FATAL NEIGHBOR SHOOTING
Ga. man sentenced in neighbor's shooting death
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Cobb County District Attorney's officials say a man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a woman who helped him during his divorce.
District Attorney's spokeswoman Kim Isaza said Tuesday that 66-year-old Dennis Robert Bredar pleaded guilty in the death of 49-year-old Rhonda Kay Callihan.
Isaza says Callihan allowed Bredar, her neighbor, move in as a roommate while he was going through a divorce. Officials say the two had been neighbors for about 25 years.
Investigators say Bredar told authorities he argued with Callihan over nothing before he shot her several times with a revolver.
INVASIVE ANT SPECIES
Invasive ant species found living in Georgia
GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — University of Georgia officials say an invasive ant species native to South America has been found living in Georgia.
UGA Extension agent James Morgan says he found the ants Aug. 15 at an assisted living facility after its director called looking for help.
Morgan says the ants differ in color from fire ants and other types commonly found in Georgia and they behave differently as well. Morgan says the ants move erratically and don't march in straight rows.
Morgan sent a sample of the ants to an entomologist, who confirmed the insects are Nylanderia fulva — commonly known as tawny crazy ants.
Officials say the ants are considered a nuisance because they're attracted to electricity and travel in masses.
Researchers are unsure of how the ants got to Georgia.
HOME INVASION-GIRL ABDUCTED
Police: Girl, 14, abducted during home invasion
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police and the FBI have been searching for a 14-year-old girl they say was abducted from her suburban Atlanta house by two men.
Police early Tuesday morning were stopping cars and checking them while they searched for 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez.
Clayton County police say the men entered the Ellenwood home through a back door around 2:15 a.m. and demanded money and jewelry. When Perez's mother said she didn't have any, one of the men fatally shot the family dog.
Police say the men then took 14-year-old Perez, whom authorities describe as Hispanic, with brown eyes and black hair. She's 4 feet, 9 inches tall and 93 pounds. She was wearing pajama bottoms and a "Superheroes" shirt.
Police say the men left in a grey Dodge.
Eastern Ga. road closed after train derailment
(Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com )
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in eastern Georgia say a train has derailed after being hit by a tractor-trailer south of Augusta.
Richmond County Sheriff's Lt. Ramone Lamkin told the Augusta Chronicle a train was crossing when a truck driver jumped from the vehicle before it hit the train Tuesday afternoon. It wasn't immediately clear if the trucker didn't see the train, or if the brakes on the truck failed.
Officials say several train cars that were carrying logs at the time derailed and a vehicle on the other side of the tracks was hit by a train car and overturned.
Lamkin says no serious injuries were reported.
The road near the derailment is expected to be closed for two days while crews remove debris and repair the rails.
Man arrested in movie theater bomb threat
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Attorney's officials say a man has been indicted for calling in a bomb threat to the headquarters of Carmike Cinemas in Columbus, Ga.
Officials said Tuesday that 59-year-old Keith Bowers, of Jessieville, Ark. was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation late last week on an indictment stemming from a call he's accused of making to the company Aug. 16, 2012.
Prosecutors say Bowers is accused of calling the company's headquarters from Texas and threatening to detonate an explosive device during a movie at a Carmike movie theater.
Bowers is charged with transmitting threats in interstate commerce, and it's unclear if he has an attorney.
Officials say Bowers faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Created: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:16:07 EST
Updated: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:16:07 EST