Georgia News Roundup
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Ellenwood woman accused of fatally hitting woman with car in Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Douglasville police say a woman accused of hitting and killing another woman with her vehicle has been charged with felony murder.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 23-year-old Brehonna Nicole Turner of Ellenwood is accused of striking Alexandria Wells. Douglas County coroner Randy Daniel said Wells, who was also 23, died at the scene.

Daniel said Wells died of asphyxiation when she was pinned under the car and couldn't breathe.

Witnesses told police Turner had an argument with her ex-boyfriend at the complex and sprayed him with pepper spray around 10 p.m. Friday. Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack said Turner then got into her vehicle to leave and hit Wells, who was standing outside.

Turner faces charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. It wasn't clear whether she had a lawyer.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Fort Benning to auction abandoned vehicles

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Fort Benning is preparing to auction off about 50 vehicles abandoned on the Army post.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports the auction is set for Feb. 11. Among the vehicles set to go on the block are a Mercury Mountaineer, Dodge Dakota, Dodge Ram pickup, Honda Accord, Ford Crown Victoria and a classic 1969 Lincoln Continental.

Prospective bidders can preview the vehicles and register for the auction Feb. 10.

Janice Jemison, chief of a Non Appropriated Funds property warehouse says the vehicles are ones that soldiers or their family members have left on post.

The auction is sponsored by the Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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Police investigate drive-by shooting in Albany

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Police in Albany say three people have been injured in an early morning drive-by shooting.

Police tell WALB-TV the gunman drove up next to the victims' vehicle around 2:30 a.m. Monday and fired at them. Police say the initial investigation indicates the shooting may have followed a fight at a nightclub.

The extent of the victims' injuries wasn't immediately available.

Police were still searching for the shooter and urged member of the public to call them with any information that could aid the investigation.

Information from: WALB-TV, 

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Authorities find accused US Air Force deserter

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they have apprehended a U.S. Air Force officer accused of not reporting for duty more than a month ago at his South Carolina air base.

Authorities say 30-year-old Capt. Robby Williams III was arrested on Jan. 29 by the U.S. Marshals Service in Dothan, Ala.

Air Force officials say Williams didn't report for duty at Shaw Air Force Base on Dec. 23 and stayed in hotels and motels in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

Officials said Williams was awaiting a transfer back to Shaw. It wasn't clear what kind of charges he could potentially face.

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Deal to announce severe weather task force members 

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal plans to announce the names of people who will be tasked with making recommendations to improve the state's response to severe weather events.

A snow storm last week dropped about 2 inches of snow on the metro Atlanta area and brought traffic to a standstill. Deal has faced considerable criticism for the state's response to that snowfall, which left tens of thousands of people stranded on icy, gridlocked roads.

The governor plans to will publicly name the members of the Severe Weather Warning Task Force during a news conference at 1:15 p.m. Monday at the state Capitol.

Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have promised they will review what happened and make changes so they are better prepared for future storms.

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Mobile dental clinic offering free service

ATLANTA (AP) — A mobile dental care clinic is planning to offer free service in Atlanta next week while affiliated offices throughout the state offer a free day of service.

Aspen Dental representatives say their MouthMobile will be stationed at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic in west midtown Atlanta on Feb. 11 to provide free oral health services — including x-rays, filings and simple extractions — and educational tools.

The free service is part of the Healthy Mouth Movement, a community initiative intended to deliver free dental care to people in need across the country.

Aspen Dental, which operates clinics in Carrollton, Columbus, Conyers, Dalton, Douglasville, Gainesville and Newnan, also plans to offer a free day of service on Feb. 15. Patients visiting those clinics are asked to call to make appointments.

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Georgia Senate backs bill creating Alzheimer's registry

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has endorsed legislation that would establish a state registry of people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.

State senators voted 45-6 on Monday to support establishment of the registry, which would be maintained by the Department of Public Health, to assist with public policy and planning. The bill allows for the disclosure of only non-identifying data for planning and research.

The Senate also voted 45-5 in favor of creating a Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency to work with community partners in business and local government to address adult and aging needs. Sen. Renee Unterman, a Republican from Buford, says the agency would be funded through possible grants, gifts, transfer of state funds or a separate budget appropriation.

Both bills now head to the House for consideration.

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Georgia lawmakers back changes to Jekyll Island

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in the Georgia Senate have joined their colleagues in the House in supporting legislation to change a key policy guiding development on Jekyll Island.

The Senate voted 49-0 on Monday in favor of legislation that would insert a fixed number of acres available for development on Jekyll Island. Previously, state law had mandated that 65 percent of the state park's land remain undeveloped.

Both conservation groups and the state authority that manages Jekyll Island support the change that would limit total development to 1,675 acres. Most of that land has already been used, and future development would be limited to just 78 acres.

The House voted 156-1 last week in favor of its version, which closely mirrors the Senate bill. Now each chamber will consider the other's legislation.

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Georgia man sentenced in newlywed wife's shooting death

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife of 19 days.

Marcus Donnell Hoskins was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole Monday in the death of 37-year-old Danielle Hoskins.

Authorities have said the woman was shot in a wooded area after the couple visited relatives in a metro Atlanta hospital in January 2013.

Investigators have said the shooting may have stemmed from a disagreement over marital issues, and Hoskins pulled a gun on his wife and forced her to drive to a wooded area during the drive back.

Sheriff's officials have said Hoskins called them after the shooting and led authorities to the woman's body.

Hoskins was charged with murder, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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