Georgia News Roundup
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Sneiderman set to appear in court for bond hearing

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta woman convicted of lying under oath and lying to police investigating the killing of her husband is set to have a bond hearing.

Andrea Sneiderman is to appear Thursday before DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams.

Sneiderman was convicted in August on 9 of 13 counts against her, including perjury and making false statements. Adams sentenced her to serve five years in jail with credit for about a year of house arrest.

An attorney for Sneiderman is seeking a new trial and asked for bond while the appeal is pending.

Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was gunned down in November 2010. Andrea Sneiderman's boss, Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing but found to be mentally ill.

Prosecutors say Sneiderman lied to police and to a jury.

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Georgia Mega Millions jackpot reaches $400 million

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $400 million — which is the second largest jackpot in the game's history.

Officials say one player who purchased a $1 ticket in Gainesville won $10,000. Two winning tickets sold in Norcross Dec. 10 were worth $5,000 each, and another two sold in Pelham and Lawrenceville were worth also $5,000.

Officials say the next jackpot drawing is on Friday.

All Georgia Lottery proceeds are used to fund initiatives to support college education and pre-kindergarten programs in the state.

Officials say since its inception, Georgia Lottery has given more than $14.8 billion to support education in Georgia.

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County employees say rats roam their building

ATLANTA (AP) — Employees in a county government building in Atlanta have reported problems ranging from roaming rats to water-soaked carpet.

Fulton County Facilities Director David Ricks says employees in the tax assessor's office are being asked not to leave food of any kind at their workplace as they try to address the rodent problem. He tells WSB-TV that battling the rats is an "ongoing challenge."

Ricks says there are serious water issues within the building. He said officials have spent more than $1 million since 2007 on water intrusion problems and have allocated even more for long-term repairs to start next year.

The workplace generating the new complaints is in the same 600,000-square-foot Fulton County government center where officials shut down another office last year due to flood damage and mold.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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1 man killed, 1 wounded in gunfire outside grocery 

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded in the parking lot of a shopping center just east of Atlanta.

CBS Atlanta reports that the gunfire happened shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store off South Hairston Road in the Stone Mountain area.

DeKalb County police say the man who died was shot and then struck by a car. The other man was taken to a hospital.

Police late Wednesday were working to determine who shot the men and what the motive was.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

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Mom reports gunmen stole girl's medicine, presents 

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta woman says home invaders kicked her disabled 6-year-old daughter in the side and stole medication and specialized equipment that helps the girl communicate.

DeKalb County police are searching for suspects after the family reported hearing a loud crash at their home in the Decatur area around 7 p.m. Wednesday. The family reported that a cinder block was thrown through a dining room window, and five masked men entered the home.

Jordan Davis tells WSB-TV that one suspect held a gun to her daughter's head. She was released from a hospital Wednesday after being treated for bruised ribs. She said her daughter has autism and epilepsy.

The men ransacked the girl's room and stole clothes and medication. Davis said they also stole the family's Christmas presents.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Foul play suspected in South Carolina woman's disappearance 

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies say foul play is suspected in the disappearance of a Bluffton woman missing since last month.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday that 47-year-old Margarita Gonzalez-Almazan was last seen at a family party she hosted the evening of Nov. 30.

Deputies said they are looking for her boyfriend, whose car was found abandoned last week in Savannah, Ga.

On Dec. 2, deputies tracked his cellphone to a bridge in Beaufort County but a search of the water and beaches found no other evidence.

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Third suspect identified in Georgia kidnapping 

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials have identified a third suspect who's allegedly linked to the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl in suburban Atlanta.

Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Atlanta field office, Ricky Maxwell, said Thursday that authorities are searching for 19-year-old Christopher Joseph Atkins, also known as "C.J."

Authorities say Atkins was indicted earlier this week on charges of conspiracy to kidnap and discharging a firearm during a violent crime.

Ayvani Perez was taken from her home in Ellenwood Sept. 17 and was later left at a relative's house in Conyers.

Police have arrested 29-year-old Wildrego Jackson and 40-year-old Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez in connection with the case.

Authorities say armed men broken into the Perez family's home early in the morning and demanded drugs and jewelry from the girl's mother.

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Bowl president: 'No doubt' about No. 22 Duke 

JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan wants to set the record straight: His bowl always wanted No. 22 Duke.

Speaking Thursday during a news conference at the Blue Devils' team headquarters, Stokan shot down rumors that he would have preferred another ACC team in his bowl.

He says he "understands there's been some mention of politics" but adds that "there was no doubt in our minds" about Duke.

Stokan adds that "there was nothing that went on behind the scenes" about possibly choosing another ACC school — possibly Miami or Virginia Tech — ahead of Duke.

The Blue Devils (10-3) will play No. 20 Texas A&M (8-4) on Dec. 31 in the Atlanta-based bowl.

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