Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia man sentenced in assault on elderly woman

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County prosecutors say a man has been sentenced in a robbery and assault on an elderly woman.

Authorities said Tuesday that 18-year-old Quiantae Collins was sentenced to 20 years in prison in a September 2013 assault on a woman over the age of 65.

Prosecutors say Collins knocked on the victim's door and asked to borrow detergent for his grandmother. Prosecutors say the teen choked the woman, knocked her to the floor.

Investigators have said the man assaulted the victim before stealing a check from her checkbook and stealing her car. Authorities say the stolen check was in the man's pocket when he was arrested.

Prosecutors say Collins is ordered to spend 15 of his 20-year sentence in prison.

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Clark Atlanta president announces retirement plans

ATLANTA (AP) — Clark Atlanta University President Carlton E. Brown has announced plans to retire in June of 2015.

School officials said in a statement Tuesday that he formally announced his plan to the Board of Trustees Monday after more than 40 years as an educator.

Brown, of Macon, joined the university as provost in 2007 and was appointed to serve as president in 2008. School officials say under Brown's leadership, Clark Atlanta University became a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools model institution and noted several other achievements.

School officials say the university also established ties with Liberia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia and under Brown's leadership and is one of 20 schools selected to host the Washington Fellows - Young African Leaders Initiative program this summer.

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Dentist sentenced in tax evasion scheme

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a dentist convicted in a tax evasion scheme has been ordered to serve time in prison and pay restitution.

Authorities say Dayo Obebe of Muscogee County was sentenced Tuesday to a year and one day in prison.

Prosecutors say Obebe was licensed to practice in Georgia and Alabama and began hiding money he earned from patients who paid with credit cards in 2004.

Authorities say he funneled credit card payments into a separate bank account from cash and check payments, and underreported his income between 2004 and 2006.

Investigators say Obebe initially told authorities that his offices didn't accept credit card payments. Obebe is ordered to pay more than $189,000 in restitution.

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Frontier starts new flights from Delaware

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Frontier Airlines is now offering flights from the Wilmington, Del., area to Atlanta and Detroit.

The first flights to those cities took off Tuesday from New Castle Airport with a ceremonial water cannon tribute. The airline now offers flights to seven cities from Delaware.

In July, Frontier brought commercial flights back to Delaware after a five-year absence with service to Chicago-Midway, Denver and three Florida destinations: Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers.

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Man dead from gunshots at Atlanta apartments

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the slaying of a man shot multiple times at an apartment complex.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the 24-year-old victim, identified as Travis Bell Jr., was found with multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday afternoon at the Allure at Brookwood apartments near Peachtree Road.

Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon says investigators don't believe the shooting was random, but police have not released information about a possible suspect.

Bell died after being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Man, teenager charged in Augusta chop shop bust

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An Augusta man and a teenage girl have been charged in connection with what authorities say was a chop shop that stripped stolen cars to sell their parts.

The Augusta Chronicle reports Richmond County sheriff's deputies say they found the chop shop behind at a Byrd Road home while investigating a tip about a stolen truck.

In the backyard of the home deputies found the engine and parts to a 1991 Ford F-150 truck reported stolen April 21 from outside a local store.

Deputies charged 37-year-old Sammy Hardwick Jones Jr. and a 17-year-old girl with felony vehicle theft. Authorities say Jones was also charged with operating a chop shop. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Columbus may handle recycling for Fort Benning

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Columbus city officials are considering a proposal to handle recycling for Army troops stationed at neighboring Fort Benning.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports officials estimate the city would reap about $230,000 in additional revenues for picking up waste for recycling from 4,200 residential units on the sprawling Army post.

Public Works director Pat Biegler told city council members Tuesday that the municipal recycling center would expect to handle about 59 tons of material per week. Officials say Fort Benning would make recycling mandatory for soldiers and families living on the post and provide them with rolling recycling carts.

Columbus City Manager Isaiah Hugley said he plans to bring a resolution for the council to vote on within the next month.

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Doc's Bar on Tybee Island closes after 66 years

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — After pouring drinks near the beach for six decades, one of Tybee Island's oldest hangouts may have served its final last call.

The Savannah Morning News reports bartenders at Doc's Bar planned to lock the doors for good after closing in the wee hours Wednesday morning.

Bartender Pam Smith says the bar is closing because owner didn't renew its lease. The newspaper said Doc's owner, Peggy Stone, couldn't be reached for comment and the property owner declined to discuss the matter.

Located near the bustling Tybee Island pier, Doc's had been in business for 66 years. Island resident Frank Kelly called the beloved watering hole "the last of Old Tybee."

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com 

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