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June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am


Georgia man gets 25 years for raping, impregnating girl, 12

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who pleaded guilty to raping and impregnating a 12-year-old relative will serve 25 years in prison.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 38-year-old Michael Arnold on Tuesday took a plea agreement that requires him to serve every day of that sentence and then spend the rest of his life on probation.

Prosecutors said he acknowledged sexually assaulting a female relative last year. Henry County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Megan Matteucci says the child's mother contacted authorities after her daughter gave birth to a stillborn baby. Matteucci says the girl didn't know she was pregnant. DNA identified Arnold as the father.

Upon release, Arnold must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim.

District Attorney Darius Pattillo says the victim's family is satisfied with Arnold's sentence.



Georgia inmate admitted killing guards in recorded interview

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — One of two Georgia inmates accused of killing two guards last year admitted in a recorded interview that he shot the guards.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the recording of Ricky Dubose being interviewed by law enforcement after his arrest was played in court Wednesday.

Dubose and Donnie Rowe are accused of shooting Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue with the guards' guns while escaping from a prison transfer bus southeast of Atlanta last June. They were arrested in Tennessee a few days later.

Both men face the death penalty.

The newspaper reports that Dubose told authorities the escape wasn't planned, but that he seized an opportunity. He also said Rowe didn't want to kill anyone.

Dubose's attorneys are asking a judge not to allow the video confession at trial.


EPA: Georgia company to address concerns about hazardous air

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've reached a settlement with a Georgia manufacturing plant which had been cited for failing to take steps to prevent hazardous air emissions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced that Decostar Industries Inc. of Carrollton will take steps to control hazardous air emissions to protect workers, residents and improve overall air quality.

The EPA said that Decostar will implement a leak detection and repair program, perform a supplemental environmental project valued at more than $2.7 million, and pay a $377,900 civil penalty.

The agency says that Decostar manufactures parts for automobile manufacturers including Nissan, BMW and Hyundai.


Lawsuits: Congressional maps dilute black voters in 3 states

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Democratic political group has launched a legal campaign to create additional majority-minority congressional districts in three Southern states, claiming the current maps discriminate against black voters.

Attorneys filed separate federal lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana on Wednesday, challenging congressional maps that lawmakers in each state approved in 2011.

The lawsuits are backed by an affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The suits claim the districts violate the Voting Rights Act and deprive black voters of an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice to the U.S. House of Representatives.

They ask the courts to block the three states from holding any more congressional elections under their current maps.


Sisters give birth on same day in Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Two sisters. Two new babies around the same time — again.

Piedmont Columbus Regional said in a statement that sisters Mara Meighan and Jennifer Solis went into labor on the same day last week and gave birth nearly at the same time at the hospital's midtown campus in west Georgia. The hospital also says the sisters had their first children around the same time nine years ago.

Meighan gave birth to a girl named Ana Grace, while Solis had a boy named Marco. Ana Grace weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and Marco was 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

The hospital says both babies are healthy.

Hospital officials didn't immediately return a call seeking comment on whether the sisters or doctors did anything to influence when the babies arrived.


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.

Atlanta police didn't immediately respond to emails asking if Rowe had a lawyer. A spokesman for the prosecutor declined comment.

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


2 teens rescued at High Falls park charged with trespassing

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says two teenagers rescued from rocks at High Falls State Park have been charged with criminal trespassing.

Department Capt. Chris Hodge told The Telegraph of Macon on Tuesday the misdemeanor citations to appear before a Probate Court judge carry a maximum sentence of up to a year in a county jail and a $1,000 fine.

The teenagers were rescued May 29. Hodge says they had not been formally arrested.

The captain says the teenagers told state officials they had seen signs warning not to be on the rocks.

Officials decided to start charging people who disobey park rules and put themselves and others in harm's way because rescues have increased, and two people died last year.

It is unclear if the teenagers have lawyers.


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.

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