Ala. man charged with slaying on Ga. Army post
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - Federal authorities say an Alabama man has been charged in a slaying at an Army post in southeast Georgia, but officials are releasing few details about the case.
The FBI said Friday that 41-year-old Carl Evan Swain was arrested in his hometown of Jasper, Ala., on a warrant charging him with murder in a death at Fort Stewart near Savannah.
FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett in Atlanta and Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson declined to comment further. It was not known Friday whether Swain had an attorney.
Balfour lawyer asks judge to toss out state's case
ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer for indicted state Sen. Don Balfour is arguing the state's prosecution of his client is unconstitutional because it violates the concept of separation of powers and violates the exclusive authority of the Senate to discipline its members.
A lawyer for the state says that interpreting separation of powers and the authority of the Senate that way essentially implies that state legislators are above the law.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk heard the arguments Friday and said he'd have a decision later on Balfour's attempt to dismiss the indictment.
A grand jury in September indicted Balfour on felony charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing.
Trial is set to begin Dec. 16.
TEENAGE GIRL KILLED
Man charged in death of pregnant 16-year-old
JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they've charged a 34-year-old man with murder and feticide in the killing of a pregnant 16-year-old girl in Jefferson.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday that Jonathan Michael Smith has been charged in the slaying of Cheyanne Hair.
The GBI says Hair died Wednesday at Athens Regional Medical Center. She was taken to the hospital after authorities responded to a home following a 911 call requesting medical services. The GBI says Smith and Hair lived together at the home.
The GBI and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office have arrest warrants for Smith, who is in the county jail on unrelated charges. It wasn't known late Friday whether he has an attorney.
Former deputy pleads guilty to federal gun charge
ATLANTA (AP) - A former Newton County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.
The U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta says Darrell Mathis pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Prosecutors say Mathis, who lives in Lithonia, sold marijuana to a confidential law enforcement source and to an undercover agent on multiple occasions between May and September.
Prosecutors say that on at least two occasions the 41-year-old sold the drug from his marked patrol vehicle while wearing his sheriff's office uniform and at least once brought a gun to a drug sale.
Mathis was arrested Sept. 19 when authorities say he had a pound of marijuana in his possession when he met with the undercover FBI agent.
Mathis is set to be sentenced March 5.
Boy, 13, stabbed at apartment complex near Atlanta
CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating the stabbing of a teenager in DeKalb County, just northeast of Atlanta.
WSB-TV reports that a 13-year-old boy was injured in the stabbing shortly before noon Friday at the Willow Branch apartment complex on Jolly Avenue in Clarkston. Details on the boy's condition were not immediately available.
The father of the boy, a student at Freedom Middle School, says his son was home from the school Friday because he had been suspended.
Police early Friday afternoon were using tracking dogs as they searched for a weapon and suspects in the case.
Attorney: Ga. soldier charged in killings has PTSD
LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) - The defense attorney for an Army sergeant charged in a double slaying outside Fort Stewart says the soldier suffers from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress after serving in combat in Afghanistan.
The attorney for Sgt. Anthony Peden told a Superior Court judge Friday he's undergone psychological evaluations in preparation for his defense. Peden and a fellow soldier, Pvt. Christopher Salmon, face possible death sentences if they're convicted of the Dec. 4, 2011, killings of Michael Roark and Tiffany York.
Prosecutors say the soldiers belonged to an anti-government militia group and killed the couple to protect its plans.
The soldier accused of leading the group, Pvt. Isaac Aguigui (ah-GEE-gee), pleaded guilty to murder charges July 19 and named Peden and Salmon as the shooters.
Savannah to receive grant to reduce uninsured
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah has been selected as one of a dozen cities to receive grant money through the National League of Cities to reduce the number of uninsured children and families.
The Savannah Morning News reported Friday that Step Up Savannah, Inc., on behalf of the city, will receive a $30,000 grant and technical assistance for developing an outreach campaign to boost enrollment in Medicaid and the PeachCare program.
Step Up Director Daniel Dodd-Ramirez says the goal will be to reduce in two years the number of uninsured children to roughly 2,500 from the current count of 5,100.
The newspaper says the effort will involve representatives of the Chatham County Health Department, the Department of Community Health and the Chatham County Department of Family and Children Services.
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