Georgia News Roundup
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South Georgia banker accused of losing millions due in court

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia bank director accused of losing millions of investor dollars before vanishing is set to appear in court.

The U.S. attorney's office in Savannah says 47-year-old Aubrey Lee Price is due to appear before a federal judge in Brunswick Thursday. Price was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Brunswick.

Price had disappeared in June 2012 after sending a rambling letter to his family and acquaintances saying he had lost millions of investors' dollars and planned to kill himself.

A Florida judge declared him dead about a year ago. But the FBI had said it didn't believe Price was dead and continued to search for him.

Prosecutors say Price raised $40 million from his bank and 115 investors, and lost much of the money.

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Body found face-down in creek in Atlanta suburb

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — Police in an Atlanta suburb are investigating after a young man's body was found face-down in a creek behind a middle school.

Johns Creek police spokesman Doug Nurse says the body was found by a couple walking their dog around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, about a quarter mile from Taylor Road Middle School in Johns Creek. Nurse said the man was found face down in the creek trapped under a log.

Nurse tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that investigators didn't know how long the body had been there, and that police had not had any missing person reports. He said police had tentatively identified the man, who was found with a wallet and backpack, but were still notifying his relatives. Nurse described the man as a "young adult."

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Icy roads, plunging temperatures expected in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters are predicting icy roads and light snow in parts of the north Georgia mountains.

The National Weather Service early Thursday issued a winter weather advisory through Friday morning for Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties. It says icy roads will be possible in the area, as well as accumulating snow at elevations of 1,500 feet and above.

In metro Atlanta, temperatures are expected to drop into the low 20s by early Friday.

A wind advisory will also go into effect Thursday afternoon, as gusts of up to 35 mph are expected across much of the state.

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2nd suspect arrested in Atlanta bike path shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a second suspect has been charged with murder and armed robbery in the killing of a U.S. Army soldier, who was fatally shot on an Atlanta bike path.

Atlanta police say 22-year-old Qutravius Jermaine Palmer turned himself in Wednesday and was being held in the DeKalb County Jail. Jail records do not indicate whether Palmer has an attorney.

Police say 21-year-old Xavier Arnold was fatally shot Dec. 26 in the Kirkwood neighborhood. Police have said a second man was wounded in his leg, and the shooter's motive was likely robbery.

Police earlier arrested a juvenile, who also faces murder and robbery charges.

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Buttocks injection death trial set for January

By Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An adult entertainer goes to trial in January for what authorities say was her role in arranging unlicensed buttocks injections that killed a Georgia woman in 2012.

Authorities say 37-year-old Karima Gordon of Atlanta paid $200 to Natasha Stewart, a model and adult entertainer who uses the name Pebbelz Da Model, for a referral to the alleged injector. She's charged with depraved-heart murder and other charges.

Authorities say Gordon died from blood clots in her lungs days after being injected with a silicone substance in March 2012 at a house in Jackson, Miss.

A deadline for Stewart to reach a plea agreement is Jan. 10. Trial begins Jan. 27.

Tracey Lynn Garner, also known as Morris Garner, is charged with giving the injections and goes to trial in March.

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Victim's mother grills 2nd suspect in son's death 

ATLANTA (AP) — The mother of a U.S. Army soldier who was fatally shot on a bike path in Atlanta last week confronted the second suspect in her son's death as he was led into court Thursday.

Police have said 21-year-old Xavier Arnold was shot in an attempted armed robbery Dec. 26 in the city's Kirkwood neighborhood. A second man was also injured.

Investigators have said 22-year-old Qutravius Jermaine Palmer surrendered for his involvement in the shooting on Wednesday. Police have already arrested a juvenile on murder and robbery charges. That suspect's identity has not been released.

Footage from local television stations showed Arnold's mother, Nichole Villafane, walking alongside Palmer asking him if shooting her son was worth it as he was being walked into court.

Palmer told Villafane he's innocent.

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Woodruff sells 14th Street Playhouse to SCAD 

ATLANTA (AP) — The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta says it has agreed to sell the 14th Street Playhouse to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The organizations said in a news release Thursday that the Woodruff Arts Center is selling the playhouse to the school for $1.9 million.

The expansion will complement SCAD's M.A. and M.F.A. film and television degree programs, which began in Atlanta in 2013.

The Woodruff Arts Center plans to invest the proceeds from the sale in the arts in Atlanta, including giving $1 million to The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The foundation plans to create a fund to serve performing arts organizations, particularly theater and dance companies.

The arts center plans to use the remaining proceeds to design programs with local artists across multiple artistic disciplines.

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