Georgia News Roundup
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Court declines to consider delaying Georgia execution

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to consider a request filed by the lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate seeking to delay their client's execution until after the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.

Brian Kammer, a lawyer for Warren Lee Hill, had filed the request Monday. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday sent him a letter saying the court was returning his motion unfiled because Hill's case before the court is closed.

Kammer asked the U.S. Supreme Court in May to review new evidence he has submitted. The Supreme Court is currently scheduled to consider whether to take up Hill's case on Sept. 30.

Kammer says he now plans to ask the Supreme Court to delay the execution until it has taken action on the case.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


3 teens killed, 1 critically injured in Georgia crash

QUITMAN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in south Georgia say three high school football players have been killed in a car crash.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson says the teens were involved in a one-car crash Tuesday morning north of Quitman — about 20 miles west of Valdosta.

Watson says the driver lost control of the vehicle, which veered off of the road and hit a tree.

State troopers have identified the victims as Jicarre Watkins, Johnie Parker, and Shawn Waters, each 18. Authorities say the teens attended Brooks High School and were on their way to a morning practice session when the accident happened.

Authorities say a fourth teen, De'Vron Whitfield, was airlifted to Shands hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

A vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Brooks High School.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Woman killed when truck clips SUV near Atlanta 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Gwinnett County say a woman traveling with her family was killed when a tractor-trailer truck clipped her SUV and left the scene.

Police later located the truck driver who went on to make a delivery in Cobb County. They told WSB-TV that he may not have realized he hit the SUV, and the collision remains under investigation. The woman killed in the crash has been identified as 34-year-old Rabia Adan, of Duluth.

The collision occurred about 1:20 p.m. Monday on Interstate 85. Police said the tractor-trailer truck was changing lanes when it clipped the SUV. The SUV went up an embankment and flipped several times.

A female passenger was killed. Two children were injured, but police said their injuries did not appear life-threatening.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Panel to consider DeKalb CEO suspension next week

ATLANTA (AP) — A panel that will consider whether indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis should be suspended from office will meet next week.

Attorney General Sam Olens' office said in a statement Tuesday that the panel will meet Monday. Deal has appointed Rockdale County CEO Richard Oden and Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeffrey Turner to join Olens on the panel.

Prosecutors say Ellis tried 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.

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.


6 men sought in Atlanta ATM robbery

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say six men crashed a white van through a storefront and fled the scene with the store's ATM.

Authorities say the men burst into the store early Tuesday morning and were recorded on the business' surveillance system. Police say the store's front doors were fitted with burglar bars and the men placed the ATM in the bed of a red pickup truck before fleeing the scene.

Police say the white van the men used to break through the store's front wall had also been reported stolen.

Investigators are unsure of how much money was inside the ATM and say the crime is similar to one that happened Monday at a gas station in southeast Atlanta.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia governor strikes cautious note on solar energy

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia should be cautious as regulators consider whether to expand solar energy usage.

Deal said Tuesday that he is wary of the government mandating what types of energy sources utilities use to meet demand. Public Service Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald wants a vote Thursday on a plan that would require Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power to use more solar power.

The Republican governor did not explicitly say whether he supports or opposes the plan. Instead, Deal told reporters that the state needs to be "cautious."

Deal says he thinks green energy comes with trade-offs on reliability and cost.

A group of solar developers and several tea party leaders support the expansion plan. Americans For Prosperity has campaigned against it, saying it will raise costs.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia man sentenced in drug, fraud conspiracy

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Federal officials say a southeast Georgia man has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison on drug and insurance fraud charges.

U.S. Attorney's officials said Tuesday that 46-year-old Gerald Roberson of Nahunta was sentenced to 21 years and eight months in prison for his role in a drug trafficking and insurance fraud operation.

Authorities say Roberson led a conspiracy that involved trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, 50 pounds of methamphetamine, and an unknown amount of prescription drugs between Georgia, Texas and Mexico.

Prosecutors say Roberson also helped commit an arson to try defrauding insurance companies of more than $58,000 in claims.

Officials say a 48-year-old man has also been sentenced to 18 years, and Roberson's ex-wife has been sentenced to 44 months in the scheme.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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