Conviction keeps Albany ex-commissioner out of mayor's race
August 31, 2015 04:27 PM | 477 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A former Albany city commissioner says he's been forced to give up on running for mayor because of a decade-old criminal conviction.

WALB-TV reports former Commissioner Henry Lee served prison time after he was convicted by a federal jury in 2005 of taking money from business owners in exchange for political favors.

That criminal record keeps Lee from holding office unless the state Board of Pardons and Paroles restores his political rights. Lee said in a statement Monday he made a request to the board in June, but it wasn't granted.

Lee said he completed his sentence four years ago and has had no legal troubles since.

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Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/


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Girl, 12, seriously hurt after being struck by car in Athens
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Athens-Clarke County say a 12-year-old girl has been hospitalized with serious injuries after she was struck by a car.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the girl from Lexington got hit while standing in a grassy median after her mother was involved in an unrelated, minor collision.

Police Lt. Don Eckert said the girl, her mother and others involved in the first collision were out of their vehicles standing in the median when another driver came upon the crash scene and was unable to stop in time. He said the driver swerved into the median, hitting the girl.

Eckert said the girl's suffered internal injuries and broken bones that were serious, but not life-threatening. She was hospitalized in Atlanta.

No charges had been filed Monday.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com


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Georgia lawmaker says he had account on cheating website
August 31, 2015 03:42 PM | 266 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MACON, Ga. (AP) — A state lawmaker from Macon says he had an account on the cheating website Ashley Madison.

State Rep. Allen Peake told the Telegraph of Macon: "I was a complete idiot to go there in the first place."

The newspaper reported Monday that Peake said he has no plans to resign his House seat but would be deciding whether to seek re-election next year. The Republican lawmaker said he joined the website during a "dark period" in his marriage several years ago. He said he had told his wife and she forgave him.

Peake initially sent an email acknowledging his actions to supporters Sunday. Earlier in August, hackers posted details including names and home addresses of the website's members online.

Peake has served in the Legislature since 2007.

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


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Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) gets past Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Sean Spence (51) on a touchdown run during the second half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) gets past Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Sean Spence (51) on a touchdown run during the second half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
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