Georgia News Roundup
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Fourth man arrested in Georgia jewelry store robbery

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a fourth man has been arrested in a fatal shooting and armed robbery at a jewelry store in western Georgia.

U.S. Marshals spokesman Gavin Duffy says 21-year-old Cranford Phelps was arrested Tuesday morning in southeast Atlanta. Phelps is accused of being involved in a robbery and shooting June 26 at a store in Villa Rica — about 35 miles west of downtown Atlanta.

Officials have said the men used hammers to break through a glass display case and 45-year-old store owner, Mitch Mobley, was killed in the incident.

Police have already arrested 20-year-old Gregory Clifton, 23-year-old Raphael Rucker and a 16-year-old boy on charges of murder and armed robbery. It's unclear if the men have attorneys.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Ex-funeral, nursing home worker sentenced in fraud

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Attorney's officials say an eastern Georgia man accused of bank fraud, wire fraud and identity theft has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Officials said Tuesday that 44-year-old Bryant Webb, of Augusta, worked at a funeral home and was accused of defrauding his employer and the families of deceased people out of more than $215,000 in insurance policy proceeds.

Authorities say Webb later began working at a nursing home in Augusta and stole about $33,000 from disabled residents.

A judge has delayed ordering Webb to pay restitution for 90 days to allow any other potential victims to come forward.

Webb is ordered to serve five years of supervised release after his prison sentence and is not eligible for parole.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Family of woman killed at senior center sues

ATLANTA (AP) — The family of a 75-year-old woman stabbed to death at an Atlanta senior care apartment complex is suing the facility's owners.

Mary Oliver's daughters said Tuesday they are suing Ohio-based National Church Residences. They say her death could have been prevented.

The company told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution it was not aware of any problems at the complex. A spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying the company hadn't seen it.

Police say complex resident Geary Otis fatally stabbed Oliver and wounded another resident June 17. Otis is in jail on murder and aggravated assault charges.

Oliver's family says the apartment building was overrun by prostitution and drug abuse. Her daughters say things began to get worse at the complex after the current company took it over in 2007.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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