Georgia News Roundup
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Dahlonega to host Wilderness Act celebration

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and several other organizations are planning an event in downtown Dahlonega to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

The event on Sept. 6 is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hancock park and will feature a keynote address from former U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth.

President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 signed the Wilderness Act into law, which established the National Wilderness Preservation System. Officials say Congress has added more than 100 million acres to the land preservation system since the bill was signed into law.

The law established areas that are controlled by nature and are left unchanged by human visitors.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Dead dogs wrapped in plastic left on city streets

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in an Atlanta neighborhood say they're alarmed after recent discoveries of dead dogs wrapped in plastic which have been left on roadsides.

Animal control officers are looking in the cases in the Capital View area of southwest Atlanta, but it remains a mystery why the dog carcasses are being dumped.

WSB-TV reports that the bodies have been found near abandoned homes and in storm drains.

Resident Benjamin Hodges tells the Atlanta station that the third dumped dog in the last month and a half was found on Genessee Avenue near Allene Avenue.

Paul Ebbs, a Fulton County animal cruelty investigator, said if the cases are a common occurrence, police would become involved to find out what's going on.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

4 jailed after rocks tossed from freeway overpass

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Court records show that all four suspects have been apprehended after large rocks were dropped onto cars from a freeway overpass in Gainesville.

Gainesville police on Aug. 20 announced the arrests of two men accused of dropping rocks on Interstate 985 earlier this month.

The Times reports that court records show that two more suspects have also been apprehended.

Police say 18-year-old Juan Peterson and 21-year-old Kyhrie Harris, both of Gainesville, were arrested last week and charged with criminal damage and terroristic acts.

Later, police arrested 19-year-old Gainesville residents Kendrick Perry and Michael Ellis. They also face charges of criminal damage and terroristic acts.

It's unclear whether any of the suspects have attorneys.

Police say the rocks damaged at least two vehicles. No serious injuries were reported.

Information from: The Times,

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man dies of injuries after assault in LaGrange

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man they say was assaulted in LaGrange.

Authorities say 20-year-old Dejerius Hardnett was injured in the assault Sunday afternoon in the west Georgia city.

The LaGrange Daily News reports ( that Hardnett was taken by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he was pronounced dead.

Police weren't releasing further information on the case.

Information from: LaGrange Daily News, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man gets 5 years in investment fraud scheme

By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man accused of running an investment fraud scheme that lost millions in investor dollars to serve five years in federal prison.

Gregory Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, was sentenced Tuesday in Athens. Crabtree had pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy charge in April. The court also ordered him to pay more than $20 million in restitution.

Prosecutors said he and former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan ran a fraudulent investment scheme from September 2007 to December 2010 through GLC Limited, a West Virginia-based company dealing in wholesale and closeout merchandise.

Donnan stood trial in May and a jury acquitted him of all charges. His lawyers argued that he was as much a victim of a fraudulent investment scheme as the rest of the investors.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Judge rules in favor of AG in open meetings suit

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has ruled that the mayor of an Atlanta suburb violated Georgia's open meetings law by stopping a resident from videotaping a council meeting.

A judge last week ruled in favor of Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit against the city of Cumming and Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt. The judge ordered the city and mayor to pay $12,000 in penalties plus attorney fees.

According to Olens' lawsuit, Gravitt ordered a citizen, Nydia Tisdale, to stop taping a 2012 council meeting and had her forcibly removed from the room.

Tisdale was arrested last weekend while videotaping a GOP event in Dawson County. In that case, Sheriff Billy Carlisle says Tisdale faces potential charges of criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer after the property owner asked her to stop taping and leave.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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