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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.


Man accused in investment fraud to be sentenced

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A man accused of running an investment fraud scheme that lost millions in investor dollars is set to be sentenced.

Gregory Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, is set for sentencing Tuesday in Athens. Crabtree pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy charge in April and faces up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors accused him 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 went to 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.


DeKalb Co. commissioner resigns amid federal probe

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A DeKalb County commissioner has resigned from her post amid a federal probe into questionable spending.

Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who has been in office for more than 20 years, told WSB-TV on Monday she betrayed constituents and abused her position.

An investigation by WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlighted $16,000 in personal purchases Boyer made with her county debit card. The television station reported that Boyer had already repaid about half the charges before the investigation began, and has since repaid all of the money.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a continued examination of Boyer's spending raised additional questions on her purchases.

Before her resignation, Boyer told WSB-TV she was unaware what she was doing was wrong, despite having signed an agreement saying purchase cards couldn't be used for personal expenses.


Lawmakers discuss government's role in education

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Discussion of school standards dominated a panel hosted by Georgia lawmakers looking to talk about the federal government's role in public education.

A House committee, formed by lawmakers as a compromise to members opposed to Common Core education standards, heard about a variety of federal grants and programs Georgia receives, including free and reduced lunch on Monday.

Several teachers at the meeting expressed their support for the more rigorous requirements of what students learn each year.

Opponents of the standards have questioned what role the Race to the Top program had on states adopting Common Core standards. The program gave states federal grants in return for education reforms.

Republican Rep. Brooks Coleman of Gainesville chairs the committee and says the group is planning two more meetings.


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.


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 that 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.


Metro Atlanta man sentenced in tax fraud scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Smyrna man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement Monday that 29-year-old Michael Awiti was sentenced to six years and three months in prison and has been ordered to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution.

Authorities say Awiti owned and operated Fidelity Financial LLC in Smyrna and used stolen personal information from hundreds of people to prepare fraudulent tax returns. Authorities say many of the victims were children.

Prosecutors say Awiti sought to claim more than $2.6 million in fraudulent returns and was paid more than $1.7 million because the IRS rejected some of his claims.


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 is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 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.

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