Georgia News Roundup
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Trial to begin for former UGA football coach

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The criminal trial is set to begin Tuesday for former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan, who's accused of running a pyramid scheme using relationships of trust to lure investors.

A federal indictment charged Donnan and Gregory L. Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. Prosecutors have said the pair ran the scheme through GLC Limited, Inc., a West Virginia-based company that dealt in closeout merchandise.

Authorities have said Donnan convinced high-profile college coaches and former players to invest $80 million in the company. The money from new investors was continually needed to pay the company's expenses and other investors.

Crabtree pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit fraud in the sale of a security.

Donnan has denied intentionally misleading investors.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

2 Georgia students picked as Presidential Scholars

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Department of Education officials say two Georgia students have been named as 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Officials said in a statement Monday that Sathvik Namburar of Duluth and Meghana Nallajerla of Milton have been selected for the honor. Officials say Namburar attends Woodward Academy in College Park and Nallajerla attends Milton High School.

The two are among 141 high school seniors who demonstrated academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, service and more. The group is expected to travel to Washington, D.C. June 22-25.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Dalton State president announces retirement plans

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — The president of Dalton State University in northwest Georgia is planning to retire at the end of the year.

University System of Georgia officials say John O. Schwenn, who has served as university president since March 2008, will retire from his position Dec. 31, 2014.

Officials say Schwenn helped expand the university's number of bachelor degree programs from 6 to 17, helped increase retention and graduation rates and more during his tenure.

Before serving as president at Dalton State, Schwenn worked as vice president for academic affairs at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

10 in dog fighting case set for sentencing Aug. 12

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled sentencing Aug. 12 in Montgomery for 10 people who pleaded guilty in a multi-state dog fighting investigation.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins ordered the 10 to appear in court in 15-minute intervals for sentencing. The 10 are from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. Most face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy.

The 10 pleaded guilty during court appearances last week in Montgomery. One more defendant has filed court papers saying he wants to plead guilty. That defendant, William Oneil Edwards of Elba, has a hearing scheduled Aug. 7 in Montgomery.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Sheriff's deputy hospitalized after crash

ATLANTA (AP) — A Fulton County sheriff's deputy is hospitalized after a wreck involving his patrol car outside Atlanta.

The deputy was in serious condition at a hospital after the early Tuesday morning crash in southwest Atlanta.

Authorities tell WSB-TV that the deputy was heading to a call involving a fight with weapons. While en route, they say he lost control of the squad car and veered off the road. The car flipped and landed upside, barely missing a large rock.

CBS Atlanta reports that the deputy was able to radio the Fulton County 911 dispatch center around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday that he was just involved in crash on Boat Rock Road.

Firefighters had to cut him out of the car before paramedics took him to a hospital.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Boy inside car when it was stolen is found safe

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police say a 6-year-old boy who was inside a car when it was stolen near Atlanta has been found safe.

DeKalb County police Capt. Stephen Fore says the Honda Accord was stolen shortly after 8 p.m. Monday from an address on Glen Hollow Drive near Decatur.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the boy and the car were located shortly before 11 p.m.

Fore said investigators believe the car's driver ran inside an apartment and left the car running with the boy inside. When the driver returned, the car and the boy were gone.

Few other details were immediately available early Tuesday.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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