Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia officials discourage drunk boating

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Lew enforcement officials in Georgia are participating in a nationally coordinated effort to discourage boating under the influence.

The law enforcement division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources plans to participate in Operation Dry Water from Friday through Sunday. The initiative is meant to educate recreational boaters about the dangers of using alcohol and drugs while boating and will also include enforcement measures.

Authorities have arrested 69 people so far on Georgia lakes and waterways. They arrested 160 in 2013.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators began Operation Dry Water in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. It puts thousands of officers on the water right before the Fourth of July, a holiday authorities say is known for drinking and boating.

Online: www.operationdrywater.org 

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Ex-Georgia minister sentenced in check cashing scheme

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former minister has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in a check cashing scheme.

Authorities say 37-year-old Jesse Jefferson Flournoy II has been sentenced to 148 months in prison.

Prosecutors say Flournoy's fraudulent check cashing scheme involved more than 80 checks that were either distributed as fraudulent tax returns or were stolen from the mail before reaching the intended recipient.

Authorities say Flournoy also served as the leader of the Transformation Empowerment Christian Center in Augusta.

The former minister is also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay more than $450,000 in restitution.

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Locally made goods showcased at Georgia farmers market

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Agriculture officials say a showcase featuring goods grown and made in Georgia is returning to the Atlanta State Farmers Market.

Officials say the Georgia Grown Showcase event will return to the market in Forest Park this weekend. The showcase is meant to link consumers in the metro Atlanta area with Georgia farmers and producers.

Officials say the showcase will feature a variety of locally grown seasonal produce, meat and more. Georgia producers are also expected to offer a variety of locally made soaps, candles, candy and more.

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Some Alabamians getting notices about ID theft

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced it is sending letters to individuals whose identities may have been taken from department records.

A department spokeswoman says patient records may have been used by a tax fraud operation in Alabama and Georgia. A federal grand jury in Montgomery has indicted 10 residents of both states. Federal prosecutors say more than $20 million in fraudulent tax returns were filed using identities stolen from various places, including the Fort Benning military hospital in Georgia, a credit card calling center in Georgia and Alabama's prison system.

The health department says anyone receiving a letter who suspects they were a victim should fill out a form in the letter and sent it with supporting documentation to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Montgomery.

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Sheriff's deputy shoots man northeast of Atlanta

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Forsyth County are investigating a shooting involving a sheriff's deputy.

WSB-TV reports that the Forsyth County deputy was on patrol when he encountered a dark-colored pickup truck in the cul-de-sac of a subdivision under construction near Hubbard Town Road late Thursday afternoon.

Forsyth County sheriff's Maj. Rick Doyle said the deputy noticed the man in the truck had a rifle with him.

Authorities say that as the deputy got out of his car to investigate, the man got out of the truck and pointed the rifle at the deputy. They say the deputy then opened fire on the man.

WSB reports that the 46-year-old man was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Gainesville and was expected to survive the injuries.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Christian Film Festival moving from Atlanta to South Carolina

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A Christian film festival that has been staged in Atlanta for the past six years is moving to Hilton Head Island.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that the four-day Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival will be held in October on the resort island.

Audrey Thomas started the festival in 2008 after getting tired of cursing, violence and sex in movies.

Thomas says she expects this year's festival to be the biggest yet because of a renewed interest in religious films in Hollywood. In recent months, films like "Son of God," ''Noah," and "God's Not Dead." have been released.

Thomas said this year's keynote speaker is Kevin Sorbo, the star of "God's Not Dead."

Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com 

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3 people wounded by gunfire; 1 later dies

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Atlanta's eastern suburbs are investigating a shooting that left two people wounded and a third person dead.

Authorities say the two men and a woman showed up at DeKalb Medical Center in Lithonia early Friday morning.

DeKalb County police Lt. Mark Lavigne tells WSB-TV that a man had walked up to a vehicle near Deshong Road and opened fire, injuring the two men and woman. Police said the injured woman was then able to drive to the hospital.

Police say the two wounded men were transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital, where one later died. The woman was transferred to Atlanta Medical Center, where she was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police tell WXIA-TV that all three victims are in their 20s.

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Off-duty police officer drowns in Lake Lanier

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Lawrenceville police officers has drowned in Lake Lanier.

A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said divers recovered the man's body around 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office identified the officer as 32-year-old Cannon Trent Callender of Lawrenceville.

Lawrenceville police Capt. Greg Vaughn said Callender had been a Lawrenceville police officer for about four years.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1wEDIDa) that his body was found about 35 feet from shore. Authorities said he had slipped under the water near Little Ridge Park in the Cumming area.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia student-run station switching to public radio

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Public Broadcasting will begin airing on an Atlanta station despite objections from backers of the student-run 88.5 FM frequency.

The switch is scheduled for Sunday, pushed back from the original plan of June 2. Alumni and backers of the Georgia State University student station, known as WRAS, have protested the deal between the university and GPB since it was announced in May.

University officials say they will pursue options to keep student DJs on the air during the day using another frequency. Spokesman Don Hale says the university has hired consulting engineers to secure a spot for WRAS but couldn't complete the work before public radio programs begin airing on 88.5.

Hale says student programming will be available online, 24 hours a day.

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