Georgia News Roundup
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7.3 million visited Georgia national parks in 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — National Park Service officials say the more than 7.3 million people visited Georgia's national parks in 2012, and the tourism generated an economic benefit of more than $343 million.

In a release, National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin said the parks are a significant economic driver and have returned $10 for every $1 invested on a national level.

National parks in Georgia include the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and others.

National Park Service officials say three parks in the metro Atlanta region saw about 5.8 million visitors who spent about $2.6 million in 2012.

Officials say the state's national parks have also supported more than 5,200 jobs.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


Man seeks new trial in shooting outside preschool

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A man who was found guilty but mentally ill in the shooting death of another man outside a suburban Atlanta preschool is asking for a new trial.

A judge is set to hear arguments Tuesday on Hemy Neuman's motion for a new trial. Neuman was sentenced in March 2012 to life in prison without parole in the November 2010 death of Rusty Sneiderman.

Neuman worked with Sneiderman's wife, Andrea Sneiderman, and was her supervisor. Prosecutors and Neuman's attorneys said during his trial that he and Andrea Sneiderman were having an affair, allegations she has denied.

A jury in August found Andrea Sneiderman guilty of lying to investigators and during Neuman's trial.

Neuman's lawyers say he's entitled to a new trial because Andrea Sneiderman's perjured testimony was used to convict him.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


Retired Georgia veterans to support education standards

ATLANTA (AP) — Retired veterans are planning a rally in the state Capitol rotunda to urge Georgia lawmakers and educators to continue implementing Common Core Standards.

Officials from Mission Readiness, a group composed of retired military members focused on national security, say they're supporting Common Core Standards to ensure that students are better prepared for college, careers or the military.

Common Core standards Georgia's Board of Education adopted in 2010 set benchmarks for reading and math, replacing education goals that varied widely from state to state.

Organizers say they'll release a report Tuesday at noon outlining how the state's Common Core Standards will help ensure U.S. military strength in the future.

Organizers say the veterans will be joined by Director of the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals, Hal Beaver.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


Police probe killing of man found in Atlanta home

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the killing of man found dead inside his home on the city's northwest side.

Police say the man was alone inside his Bolton Road home when he was found by a friend early Tuesday morning.

Authorities tell WSB-TV that the man was in his mid-20s. They say there was no sign of a break-in.

Investigators said they have no witnesses or suspects.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia man accused of stealing doctor's ID to plead

By Meg Kinnard, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Georgia man accused of stealing a South Carolina physician's identity and pretending to be a doctor is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge.

Court documents show Ernest Addo of Austell, Ga., is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday. In December, he signed an agreement to plead guilty to using someone else's identity to commit health care fraud.

Addo was arrested in 2012 and charged with practicing medicine without a license and unlawfully distributing controlled substances. Authorities said he stole the identity of a friend who was a doctor in Orangeburg, then treated hundreds of patients in the Columbia area.

Addo still faces a number of state charges and could be sentenced to as much as two years in prison on the federal charge.

Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


Former police dog found dead on side of highway

WINDER, Ga. (AP) — A retired police dog has been found dead on the side of a northeast Georgia highway.

Authorities say Ranger, who worked for the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, was found dead Saturday along Georgia Highway 211 after being struck by a vehicle.

A sheriff's spokesman said the black Labrador retriever, who retired eight months ago after serving as a narcotics dog since April 2004, was pronounced dead at a veterinarian clinic.

Authorities tell The Athens Banner-Herald that Ranger had been let into a fenced yard by its owner on Friday, but escaped from the yard.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


Sailor on cargo ship diagnosed with tuberculosis

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Health officials on Georgia's coast say more than 20 sailors were quarantined amid fears of tuberculosis on a cargo ship arriving at the Port of Brunswick.

Dr. Diane Weems, district health director of the Coastal Health District, says a sailor aboard the Mv Star Isfjord cargo ship had active pulmonary Tuberculosis, a contagious form of the disease.

The Brunswick News reports that the discovery of Tuberculosis on the ship resulted in 22 crew members being quarantined on the cargo vessel.

Authorities said six of the 22 sailors were found to have been exposed to Tuberculosis but didn't have active TB, didn't show symptoms and weren't contagious. They were treated by health workers.

The ship, which had arrived in Georgia Feb. 24, departed from Brunswick shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.

Information from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

 


South Carolina Air National Guard exercise over South Carolina, Georgia 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Residents in South Carolina and Georgia may see fighter jets from the South Carolina Air National Guard participating in an air defense exercise.

F-16s from the 169th Fighter Wing are taking part Tuesday morning. Three small Civil Air Patrol Cessna aircraft are acting as simulated targets for the exercise.

The event is monitored by the Federal Aviation Administration. Most activity shouldn't be visible from the ground, but residents should be aware the activity is an exercise. It ensures the South Carolina Air National Guard remains in top form in case it's needed to respond to airborne threats over the United States.

The aircraft have periodically conducted such training as part of the nation's air defense mission since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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