Georgia News Roundup
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Martinez pedestrian dies after being hit by 2 vehicles

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Martinez man has died after being hit by two cars.

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins says 22-year-old Bradley Kenneth Simons was hit by two cars early Sunday and he died early Monday at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris told The Augusta Chronicle that Simons was walking on Old Evans Road when he was hit about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. He said a passer-by saw Simons face down in the road and stopped to help. She tried to flag down a vehicle, but it ran over Simons and continued on.

Collins said an autopsy is being performed at the state crime lab in Augusta.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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10 killed in Georgia holiday weekend crashes

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State Patrol officials say 10 people were killed in crashes during the July Fourth holiday travel period.

State troopers say they investigated 785 traffic crashes that resulted in 374 injuries during the holiday travel period, which began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ended Sunday at midnight.

Officials say traffic fatalities were reported by law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including police departments in Atlanta and Fulton County.

Aside from the crashes and fatalities, state patrol officials say more than 300 people were arrested for driving under the influence during the holiday travel period.

Authorities say they conducted more than 16,600 traffic stops during the holiday travel period.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Gov. Deal appoints panel to review DeKalb CEO case

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a panel that will consider whether indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis should be suspended from office.

Deal announced Monday that Rockdale County CEO Richard Oden and Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeffrey Turner will join Attorney General Sam Olens on the panel.

In a 15-count indictment, prosecutors accuse Ellis of trying to extort campaign contributions from companies and their employees. Prosecutors allege Ellis instructed the county's director of purchasing and contracting to prevent some companies from getting business because they didn't contribute to his campaign.

Ellis has denied any wrongdoing.

The panel has 14 days to issue a recommendation. If the panel determines Ellis should remain in office, the decision is final. If it recommends suspension, the governor will make the final decision.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Medical companies to pay $1M in false claims suit

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a hospital and a radiation practice in Augusta have agreed to pay more than a million dollars to settle allegations it filed false claims.

Prosecutors said Monday that Doctors Hospital of Augusta, LLC, which is owned and operated by the for-profit hospital chain, HCA Inc., and Radiation Oncology Associates, LLP, agreed to pay $1,020,000.

The companies were accused of submitting false claims to the Medicare and TRICARE programs for radiation oncology procedures performed without adequate doctor supervision.

The allegations were originally part of a federal lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions in the False Claims Act. The lawsuit was unsealed July 3.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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