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Updated: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:15:58 EST


Fulton grand jury recommends probe into jail

ATLANTA (AP) — A Fulton County grand jury has taken the unusual step of asking for a special grand jury investigation into the county jail.

The members of the grand jury that met in November and December decided that, in addition to their other duties, they wanted to look into the county's schools and jail.

Grand jury foreman Gillen Young told reporters Thursday they found no significant problems with the schools, but recommended an additional investigation into the jail.

Young said there was particular concern about inadequate staffing, which raises safety concerns for the jail staff and inmates.

A federal lawsuit was filed in 2004 detailing dirty, dangerous and crowded conditions at the jail. The county has struggled to meet the conditions set forth in a 2006 agreement to settle that suit.


Georgia man accused of ditching son during hunting trip

FLAT ROCK, Ala. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in northeast Alabama say a Georgia man accused of leaving his 5-year-old son alone in a car during a hunting trip is free on $500 bond.

Jackson County Sheriff's Lt. Rocky Harnen told that 29-year-old Brandon Mark Chambers, of Trenton, Ga., was charged with endangering a child.

Authorities say the boy was left alone in the car in Flat Rock and activated the vehicle's OnStar system when he got cold.

Harnen says when authorities arrived, the boy's father was still hunting and the car's thermometer gave a reading of 31 degrees.

Harnen says the boy was released to the custody of his step mother.

Flat Rock is about 65 mile east of Huntsville.


South Ga. hospital system probing data breach

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

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Executives of a south Georgia hospital system are notifying thousands of patients that their personal information may have been compromised.

Officials at Phoebe Putney Hospital say a password protected, unencrypted desktop computer containing the information of more than 6,700 patients disappeared in early November.

WALB-TV reported Thursday that hospital officials say the computer may have held patient information including names, addresses, dates of birth, dates of service and social security numbers.

In a statement, hospital officials say they've hired an expert computer forensics company to investigate, and patients treated between May 2010 and October 2013 may have been affected.

Officials have not found the missing computer, and the hospital is offering a year of credit monitoring service to all affected patients.


Search continues for missing Ga. men

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The search is continuing for two Dawson County men who were gearing up for a fishing trip and were reported missing.

Officials say Mason Cox and David Wood, both 20, have been missing for a week and were supposed to go fishing near Fredericks Cove near Lake Lanier on Jan. 2.

Sheriff's officials say they'll send divers into the water and search near a dock belonging to one of the men's neighbors.

The search for the two men was hampered earlier this week by icy conditions.

Dawson County Sheriff's Major Tony Wooten told WXIA-TV that one of the men left his cell phone and wallet behind, and the other's cell phone is missing and was turned off on Thursday morning.

Authorities have said they have no leads in the case.


Father, son sentenced in racketeering scheme

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 61-year-old man and his son have pleaded guilty in a racketeering scheme.

Officials say Giulio Glenn Greye and his 34-year-old son Ian Justain Greye moved into a vacant home in Decatur, changed the locks and filed false documents with the DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court to claim ownership of the home.

Prosecutors say Giulio Greye was sentenced to five years and Ian Greye was sentenced to 10 years. Both men are ordered to spend two years of their sentence behind bars. Authorities say the men proclaimed that they were sovereign citizens and were charged with burglary, theft, mail fraud, false writings and more.

Officials say a 52-year-old Kennesaw woman and a 29-year-old Alpharetta man are also expected to stand trial in the case next month.


Search warrant released in NC fair ride probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A newly released search warrant from the criminal probe into a thrill ride accident at the North Carolina State Fair shows investigators knew quickly that the machine had been tampered with prior to the incident in which three people were seriously injured.

The search warrant made public for the first time on Thursday was served Oct. 25, the day after the malfunction. To demonstrate probable cause for the search, a Wake County sheriff's detective wrote that interviews with fair workers indicated that ride owner Joshua Gene Macaroni and his employee, Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, had bypassed key safety mechanisms on the Vortex ride days before the mishap.

Macaroni and Tutterow, both of Quitman, Ga., were later arrested on three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.


Ga. woman pleads guilty in mother's stabbing death

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — One of two twins accused of stabbing her mother to death in 2010 has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, falsification in government matters and weapons charges.

Authorities say Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead were arrested in the death of their 34-year-old mother, Jarmecca Whitehead, when they were 16 years old. The two were charged as adults with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

Tasmiyah Whitehead entered her plea Thursday and her sister is scheduled to go to trial in March.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a juvenile court judge had sent the twins to live with their great-grand mother in Clarkston after a fight with their mother in 2008.

WXIA-TV reports Tasmiyah Whitehead was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 20 to serve behind bars.

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