Georgia News Roundup
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State warns against leaving children in vehicles

ATLANTA (AP) — The Department of Early Care and Learning is reminding childcare providers and parents about the dangers of leaving children in unattended cars.

Officials said in a statement that a 5-year-old was left in a van in Macon Monday for more than four hours. Charges were also dismissed Thursday in a case involving a 2-year-old Clayton County girl who died after being left in a day care van for hours on a 93 degree day in 2011.

Department Commissioner Bobby Cagle says the agency will "take swift and decisive action when providers fail to comply with rules governing transportation."

Those rules include two adults checking childcare vehicles for children.

Cagle says there have already been 18 reports of providers leaving children in unattended vehicles this year compared with 17 in 2013.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia woman sentenced in investment fraud scheme

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Augusta businesswoman has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison in an investment fraud scheme.

Authorities say 47-year-old Regina Preetorius of Augusta was sentenced to 280 months in prison for her role in a multimillion dollar investor fraud scheme. Preetorius had been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors say between 2004 and 2009, Preetorius defrauded investors out of homes worth more than $1 million. Authorities say victims included private investors and homeowners who were facing foreclosure.

Instead of earning returns from their investments, prosecutors say victims' money was used to support her lavish lifestyle.

Preetorious has also been ordered to pay more than $1.4 million in restitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Interim president chosen for Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials from the organization governing Georgia's technical colleges say an interim president has been appointed to serve at Gwinnett Technical College.

David H. Welden has been named interim president of the school in Lawrenceville. Officials say Welden is currently the school's vice president for finance and administration.

The college's president, Sharon Bartels, announced plans to retire earlier this year and said in a statement that Welden is in a good position to direct the college and continue the school's commitment to student success.

Officials say Welden earned a bachelor and master of business administration at Georgia State University, and is a certified public accountant.

College system officials say GTC is the state's second largest technical college, with an enrollment of about 20,000.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


High winds, heavy rain expected in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say high winds and heavy rains are expected across much of Georgia.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory warning of gusts up to 35 mph.

The advisory, which will be in effect from 1 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday, covers much of central Georgia and part of north Georgia, including all of metro Atlanta. Cities in the advisory include Macon, Rome, Gainesville, Athens, LaGrange, Columbus, Americus, Dublin and Vidalia.

The weather service said rainfall amounts of 1.5 inch to 3 inches are possible across central Georgia, with lesser amounts in north Georgia.

Some of the highest rain fall amounts -- around 3 inches -- are expected along the Interstate 75 corridor south of Macon.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Pedestrian struck, killed by minivan in east Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Police in Richmond County are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a minivan.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies say the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Mike Padgett Highway.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said 61-year-old John Mark McPherson was pushing a lawnmower, wearing dark clothes and not using a crosswalk. Sheriff's officials say he was struck by a blue minivan traveling northbound on the highway.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that McPherson is the fifth pedestrian to be hit - and the fourth to die - on Richmond County roads since April 10.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com 

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