Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia educators to learn how to fight human sex trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Education plans to hold a two-day conference to train educators and other school employees on recognizing and combating human sex trafficking.

The event is scheduled for next week in Atlanta and speakers include former FBI agent and prosecutor Maria Velikonja, author and journalist Christine Dolan, U.S. State Department official Abraham Lee and Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Organizers say some 400 school employees and law enforcement officials are expected to attend the conference, which begins Monday at The Carter Center.

Experts estimate that up to 500 people are caught up in human trafficking in Georgia each month. Officials say educators need the resources and expertise to combat the problem and help children who may be victims.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


University showcasing ex-Congressman's papers

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — The University of West Georgia is showcasing its collection of government papers from former Congressman Bob Barr.

A reception on May 15 will mark the opening of those documents to the public. Barr will attend and offer remarks.

Barr served four terms in Congress from 1995 to 2003. He announced in March that he will run for a Congress seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey.

Gingrey is running for U.S. Senate.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Security guard shoots, wounds man in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating after a security guard opened fire on a man in southwest Atlanta.

CBS Atlanta reports that the shooting happened early Wednesday morning at the Pavilion Place Apartments on Cleveland Avenue.

Police said the guard was responding to a domestic dispute between a man and a woman at one of the apartment units.

They said the man and guard began scuffling in the parking lot when the man pointed a revolver at the guard. Police said the guard ordered him to drop his weapon. When he didn't, they said the guard shot the man once in the leg.

The man then fled to some nearby woods. Police dogs found hiding in some bushes, and he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Deputies find $18,000 in clothing in traffic stop

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in south Georgia say they confiscated $18,000 worth of clothing with the price tags still attached after pulling over a Jeep carrying three Florida residents.

The Florida Times-Union reports that a Camden County deputy stopped the vehicle on Interstate 95 Sunday. Deputy William Terrell says the occupants couldn't provide any verifiable information about where they got the clothing. Authorities seized it and sent the Jeep on its way.

Terrell said officials are now trying to find out where the clothing -- which included some items from Victoria's Secret -- originated.

Terrell said the Jeep's occupants, from the Tampa, Fla. area, said they had visited a friend in Savannah to obtain clothing that they would eventually send to Cuba.

They were released as authorities continue to investigate.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Illness prompts quarantine of Savannah animal shelter

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — State officials have halted public access to an animal control shelter in Savannah for two weeks after an outbreak of an upper respiratory illness was found among animals there.

Savannah-Chatham County Metro Police spokesman Julian Miller said the 14-day quarantine period was mandated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Tuesday afternoon. It came after animal control officers discovered the illness among animals in outside kennels and requested an inspection.

Miller said adoptions from the facility and the intake of most animals must cease during the quarantine.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the police-run facility has come under state scrutiny in the past. But Miller stressed the quarantine was only enacted after animal control officers contacted state agriculture officials for an inspection.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Man sentenced in fatal Atlanta drive-in shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted in a fatal 2012 shooting at an Atlanta drive-in movie theater has been sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years.

Quentric Williams was found guilty this month in the death of Mitt Lenix. Williams was convicted of 8 of 10 counts including malice murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Williams shot Lenix at the Starlight Drive-in Theater when Lenix was having car trouble and approached him for help. Williams has said he thought the man was about to pull a gun on him.

Williams fled the scene after the shooting and later crashed. Authorities say Williams left his unconscious girlfriend behind in the damaged truck.


Ex-officer sent to prison in jail beatings case

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A former drug task force agent will spend six months in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to tamper with a witness.

The Telegraph reports that Timothy King Jr. was sentenced to the prison term Tuesday.

He was convicted of conspiring with former Wilcox County Sheriff Stacy Bloodsworth, Bloodsworth's son Austin and some other jailers to lie about three inmates who were beaten up. Authorities say King didn't participate in the beating, but helped try to cover it up.

Bloodsworth, his son and other co-defendants are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Wednesday.

Authorities say the defendants attempted to cover up the beating of then-19-year-old inmate Kyle Michael Hyatt and two other prisoners after the sheriff was angered about a contraband cell phone being in the jail.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Nick Saban's Georgia mountain mansion to be auctioned

By Jeff Martin, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban is selling his lake-front estate with its three-story lighthouse, custom boat house and stunning views in the north Georgia mountains.

A real estate firm Wednesday confirmed that the 9,600-square-foot home northeast of Atlanta, known as The Pointe on Lake Burton, will be sold privately in a June 6 auction.

Concierge Auctions says the home on the shores of the mountain lake was originally listed at $10.95 million. A brochure says it has "jaw-dropping 270-degree cascading mountain, lake and sunset views."

Details of the sale were reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Saban said in a statement to The Associated Press that he developed the Rabun County property with builder Jim Suddes. The coach said he has another home on the lake, his favorite getaway.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Former military base workers admit taking bribes

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Two former military base employees in Albany have pleaded guilty to receiving bribes.

Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Mitchell D. Potts and 35-year-old Jeffrey S. Philpot, both of Sylvester, pleaded guilty Wednesday. They are accused of participating in a scheme to funnel freight hauling business from the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany to a local transportation company. Prosecutors say that resulted in the loss of millions of dollars to the federal government.

Potts was the traffic office supervisor for the Defense Logistics Agency at the base, and Philpot was the lead transportation assistant in the traffic office. Prosecutors say the pair helped the owner of several local commercial trucking companies get business from the agency in exchange for cash and other items of value.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 15.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Girl killed in South Georgia school bus accident identified

FORT GAINES, Ga. (AP) — A 10-year-old who died in a south Georgia school bus accident has been identified as Jordyn Doughtie.

Clay County Sheriff Roger Shivers tells WALB-TV eight people were injured in the accident Tuesday afternoon near Fort Gaines. Authorities say Doughtie and another girl were sitting near the front of the bus and were ejected during the accident on Highway 39.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The bus was carrying students from Pataula Charter Academy and grief counselors were slates to visit the school Wednesday.

Fort Gaines is about 55 miles west of Albany, near the Alabama border.

Information from: WALB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Men smash display case, steal $30,000 in jewelry

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say two men smashed a display case at a department store and stole $30,000 worth of jewelry.

Police spokeswoman Kim Jones tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the men walked in to a Belk store at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead Wednesday morning and used hammers to smash the display case.

Jones says the men took five pairs of earrings and fled the scene.

A description of the suspects and additional information on the incident was not immediately available.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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