Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home
ATLANTA (AP) - Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the dispute involves Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory's former residence.
It's the latest controversy involving church properties in Atlanta. Earlier this month, Gregory said he would sell a $2.2 million mansion after parishioners complained it wasn't in line with the tone of austerity Pope Francis set. Gregory still lives in the mansion but plans to move.
Attorney Hakim Hilliard, who represents some residents near Gregory's former home, say the planned renovation is an extravagant project that's out of character for the neighborhood.
An archdiocese lawyer says opposition to the renovation amounts to a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act and smacks of religious discrimination.
Man sentenced after threat to eat judge's kids
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man who was found guilty but mentally ill after prosecutors say he threatened to kill and eat a judge's children has been sentenced to prison.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 59-year-old James Edward Satterfield on Thursday was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday, followed by two years of probation.
The threats involved Cobb County Superior Court Judge Reuben Green, who presided over Satterfield's divorce. The case ended in July 2012.
A prosecutor and police say Satterfield sent a letter to the judge's wife months later threatening to kill the judge's children and eat them.
A defense attorney didn't dispute that Satterfield wrote and mailed the letter, but he argued the man is delusional.
GEORGIA FUGITIVE ARREST
Man wanted in Georgia killing arrested in Alabama
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - A man wanted in connection with a killing in suburban Atlanta has been arrested in Alabama.
The Hoover Police Department says officers took 39-year-old Marcus Lamont Payne into custody shortly before 11 a.m. Friday. Police had been notified he had family in Hoover and had been on the lookout for him. He was spotted leaving an apartment Friday morning.
Police say Payne faces an arrest warrant for murder in connection with a shooting Wednesday night in the parking lot of a convenience store in Union City, Ga. The shooting killed 39-year-old Evan Campbell and injured a woman.
Capt. Jim Coker says Payne is being held at the Hoover jail pending extradition to Georgia.
DAY CARE CLOSURE
Georgia day care ordered closed after child in van
MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Macon day care center is appealing an order from the state to close.
The state Department of Early Care and Learning issued an order for Charlotte's Web Day Care on Napier Avenue to close after investigating a report that a child was left in a van for more than four hours on Monday.
Department spokesman Reg Griffin says investigators found violations of state rules covering transportation and supervision of children.
The day care center can remain open while it appeals. WMAZ-TV reports a state administrative judge is scheduled to hear the case Tuesday. The judge will decide whether the center should close. If that happens, the center would remain closed for at least 21 days while the agency considers further action.
Georgia man pleads not guilty in Iowa man's death
SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Georgia man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his former roommate in Iowa.
The Fort Dodge Messenger reports 54-year-old John Green, of Blairsville, Ga., made the written plea Thursday. Online records do not list a scheduled trial date.
Green is accused of killing 58-year-old Mark Koster, of Sac City. Koster's skeletal remains were found buried in the basement of his house in 2012.
Police say Green briefly lived with Koster in 2009. Relatives say they last saw Koster that year, and he was reported missing in 2010.
Green was arrested in Florida in March. He is being held at the Sac County Jail without bond.
GIRL STRUCK BY CAR
Girl critically injured after being struck by car
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police in the Savannah area say a teenage girl is in critical condition after being struck by a car while attempting to walk across a highway.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say the crash happened shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 80 on Wilmington Island.
Police said in a statement that 17-year-old Stacie Davis was walking north in the crosswalk at U.S. 80 and Debbie Drive when she was struck by a westbound Honda Civic.
She was taken to Memorial University Medical Center.
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