Georgia News Roundup
December 30, 2013 11:00 AM | 1144 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police make arrest in killing of Gainesville woman

DACULA, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs have apprehended a suspect in the killing of a Gainesville woman.

Gwinnett County police say they discovered the body of 62-year-old Peggie Robinson inside a home on Evergreen Eve Crossing in Dacula on Saturday afternoon.

Police say the suspect, Wolf Griffin, has been charged with aggravated assault and felony murder. Gwinnett County Jail records do not list an attorney for Griffin.

Police say they're still investigating a motive for the killing, but said that Robinson was acting as a "third-party intermediary" and had just dropped off Griffin's child at the home when she was suddenly attacked.

Dacula is about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Tenn police searching for man, baby

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — An endangered child alert has been issued for a Tennessee man and 7-month-old boy last seen in East Ridge just outside of Chattanooga.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that East Ridge police were looking for the toddler, Jeffery Cocke, and his non-custodial father, Joseph Franklin Jr.

Police say Franklin went to the boy's home and took the baby while the mother had gone out to pick up medicine for the sick child.

Franklin is a white male, standing approximately five-feet, seven-inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has brown eyes and red hair that is beginning to gray.

East Ridge police say Franklin has active warrants against him in both Tennessee and Georgia.

Franklin was driving a red 2011 Toyota Corolla with Tennessee license plate number 430-YBQ.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Boaters rescued from Ocmulgee River in central Georgia

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Two men are recovering after being rescued from their boat in the Ocmulgee River in central Georgia.

Firefighters said the men were stranded on a 14-foot jon boat and drifted for about four hours Sunday on the river in Bibb County. Rescuers were able to reach them around 9:30 Sunday night.

The Telegraph reports that both men were said to be in good condition.

More than a half-dozen emergency responders stationed themselves at the public boat ramp at Spring Street Park during the rescue effort, which began around sunset.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Giant M&M hoisted atop Atlanta 'Peach Drop' tower

ATLANTA (AP) — A giant yellow M&M has been hoisted atop the structure used for Atlanta's Peach Drop New Year's Eve celebration downtown.

Organizers announced on the event's website that this year's celebration will include "a new twist," as a giant "M&M Peanut" will be featured alongside the peach. They say the 800-pound peach will still begin its decent shortly before midnight during the celebration at Underground Atlanta.

The yellow M&M -- its two halves spread apart -- was already on the metal tower used to drop the peach on Monday morning in preparation for the Peach Drop.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides