Georgia News Roundup
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No bond for Georgia woman in child cruelty case

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A metro Atlanta woman accused of letting a convicted child molester live with her and her daughters is being held without bond on child cruelty charges.

WSB-TV reports 31-year-old Darrika Driver was arrested after her 22-year-old boyfriend, Natavious Mays, moved back in after his release from prison. Mays was convicted of molesting two girls who are now 12 and 14 years old. Police say Mays molested the 14-year-old girl when he moved back in and recorded the assault on his cellphone.

Officials say Driver lied to authorities about where Mays lived knowing that he shouldn't have been near her children.

Mays was on probation and is charged with aggravated child molestation, producing child pornography and failure to register as a sex offender. He's expected to appear in court Wednesday.

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Atlanta to host Neighborhood Awards Weekend

ATLANTA (AP) — A national convention honoring people and businesses that uplift their neighborhoods is moving to Atlanta.

Mayor Kasim Reed and several others are scheduled share information on the Neighborhood Awards Weekend, which will be hosted at Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center Aug. 7-10. The event — hosted by entertainer Steve Harvey — had been hosted in Las Vegas and is expected to draw about 150,000 attendees.

The weekend of activities is expected to feature celebrities, actors and musicians who will present award winners with prizes in 12 categories.

Officials are expected to announce additional details about the event Friday morning at a Atlanta City Hall.

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FBI probes fire that burned Georgia Tech student

ATLANTA (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police are investigating what caused a fire that severely burned a Georgia Tech graduate student inside an apartment in midtown Atlanta.

Firefighters were called to the building on 10th Street around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and found a man with severe burns to his hands, arms and chest.

FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett tells WSB-TV that the blaze involved what appears to be a "possible incendiary device." Authorities said they couldn't share further details until they had a better understanding of what happened.

WXIA-TV reports that the student was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The Georgia Institute of Technology declined to release information about the victim. School officials said in a statement they were working with law enforcement to notify his family.

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Atlanta councilwoman pleads guilty to DUI charge

ATLANTA (AP) — A longtime member of the Atlanta City Council has pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence and has been sentenced to probation.

WSB-TV reports that Councilwoman Cleta Winslow also must pay a $700 fine and perform community service following her guilty plea on Tuesday.

Atlanta police stopped her in May, saying she was driving on the wrong side of the road and ran a red light.

Winslow has been on the council since 1993.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Tower audio from UPS crash that killed 2 released

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An audio recording from the control tower at Birmingham's airport shows workers were trying to reopen the main runway when a UPS cargo jet crashed while trying to land on an alternate runway, killing two pilots.

The recording shows an air traffic controller asked a Birmingham Airport Authority worker about reopening the runway less than two minutes before the Airbus A300-600 jet went down on Aug. 14.

The main runway was closed for maintenance, and the UPS aircraft attempted to land on a shorter runway. The jet clipped trees and slammed into a hill near the runway.

The recording shows a cargo carrier from UPS competitor FedEx landed safely on the main runway just moments after the crash.

The audio is posted on the Federal Aviation Administration's website.

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