Report details unaccompanied minors placed in Ga.
ATLANTA (AP) - A new federal report shows nearly 350 unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border have been placed with families in DeKalb County, the largest number in the state.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the U.S. Health and Human Services Department recently posted a county-by-county report on its website amid a surge of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border. The report covers the first seven months of the year and those counties that saw placements of 50 or more.
Gwinnett County received the second-highest number in Georgia at 266, followed by Cobb County with 138, Hall County with 85, Cherokee County with 65 and Fulton County with 64.
Nationally, Harris County in Texas received the most with about 2,800 children. Los Angeles County in California received the second-highest number at nearly 2,000.
3 convicted in connection with GA rapper's slaying
ATLANTA (AP) - A jury has convicted three men in connection with the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat.
Melvin Vernell III was shot and killed in June 2012 outside a hospital where he was awaiting the birth of his child.
On Friday, prosecutors said the gunman, 25-year-old Deandre Washington, was convicted of murder and other charges and sentenced to life without parole plus 20 years. Also convicted were 35-year-old Gary Bradford and 29-year-old Maurice Conner on charges of conspiracy and participating in criminal street gang activity. Bradford was sentenced to 25 years in prison, while Connor received 30 years.
Prosecutors say the three men conspired to kill Vernell in retaliation for a drug robbery they believed he had orchestrated. A fourth defendant awaits trial.
SENATE-NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Senators, candidates dismiss residency questions
ATLANTA (AP) - Looking for advantages as they battle for Senate control, Republicans and Democrats alike are raising questions about where various senators and candidates say they live.
Democrats question whether congressman and Senate candidate Tom Cotton owns property in Arkansas. Republican Bill Cassidy notes that Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in Washington while claiming her parents' residence in New Orleans as her voting address.
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas survived a primary challenge after defending himself for listing his official address as a room in a contributor's home. In New Hampshire, the Republican nominee is former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who moved before launching his latest campaign.
GEORGIA DEATH PENALTY
New challenge for Ga. death penalty provision
ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer for a Georgia death row inmate has filed a new challenge to the state's requirement for defendants to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt to be spared execution on those grounds.
Brian Kammer, a lawyer for Warren Lee Hill, filed the lawsuit Friday in Butts County Superior Court. Georgia's "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard is the nation's toughest.
The U.S. Supreme Court in May ruled in a Florida case that states cannot rely solely on an IQ score above 70 to bar an inmate from claiming intellectual disability.
Kammer argues the decision shows that an earlier Supreme Court ruling requires states to look to medical professionals and use their methods to determine intellectual disability. Kammer says all doctors who have examined Hill now agree he's intellectually disabled.
4 dead following north Ga. crash
CHATSWORTH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in north Georgia say four people are dead after a pickup truck lost control and went off the road, killing a man who was riding a lawnmower nearby.
Murray County Sheriff's Department Maj. Greg Fowler told the Times Free Press that three teens inside the truck were killed and a fourth was airlifted in critical condition to a Chattanooga hospital following Thursday's crash.
Fowler says 17-year-old River Sosebee was driving the pickup around a curve when it went off the road and struck 57-year-old Bryan Bartley, who was mowing grass along the side of the road.
Fowler says Sosebee died in the crash, along with 17-year-old Joshua Roberts and 18-year-old Chelsie Hullender, who were both passengers in the truck. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating.
KIDNAP VICTIM RESCUED-PLEA
Reputed gangster pleads guilty in kidnapping plot
A South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as "Lady Jamaica" has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.
Chason Renee Chase pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina. The 24-year-old was questioned by FBI agents following the April 5 kidnapping of Frank Janssen of Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Prosecutors say Janssen's kidnapping was directed by Kelvin Melton, a high-ranking Bloods street gang member serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison.
Authorities say Chase lied about knowing and communicating with Melton on a cellphone hidden in his jail cell. Janssen was later rescued by the FBI from an Atlanta apartment.
Chase faces a maximum sentence of five years. Nine others still face charges in the case
Columbus State posts fundraising record
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Officials say Columbus State University has raised a record $12.7 million in private donations.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports officials said this week that is the most money the school has raised from private donations in its 56-year history and marks a significant increase from the $8.6 million that was raised the previous year.
Columbus State President Tim Mescon calls the level of support "phenomenal" and says the funds will be used to support key initiatives.
The newspaper reports the university is in the middle of a campaign aimed at raising approximately $125 million by 2019.
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