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Georgia News Aug 5

By: AP
By: AP

MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) -- Police say a southwest Georgia man is dead after being thrown from his truck as it overturned and crashed in a creek.
WALB-TV reports the crash happened early Saturday in Colquitt County as 52-year-old Robert Curtis Money Jr. of Doerun crashed his Ford pickup into the side of a bridge.
Police say the impact flipped Money's truck upside down as it landed in a creek bed. The victim was ejected from the truck. Police found his body in some bushes after a passerby spotted the vehicle in the creek.

LOBBYING CAPS
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia voters overwhelmingly say they want restrictions on the gifts that lobbyists can give state lawmakers.
But it remains to be seen whether that popular support goads state lawmakers into enacting a cap when the General Assembly reconvenes next year.
Results from Tuesday's primary election show about 81 percent of voters in the Republican and Democratic primary elections expressed support for setting lobbyist limits. They were asked in nonbinding ballot questions that function essentially like a survey. Lobbyists can currently give lawmakers as much as they want so long as they report it.
Sen. Joshua McKoon, a Republican from Columbus, says he will reintroduce legislation next year calling for a cap. To build support, McKoon says he plans to send lawmakers a letter detailing how many people in their districts voted for limits.

DROUGHT-OCMULGEE
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia officials say drought conditions and falling lake levels have forced them to close boat ramps at the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area in middle Georgia.
Bert Deener of the state Department of Natural Resources says boat ramps on the main lake were closed because low water levels and muddy ramps were making it too difficult to launch boats. The ramps are located in Bleckley and Pulaski counties.
Officials say the main lake is 12 feet below what's considered full. The DNR says drought may not be the only problem. State wildlife officials also suspect there may be a leak in the deepest part of the lake and has called in a private engineering firm to investigate.
Officials say the lake is still open to fishing -- just not by boat.

SUSPECT SHOT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in Fayette County has shot and killed a man found holding a knife to the throat of a teenage hostage.
Fayette County sheriff's spokesman Brent Rowan says deputies were responding to a call at 3:35 a.m. Saturday about a fight in progress at a home.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/NThF8S ) that Rowan says the deputies found a 22-year-old man at the house holding a knife to the throat of a 17-year-old hostage. The spokesman says a deputy fired a single shot, killing the man, after he was told several times to drop and the knife and refused.
The names of the deputy and the slain suspect were not immediately released. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

STABBING ACQUITTAL
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A jury has acquitted a Savannah man charged with murder after his defense lawyer argued in court that the suspect stabbed another man to death in self-defense.
The Savannah Morning News reports the Chatham County jury returned its verdict Friday evening in the murder trial of 30-year-old Kenneth Haggins.
Prosecutors say Haggins was angry and seeking revenge when he stabbed 27-year-old Ronald White five or six times with a knife in August 2010. Prosecutors say the two men were friends who had been feuding, and Haggins threw the knife away after the slaying.
Defense attorney Jennifer Burns argued Haggins was being pummeled on the ground by White before stabbing him in self-defense. The jury acquitted Haggins after four hours of deliberations.

COLD CASE CHARGES
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia man has been indicted on murder charges in connection with a slaying in Columbus 13 years ago.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports a grand jury earlier this week indicted 42-year-old Marcus Miller in the 1999 shooting Shawnita Campbell. Miller has been held without bond in the Muscogee County jail since February 2011.
Police say witnesses can identify Miller as the man who shot Campbell inside a car. Investigators say the suspect was known for assaulting women and taking their drugs.
Columbus Police Sgt. Randy Long says it took more than a decade for investigators to track down witnesses who saw the shooting and weren't afraid to testify against Miller.
It was not immediately known if Miller had a defense lawyer.

FETUS IN FREEZER
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Police in metro Atlanta are investigating the discovery of a human fetus left in the freezer at a vacant apartment.
WSB-TV reports that neighbors say the last tenants of the apartment in Alpharetta recently moved out. Police say a cleaning crew found the fetus Friday inside a shoebox found inside the freezer.
Alpharetta Police spokesman George Gordon describes the fetus as being "fully developed."
Alpharetta police requested help from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and its mobile crime lab at the scene Friday evening. But Gordon says Alpharetta police remain the lead agency investigating the case.

Duke WR to be transferred to Atlanta center
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke says injured receiver Blair Holliday is expected to be transferred to an Atlanta center for treatment of brain injuries.
Holliday has been hospitalized since he suffered head injuries in a July 4 boating accident on a central North Carolina lake. The school said Saturday that he will be admitted to the acquired brain injury unit at the Shepherd Center.
Duke updated Holliday's status in an announcement about the creation of a trust endowment in the receiver's name.
Holliday's mother Leslie says her son has exchanged fist-bumps with teammates, nodded when asked questions and smiled when hearing his father's voice over the phone.
Blair Holliday was hurt when he and a teammate were riding jet skis on Lake Tillery and collided.


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