Georgia News Roundup
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Trappers return to Atlanta suburb in hunt for hogs

ATLANTA (AP) — Trappers are continuing their hunt for some large feral hogs which are scaring children and adults in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood.

Authorities Wednesday morning returned to the subdivision in the Lithonia area -- about 17 miles east of downtown Atlanta -- to try and trap the hogs. DeKalb County police have enlisted the help of a trapper in that effort.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 17-year-old Demarques Williams and his six siblings got a scare Monday evening when they tried to chase a wild hog out of their backyard. The teen said the hog chased the children back into their house.

Charlie Killmaster, a deer and feral hog biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said feral hogs can be dangerous if they are cornered.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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PSC holding hearing on Georgia Power rate proposal

ATLANTA (AP) — The Public Service Commission is holding a hearing next week on a proposed Georgia Power Rate Increase.

Commission spokesman Bill Edge said Tuesday that the Oct. 1 hearing at 9 a.m. will feature a public comment session on the utility's plan to increase rates beginning in January 2014.

Edge says Georgia Power filed a request in June to increase rates by $280 million — which translates to a monthly fee of about $4.55 for residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month.

In an alternate three-year proposal, the company requested the commission to approve a plan to allow the utility to increase its retail rates by $482 million — which would be an increase of about $7.84 per month for customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours.

Public testimony may continue Oct. 2.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Bond set for man accused in theater bomb threat

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Bond has been set at $10,000 for an Arkansas man accused of calling in a bomb threat to the Carmike Cinemas' headquarters in downtown Columbus, Ga.

Keith Bowers, who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, made his first federal court appearance Wednesday in Columbus.

Authorities have said 59-year-old Bowers is accused of calling the company's headquarters from Texas in August 2012 and threatening to detonate an explosive device during a movie at one of its theaters.

Bowers is charged with transmitting threats in interstate commerce. Officials say he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus reports police have said Bowers may be a disgruntled employee and he referenced low pay for employees during the phone call.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Former Georgia sheriff's deputy gets 10 months 

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A former northwest Georgia sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for obstructing a public corruption investigation.

A federal judge sentenced former Murray County sheriff's deputy Joshua Greeson Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Greeson lied to Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents investigating possible corruption and civil rights violations in August 2012.

A woman accused former Murray County chief magistrate Bryant Cochran of making inappropriate sexual advances during a meeting about her case. Authorities say Cochran told several officers the woman carried drugs in her car.

Greeson pulled the woman over and charged her with drug possession after finding methamphetamine that authorities believe was planted by someone else.

Prosecutors say Greeson initially lied to GBI agents, saying he hadn't received information about the car before stopping it.

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