Georgia News Roundup
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State offers chance to catch up on child support

ATLANTA (AP) — The state Division of Child Support Services is offering non-custodial parents a chance to get caught up on child support payments without penalties.

The division is offering the opportunity during settlement week, which runs May 19-23. Officials say settlement week gives people with court-ordered child support obligations a chance to make back payments in full or begin making payments to avoid additional enforcement actions.

Officials say 9,000 parents chosen to participate in settlement week will be notified by mail May 19. Parents will have until May 23 to visit a local Division of Child Support Services office to make a payment, sign a written payment agreement or get information on outreach programs to help non-custodial parents stay current on their payments.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Ex-Georgia judge pleads not guilty, denies charges

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A former northwest Georgia judge who prosecutors say framed a woman for possessing methamphetamine after she accused him of making sexual advances has pleaded not guilty.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bryant Cochran entered the plea Thursday during a brief court appearance. He then issued a statement outside the federal courthouse in Rome, saying that he has not sexually harassed anyone or planted any drugs.

The six-count indictment was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in north Georgia. The charges against Cochran include conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, witness tampering and civil rights violations.

The alleged crimes stem from his time as chief magistrate judge in Murray County. He resigned from that post in August 2012, soon after the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission opened an ethics investigation.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

ATV riders find woman's body on dirt road

PALMETTO, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are trying to learn how a woman died after two people riding all-terrain vehicles found her body on a dirt road southwest of Atlanta.

CBS Atlanta reports that a man and his grandson discovered the body while riding four-wheelers in the Palmetto area of south Fulton County around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Police Sgt. Lee Gragg said there were signs of trauma. He said it appears the woman had been dead no longer than an hour before her body was discovered.

Police said there are no missing person reports in the area that fit the woman's description. She was described as a black woman in her 40s or 50s.

The body will be taken to the GBI for an autopsy.

Information from: WGCL-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Jurors resume deliberations in Donnan trial

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jurors have resumed deliberations for a third day in the federal trial of former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan.

Prosecutors say the 69-year-old and another man ran a fraudulent investment scheme from September 2007 to December 2010 through GLC Limited, a West Virginia-based company dealing in wholesale and closeout merchandise. Prosecutors say the pair promised high rates of return but paid investors with other investor money.

Prosecutors have said Donnan used his extensive personal and professional network to lure investors.

Donnan's lawyers have said he thought he found a really good investment opportunity and wanted to share the good fortune with friends.

If convicted, Donnan could face a lengthy prison sentence.

Jurors deliberated about three hours Wednesday and then about six hours on Thursday without reaching a verdict.

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