Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia man accused of ditching son during hunting trip

FLAT ROCK, Ala. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in northeast Alabama say a Georgia man accused of leaving his 5-year-old son alone in a car during a hunting trip is free on $500 bond.

Jackson County Sheriff's Lt. Rocky Harnen told AL.com that 29-year-old Brandon Mark Chambers, of Trenton, Ga., was charged with endangering a child.

Authorities say the boy was left alone in the car in Flat Rock and activated the vehicle's OnStar system when he got cold.

Harnen says when authorities arrived, the boy's father was still hunting and the car's thermometer gave a reading of 31 degrees.

Harnen says the boy was released to the custody of his step mother.

Flat Rock is about 65 mile east of Huntsville.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Georgia fugitive is caught in New York after police chase

WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted in Georgia is in a New York jail after he damaged two state police cars while fleeing from troopers in an upstate town.

Troopers say 30-year-old Raymond Smith of Monroe, Ga., was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding late Wednesday night in the Orange County town of Blooming Grove, 55 miles northwest of New York City.

While troopers were questioning the driver outside the vehicle, Smith got behind the wheel and drove off. Troopers started a pursuit on Route 17 that ended 10 miles away in the town of Wallkill when Smith drove into two trooper cars.

He's being held in the county jail without bail. It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.

Police say Smith is wanted in Winder, Ga., for armed robbery.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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State to probe mysterious deaths of donkeys

CAIRO, Ga. (AP) — State officials plan to investigate the mysterious deaths of donkeys in separate areas of a south Georgia county.

WALB-TV reports that four donkeys were discovered dead in a two-week period in Grady County.

Michelle Hudson says she was hurt and confused after finding two of her nine pet donkeys dead on their property on New Year's Day.

Grady County Road Superintendent Steve Elkins says authorities have found at least three other donkeys dead in other parts of the county in recent days. He said those animals were found dead along Higden Road and along Cabin Lane.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture plans to quarantine Hudson's donkeys to determine what might have led to the deaths.

Grady County is about 50 miles south of Albany and just across the Florida line.

Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Man dies in suburban Atlanta fire

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters have recovered the body of a man who died in a house fire in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs.

The Gwinnett County Fire Department said fire crews were called to the home in Snellville shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. They found the one-story house fully engulfed by fire.

Fire officials said a man and woman made it out, but a relative who was staying in the basement was last seen going back down the stairs before firefighters arrived. Firefighters removing debris from the remains of the burned home found his body later Friday morning. His name wasn't immediately released.

The fire's cause was under investigation.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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CDC: US is "in the thick" of flu season, cases up

ATLANTA (AP) — Flu season is ramping up, with illness widespread in at least 35 states. That's up from 25 in the previous week.

A flu expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the agency's weekly report released Friday shows "We're in the thick of flu season."

The CDC's Lyn Finelli says the season likely hasn't peaked, but that it's too soon to know if it will be worse than normal.

The numbers aren't as high so far as last year, when flu season started early. Flu usually peaks in January or February.

The number of people seeking medical care for the flu climbed to more than 4 percent of all doctor visits last week, a near doubling from two weeks earlier.

Online: CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Court: Alabama judge can hear appeal in '89 killing

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Alabama-based judge can consider the appeal of a man convicted in the 1989 mail bomb death of a federal judge in Birmingham.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday denied a petition filed by Walter Leroy Moody Jr., who is on Alabama's death row for the slaying of U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Vance.

The Rex, Ga., man was convicted in state court of mailing a bomb that Vance opened in his Mountain Brook home in 1989, killing him instantly.

Moody claims U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler of Tuscaloosa shouldn't hear the case because of conflicts. He also says no member of the 11th Circuit should be involved since Vance served on the same court.

A three-judge panel denied Moody's request.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Former DeKalb judicial candidate gets 3½ years

ATLANTA (AP) — A former DeKalb County judicial candidate accused of defrauding investors has been sentenced to serve nearly three and a half years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones on Friday sentenced 36-year-old Michael Rothenberg to serve three years and five months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Jones also ordered Rothenberg to pay $800,000 restitution.

Rothenberg pleaded guilty to the charges in September.

Federal prosecutors say Rothenberg took $1.35 million from the WinterHawk Energy and Development Corporation and used it to fund his unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the DeKalb County Superior Court and to pay personal expenses.

Prosecutors say Rothenberg told the company's owners the money was an investment that would be put into a trust account, and the investment involved no risk.

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