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UGA employee charged in books theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:43pm

 

ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia employee was arrested Tuesday after police said they caught her stealing text books.

Julia Hannah Meranski, 26, of Athens, also was illegally in possession of several types of prescription medication, according to police.

UGA Police Chief said that Meranski is under suspicion for text book thefts on campus going back possibly as long as two years ago.

“We have reason to believe she may have been committing similar thefts over a period of time,” Williamson said. “We do not believe that this was an isolated incident.”

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Dispatcher gets 911 call on dad

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:03pm

 

TUCKER, Ga. — A Georgia 911 operator is being nominated for a national award for training a colleague, who took a call from her own family during her first day on the job and helped dispatch an ambulance to her father.

 

DeKalb County dispatcher Crystal Morrow tells WAGA-TV that she was surprised when she heard a familiar voice -- her aunt -- on the other end of an emergency call. Morrow’s father had gone into diabetic shock.

 

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April Fool joke sends SC woman to jail

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:53pm

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A woman arrested after falsely reporting a shooting at a Spartanburg school on April Fools’ Day is facing more charges, according to authorities.

 

Angela Timmons, 54, has been charged with breach of peace, disturbing schools and illegal use of a telephone, according to a release from Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Ivey.

 

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Ga. judge cites lawyer ego for new trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:56am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A judge has ordered a new trial for a Savannah man after finding that his lawyer allowed his ego to interfere with providing him an effective defense.

Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley ruled that Assistant Public Defense John Rodman had “acted deficiently” in representing his client during plea negotiations.

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Cops shoot Atlanta area suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:26am

 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Police in a northeast Atlanta suburb are investigating after an officer shot and killed a suspect.

Gwinnett County police say the officer was somehow wounded in the Wednesday morning encounter. WSB-TV reports that the officer was initially unconscious, but was later conscious and alert at Gwinnett Medical Center.

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Naked cowboy in Atlanta suburb

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:15am

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Police in suburban Atlanta have charged a Decatur, Ga., man for breaking into several homes, including one owned by a city councilwoman, while naked.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Ashdon Gibbs, 21, faces nearly a dozen charges stemming from the Monday spree.

Councilwoman Cori Davenport told WSB she was upstairs Monday afternoon, her 17-year-old daughter in the kitchen, when Gibbs walked in the house.

“He was completely naked,” she said. “He had a cowboy hat on.”

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SC libraries may get tough

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:07am

 

COLUMBIA — South Carolina librarians could be doubling as bouncers.

 

Lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to create a tougher legal environment for unwelcome library visitors. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 19-0 to advance S. 813, which says someone who refuses to leave a public library after previously being warned is guilty of a misdemeanor.

 

“I’m very concerned about the safety and the operation of our public library system,” said Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston.

 

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