Georgia News Roundup
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Protesters plan Atlanta rally over Zimmerman trial verdict

ATLANTA (AP) — Demonstrators are planning an Atlanta rally to voice opposition to the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

The neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted Saturday in Trayvon Martin's February 2012 shooting death in Florida.

In Atlanta, some who disagree with the not guilty verdict plan to gather at 7 p.m. Monday at a church near downtown. WAGA-TV reports that demonstrators plan to march from the Sankofa United Church of Christ on James P. Brawley Drive to CNN Center.

The protest comes a day after a group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Atlanta Sunday afternoon. Other demonstrations were being planned throughout the country.

Information from: WAGA-TV, http://www.myfoxatlanta.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia plans early turkey hunting season for 2 groups 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia is planning to open its turkey hunting season early for certain groups, and residents can provide input on the changes at upcoming public hearings.

A new state law that went into effect July 1 directs the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to establish a separate turkey season for youth and mobility-impaired hunters.

The DNR is proposing to open turkey hunting a few days before the season officially begins for the two groups of hunters, The Times of Gainesville reported. The traditional turkey season begins the first Saturday after March 19 and the season runs through May 15, said John Bowers, DNR's assistant chief of game management.

Public hearings are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Gainesville; 7 p.m. Wednesday in Macon; and 7 p.m. Thursday in Douglas.

Paul Kesmodel, president of Cherokee Gun Club in Gainesville, said he thought most hunters would be supportive of the early season.

"I think most hunters would probably encourage that, because we are trying to encourage more folks to get involved in the shooting sports," he said.

State Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gainesville, is on the Game, Fish, & Parks Committee. An avid hunter, he helped support HB 207, and thinks it's a good move for hunting in Georgia.

Dunahoo said having fewer people in the woods would allow for proper education for youth hunters, and better safety for individuals with disabilities. He added that hunters using wheelchairs would find an earlier season easier for getting around.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Driver swerves to miss deer, hits car head-on in Jesup

JESUP, Ga. (AP) — State troopers say a driver in southeastern Georgia swerved to avoid hitting a deer and hit another car head-on, killing a 30-year-old Jesup man.

Police tell the Florida Times-Union a 52-year-old man was driving along Oglethorpe Road in Wayne County when he swerved into oncoming traffic to miss a deer that was in the road Friday afternoon.

Police say the man's car hit a 1992 Saturn being driven by 30-year-old Russell Silas Smith, who was killed in the crash.

Authorities say charges will not be filed until after an investigation by a crash reconstruction team.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Mississippi fugitive arrested in Stone Mountain

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Marshals say they've arrested the suspect a Mississippi fugitive in suburban Atlanta.

Marshals' spokesman Gavin Duffy says authorities found Cedric Ratliff Friday trying to leave the parking lot of a Days Inn in Stone Mountain. Officials say Ratliff was wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a probation violation. Duffy says Ratliff was out on bond after being arrested in a July 2012 slaying, and another arrest in July 2013 on narcotics charges.

Duffy says authorities found an undisclosed amount of cocaine and marijuana on Ratliff when he was taken into custody. He's being held in the Gwinnett County jail.

Duffy says he'll face drug charges in Georgia and will be extradited to Mississippi.

It was unclear if Ratliff had an attorney.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Panel recommends suspension for DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis

ATLANTA (AP) — A panel assembled by Gov. Nathan Deal has recommended suspending indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

The panel on Monday heard more than an hour of testimony before beginning their private deliberations and announcing their decision. The panel consists of Rockdale County CEO Richard Oden, Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeffrey Turner and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.

Prosecutors say Ellis tried to extort campaign contributions from companies and their employees. Prosecutors allege Ellis instructed the county's director of purchasing and contracting to prevent some companies from getting business because they didn't contribute to his campaign.

Ellis has denied any wrongdoing.

Although the panel has recommended suspending Ellis, Deal will make the final decision.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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