Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed re-elected to second term
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been elected to a second term, defeating three little-known challengers as he continues to raise his profile overseeing a key city in the South.
Preliminary election results showed Reed winning another four year-term in Tuesday's election.
Reed, a former state lawmaker, is perhaps best known outside the city for his strong support of President Barack Obama and his working relationship with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on issues including economic development and transportation.
In making his case to voters, Reed touted reforms to the city's pension system, efforts to reduce crime and his hiring of additional police officers. Reed has faced criticism over a plan to use public financing to help support a new NFL stadium and efforts to regulate the selling of goods on public streets.
COASTAL GEORGIA PROSTITUTION
21 arrested in coastal Ga. prostitution probe
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in coastal Georgia say a two-day operation led to seven women being arrested for prostitution and 13 men being arrested for pandering.
Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Julian Miller says the department worked with officers from Pooler, Garden City, Port Wentworth and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to address prostitution issues along a stretch of Interstate 95.
Miller says the operation was executed last week and the suspects used a website to set up meetings at local hotels.
Miller says women from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida were arrested during the operation.
Officials say men from Georgia and South Carolina were arrested for pandering and another man was arrested for pimping.
CARTER CENTER INITIATIVE
Carter celebrates program to end trachoma disease
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter and Pfizer Inc. are celebrating the 15th anniversary of an initiative focused on eliminating an infectious eye disease known to cause blindness in people living in developing nations.
Carter Center officials said Tuesday that the pharmaceutical company has provided hundreds of millions of doses of the antibiotic, Zithromax, through the International Trachoma Initiative. Carter Center officials say the focus of the initiative is to help eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020.
Officials say about 320 million people around the world are at risk of contracting trachoma, and about 7 million people have been blinded by the disease.
Carter Center officials say Pfizer is expected to distribute its 100 millionth dose of the antibiotic on Nov. 10 in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.
Estranged wife of ex-MLB pitcher guilty in assault
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Cobb County District Attorney's officials say the estranged wife of a former MLB pitcher has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and weapons charges.
District Attorney's spokeswoman Kim Isaza said Tuesday that 37-year-old Anna Benson pleaded guilty to being armed with a gun when she went to Kris Benson's suburban Atlanta home July 7 and demanded $30,000 from him.
Isaza says Anna Benson was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a metal baton at the time.
Anna Benson was featured on the VH-1 show "Baseball Wives" and Kris Benson pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Mets, the Baltimore Orioles, the Texas Rangers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks between 1999 and 2010.
A judge ordered Anna Benson to serve 15 years of probation and complete inpatient psychiatric treatment and follow-up care.
Ga. man sentenced to 15 years in fatal car crash
(Information in the following story is from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com )
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in a car crash that killed a former University of Georgia accountant.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports Dominic Joseph Moceri III was found guilty Monday for homicide in the death of Brenna Garrison, a mother of two.
Authorities have said Garrison was a passenger in Moceri's car Nov. 4, 2007 when he tried outrunning a police officer who was trying to make a traffic stop and hit a utility pole.
The impact tore the passenger's side of the car off and Garrison was ejected. The officer's dashboard camera recorded the incident, and the video was played for the jury.
A judge ordered Moceri to serve the first 10 years of his sentence in prison and the rest on probation.
Bear sighting prompts school lockdowns in north GA
(Information in the following story is from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com )
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Hall County school officials say a bear sighting has prompted lockdowns at three schools in northwest Georgia.
Principal of Sardis Enrichment School Neil Yarrington told the Gainesville Times that a parent reported seeing a bear while she was dropping her child off Tuesday morning. Yarrington says the parent told officials that the bear ran into nearby woods.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is monitoring the situation and school safety coordinator, Lt. Earl Roach, says he thinks the bear is a younger one that may have gotten separated from its mother.
Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says north Georgia is home to a large black bear population, and bear sightings aren't unusual in the area.
Cummings says the bear hasn't been seen since Tuesday morning.
Created: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:18:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:18:00 EST