Georgia News Roundup
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Former Atlanta educators to appear in court

ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the educators charged in the Atlanta schools cheating scandal are set to appear in court for formal arraignments.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday morning before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter.

A grand jury in March indicted 35 educators accusing them of involvement in a broad conspiracy to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers. Prosecutors say the educators were driven at least in part by bonuses for improved student performance.

Four defendants were arraigned Thursday. Eight had their arraignments postponed until May 16. The remaining educators, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, are set to appear in court Friday.

Baxter also plans to hear arguments from attorneys on both sides and from some media outlets regarding a gag order placed on the defendants in the case.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police warn motorists of 'bumping' carjackings

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are warning motorists to be on guard for a type of carjacking that occurs after vehicles are bumped in traffic.

There have been at least three carjackings in the city's Buckhead area since Friday, WSB-TV reported.

The most recent crime happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday near West Wesley and Howell Mill roads.

Mark Hutto said he and his wife were stopped at a traffic light when another car bumped him.

"We got a slight tap on the back of the car," Hutto recalls.

The couple got out of their car to see who hit them. There were three men in the car, Hutto said, and the driver pointed a pistol in his face.

"It was real simple: 'Give me everything you got or I'm going to kill you,'" Hutto said.

He gave the man his wallet, he said. That man then took Hutto's car, taking off on Howell Mill Road with the other car following. Hutto and his wife were left standing on the road.

Looking back on the ordeal, Hutto says he made a mistake in getting out of his car.

"You don't think about those things until something like this happens to you," Hutto said. "But you know, I know how I'll handle it next time."

Drivers in similar situations should stay inside their vehicles, lock the doors, put on the flashers, and call 911 to report the crash, Atlanta police Maj. Van Hobbs said.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Weather service confirms another tornado hit Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes struck Georgia during storms on Sunday.

Forecasters had previously determined that an EF-0 tornado touched down near Moreland in Coweta County, downing trees and damaging a house and a boat during about a minute of destruction.

The weather service now says a second tornado from the same storm system touched down northeast of the Henry County town of McDonough on Sunday. Forecasters say that twister, also rated an EF-0, traveled just over a mile and struck the Sleepy Hollow subdivision, where it damaged the siding of five houses and toppled a half-dozen trees.

No serious injuries or deaths were reported in the storms.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Prisoner collapses in jail yard, later dies

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate at the Chatham County Jail was pronounced dead after collapsing in the jail yard.

Chatham County sheriff's Cpl. Rhonda Bryant-Elleby says Ladon Tyson collapsed on the recreation yard while playing basketball shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.

The inmate received medical attention and taken to Memorial University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say the circumstances of the death remain under investigation by the Chatham County Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Unit and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Relatives of slain soldier speak out after killing

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a Fort Benning soldier found dead in Alabama say his wife asked for a divorce before he was slain.

Now, the woman and her boyfriend are both charged with murder in the gunshot killing of the soldier.

Relatives of Sgt. First Class Donald Lashon Wilson spoke about his killing with WTVM-TV.

Sister Kendra Wilson-Hudson says Wilson told her his wife had asked for a divorce. The couple began dating in 2007 and married in 2011.

Russell County sheriff's officials say 34-year-old Gloria Wilson and her 27-year-old boyfriend, Travis Leonard, are charged in the killing.

The dead man's mother says Leonard moved in with Wilson's wife after the soldier deployed.

It's unclear whether either suspect has a lawyer.

Leonard will be buried in his hometown of Sylacauga.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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