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Ex-educator charged in alleged Fayette County school theft

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia educator is charged with stealing from the school where he worked in Fayette County.

Fayetteville police say 48-year-old Darren A. Handley of Fayetteville is charged in the alleged theft from Fayette County High School, where he was an assistant principal and athletic director.

A school system spokeswoman tells WSB-TV Handley has resigned from the school, where he worked for two years.

Police Lt. Mike Whitlow says Handley is charged with two counts of theft and more charges are expected. Authorities say he controlled several accounts.

Whitlow says some of the cases were obvious and thousands of dollars are missing, but the exact amount isn't clear.

Fayette County court records aren't yet available to show whether Handley has hired a lawyer.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Fort Gordon to gain 250 jobs as Army reorganizes

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Army's plan to shrink its forces by 80,000 soldiers would actually mean a slight increase in manpower at Fort Gordon in Augusta.

The Georgia base would grow by 250 soldiers by 2019 under the sweeping reorganization plan announced by the Army on Tuesday. Fort Benning in Columbus would also gain a very small number of troops, while Fort Stewart near Savannah would lose about 1,400 soldiers.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry, an Army spokeswoman, says Fort Gordon will gain jobs to help the military deal with the "emerging cyber threat."

Fort Gordon has no combat units but rather is home to communication technology specialists and one of the South's largest Army hospitals. The base is home to about 15,000 soldiers.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Lawyers: Brunswick murder suspect passed polygraph

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a coastal Georgia man charged with murder said in a court filing that the suspect passed a polygraph test in which he denied killing his father and seven others in a mobile home near Brunswick.

Guy Heinze Jr. is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 23 for the 2009 slayings. The victims were all beaten to death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Heinze's defense attorney filed a motion Tuesday asking a Superior Court judge to allow limited use of a recent polygraph test. They said they want to present the results only if Heinze is convicted and if jurors must choose between sentences of life in prison or death by lethal injection.

Polygraph results are rarely admitted as evidence in Georgia courts, though judges can allow them if both prosecutors and defense attorneys consent.

Heinze took the polygraph test June 14, The Brunswick News reported ( Heinze's attorneys say he was asked if he had attacked, assaulted or killed any of his family members the weekend of the slayings and each time replied, "No."

"It is my opinion that Mr. Heinze is telling the truth when he denies physically assaulting his family," polygraph examiner Kenneth Blackstone wrote in test results included with the court documents.

Heinze, 25, is charged with killing his father, Guy Heinze Sr., on Aug. 29, 2009, along with seven members of an extended family who shared a mobile home in coastal Glynn County.

Also killed were 44-year-old Rusty Toler Sr. and his four children — Chrissy Toler, 22; Russell D. Toler Jr., 20; Michael Toler, 19; and Michelle Toler, 15. The other victims were Rusty Toler's sister, Brenda Gail Falagan, 49, and Chrissy Toler's boyfriend, Joseph L. West, 30.

Heinze was arrested six days after he called 911 and sobbed as he told an operator: "My whole family is dead."

Prosecutors say Heinze beat the victims to death with a blunt weapon but have never given a motive for the slayings.

Information from: The Brunswick News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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