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June 13, 2018 - 12:00 am


Police officer suspended, arrested on drug charges in raid

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an Atlanta police officer has been arrested in an apartment where seven pounds of marijuana and prescription pills were found.

News outlets report Officer Iris Rowe was suspended following her arrest in College Park on drug charges. Atlanta police say Rowe will appear before Chief Erika Shields this week, and that she will determine her employment status. Rowe joined the department in 2016.

College Park Police Chief Keith Meadows says officers had a warrant to search the apartment Monday. Police say officers also arrested Jeremy Laye and Tony Robinson on drug charges.

Media staff for the prosecutor and Atlanta police didn't immediately respond to emails asking if the suspects have lawyers.

Police say they found Rowe's uniform, badge and other gear. They also discovered guns and nearly $8,000 in cash.


Deputy shoots, kills Georgia man who shot relative

MONROE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who shot his relative in front of deputies.

News outlets cite a Georgia Bureau of Investigation release that says Walton County deputies responded to a report of a man with a gun "exhibiting erratic behavior" on Tuesday morning. Deputies and a family member entered the home, attempting to calm 26-year-old Chavius Hollis down.

The GBI says Hollis then raised his gun and shot the family member, at which point one deputy fired shots, killing Hollis.

The relative suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and is expected to recover.

No deputies were injured. The GBI is investigating and Hollis will undergo an autopsy.


Former guard who sexually assaulted inmates gets 4 years

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia prison guard has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for sexually assaulting three female inmates and coercing them to help him cover up the assaults.

Court records indicate that 51-year-old Edgar Daniel Johnson was sentenced Monday to serve four years and three months followed by three years of supervised release. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

He had pleaded guilty in October.

Prosecutors say Johnson admitted that between Nov. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013, he had non-consensual sex multiple times with three inmates at Emanuel Women's Facility in Swainsboro.

Johnson also admitted calling Southside Fire Department in Chatham County to report a false bomb threat on Elba Island near the Port of Savannah in May 2017.


Worker killed in demolition collapse at Georgia paper mill

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Fire officials say a worker is dead after he was pinned beneath falling debris while doing demolition work at a Georgia paper mill.

Savannah fire department spokeswoman Jenel Few says a boiler platform collapsed Tuesday morning at the mill owned by International Paper as a demolition crew was cutting through pipes to remove the structure. She told news outlets that a man working on a manlift was trapped beneath a mass of fallen boiler pipes.

Few said a rescue team of firefighters cleared a path to the worker, but found him dead.

International Paper identified the man as a contract worker named Juan Medina. Company spokeswoman Karen Bogans said Memphis, Tennessee, based International Paper is working with authorities to determine what caused the collapse.


Explosion at Atlanta-area home injures 3

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion at an Atlanta-area home has injured multiple people.

News outlets cite a release from the Roswell Fire Department that says two people were treated on scene and then hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns Tuesday night.

Another person was injured but did not require hospitalization.

Roswell Fire spokesman Pabel Troche says no fire was reported at the scene, but the single-family home sustained "substantial damage."

The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Further details haven't been released.


Mother charged in death of boy found in hotel freezer

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama have arrested the mother of a baby whose body was found inside a freezer in a hotel room.

News outlets report 36-year-old Amanda Gail Oakes is charged with manslaughter and corpse abuse in the death of 6-month-old Curtis James Oakes.

Police previously charged her 28-year-old boyfriend, Carlton James Mathis of Gainesville, Georgia, with murder in the child's death. He was arrested last week after being shot during a police standoff in Bronson, Florida.

Oakes was with Mathis when he was captured. Investigators later found the child's remains in a hotel room freezer. An autopsy is being conducted to determine how the boy died.

Police say Oakes is jailed with bond set at $150,000. A defense attorney didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.


Domino's on streets, not for pizzas but to fix potholes

MILFORD, Del. (AP) — The saying goes that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but what if the road was paved with pizza?

News outlets report national delivery-based pizza chain Domino's is aiming to make commutes around the country a little less hellish, by helping to repair potholes.

The company's "Paving for Pizza" program has launched in four test cities: Athens, Georgia; Bartonville, Texas; Burbank, California and Milford, Delaware.

Milford's public works director, Mark Whitfield, says an abnormally harsh winter left the city with more potholes than usual. Milford received a $5,000 grant, which covered the repair of 40 potholes.

The city used their own crews, who stenciled Domino's logo and "Oh, yes we did" on the first few repairs.

Domino's is soliciting nominations for more cities.


McClatchy names Regan-Porter as new South region editor

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The McClatchy Co. has named Tim Regan-Porter, who was Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism, as the new South region editor.

The Telegraph of Macon reported Monday that Regan-Porter will be part of McClatchy's regional leadership team. The south regional newsrooms are located in Macon and Columbus in Georgia, and Biloxi, Mississippi.

Regan-Porter will be based in Macon. He will start his new position the first week of July after completing a 10-month fellowship at the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.

Prior to his Mercer assignment, Regan-Porter was the president and co-founder of the music magazine Paste.

Regan-Porter spent the past six years in Macon as the director at Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism, an innovative partnership among Mercer, The Telegraph, Georgia Public Broadcasting and 13WMAZ.

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