Georgia News Roundup
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EF-0 tornado confirmed in Coweta County

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Coweta County.

Vaughn Smith, a meteorologist based in Peachtree City, says the EF-0 tornado had a top wind speed of 85 mph Sunday afternoon. Tornadoes range from EF-0 to the most severe EF-5.

The twister touched down near Moreland — about 40 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta. The tornado was 50 yards wide and traveled a quarter of a mile. Smith says the tornado lasted for one minute, but caused downed trees, minor damage to a house and threw a 20-foot boat and a 30-foot trailer 30 yards.

No serious injuries or deaths were reported.

The tornado was part of a severe weather system that led to downed trees and large hail in several areas of the state.

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Georgia commissioners holding conference in Savannah 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — County commissioners from across Georgia are meeting for their annual conference in Savannah.

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia was scheduled to wrap up its three-day meeting Monday. Work sessions included a discussion on how steep federal budget cuts are expected to affect local governments in Georgia, plus a session to get county officials up to speed on recent changes to state financial disclosure laws for elected officials.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, a Savannah Republican, was also scheduled to address the commissioners Monday at the Savannah Civic Center.

The Association County Commissioners was formed 99 years ago in 1914. Its members include officials from all 159 Georgia counties.

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Motocross driver seriously hurt in Georgia crash 

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Police say a professional motocross driver seriously hurt during a dirt bike stunt in Augusta has no movement in his entire body.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the accident happened Saturday night at James Brown Arena. The rider, whose name wasn't released, is being treated at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Monica Belser said the victim was in critical condition with a severe head injury.

Sheriff's officials say a deputy witnessed the accident around 9:15 p.m. Saturday, when the performer attempted a jump. The deputy said the rider appeared to lose control of the motorcycle and struck a ramp.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle ,

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Autopsy planned for Columbus State student

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — An autopsy is planned to learn more about the cause of death for a Columbus State University student who went into cardiac arrest in downtown Columbus dorm room.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said 19-year-old Giselle Ortiz was pronounced dead at a hospital after she was stricken around 10:22 a.m. Saturday.

Bryan tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Ortiz was in her dorm, complained about not feeling well and went into cardiac arrest. Bryan said she was taking medication for lupus.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Ortiz was a music education student, who graduated last year from McEachern High School in Powder Springs. She had played trombone at the high school in Atlanta's northwest suburbs.

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Woman struck, killed by street sweeper in Macon 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Macon police have identified a woman who was struck and killed by a street sweeper.

Police say 22-year-old Kenyotta Jones was wearing all black clothing and was hit in an area that had no street lights early Monday morning.

Jones was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say the operator of the street sweeping vehicle is not being charged at this time.

Macon police encourage pedestrians to wear reflective, bright or white clothing at night, carry flashlights and to cross at crosswalks whenever possible.

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Georgia high court upholds conviction for former deputy 

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court has upheld the convictions of a former sheriff's deputy in the killings of his wife and a day laborer he had hired.

Former DeKalb County sheriff's deputy Derrick Yancey was convicted in 2010. Yancey told authorities he shot Marcial Puluc in self-defense in June 2008. Yancey said the Guatemalan day laborer had shot his wife, Lynda Yancey, while stealing money from her.

In an opinion published Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld the lower court ruling and rejected all of Yancey's arguments challenging his conviction.

Investigators who analyzed the crime scene and the forensic evidence determined that Yancey's story about what had happened was inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence from the scene. Investigators determined Yancey shot both his wife and Puluc.

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Judge throws out case on Victor Hill decision 

ATLANTA (AP) — A Fulton County Superior Court judge has thrown out a petition challenging the governor's decision not to appoint a panel to consider the suspension of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, who is under indictment.

Judge Kelly Lee on Monday said Georgia law regarding the governor's obligation to appoint a review commission to look into the suspension of an indicted public official appears to apply when the official is indicted while in office.

Hill was sheriff from 2005 until 2008, when he lost re-election. He was indicted in February 2012 on charges related to his time as sheriff. He then beat the incumbent sheriff in the 2012 election.

A lawyer for Clayton County resident James Buckman, who challenged the governor's decision, said they will likely appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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BB gun accidentally fired at Gainesville high school 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Gainesville say a student was injured in an accidental BB gun shooting at Johnson High School.

Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins tells the Gainesville Times a student was showing his BB gun to a classmate in the school's media center when it accidentally discharged and shot a student who was sitting nearby.

Officials say the unidentified student who brought the gun to school and the student who was handling when it discharged have been suspended. The injured student was treated by a school nurse.

Information from: The Times,

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Police find missing 2-year-old Henry County boy

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Henry County have ended the search for a missing 2-year-old boy after he was found safe in his neighbor's apartment.

Henry County Police Sgt. James Peaden says Amari Nathan Anderson was reported missing at an apartment complex in McDonough Monday morning. Authorities found the boy Monday afternoon after a nearly four-hour search.

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