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June 27, 2018 - 12:00 am


Justices give Florida narrow win in water fight with Georgia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving Florida another chance to make its case that Georgia uses too much water and leaves too little for its southern neighbor.

The justices ruled 5-4 Wednesday in the long-running dispute between the two states. The fight is over Georgia's use of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers that serve booming metro Atlanta and Georgia's powerful agricultural industry.

The court said that a special master appointed to hear the lawsuit should reconsider Florida's argument that limiting how much water Georgia uses would provide more for the Apalachicola river that flows into Apalachicola Bay and the nearby Gulf of Mexico.

The special master had recommended to the court that it side with Georgia and reject Florida's call for limiting water consumption from the Flint river.


Man sought for Michigan murders added to FBI's Most Wanted

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of a double homicide in southwestern Michigan has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted.

An arrest warrant is out for Antwan Mims. Investigators allege that he fatally shot two men in March in front of 100 people at a Benton Harbor party.

The FBI says Mims has ties to Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio. Benton Harbor Public Safety Director Daniel McGinnis Jr. says "nobody is safe" while Mims is on the run.

The FBI on Wednesday announced his addition to the 10 Most Wanted list. Mims is black, at least 5 feet 8 inches tall and 210 to 265 pounds.


Georgia man convicted, sentenced in 1983 racial murder case

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — A white Georgia man has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison in what prosecutors have said was the racially motivated slaying of a black man in 1983.

News outlets report a jury on Tuesday convicted Frank Gebhardt on charges including murder. Witnesses said Timothy Coggins was stabbed 30 times and dragged behind a pickup in a killing driven by racial hatred.

Judge Fletcher Sams immediately sentenced Gebhardt to life plus 20 years in prison.

Coggins' body was found in Spalding County on Oct. 5, 1983. Prosecutors have said Coggins was killed because he was dating a white woman. The case remained unsolved for decades.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the jury deliberated for about six hours.

Another defendant, Bill Moore Sr., will be tried later.


Mother charged after baby found dead in hot car in Georgia

KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — Police say the mother of a baby found dead in a car last week has been arrested in southeast Georgia.

The Kingsland Police Department told news outlets that 28-year-old Rhae Odum was arrested Tuesday after her 7-month-old son was discovered inside a car outside a motel on June 19. The mother is charged with involuntary manslaughter and child cruelty.

Police say temperatures were in the 90s before thunderstorms.

Odum is being held at the Camden County Sheriff's Office.


Boy Scout identified after tree fall death in Georgia

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — A coroner's office has released the name of the 14-year-old boy from Texas who was killed when a tree fell on his tent at a Georgia Boy Scout camp.

The Newton County Coroner's Office identified the Boy Scout on Tuesday as Elijah Knight of Cypress, Texas. The teen was participating in a Scout gathering when the incident occurred Monday at the Bert Adams Scout Camp in Newton County, east of Atlanta.

Newton County Sherriff's Office spokesman Jeff Alexander told news outlets that powerful storms had rolled through the area downing multiple trees, including the one that fell on the boy's tent. The teen and others were inside the tent when the tree crashed down onto it.

Officials say Knight was attending the fourth and final week of summer camp.


An earlier version of this report incorrectly said Newton County is north of Atlanta, instead of east.


The Latest: More details emerge about man in Capitol fire

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a man who set himself on fire in front of the Georgia Capitol is a 58-year-old who told police he's an Air Force veteran.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the man wore a vest lined with fireworks and flammable devices shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday. Law officers say he then doused himself with a flammable liquid and lit the fireworks.

Authorities say the man, whom they didn't immediately identify, told police he was trying to bring attention to the Veterans Affairs system. Law officers have not elaborated on the man's complaints about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Capt. Mark Perry of the Georgia Department of Public Safety the man's condition wasn't immediately known. He was being treated at an Atlanta hospital.


Police: Shirtless man on tarmac arrested, jumped on plane

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a 19-year-old man accused of sprinting shirtless toward a jet at Atlanta's airport and jumping on the wing.

News outlets report Atlanta Police have charged Jhryin Jones with criminal trespassing, public indecency and obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jones scaled a fence Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ran onto an active taxiway. She says he then jumped on the wing of a recently landed Delta Air Lines flight from Miami and pounded on windows.

Video obtained by WSB-TV shows a shirtless man sprinting across a grassy area toward an aircraft. Photographs showed the man being detained on the ground by officers.

The airport tweeted there was no impact on operations.

It wasn't immediately clear if Jones has a lawyer.



Woman accused of leaking US secrets pleads guilty

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A woman accused of leaking U.S. secrets to a news outlet has pleaded guilty in federal court in Georgia.

News outlets report that 26-year-old Reality Winner entered her guilty plea Tuesday before a federal judge in Georgia. A plea agreement calls for her to serve five years and three months behind bars, but a judge will sentence her later.

Winner worked for national security contractor Pluribus International at Fort Gordon in Georgia when she was accused in June 2017 of mailing a classified U.S. report to an unidentified news organization and charged under the Espionage Act.

Authorities didn't describe the document. Winner's arrest was announced the same day online news outlet The Intercept reported on a classified National Security Agency report on Russian hackers and the 2016 election.

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