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Regional News: iPhone, Bank Crime Arrests; Ga Girl's Burned Body; Teacher Steals Millions in Benefits

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Military veterans can get into Alabama state parks for free over the Veterans Day holiday weekend.
Park officials say veterans won't have to pay for admission to any of Alabama's 22 state parks from Saturday through Monday, which is Veterans Day.
Parks Director Greg Lein says the free admission is a way to honor veterans for their service.
Vets don't have to provide any identification; officials say anyone who indicates they're a veteran will be admitted into the parks without charge.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa couple is facing federal charges for an alleged bank-robbing spree that spanned two states.
The Tampa Tribune reports FBI agents arrested 28-year-old Immanuel Lee Williams and his wife, Cara Lee Williams, this week at their Tampa home. They're accused of robbing 13 banks in Florida and two in Alabama. Authorities say they used disguises and notes to demand money.
Federal investigators say the robberies took place between December 2012 and last month. Each suspect faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Investigators say the robberies followed a pattern. The couple allegedly used gloves, afro-style wigs and demand notes written on yellow index cards.
Immanuel Lee Williams is being held without bail. A bond hearing for Cara Lee Williams is set for Thursday.

CHICAGO (AP) -- An engine cover has fallen off a Spirit Airlines jet, forcing the aircraft to return to a Chicago airport shortly after taking off.
The airline says Flight 409 bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., landed safely at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Saturday morning. No one was injured.
Spokeswoman Misty Pinson says the flight crew received an indication of a possible mechanical problem, declared an emergency and returned to Chicago.
Passengers were put on another aircraft.
The right engine housing, known as cowling, was recovered on airport property. It and the aircraft were being inspected.
The airline is investigating the incident and had no immediate information on a possible cause.
400,000 Acres of Panhandle Timberland to be Held by One Religious Affiliated Owner

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- One of Florida's largest private landowners is selling vast tracts of Panhandle timberland to a company affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The deal by the St. Joe Company to sell nearly 400,000 acres to AgReserves means that the Mormon church could become the state's largest private landowner.

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- Police say they have charged two teenagers in connection with the slaying of a metro Atlanta man who was trying to sell them his iPhone.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Clayton County police announced arrests in the case Saturday, three days after 25-year-old Jevon Nathan Freeman was found shot to death. Police say Freeman was trying to sell the suspects an iPhone 5 he had advertised on the website Craigslist.
Police said 18-year-old Terrance Justin Dent of Riverdale has been charged with murder and other crimes including aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.
A 17-year-old boy was also charged with possession of a weapon by a minor.

ATLANTA (AP) -- A 10-year-old girl weighed just 32 pounds when her burned body was found last week in a trash bin. That was the testimony yesterday of a Gwinnett County police detective. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Detective Collin Flynn testified at a probable cause hearing for the father and stepmother of Emani Moss.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors in Savannah say a former Atlanta public school teacher has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for her role in trafficking more than $8 million in government benefits. Officials say 41-year-old Rashella Reed of Riverdale was sentenced Wednesday. The scheme involved food stamp benefits and vouchers for the Women, Infant and Children Program.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Knox County Sheriff's Office employee was suspended after he seized tickets from Georgia fans at Neyland Stadium and gave them to other people. The investigation began after a Georgia woman emailed the University of Tennessee Police Department about tickets to the Oct. 5 Georgia-Tennessee game that she said were confiscated.


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