Created: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:16:14 EST
Updated: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:16:14 EST
POLICE CHIEF SUSPENDED
Brunswick police chief suspended in training probe
(Information in the following story is from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com)
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The police chief for the city of Brunswick has been suspended amid an investigation into an online training program for officers.
The Brunswick News reports Chief Tobe (TOE-bee) Green and another officer, Capt. Mike Melton, have been placed on administrative leave. City Manager Billy Weeks said Friday they will remain suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation requested by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
The council in June asked police agencies across Georgia to look into a glitch in the state's online training system that allowed at least 500 officers statewide to earn training credits without spending the required number of hours.
Weeks would not give further details on the investigation involving the police chief. The newspaper said Green did not return phone calls.
CHILD RAPE-NEW SENTENCE
Appeal gets Ga. man reduced sentence in child rape
(Information in the following story is from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com)
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A west Georgia man serving life in prison has agreed to a new plea deal reducing his sentence to 15 years after an appeals court threw out his 2010 conviction on rape and child molestation charges.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports 48-year-old Winfred Ottley pleaded guilty Friday to child molestation and statutory rape charges in Muscogee County Superior Court. Ottley says he's innocent. His attorney, Vicki Novak, said he decided not to risk another conviction after a new trial.
Ottley was convicted of repeatedly raping a girl over the course of more than three years. The Georgia Court of Appeals threw out the conviction last year, saying his defense attorney failed to challenge medical evidence at the trial.
Ottley's new sentence makes him eligible for parole in 4 ½ years.
Prosecutors seek death penalty in east Ga. slaying
(Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty for an east Georgia man charged with raping and killing a woman whose body was found near trash dumpsters in Jefferson County.
The Augusta Chronicle reports Middle Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman announced his intention Friday to pursue a death sentence for 37-year-old Anthony Mereal Lemon of Wadley.
Lemon was charged last month with murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, rape and sodomy in the slaying of 29-year-old Jamillah Mia Holmes of Sandersville. A county worker found her body May 12 at a garbage collection site near Wadley.
The decision to seek death of Lemon was announced during a preliminary hearing in Superior Court. Lemon has been jailed without bond.
Georgia man who drowned in Montana identified
COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of an 81-year-old Georgia man who drowned after being thrown from a raft into the Stillwater River in south-central Montana.
The Stillwater County Sheriff's Office says Charles P. McJunkin, of Atlanta, died in the incident Thursday afternoon.
It says McJunkin had been fishing with at least two other people when he and a woman were thrown into the water.
The woman was able to swim to safety but McJunkin was swept downstream. His body was found about mile downstream.
UGA summer enrollment down for 4th straight year
(Information in the following story is from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com)
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — University of Georgia administrators say summer enrollment has declined for the fourth straight year.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports UGA had 13,549 students enrolled as of July 9. That's just a few students less than UGA had last summer, but it's 14 percent drop from 2010 when summer enrollment was 15,731.
Administrators at the Athens campus say the economic recession that began in 2008 is still partly to blame. But they also say recent policy changes have made it harder for students to afford summer classes. Lottery-funded HOPE scholarships stopped covering full tuition for most students in 2011. And policy changes have made need-based Pell Grants tougher to get during summer.
UGA's summer enrollment figures no longer reflect the actual number of students on campus. Many now take courses online.