Georgia News Roundup
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Macon woman dies in apartment fire

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in central Georgia are investigating a fire that claimed a woman's life.

Bibb County Assistant Coroner Lonnie Miley said the blaze happened Sunday at North Napier Apartments on Napier Avenue in Macon.ds

Authorities said 43-year-old Barbara Heel was taken to the Coliseum Medical Center, where she later died.

Miley tells WMAZ-TV that he believes the fire started from a stove that was left on.

An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.

Information from: WMAZ-TV, http://www.wmaz.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Athens police arrest man in shootings that hurt 3

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Athens have arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of firing shots into a crowd of people.

Athens-Clarke County police say Santino Deante Luke turned himself in Monday. He has been charged with aggravated assault after three people were wounded in the shooting early Sunday morning.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that officers were dispatched to the location on Deer Parkway after someone reported shots being fired. Witnesses told police at least six gunshots were fired from a moving car.

The three people who had been shot were taken to a hospital by others at the scene when the gunfire happened. Information on their conditions wasn't available early Monday.

It was not immediately known if Luke had an attorney to represent him.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Ex-lawyer pleads guilty in $40.8M mortgage scheme

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former lawyer in New Jersey has admitted taking part in a $40.8 million mortgage scheme that operated in three states.

Joseph Witkowski of Flemington pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to 40 years in federal prison when he's sentenced Nov. 14.

Prosecutors say the 68-year-old Witkowski and other conspirators used phony documents and "straw buyers" to make illegal profits on overbuilt condominiums at the Jersey shore and at resorts in South Carolina and Georgia. They recruited buyers with good credit scores and little money, then created false documents to help the buyers get loans.

The conspirators then took a portion of the proceeds after the loans closed.

Ten other people have pleaded guilty in the conspiracy.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Carter to report $1.8M in cash for Georgia governor's race

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Jason Carter is expected to report having $1.8 million in cash for his gubernatorial bid after raising about $2 million in contributions over the last three months.

Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas said Monday the campaign added 6,000 new contributors and noted the campaign had spent $1.3 million on TV ads in the last quarter.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who is seeking re-election, has yet to release his fundraising totals. Candidates are required to file a report with the state ethics commission by Tuesday.

Deal had reported $3.9 million in cash at the end of March. He has also been airing TV ads for months.

Carter is a state senator from Atlanta. The two will meet in the Nov. 4 general election. Also on the ballot is Libertarian Andrew Hunt.

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