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Updated: Thu, 02 Jan 2014 04:16:08 EST


Ga. banker accused of losing millions due in court

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia bank director accused of losing millions of investor dollars before vanishing is set to appear in court.

The U.S. attorney's office in Savannah says 47-year-old Aubrey Lee Price is due to appear before a federal judge in Brunswick Thursday. Price was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Brunswick.

Price had disappeared in June 2012 after sending a rambling letter to his family and acquaintances saying he had lost millions of investors' dollars and planned to kill himself.

A Florida judge declared him dead about a year ago. But the FBI had said it didn't believe Price was dead and continued to search for him.

Prosecutors say Price raised $40 million from his bank and 115 investors, and lost much of the money.


Nebraska beats No. 23 Georgia 24-19 in Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa for two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the third quarter, and Nebraska held on to beat No. 23 Georgia 24-19 in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl on Wednesday.

Playing in their 50th bowl, the Cornhuskers (9-4) ended a four-game losing streak against teams from the Southeastern Conference. The streak included a 45-31 loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl last season.

The rematch was much different.

Nebraska did a solid job against running back Todd Gurley, who ran for 125 yards and a touchdown last year. Gurley finished with 86 yards on the ground.

Gurley was more effective in the passing game, catching seven passes for 97 yards and a score. His 25-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter cut Nebraska's lead to 24-19.

But the Huskers stopped Georgia (8-5) twice on fourth down in the closing minutes.


Ga. fire officials probing series of hotel arsons

POOLER, Ga. (AP) — State fire officials are offering a reward for information leading to the suspect in a series of arsons at coastal Georgia hotel.

State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says a reward of up to $10,000 may be available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who set four fires at a Ramada Inn.

Officials say the fires at the hotel in Pooler originated in two unoccupied rooms and a storage closet. No injuries have been reported.

Tipsters are asked to call 1-800-282-5804 with information.

Pooler is about 10 miles west of Savannah.


Gingrey hires new campaign manager for Senate bid

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta has hired a new campaign manager to direct his bid for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Gingrey spokeswoman Jen Talaber says the campaign has hired Patrick Sebastian, who recently served as the Republican National Committee's state director in New Jersey during Gov. Chris Christie's campaign. Talaber says Sebastian oversaw the largest Republican voter turnout effort in that state's history.

In November, four top staffers left the Gingrey campaign citing differences of opinion. Sebastian joins political strategist Cam Savage, who previously served as regional political director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Gingrey is among a crowded field of Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate seat.

Separately, Talaber is leaving her position to join Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election bid. Talaber previously worked for Deal.


2 die in crash after traffic stop in Cobb County

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police say the driver of a sports car and his passenger died in a crash after the car fled from police in Cobb County during a traffic stop.

Cobb County police say a Marietta police officer pulled over the black Chevrolet Camaro just after 5 a.m. Wednesday. The driver initially stopped but sped away as the officer approached the car.

Police say the officer didn't pursue the car, which crashed into a ravine, flipping on its roof and ejecting both men from the car. The driver, 28-year-old Marquis Parker, and passenger, 31-year-old Fernando Edwards, both of Marietta, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say they believe speed, alcohol and failure to use safety restraints were factors in the deaths, and they're trying to determine why the driver fled.

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