Georgia News Roundup
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College stations protest Georgia public radio deal

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 50 college radio stations are joining a protest against replacing Georgia State University student DJ's with public radio programming.

The 47 stations will broadcast an hour of programming on Thursday from the university's student-run station, WRAS.

It's part of an ongoing campaign against a deal between the university and Georgia Public Broadcasting. The agreement would move student DJs online between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. while GPB programming broadcasts on 88.5 FM in Atlanta.

The start date was pushed back to June 29 from the original plan of June 2.

University and GPB officials say the change will create opportunities for students to learn radio and TV from the public station. WRAS supporters want to keep the station run by students and on daytime radio.

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Grant to help serve young DeKalb County offenders

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County Juvenile Court officials say a $400,000 grant will help them serve 60 juvenile offenders with mentoring, home school and community supervision and more.

Officials say the grant from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is expected to serve offenders between 13 and 17 years old who have been referred to the court on felony charges.

Officials say the grant and services it will help provide will keep teens from being committed to juvenile detention and short term treatment programs.

Court officials say they're partnering with faith-based community organizations and more to help provide services to juvenile offenders.

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Commission to be honored by First Amendment group

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia First Amendment Foundation is honoring the state Judicial Qualifications Commission with a freedom of information award.

Foundation officials said in a statement that the commission will be honored with the Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Award during a dinner event on Thursday.

First Amendment Foundation president Hyde Post says the Judicial Qualifications Commission has helped improve public access to court proceedings in the state.

Officials say chief editorial counsel for CNN, David Vigilante, is scheduled to keynote the dinner and discuss the use of drones and other emerging technology in the newsgathering process.

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Georgia man to serve 23 years for fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 57-year-old Georgia man has been sentenced to nearly 23 years in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering.

U.S. District Judge James Shadid on Wednesday also ordered Kenneth W. Lewis to pay restitution of $5.6 million.

Lewis was convicted in February of four counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of money laundering. Trial testimony established Lewis began in the 1990s to offer investors the chance to generate income through secretive overseas transactions.

Evidence showed he obtained more than $5.5 million from others to cover living expenses. He told investors he was living in Switzerland for seven years working on the deals. But he was living in a New Jersey hotel, where he was arrested in July 2012.

Authorities seized $8,000 in assets when he was arrested.

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Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 7.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has increased to 7.3 percent.

The May jobless rate was released early Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The May rate is up from 6.5 percent in April. The rate was 8 percent in May a year ago.

Officials said the increase was a seasonal one, and rose as new graduates entered the labor force looking for full-time work and other students searched for part-time summer jobs.

Elsewhere in Georgia, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent.

The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.8 percent.

The metro area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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Police: Man killed after gun handled recklessly

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's northwestern suburbs say the death of a 19-year-old man was caused when another man accidentally fired a handgun as both handled it in a way police described as recklessly.

Marietta police said in a statement that Daryus Johnson of Marietta was found unconscious on the floor of an apartment on Bentley Road Tuesday. He later died.

Police said Johnson and 19-year-old Elyjah Marrow had been handling the handgun when it accidentally discharged.

Marrow faces charges that include involuntary manslaughter; reckless conduct; and possession of a stolen firearm. He was being held in the Cobb County Jail. Jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney.

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Hearing, vote set on 400-foot tower in Johns Creek

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — A public hearing and city council vote are set in an Atlanta suburb, where officials are considering a proposed 400-foot tower for emergency communications.

The Johns Creek City Council is holding the public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday. Council members are scheduled to vote after the hearing.

The tower is being proposed for a site near Johns Creek High School and the St. Ives Country Club.

Residents who object to the tower say it would be the tallest structure in the city just northeast of Atlanta and include a strobe light at the top to warn aircraft in the area.

Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker has said the tower is needed to enhance public safety communications. He says the current system isn't working adequately and needs improvement.

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Ex-attorney sentenced in law firm embezzlement

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former attorney has been sentenced for stealing more than $300,000 from his firm's clients.

Authorities said Thursday that 53-year-old Thomas W. Dickson, originally of Boulder, Colorado, has been sentenced to a year and one day of prison time and three years of supervised release.

He's also ordered to pay nearly $176,000 in restitution and serve 120 hours of community service.

Prosecutors say Dickson ordered his law firm's accounting department to fraudulently transfer more than $300,000 from the firm's trust account to an account that he and his wife controlled. Dickson was disbarred in March of 2013.

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Man charged with murder in fatal Georgia crash

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say an Alabama man is being held without bond in a fatal Douglas County crash.

Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack tells WAGA-TV 23-year-old Dewey Calhoun Green of Pelham, Alabama repeatedly rear ended a car being driven by 53-year-old Janice Pitts Wednesday. Womack says Green hit the woman and pinned her between the two vehicles when she got out of her car to check for damage. Authorities say the man then ran her over and tried fleeing the scene but was detained by witnesses.

Green is charged with murder, aggravated assault and battery.

Womack says authorities don't believe the incident was linked to road rage and investigators don't think Green and Pitts knew each other.

It's unclear if Green has an attorney.

Information from: WAGA-TV, 

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