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Updated: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 03:15:32 EST


Athens-Clarke County inmate dies in jail

(Information in the following story is from: Athens Banner-Herald,

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Athens-Clarke County police say the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a 22-year-old jail inmate who was found unresponsive over the weekend.

Sheriff's Capt. Eric Pozen told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Marcus Sanchez Cooper was found unresponsive Saturday evening and there were no apparent signs of foul play.

Pozen says the man's body has been sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy. The man's cause of death is unclear.

Cooper was arrested on a probation violation last week and had been ordered to serve 10 years on probation for a 2010 burglary charge.


Jet with 180 passengers slides off Detroit taxiway

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A Delta jet headed to Atlanta with 180 passengers aboard has slid off a taxiway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No one was hurt.

Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant (duh-RANT') says the plane "may have hit some black ice" before sliding from the taxiway onto a grassy area around 6:40 a.m. Monday.

Durrant says the passengers safely got off the plane and were rebooked on a flight scheduled to take off later in the day.

Airport spokesman Brian Lassaline (las-uh-LEEN') says the plane was towed to a Delta hangar and didn't appear damaged.

He says conditions were wet, and the surface temperature dropped overnight. The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

Lassaline says there were no other disruptions to flights at the Romulus airfield Monday.


East Ga. tax preparer sentenced in fraud scheme

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an eastern Georgia tax preparer has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in fraudulent tax refund scheme.

Officials said Monday that 44-year-old Carlos Newton, of Waynesboro, pleaded guilty to filing tax forms on behalf of fictitious businesses or used fraudulent incomes and expenses to qualify clients for earned income tax credits.

Prosecutors say Newton prepared 22 fraudulent returns between January 2009 and January 2011 and charged clients additional fees for the fraudulent returns.

Officials say the federal government paid nearly $90,000 in refunds based on the fraudulent tax forms.


Elderly Ga. woman leaving church killed in crash

(Information in the following story is from: WTVM-TV,

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A western Georgia coroner says an elderly woman died in a car crash just after she left church.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan told WTVM-TV 80-year-old Anny Schenk, of Upatoi, broke her neck in a crash near her church Sunday morning.

A passenger who was riding with Schenk was taken to the Midtown Medical Center and was listed in critical condition.

Officials say the driver of the other vehicle didn't suffer major injuries.

It's unclear if any charges will be filed.


Ga. man pleads guilty to prostituting juveniles

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 27-year-old middle Georgia man has pleaded guilty to prostituting three juveniles from motel rooms in Macon and Tybee Island.

Authorities say Arthur Gerald Reid of Macon pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Monday and faces up to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Reid admitted to using erotic services websites to garner clients between September 2011 and February 2013. Authorities say Reid physically abused victims and threatened the victims with a BB gun they thought was a traditional firearm.

It's unclear when Reid will be sentenced.


3 killed in Cobb County double murder-suicide

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta say three people who were fatally shot in an apartment complex were killed in a double murder-suicide.

Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman says authorities were responding to a call for shots fired at the Ivy Ridge complex and found the bodies of two men and a woman inside an apartment.

Police say witnesses told them 45-year-old Pericles Demoura entered the apartment and shot his ex-girlfriend's 30-year-old boyfriend Euclides Guinato-Bernardes.

Bowman says Demoura then shot his 35-year-old ex-girlfriend, Thelma Vinhal before taking his own life.


Jekyll Island drone photos help promote Ga. park

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Jekyll Island is showing off some unique views of its main resort and unspoiled beaches thanks to a photographer and his drone.

Atlanta-based photographer David Fisher has a vacation home on Jekyll Island and for the past few months has experimented with a camera mounted on his remote-controlled mini-drone, which flies on four propellers that act like small helicopter rotors. Fisher says his quad-copter is nothing like a military drone because of its short range and battery life that provides about 25 minutes of flight time.

Still, he's captured some stunning video and images of Jekyll Island's natural areas and attractions, which the Jekyll Island Authority has featured on the state park's website.

Fisher has given the aerial images to Jekyll Island officials for free.

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