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June 15, 2018 - 12:00 am

DISTRIBUTION CENTER-GEORGIA

Deal: GE Appliances putting distribution site in Commerce

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal says a manufacturer of household appliances is investing $55 million in a new distribution center in Commerce, Georgia, and will create 100 jobs.

In a news release Thursday, Deal said Louisville, Kentucky-based GE Appliances already has a strong presence in the state, with 1,960 employees at Roper Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary in LaFayette, and 50 employees supporting its Factory Service Operations in Atlanta.

Deal says construction of the new Southeast Region Appliance Distribution Center in Jackson County will be completed by April 2019.

GE Appliances Vice President of Distribution Mark Shirkness says the new project will help the company build on their record of delivering "for our customers."

GEORGIA ARMED ROBBER CONVICTED

Jury finds man guilty of armed robbery, other charges

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A jury has found a 20-year-old Georgia man guilty of robbing three men at gunpoint.

Prosecutors in Henry County said in a news release Thursday that Malachi Frazier of McDonough was convicted Wednesday of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Three men were walking in a wood line between two apartment complexes on Jan. 13, 2017, when Frazier approached them at gunpoint. Prosecutors say Frazier ordered them to the ground and demanded they empty their pockets. Frazier then fled with the victims' wallets and cellphones.

During a lineup, a victim recognized Frazier as a classmate from high school.

Frazier is set to be sentenced June 27.

CAGLE-CONDO SALE

Report: Lt. Gov. bought condo from lobbyist below value

ATLANTA (AP) — A leading Republican candidate for Georgia governor reportedly bought a downtown Atlanta condominium from a lobbyist at what appeared to be a discount.

The New York Times , citing real estate records, says Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle bought the one-bedroom condo 10 years ago at 24 percent less than its appraised value. It was bought from Terry E. Hobbs, a lobbyist who represents natural gas marketer SCANA. Cagle sold the condo last year at a 29 percent profit.

Sara Henderson is executive director of Common Cause Georgia, a government watchdog group. She says the sale raises suspicions of pay-to-play.

But Cagle told the paper the sale was "a legitimate transaction" and Hobbs had not lobbied him on any issue around the time of the sale.

Cagle faces a July 24 runoff for the Republican nomination for governor.

DOG KILLS BABY-GEORGIA

5-month-old girl mauled, killed by babysitter's dog

(Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html)

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia family is in mourning after their babysitter's dog killed their 5-month-old child.

Clayton County Police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury says the German Shepherd mauled Paige George on Tuesday at a home in Forest Park, south of Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports the family says the dog has been around the baby since she was born. Terika George, Paige's mother, says she's been constantly crying and that she apologized to her baby "because I always take you with me."

According to police, a babysitter — a longtime family friend — told police he put the baby down to sleep and then he fell asleep in another room. Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, someone reported the dog had killed the baby.

Police said no charges have been filed. The dog has been euthanized.

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KENNESAW STATE-PRESIDENT

Whitten named president at Kennesaw State University

ATLANTA (AP) — Kennesaw State University has a new person in place to guide the school.

The Board of Regents this week named Dr. Pamela Whitten president of its campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta.

Officials say Whitten, who currently serves as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Georgia, will begin her new post July 16. She replaces Sam Olens, who resigned in February.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley said in a release that Whitten brings "a deep commitment toward building an outstanding academic experience for students." Wrigley also said Whitten has an uncompromising dedication toward quality research and leadership that will serve KSU and its community well.

FALSE IMPRISONMENT ARREST

Woman arrested for false imprisonment of 2 police officers

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia attorney faces a false imprisonment charge for kicking two police officers out of her home and ordering her personal security guard to keep them from leaving her driveway.

Lindsey Kamin turned herself in Tuesday, a month after officers stopped at her home in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood to ask about a pickup truck that had been doing doughnuts.

WSB-TV reports Kamin let the officers inside, but later claimed she wasn't sure they were real officers. She kicked them out, even after a 911 operator confirmed their identity.

When backup officers asked why she questioned their identity, Kamin said she never saw their guns or badges.

Attorney Noah H. Pines said in a statement that Kamin legitimately believed they were impersonating police officers. She bonded out of jail.

ATHLETE CATCHES ALLEGED THIEVES

Police: Former pitcher held alleged mail thieves at gunpoint

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a former major league All-Star pitcher held two people at gunpoint after they took mail from his mailbox.

The Bibb County Sheriff's office said on Facebook that deputies responded just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to a call from Kevin Brown in Macon.

The Telegraph newspaper reports Brown saw two men in a white sports car take his mail before speeding off twice Tuesday. The next day, he waited with a gun and detained the pair when they tried again.

The sheriff's office arrested two brothers from Miami, one 30 and one 15. They face charges of mail theft and forgery, and the older brother is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 53-year-old Brown was 211-144 with a 3.28 ERA in 486 games in 19 seasons with Rangers, Orioles, Marlins, Padres, Dodgers and Yankees. The six-time All-Star last pitched in the majors for the Yankees in 2005.

DRUG RAID-OFFICER RESIGNS

Atlanta police officer resigns after arrest during drug raid

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta police officer has resigned after her arrest during a drug raid at aa apartment complex.

Atlanta Police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officer Iris Rowe resigned Wednesday after her arrest Monday. She is being held at the Fulton County Jail on multiple drug charges including possession of marijuana and MDMA with intent to distribute.

Rowe had been with the department since 2016 and assigned to the mobile patrol unit. She along with two others, Jeremy Laye and Tony Robinson, were also arrested and accused of selling drugs.

Laye was also charged with obstruction of an officer and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer.

Officers found marijuana, guns and $8,000 inside the apartment in College Park.

A court hearing for all three is scheduled for June 27.

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