Georgia News Roundup
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2 men charged in forgery scheme that nets $38K

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two men are charged with forgery after prosecutors say they used transients to pose as construction workers and cash nearly $40,000 in fraudulent checks.

The Billings Gazette reports 25-year-old Ryan Vincent Hill and 21-year-old Xavier Cornelius Shields appeared in Justice Court on three felony forgery charges Friday. Their bail was set at $200,000 each. Prosecutors said the men had traveled from Georgia to South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana to conduct the check-cashing scheme.

Charging documents say Hill, Shields and two other men picked up men at a homeless shelter or mental health center, bought clothes so they looked like construction workers and used their IDs to make checks out to them from local construction companies.

Prosecutors say the men cashed the checks for between $1,800 and $2,800 and kept up to $500.

Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Bond hearing set in Georgia exploitation case

BUENA VISTA, Ga. (AP) — Bond has been set for two college students whose mother is accused of scamming an elderly man out of money they paid tuition with.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Danny Jackson told the Rome News-Tribune 54-year-old Kathryn Dawsey and her 19 and 22-year-old daughters were set to appear in court Monday.

Jackson says Kathryn Dawsey is accused of convincing the 91-year-old victim to grant her power of attorney. Jackson says she made transactions from his account after a court order restricted her from accessing his money.

Court officials say Dawsey is being held without bond in the Marion County jail on charges of theft and exploitation of an elderly adult.

Dawsey's daughters face similar charges, and their bonds have been set at $50,000. It's unclear if they have attorneys.

Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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22 children complain of eye problems at Georgia school

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Police say students at a suburban Atlanta middle school have been moved outside after more than 20 children began suffering from eye irritation.

Steve Rose, of the Sandy Springs police department says 22 students at Sandy Springs Middle School began complaining of eye irritation Monday afternoon, which prompted an investigation by police and fire officials.

Fulton County Schools spokeswoman Susan Hill told WXIA-TV the students were in the school's computer lab when they said their eyes began to hurt.

Sandy Springs Fire Chief Jack McElfish says three students have been taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear.

Information on what may have caused the incident was not immediately available.

Information from: WXIA-TV, http://www.11alive.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Naked Georgia man arrested on drug charges

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Richmond County sheriff's officials say a man who was wearing only high heels and a turban when police confronted him has been charged with several drug-related offenses and public indecency.

County sheriff's officials told the Augusta Chronicle they found 28-year-old Jermaine Lloyd hiding behind a tree trying to put on women's undergarments Sunday morning. Authorities say Lloyd ran and was later apprehended by police after a brief struggle.

Sheriff's officials say the man was carrying a bag of cocaine and marijuana. He's also been charged with obstructing an officer and drug possession with intent to distribute.

Officials say Lloyd escaped arrest last week when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and ran from responding officers.

It's unclear if Lloyd has an attorney.

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

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