Georgia News Roundup
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Boy, 6, struck and killed by SUV near Atlanta

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Classmates are grieving the death of a young boy struck and killed by a vehicle just southwest of Atlanta.

WSB Radio reports ( that grief counselors will be at Heritage Elementary School in College Park on Monday to help students deal with the death of the 6-year-old boy. He was killed Sunday night when police say he darted into traffic and was struck by an SUV.

The accident happened on Old National Highway at Jolly Road in south Fulton County.

Authorities say the victim, whose name has not been released, was with his 16-year-old brother. They say neither child was in a crosswalk.

The siblings had just been to a barbershop across the street from their apartment complex.

College Park is about eight miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

Information from: WSB-AM,

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Girl shot when she hears gunfire, looks out window

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl near Atlanta was struck by a bullet after she heard gunshots and looked out her window to see what was going on.

CBS Atlanta reports that the gunfire happened around 9:40 p.m. Sunday at the Highlands at East Atlanta apartment complex on Flat Shoals Road in DeKalb County.

Police said the girl was shot in the shoulder when as she was looking through the window. She was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Police said she is expected to survive.

Information from: WGCL-TV,

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Space heater blamed for deadly fire in central Georgia

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a space heater sparked a house fire that killed a 55-year-old man in his central Georgia home.

Houston County Fire Chief Jimmy Williams said the fire happened late Saturday night near Perry.

Kenneth Lumpkin was found dead in a room near the front door of the home.

Williams tells The Telegraph that the heater malfunctioned in a back room of the house on a cul-de-sac not far from Lake Joy Road. He said it caught the curtains on fire.

Flames then tore through the roof with heat so intense it melted the siding on the neighbor's house and the door handles and trim of a Toyota Corolla parked near the driveway. The roof came crashing down on a charred vehicle parked in the garage.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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Judge denies bond for Andrea Sneiderman

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A judge has denied bond for a woman convicted of lying during the investigation of her husband's killing outside a suburban Atlanta preschool.

Lawyer Brian Steel had asked that Andrea Sneiderman be allowed to be free on bond pending her appeal. Prosecutor Anna Cross objected, arguing that Sneiderman might flee.

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams on Monday morning denied bond for Sneiderman.

Her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was gunned down in November 2010 outside a preschool where he had just dropped off their young son in Atlanta's northern suburbs. Andrea Sneiderman's boss, Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing but found to be mentally ill.

Prosecutors said Andrea Sneiderman lied to police and to a jury about a romantic relationship between her and Neuman. She denied any such relationship.

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Jury selection begins in trial of Georgia lawmaker

ATLANTA (AP) — Jury selection began Monday morning in the trial of a Georgia state lawmaker.

Sen. Don Balfour is accused of claiming per diem pay and mileage reimbursements for in-state work on days that he was out of the state.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk will preside over the trial. A grand jury indicted the Snellville Republican in September on felony charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing. The suspended lawmaker is accused of illegally claiming legislative expense pay and double-billing the state and his private employer for some expenses.

Defense lawyer William Hill said his client believes he's being unfairly targeted for inadvertent mistakes and looks forward to defending himself in court.

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Law officers seek leads in firefighter's death

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — The state fire marshal and Waycross police and fire officials are seeking leads in an arson fire that killed Waycross Fire Department Lt. Jeff Little.

The 50-year-old fire department veteran died fighting a blaze in a vacant home in Waycross early Sunday morning.

The Waycross Journal-Herald reports that the state is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information.

Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office, says the home had been vacant for a long time. A ceiling collapsed on Little, who was pronounced dead at a Waycross hospital.

Little graduated from Sylacauga High School in Sylacauga, Ala., and worked for Childersburg Fire and Rescue in Childersburg, Ala. He moved to Waycross in 2000, joining the fire department in the south Georgia city in 2002.

Information from: Waycross Journal-Herald,

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Former Troy University athlete faces murder charge

TROY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a former Troy University football player from northwest Georgia is facing a murder charge in connection with a shooting in Troy.

Police say 21-year-old Dimitri Miles of Lafayette, Ga., was apprehended late Sunday afternoon following the shooting early that morning in an apartment on South Brundidge Street. He was being held on a $100,000 bond in the Pike County Jail. It wasn't known Monday whether he has an attorney.

The Troy Messenger reports that the charge stems from the death of 26-year-old Marquise Jermaine McLendon of Troy. Police say McLendon was not a resident of the apartment and its tenants were out of town at the time of the shooting.

Troy University Athletic Director John Hartwell said Miles was a walk-on student-athlete on the football team.

Information from: Troy Messenger,

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Third suspect arrested in kidnapping of Georgia girl

ATLANTA (AP) — Investigators with the FBI's Atlanta field office say a third suspect in the kidnapping of a teenage girl has been arrested.

Special Agent Ricky Maxwell says 19-year-old Christopher Joseph Atkins, also known as "C.J." was arrested Monday in the kidnapping of a 14-year-old Ellenwood girl.

Authorities say Atkins was indicted last week on charges of conspiracy to kidnap and discharging a firearm during a violent crime.

The girl was taken from her home about 13 miles south of downtown Atlanta Sept. 17 and was later left at a relative's house in Conyers.

Police have arrested 29-year-old Wildrego Jackson and 40-year-old Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez in connection with the case.

Authorities say armed men broken into her family's home early in the morning and demanded drugs and jewelry from the girl's mother.

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Georgia woman sentenced in granddaughter's death

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia woman accused of starving her granddaughter to death has been sentenced to life in prison.

Cynthia Baldwin-McCleskey pleaded guilty Monday to felony murder in the death of 11-year-old Ruth Baldwin.

Authorities have said the girl was abused and had been starved for up to three days at a time as a form of punishment.

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