleas during a court hearing on Monday.

Authorities said Walker attacked her 85-year-old aunt, Lillian Graves, and her 65-year-old cousin, Agnes Stewart, in their Fort Valley home in June 2009. They say Walker rifled through their purses to steal cash, checks, credit cards and prescription drugs. Walker also was accused of stealing Graves' Jeep Cherokee.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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Man pulled from Chattahoochee ID'd as 44-year-old

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they believe a man whose body was pulled from the Chattahoochee River on Sunday was a 44-year-old man.

The Muscogee County Coroner's Office said Tuesday the man's identification was developed recently after Phenix City Police found the man's car near the 13th Street Bridge.

Coroner Buddy Bryan tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that police found the man's car and wallet near the 13th Street Bridge, two weeks after the victim is thought to have drowned.

Bryan said the man's name will most likely be released after the victim's mother has a chance to confirm that the body matches the suspected identity.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

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Student struck, killed by vehicles outside school 

MONROE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a high school student was killed after being struck by three vehicles in front of his school in Walton County.

Georgia State Patrol officials say only one of the three drivers who struck the 15-year-old boy stopped.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday outside Monroe Area High School in Walton County.

Troopers believe the teen was hit first by a silver Honda, then a Ford Ranger pickup truck and then by a tan Chevrolet Tahoe. Authorities say the Honda, which possibly has front-end damage, and Tahoe left the scene.

The student's name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Judge sets bond hearing for Andrea Sneiderman

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The judge who sentenced Andrea Sneiderman to prison has ordered a bond hearing in her case.

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams on Monday ordered a bond hearing for Nov. 6.

The 37-year-old mother of two was convicted last week on 9 of 13 counts against her, including perjury and making false statements. Adams sentenced her to serve five years in jail with credit for about a year of house arrest.

An attorney for Sneiderman last week filed a motion seeking a new trial and asked for bond while the appeal is pending. Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was gunned down in November 2010. Andrea Sneiderman's boss, Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing but found to be mentally ill.

Prosecutors say Sneiderman lied to police and to a jury.



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