Georgia News Roundup
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Water woes prompt school closures in central Georgia

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say students in one Georgia county will get an unexpected three-day weekend due to water problems in their schools.

The Telegraph reports that Twiggs County schools are closed Friday.

The school system says the closure was prompted by a local water issue.

The Macon newspaper reports that the school system ordered the closure as a precaution because problems with the city water system could affect the schools' ability to flush toilets, wash hands and prepare meals for the students.

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia school system to lay off dozens of workers 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — One of Georgia's largest school systems has approved a plan to slash dozens of jobs.

The Telegraph reports that Bibb County school board members on Thursday night approved an anticipated 87 layoffs in response to the school system's budget shortfall.

The overall budget plan calls for cutting 97 positions. System administrators are also asking for a tax increase.

School system officials expect to begin identifying who will be laid off beginning Friday.

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Resentencing delayed in death of UNC student president

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has delayed the resentencing for one of two men convicted in the 2008 death of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill president Eve Carson.

Twenty-two-year-old Laurence Alvin Lovette went before an Orange County judge Friday.

Judge Allen Baddour delayed the hearing until June because an expert witness was unavailable.

The state Court of Appeals ordered that Lovette be resentenced after a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The high court ruled that an automatic life sentence without parole is unconstitutional if the defendant was under age 18 at the time of the crime.

Lovette was 17 when Carson was killed. He was convicted of premeditated murder, kidnapping and robbery.

The Athens, Ga., woman was abducted from her apartment and killed after the men used her debit card to get cash.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Minivan driver killed by flying tire on I-85 

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a tire from a truck that flew over a freeway median near Atlanta struck and killed the driver of a minivan heading the opposite direction.

DeKalb County police say the accident happened during the morning rush hour, around 8:30 a.m. Friday, on Interstate 85 south of Shallowford Road.

Police said a Dodge pickup truck was heading north on I-85 when one of its tires came off and flew over the median wall. The tire struck the driver of a minivan that was in a southbound lane.

WSB-TV reports that the 47-year-old female driver was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

A 16-year-old passenger was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for evaluation.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Former Georgia bank teller sentenced in embezzlement 

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A former bank teller has been sentenced to four years in prison on identity theft and embezzlement charges.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore, of the Middle District of Georgia, says 26-year-old Victoria Metz is also ordered to pay more than $79,300 in restitution to Colony Bank. Authorities say Metz worked as a bank teller in Leesburg — about 10 miles north of Albany — and cashed $79,361 worth of stolen checks from the Internal Revenue Service.

Metz told investigators she occasionally was given a cut of the proceeds from a third party who supplied her with the stolen checks.

Aside from prison time and restitution, Metz is ordered to serve three years of supervised release.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police: Man was shot before Savannah car crash 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah say a man who was found dead after a car crash had been shot before the accident.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Julian Miller says 38-year-old Roderick Richardson's car crashed into a chain link fence Thursday morning and the man was pronounced dead at Memorial University Medical Center. Authorities launched an investigation into the man's death after determining wounds he sustained were inconsistent with the severity of the crash.

The department's violent crimes detectives are probing the man's death.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Judge overturns Ga. man's murder conviction 

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a murder conviction for a man who has served 12 years in prison for the crime.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday reported Superior Court Judge Daniel Coursey determined new evidence in the case would likely have resulted in a different verdict in David Peralta's murder trial.

Peralta was convicted in the 2001 slaying of 22-year-old Rebecca Moore, of Norcross. Prosecutors said Peralta, who was a member of the Latin Kings gang, killed her because she criticized him in front of other gang members and threatened to tell his pregnant fiancee about their sexual relationship.

Years after the trial, two gang members told FBI agents a 16-year-old boy killed Moore and they were in the car with him when he fired the shots.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Man fatally shot in northwest Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a man has died after being shot in northwest Atlanta.

Police say the unidentified man was shot Friday afternoon and television helicopter footage showed police responding to a van that was stopped in the middle of Marietta Boulevard. Atlanta Police spokesman John Chafee says it is unclear if the shooting happened inside the vehicle.

Drivers are being asked to find alternate routes through the area.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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