Ga. schools superintendent plans run for governor
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state schools Superintendent John Barge says he will be challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in next year's Republican primary.
Barge said in a telephone interview Friday that he hasn't seen "a whole lot of vision or support for public education" from Deal and believes voters want a leader "who will govern and not play politics."
Barge is completing his first term as superintendent and says he plans to stay in his position while campaigning for governor. A formal announcement is expected next week.
The relationship between Deal and Barge has been noticeably chilly since the two were on opposite sides of the debate over a state charter schools amendment. The measure, opposed by Barge as unnecessary, ultimately passed.
Deal, meanwhile, has roughly $1.1 million in cash for his re-election bid.
BABY IN STROLLER SLAIN
Teen guilty of murdering Georgia baby in stroller
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A jury has convicted an 18-year-old man of murder in the shooting of a baby in a stroller in coastal Georgia.
Jurors deliberated about two hours Friday before finding De'Marquise (deh-mahr-KEES') Elkins guilty of the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick.
The man's mother, Karimah Elkins, was on trial alongside him and was found guilty of tampering with evidence but acquitted of lying to police.
Prosecutors said Elkins killed Antonio in an attempted robbery. The baby's mother, Sherry West, also was shot.
The two-week trial was held near Atlanta because of pretrial publicity.
Another teen, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, is also charged with murder in the case and is set to be tried later.
Ga. Democrats to select next state party chair
NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — A group of Georgia Democrats will be gathering in Newnan to select their next party leader, with fundraising and candidate recruitment expected to be key issues ahead of next year's elections.
About 300 members of the party's state committee will meet at 12 p.m. to choose from among three candidates from around the state. They are former House Minority Leader Dubose Porter of Dublin, former state Sen. Doug Stoner of Cobb County and Rockdale County Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley.
In June, Mike Berlon stepped down as state chair, citing personal issues. The attorney had been reprimanded by the State Bar of Georgia, sued by a client and was on the defensive after the party reported weak fundraising ahead of the 2014 statewide and congressional elections.
CHILD KILLED BY BB
Authorities: Ga. toddler dies in BB gun shooting
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a father has been charged with felony murder after his 18-month-old boy was shot with a BB gun and later died of his injuries.
Officer Kim Y. Jones says the boy's father, 23-year-old Jesse L. Sellers, was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony murder and cruelty to children. Jones says police were called to an apartment complex Friday morning after receiving a report of a child shot in the chest. Police say the boy was taken to Grady Hospital and later died.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sellers was being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail. The boy's uncle, Willie Dickerson, told the newspaper the shooting was an accident.
Police say they recovered a BB gun from inside the apartment.
Ga. woman charged with concealing death arrested
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman charged with concealing the death of man whose partial remains were found in a storage unit in South Carolina has been arrested in Florida.
Effingham County Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said Friday that Moretz violated conditions of her bond by leaving the state and investigators are looking into the possibility she was there to avoid trial next month.
Moretz's attorney Michael Schiavone says she went to Florida for the holiday weekend and was coming back. He says Moretz has been preparing for trial, and called her prosecution a "miscarriage of justice." He says Moretz was abused by her husband and threatened with death on numerous occasions.
Authorities believe Moretz's husband, Chad, killed and dismembered 35-year-old Charles Ray. Chad Moretz was killed in a police standoff.
DeKalb Co. ministers to partner with schools
(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com )
TUCKER, Ga. (AP) — The DeKalb County Police Department is partnering with local ministers and schools to create an after-school program to help troubled teens.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander is recruiting ministers to partner with high schools to identify students whose truancy or troubles with the law will likely lead them to prison rather than graduation.
The ministers involved say they have been disturbed by recent high-profile crimes that have been linked to juveniles and agreed they wanted to help.
The Rev. Kerwin Lee of Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain will be coordinating the effort.
Created: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 04:16:10 EST
Updated: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 04:16:10 EST