Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia-based Army helicopter unit gets new commander

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Army's elite helicopter unit based in Savannah is promoting a longtime member to take over as its new commander.

Lt. Col. Chris Black was scheduled Friday to assume command of the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The unit based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah consists of specially trained helicopter crews that fly in extremely dangerous conditions, often at night and at low altitudes with pilots using night vision goggles.

The Army says Black is a long-time member of the unit, also known as the Night Stalkers.

A ceremony in Savannah is scheduled for Black to assume his new role as the unit's top officer from the battalion's outgoing commander, Lt. Col. William T. Golden.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Panel to weigh Rep. Tyrone Brooks suspension

ATLANTA (AP) — A panel appointed by Georgia's governor will meet to determine whether an indicted state lawmaker should be suspended.

The panel is set to meet Friday to review charges against Rep. Tyrone Brooks, an Atlanta Democrat. The hearing is open to the public.

Brooks was charged last month in a 30-count federal indictment with mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. He has pleaded not guilty.

Gov. Nathan Deal last week appointed the Democratic minority leaders of the House and Senate, Rep. Stacey Abrams and Sen. Steve Henson, to the panel. By law, the panel also includes Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican.

The panel has to consider whether the indictment relates to Brooks' public office and whether it adversely affects the public.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia group awarded federal grant to help veterans

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that nearly $239,000 in grant funding has been allocated to an Atlanta nonprofit to help veterans with job training, job placement, housing and other services.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service announced the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency was one of 121 groups to receive funding from a pot of about $29 million.

The money is expected to help veterans find stable footing in the job market, and was allocated through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

Officials expect about 14,000 veterans across the country to be served by the grant funding.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Man found fatally shot at DeKalb gas station

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting death in DeKalb County.

Police told WSB-TV that a man was found wounded in the backseat of a car left at a gas station Friday morning. It does not appear the man was shot at the gas station near Interstate 20.

DeKalb Police Lt. Dane Cunningham said someone may have driven the car to the gas station, but the person did not wait to speak with police.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Officials: Man confesses to swallowing cocaine pellets at airport

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who flew into Atlanta's main airport faces charges after law enforcement officials said he admitted swallowing 68 pellets of cocaine.

Court documents show Jude Poitevien arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on May 26.

Authorities said Poitevien admitted during questioning that he ingested the drugs. He told authorities that he had been recruited to smuggle the contraband and was paid $1,000 for every 10 pellets that he swallowed.

WSB-TV reports that Poitevien is charged with possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute. It was not immediately clear whether Poitevien had a defense attorney.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


South Texan gets prison for smuggling meth from Mexico to Georgia

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for trying to smuggle about 65 pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico to Georgia.

A federal judge in Corpus Christi on Thursday sentenced 28-year-old Rolando Reyna of McAllen. Reyna pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Last November's bust at the Border Patrol check point in Sarita (suh-REE'-tuh) involved more than 40 bundles of meth hidden in a pickup truck. Federal drug agents say it was largest single seizure of methamphetamine within the Corpus Christi division in the last five years.

Reyna told investigators he picked up the methamphetamine in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was transporting the load to Atlanta.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police: Man shot multiple times in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Columbus man has been shot multiple times in his driveway.

The Ledger-Inquirer reports the attack happened Thursday morning.

A 62-year-old victim told police that someone in a car carrying three men shot him multiple times with a handgun.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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