Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia troopers increasing holiday weekend patrols

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State Troopers are planning to increase patrols during the holiday weekend to look out for impaired drivers, seatbelt violations and other offenses.

Georgia State Patrol Col. Mark McDonough said Thursday that troopers will be conducting concentrated patrols on interstates and secondary highways during Memorial Day weekend.

Authorities say they investigated 326 crashes during the holiday weekend in 2012 that resulted in 278 injuries and six deaths.

Officials say 301 people were arrested during the holiday weekend last year for driving under the influence.

McDonough says traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the state because of graduation ceremonies, festivals, and vacation travelers in additional to normal weekend traffic volumes. McDonough says drivers this weekend should be alert, patient and courteous to help prevent crashes.

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13 metro Atlanta residents to become US citizens

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Federal immigration officials say metro Atlanta residents from seven countries are set to become American citizens.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Ana Santiago says metro Atlanta residents from Belize, Colombia, Ghana, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, the Philippines and St. Lucia will be sworn as American citizens Saturday.

Santiago says the 13 candidates for citizenship will be sworn in by regional immigration director Denise Frazier. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Stone Mountain Park on Robert E. Lee Boulevard.

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Teacher furloughs to affect Fort Benning schools

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — Six elementary schools and a middle school at Fort Benning will close for up to five days in September because of teacher furloughs.

Department of Defense Education Activity director Marilee Fitzgerald tells the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer the furloughs will affect some 11,000 educators working in the nine-month category throughout the department.

The newspaper says Christy Cabezas, superintendent of schools for the Georgia/Alabama District which includes Fort Benning, Fort Rucker near Dothan, Ala., and Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., declined to comment on teacher furloughs. She referred questions to Washington.

Fitzgerald says 84,000 children will be affected in 194 schools worldwide. That includes 24,000 in U.S. schools.

Fort Benning spokeswoman Elsie Jackson says Fort Benning served 2,831 students in the current 2012-2013 school year.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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Atlanta police say driver of vehicle shot

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say an officer who noticed a car driving very slowly discovered the driver had been shot.

Police night commander Capt. Tim Peek tells WXIA-TV the officer turned on the blue lights and the car pulled into a parking lot. The officer then determined the driver had been shot in the abdomen.

Peek says there were also bullet holes in the vehicle.

Peek says the 58-year-old man was in critical condition at the scene but was reportedly in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Investigators are waiting until the victim can speak to determine a motive for the shooting, suspects and where the shooting happened.

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Hall County authorities seek suspect in shooting at pottery store

LULA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Hall County are seeking a woman they say shot another woman during a robbery at a pottery store near Gainesville.

Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks with the Hall County Sheriff's Office tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the victim, a 59-year-old employee of the shop, suffered a gunshot wound that doesn't appear to be life-threatening.

Wilson says the victim was confronted by an armed woman who demanded her purse before she could get out of her car Thursday. Wilbanks says the victim was shot once in the head and neck area.

The victim got out of her car and ran into the shop after she was shot. She was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

Wilbanks says the suspect fled the scene in a red SUV with a roof rack.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Sandy Springs man gets 35 years in wife's shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — A man convicted of shooting his wife eight times outside their Sandy Springs apartment has been sentenced to serve 35 years in prison.

Michael Parson did not speak prior to being sentenced Friday. But his mother Margaret Parson said he's not the monster he's been painted to be.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly A. Lee gave Parson the maximum possible sentence. She said this was a rare case where she found the sentencing range too low.

Parson was found guilty Thursday of aggravated assault, attempted murder and other charges in the April 2012 shooting of his now ex-wife Adina, a former attorney for the state department of public health who survived the attack and now uses a wheelchair. She suffered injuries to her head, arms, torso and legs.

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Centerville woman runs over son during attempted getaway

CENTERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say an accused shoplifter ran over her 4-year-old son while running from a loss prevention officer.

Authorities say 25-year-old Arkebia Albury is charged with child cruelty, reckless conduct and theft by shoplifting in the Thursday evening incident. Centerville police say the boy is hospitalized with critical injuries to his head and internal organs.

Police Chief Sidney Andrews tells The Telegraph of Macon ( one of Albury's children got into the passenger side of the car, but the 4-year-old boy was run over as the loss prevention officer approached.

Andrews says Albury put the boy in the back seat, ignoring the officer's plea to leave the child where he was and wait for an ambulance.

She was arrested soon after. It's unclear if she has an attorney.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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Ex-Georgia doctor sentenced in drugs-for-sex scheme

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Department of Justice officials say a former Savannah psychiatrist has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trading addictive prescription medications for sex.

William Ellien was sentenced Thursday in federal court and is also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his prison sentence. The former psychiatrist is also ordered to surrender all of his medical licenses.

U.S. Attorney's spokesman James Durham, of the Southern District of Georgia, says Ellien traded hundreds of prescriptions for oxycontin, hydrocodone, Xanax and other addictive drugs for sex with multiple women.

Durham says Ellien exchanged drugs for sex between 2009 and 2012. None of the women were his patients and many became addicted to the drugs he gave them.

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Macon woman arrested in death of 3-year-old son

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The mother of a Macon boy who died earlier this week has been arrested after an autopsy revealed he suffered blunt force trauma to his head.

Jameshia Desiree Reid has been charged with felony murder in the death of her 3-year-old son, Jakarie, who died early Friday morning.

Investigators have said 24-year-old Reid told police her son passed out and may have swallowed hazardous chemicals.

Police found numerous bottles of bleach and other cleaners in several rooms in the home, but didn't smell chemicals on the boy or in the home. Officers did notice several bruises on the boy's body.

It was unclear whether Reid had an attorney, and information on whether her bond had been set was not immediately available.

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Ex-Augusta State Medical Prison guard guilty in contraband scheme

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former east Georgia prison guard has been sentenced to more than two years of probation for trying to smuggle contraband into the Augusta State Medical Prison.

The Augusta Chronicle reports 25-year-old Lance D. Driggers pleaded guilty Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court and was sentenced under the First Offender Act.

Assistant District Attorney Falin Syms says Driggers was caught in early February with four quart-sized and two gallon-sized bags of loose tobacco and 15 packages of cigarette rolling papers.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle ,

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Jesup man sentenced in death of girlfriend's son

JESUP, Ga. (AP) — A southeast Georgia man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son.

Trevor Foster, of Jesup, was sentenced Wednesday in the May 2012 beating death of Elisha Jones. The Florida Times-Union reports 24-year-old Foster was caring for his girlfriend's son while she was at work and left the boy at home when he went to pick her up.

District Attorney Jackie Johnson says when the couple returned, the child was unresponsive and later died. Authorities found the boy had suffered massive blunt force trauma to the front and back of his head.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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