Georgia News Roundup
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First loggerhead turtle nest found on Georgia coast

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — State wildlife officials say they've spotted the first loggerhead turtle nest of this year's nesting season along the Georgia cost.

Department of Natural Resources officials say the nest was found on Cumberland Island on Friday.

Officials say the large reptiles usually crawl onto barrier island beaches, dig holes and lay their eggs at night.

State wildlife officials say nearly 2,290 loggerhead nests were spotted in Georgia last year, which was the most in the 25 years turtle nests have been monitored along Georgia's coastline.

Officials say the number of nests found in Georgia has increased each year since 2010, which is in line with trends in Florida and the Carolinas.

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Mental health topics to be discussed at Georgia forum

ATLANTA (AP) — Research findings on a lack of mental health care workers throughout Georgia are expected to be discussed during a forum in Atlanta later this week.

Officials at the Carter Center say the 19th annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on Friday will also explore the needs of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other issues.

Organizers say service providers, policymakers, advocates and the general public are invited to the forum and are encouraged to participate in discussions. The event is free, but registration is required.

Online: http://cartercenter.org/health/mental_health/forum.html 

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Hotel standoff ends with 2 suspects in custody

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say an eight-hour standoff at a southwest Atlanta hotel has come to a close with the arrests of two people.

DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said a 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were taken into custody late Monday after officers burst into the Travel Inn on Forrest Hills Drive.

U.S. Marshals spokesman Gavin Duffy told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that marshals were trying to arrest at least one person at the hotel on Monday when at least two people barricaded themselves inside a room.

The arrests came as DeKalb County police continue to investigate a series of crimes in the county just east of Atlanta. An Atlanta police SWAT team unit was called in to help negotiate with the suspects at the hotel.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Child dies after becoming trapped in hot car

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Police outside Atlanta are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child found trapped inside a hot car.

Clarkston Police Chief Christine Hudson says the girl and her sibling were playing outside Monday afternoon when their mother took one toddler inside to change a diaper and asked a family member to watch the other child.

Hudson tells WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/1oKOcg0) that about an hour after realizing that the toddler was missing, the adults found the girl inside the car.

Investigators say they believe the car door had been left open and the toddler was able to climb in and shut the door, trapping herself inside.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Rewards offered for leads in pawn shop gun theft

CORNELIA, Ga. (AP) — Federal agents and a trade group for the gun industry are offering $20,000 in rewards in hopes of solving the theft of firearms from a pawn shop in the northeast Georgia town of Cornelia.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a statement that the theft happened during the early morning hours on April 25 at Gene's Pawn Shop.

Federal agents say investigators believe the thieves used a stolen church van to smash through the front doors of the pawn shop.

The ATF is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The agency said that amount will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, for a total reward of up to $20,000.

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Stage collapses during high school concert

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — School officials are trying to determine why a stage collapsed during a concert at a high school southeast of Atlanta, causing minor injuries to several students.

Authorities say the stage collapsed around 7 p.m. Monday at Salem High School in Rockdale County.

Rockdale County sheriff's Cpl. Michael Camp said about 16 students were on the stage at the time.

Authorities tell WSB-TV that several of the students were treated for minor injuries and two others were taken to Rockdale Medical Center to be further checked out.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Judge dismisses lawsuit over houndstooth pattern

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over use of the houndstooth pattern made famous by hats worn by former Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

The University of Alabama System board of trustees and its president pro tem had filed the suit against a Georgia-based company over its use of the houndstooth pattern.

In an order filed Monday, U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor dismissed the case, noting the parties had reached a settlement. Details of the settlement weren't immediately available.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the attorney for Houndstooth Mafia Enterprises was unavailable for comment on Monday.

The lawsuit filed in September 2013 was based on a dispute over trademark rights to the houndstooth pattern, which was used in a logo.

Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Rapper Gucci Mane pleads guilty to gun charge

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Gucci Mane has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge in Atlanta.

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Gucci Mane pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal firearms charge in Atlanta.

The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The charge he pleaded guilty to carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. Prosecutors recommended that Davis be sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison.

His sentencing is set for July 28.

Davis was found to have a gun on Sept. 12 and had a different gun in his possession two days later, and he acted erratically and threatened people on both occasions, according to the indictment. The plea agreement focused only on the latter incident.

Early on Sept. 14, a man who said he was a friend of the rapper's called police to say Davis was walking down the street behaving violently, according to a police report. When police arrived, Davis smelled strongly of marijuana, cursed at them, called them names and threatened to shoot them, the report says.

Police arrested him on a disorderly conduct charge and found a clear baggie with what they believe was marijuana and a loaded .40-caliber Glock handgun, the report says. An ambulance was called, and Davis was sedated and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Davis' lawyer, Drew Findling, said his client is doing mentally and physically well now and is ready to get back to his life and to making music.

"The most important thing that took place today is that he accepted responsibility and is ready to move on," Findling said. "He's positive about his music, but most importantly, he's really just ready to take control of his life."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Meeting leads to fight, lockdown at Charles Drew High School

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — School officials say a meeting that included parents to settle a dispute among teenage girls led to a fight involving nearly a dozen students and prompted a lockdown at a suburban Atlanta high school.

Clayton County schools spokeswoman Vicki Gavalas says it happened at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale Tuesday.

Gavalas says one of the parents at the meeting instigated a fight between her daughter and another student afterward. That escalated into a fight involving 11 students. Gavalas says administrators are still restricting students' movement throughout campus.

Gavalas says the students and the woman who instigated the fight have been arrested. Details on their charges and the ages of the people who were involved weren't immediately available.

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