Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia woman to be sentenced on explosives charges

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A north Georgia woman who pleaded guilty to federal explosives charges is set to be sentenced.

Celia Savage is set to appear before U.S. District Judge Richard Story Friday afternoon. She pleaded guilty in July to making and possessing pipe bombs that were not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Registry.

A prosecutor said at the time of her plea that each of the two charges against her carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison, supervised release of three years and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Federal agents raided Savage's home in May 2012 and found two pipe bombs and a number of guns, as well as illegal drug paraphernalia and suspected drugs, according to court documents.

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Georgia National Guard unit deploying to Afghanistan

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A helicopter unit from the Georgia National Guard is heading to Afghanistan for what's expected to be a nine-month deployment.

Citizen-soldiers from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 169th General Support Aviation Regiment are scheduled to depart Friday from Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, where the unit is based.

The roughly 60 Savannah guardsmen deploying are trained for medical evacuations, air assault and other combat support roles. Some members of the company have already served in Afghanistan twice since 2005.

This will be the first time members of Bravo Company deploy overseas with the latest model of Chinook helicopter, the CH-47F.

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Georgia Department of Labor to host career expo 

CUMMING, GA. (AP) — Georgia Department of Labor officials say 75 employers are slated to participate in a career expo next week.

Officials say participants in the Northeast Georgia Career Expo on Feb. 25 will have chances to talk to employers about resumes, interviews and career transitions. Department officials say companies from industries including manufacturing, staffing, retail, government, technology and more will be on hand and looking to fill positions.

Department officials say job seekers should dress appropriately for an interview and bring resumes.

The expo is being hosted at Lanier Technical College campus on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming.

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Athens teen gets life prison sentence in slaying 

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — An Athens teenager has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in the killing of a 76-year-old man during a burglary of the man's home in November 2012.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that 18-year-old Anthony Jermaine Fuller said at a Thursday court hearing that he shot and killed Edward Davidson after breaking into the retired man's home on Jefferson River Road in Clarke County.

In addition to pleading guilty to malice murder, Fuller pleaded guilty to all other charges in an 18-count indictment that included a half-dozen burglaries that occurred in the weeks leading up to Davidson's death.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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McDonough considered as venue for murder trial 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Court officials in central Georgia are considering McDonough as a possible venue for the trial of Stephen McDaniel.

He's accused of killing and dismembering Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings in the Bibb County case.

Chief Henry County Superior Court Judge Arch McGarity said Bibb County has expressed interest in using Henry County's largest courtroom, which seats about 100 people.

Bibb County court representatives were expected to tour the McDonough courtroom soon if Henry County is still in consideration, the judge told The Telegraph newspaper of Macon.

An April 28 trial date has been set, but it hasn't been decided where it will take place.

Lawyers for Stephen McDaniel have requested a change of venue due to extensive publicity in central Georgia. McDonough is about 60 miles northwest of Macon, where prosecutors say the killing took place.

McDaniel was Giddings' next-door neighbor and a fellow Mercer University law school classmate when the woman from Laurel, Md., was killed in June 2011.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Wig designer says Nicki Minaj stole his designs 

ATLANTA (AP) — A wig designer has sued singer Nicki Minaj, accusing the star of harming his business and selling wigs based on his designs.

Terrence Davidson filed a lawsuit Friday against Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj (mih-NAHJ')," and Pink Personality LLC.

Attorneys say Davidson started working as Minaj's hair stylist in early 2010. Over the new few years, he designed wigs for the singer, who is known for wearing flamboyant hairpieces.

In the lawsuit, Davidson says he and Minaj's representatives discussed launching a reality TV show or creating a new wig line. Instead, Davidson says he was later ignored by Minaj and accuses her of selling wigs that he designed.

A spokeswoman for Minaj did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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