Georgia News Roundup
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UGA gets grant to process political party records

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A University of Georgia library has received a grant to process the records of the Republican and Democratic parties of Georgia.

The university says the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies has received a grant of up to $58,777 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for this purpose.

The one-year project will make these records available to researchers for the first time. The library plans to hire a professional archivist to do detailed processing and basic preservation.

The Russell Library's holdings focus on the relationship of politics, policy and culture and are a resource for researchers interested in the development of modern Georgia politics and public policy.

It is the official repository of the records of the GAGOP Papers (1981-1997) and the Georgia Democrats (1975-2008).

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Police: Driver intentionally ran over woman

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say they consider the death of a woman struck and killed by a car in Atlanta as an intentional act.

Authorities say the woman was struck around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at a southeast Atlanta intersection.

Police spokeswoman Kim Jones tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that witnesses reported that the driver revved his engine as he drove toward the woman as she walked on the sidewalk. The witnesses told police that the car jumped the curb and struck the woman.

Jones said the driver, a 63-year-old man, is facing charges in connection with the death.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Man shot and killed in southeast Georgia town

CLAXTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Evans County are investigating a homicide.

WTOC-TV reports that a 30-year-old Claxton man was killed by gunshots after an argument with another man. Police say the shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. Monday on Oak Street in Claxton.

Police say they've identified a person of interest in the case.

Few other details were immediately available.

Claxton is about 50 miles west of Savannah.

Information from: WTOC-TV, http://www.wtoctv.com/

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Woman, who is mother of 2, shot to death at home 

ATLANTA (AP) — Police near Atlanta are investigating after a mother of two was shot and killed inside her home in DeKalb County.

The crime happened in a townhouse on Vinings Ridge Terrace near Flat Shoals Road Sunday night.

DeKalb police Lt. Mark Lavigne tells WSB-TV that the two children inside the home heard the shooting. Police say investigators believe that a domestic dispute led to the shooting.

The station reports that police have identified a suspect and were working early Monday to obtain an arrest warrant.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Tybee Island to reconsider license-plate scanners 

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — City officials on Tybee Island are having second thoughts about plans to install computer-linked cameras that would read and record the license plates of every car and truck coming onto the island.

The Tybee city council scheduled a special meeting Monday afternoon to reconsider its November vote to spend nearly $29,000 on the license-plate scanners. Mayor Jason Buelterman (BELL-tuhr-man) and other city officials say they've been bombarded by email complaining that the scanners would invade the privacy of residents and tourists alike.

Buelterman says city officials wanted the scanners to gather information on how many beach tourists come to Tybee, where they come from and how long they stay.

A growing number of U.S. cities coast-to-coast are installing car-tag scanners, mostly for use by law enforcement.

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May trial set in Montgomery in dog fighting case 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Thirteen people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation have been rescheduled for trial in May.

The defendants from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas had originally been scheduled for trial in February, but U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins delayed it to the trial term beginning May 8 in Montgomery.

Defense attorneys had sought a delay to have more time to prepare for trial. They said they need the time to go through 15,000 pages of documents turned over by federal prosecutors.

All 13 defendants have entered not guilty pleas.

The 13 were indicted by a federal grand jury in Opelika. Watkins said the trial will be in Montgomery rather than Opelika because the federal courtroom in Opelika is not large enough to accommodate all the defendants and their attorneys.

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Dragon Con co-founder pleads guilty to molestation 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The co-founder of a science fiction convention has pleaded guilty to multiple count of child molestation.

Dragon Con co-founder Edward Kramer pleaded guilty Monday in a Gwinnett County court. The 52-year-old Kramer was charged with molestation in 2000, but was declared unfit to stand trial because of a spinal condition.

Kramer was accused of molesting three boys between 1996 and 2000. He was put on house arrest and ordered to have no contact with children under 16.

He was given permission to travel in 2008 and authorities say he was found in 2011 in a Connecticut motel room with a 14-year-old boy.

Kramer was sentenced to five years in prison and will receive credit for 26 months served. The remainder of his sentence will be spent on house arrest.

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Ex-Georgia deputy sheriff guilty in drug trafficking 

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an ex-Pierce County deputy sheriff has pleaded guilty to his role in a methamphetamine trafficking operation.

U.S. Attorney's officials say 55-year-old Randy Strickland pleaded guilty last week and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities say Strickland acted as the lookout for people he thought were trafficking meth. Officials say Strickland provided security for drug dealers while he was armed and wearing his sheriff's department uniform.

Officials say they received information about Strickland's criminal activities and he became the target of an undercover sting operation.

Authorities say Strickland asked drug dealers to pay him $100 for his help. Prosecutors say Strickland was arrested after picking up one of his payments — which was left in a discarded potato chip bag on the side of the road.

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South Georgia teen arrested in fatal shooting 

BAXLEY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in south Georgia say a 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the death of another teen that was initially reported as a hunting accident.

Appling County Sheriff Benny Deloach told WTOC-TV that investigators have determined the death of 16-year-old Vince Lane Combee on Dec. 1 was not accidental.

Investigators have said the teen was shot and later died. The circumstances that led up to the teen's death are unclear.

The Associated Press typically doesn't identify juvenile crime suspects. Authorities say the teen who was arrested is being held without bond in the Appling County Jail, in Baxley.

Information from: WTOC-TV, http://www.wtoctv.com/

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