Georgia News Roundup
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DeKalb County to swear in 23 new police officers

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) — The DeKalb County police department is welcoming more than 20 new officers to the force.

Department spokeswoman Mekka Parish says 23 new officers will receive their badges and take their oath Friday morning during a graduation ceremony at the department's headquarters in Tucker.

Officials say the new officers have gone through 26 weeks of training at the police academy, and will complete an additional eight to 12 weeks of training in the field.

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5 charged in male enhancement import scheme

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say five men have been charged with illegally importing male enhancement products from China.

Authorities said in a statement Thursday that four metro Atlanta men and a man from Alabaster, Alabama accused of illegally importing products containing the active ingredient in Viagra are charged with conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the products contained ingredients that are only available to American consumers who have a prescription for it, and the suspects told their supplier to mislabel the boxes to avoid detection by the Food and Drug Administration and Customs and Border Patrol.

Authorities say the boxes were made to look like they contained beauty products, coffee, tea and pottery.

Prosecutors say the men paid Chinese suppliers more than $2 million for the products over the past three years.

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Official: Woman found near river died of overdose

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — A medical examiner says a woman found dead near the Chattahoochee River died of an accidental drug overdose.

A death certificate from the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office states that 20-year-old Markeesha Taylor of Decatur died of an accidental methamphetamine overdose.

Roswell police say they've been searching for one of Taylor's friends as they continue to investigate. No charges have been filed against anyone.

Taylor was found May 11 in the Vickery Creek area of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, just north of Atlanta.

Taylor was buried Saturday near Hulbert, Oklahoma. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that she attended middle school and high school in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Electricity for Atlanta Streetcar system turned on

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's new streetcar system is marking a milestone as crews prepare for its launch.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that overhead wires that provide electricity to the cars are being turned on and will remain energized as tests proceed over the next few weeks.

Officials are warning the public to use caution around the system's wires and poles, which carry a potentially deadly 750-volt current.

Atlanta Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin says the power system poses no danger to the average person on the street, but utility workers and movie crews will need to be wary if they use lifts or elevated equipment to do any sort of work.

Officials expect the streetcars to begin carrying passengers sometime in late summer.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Dog owner: Attack on woman was 'freak incident'

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — The owner of dogs involved in the fatal mauling of a woman in Phenix City says the animals had never hurt anyone before and the attack was a "freak incident."

Steve Klemetti tells The Opelika-Auburn News that 20-year-old Katie Morrison knelt down to pick up a tennis ball the dogs were playing with, and one of the animals went after the ponytail of the woman's hair. Klemetti said he thinks one of the dogs mistook the ponytail for its rope toy.

Authorities have said that the two other dogs then joined in the attack.

Klemetti said it was his wife's decision to have the dogs euthanized due to safety issues and concerns from neighbors.

Phenix City is across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia.

Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man gets 8-15 years in 1975 slayings of brothers

By Corey Williams, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A 57-year-old man has been sentenced to 8-15 years in prison in the fatal 1975 beatings and stabbings of two Detroit-area brothers.

David Fowler learned his punishment Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Fowler was extradited from Georgia in February 2012 after DNA tests linked him to the slayings of 34-year-old Michael Belt and 18-year-old Jeffrey Belt. The men were beaten with a board and stabbed during a robbery.

Fowler earlier pleaded no contest to manslaughter. A first-degree murder charge was dismissed. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Family of the slain brothers asked for the most prison time possible.

Fowler had been in prison under an alias and has previous convictions for shoplifting, receiving stolen property and escape.

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