Georgia

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Missing 2 Years, Ga. Teen Had Quite the Adventure

Sheriff says Aubrey Carroll 'traveled extensively' using only cash

(Newser) - A Georgia teen who failed to return home from school nearly two years ago has resurfaced in the state with a new look. Aubrey Jayce Carroll, who turned 17 in January, appeared alongside Spalding Sheriff Darrell Dix in a video posted to Facebook Tuesday, sporting long hair and a beard,... More »

Sheriff to Visitors: 'If You Kill Someone, We Might Kill You'

Georgia sheriff Mike Jolley says he likes to 'stir the pot'

(Newser) - Want to know where Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley stands in the culture war? Just read the sign outside his office, WSB-TV reports. "Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!" Jolley... More »

As Guy Rants About Boss, Guess Who He Pocket-Dials?

Fired Georgia man is suing, claiming his now ex-boss violated his privacy by listening in

(Newser) - For 12 minutes, James Stephens ranted to his wife about his boss. Then he realized that while he was ranting, he had pocket-dialed the man, Georgia Subsequent Injury Trust Fund Director Mike Coan, who heard the whole conversation. According to Stephens, who lost his job, that means Coan broke the... More »

He Spotted Missing Girl on Snapchat, Set a Trap

'I prayed so hard that God would help me find this girl'

(Newser) - All her family knew was that 15-year-old Amber Austin had disappeared from her grandmother's house in northwest Georgia. Family friend Dakota Moss had a bit more information, and what he did with it has earned him the title of hero. After seeing Facebook posts from family members asking about... More »

Atlanta's Computers Held Hostage, With a $50K Ransom

'This really is an attack on our government,' Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says of major hack

(Newser) - Atlanta is being held hostage, by computer hackers who want more than $50,000 in bitcoin to stop their siege. "This is much bigger than a ransomware attack, this really is an attack on our government," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Monday presser about the e-attack,... More »

Woman in Jail After Failing to Prove Existence of God

Police say mom crashed car to prove to kids God would protect them

(Newser) - Police say a 25-year-old Georgia woman is in jail after trying—and failing—to prove the existence of God to her children, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Bahari Warren was driving with her two children—ages 5 and 7—Wednesday in Norcross when she crossed into oncoming traffic and drove straight... More »

Young Boy Dies 5 Years After Freak Accident

Tripp Halstead hit by falling branch outside day care when he was 2

(Newser) - A young Georgia boy whose struggles following a freak accident five years ago were followed by hundreds of thousands of people online died Thursday, CBS News reports. Tripp Halstead was just 2 when he was hit by a falling tree branch while playing outside his day care during Superstorm Sandy... More »

Georgia Executes 'Stocking Strangler'

Prosecutors say Carlton Gary raped, killed 7 elderly women

(Newser) - A man known as the "Stocking Strangler" was executed Thursday for the rape-slayings of three older women in attacks that terrorized a Georgia city four decades ago. Carlton Gary, 67, was put to death by lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. He was the first inmate executed... More »

Delta CEO on Losing Tax Break: 'Our Values Are Not for Sale'

Delta says only 13 NRA members used discount before it was ended

(Newser) - To punish Delta Air Lines for dropping its discount for NRA members , Georgia lawmakers killed a tax cut on jet fuel that could have saved Delta up to $40 million. But the air line is sticking to its guns, Business Insider reports. "Our decision was not made for economic... More »

State Lawmakers Punish Airline for Cutting Ties With NRA

Delta cut ties with NRA, so Georgia lawmakers voted to kill its tax break

(Newser) - Pro-gun Georgia lawmakers scored a political victory Thursday over Delta Air Lines, making good on Republican threats to deny the company a hefty tax break after it cut ties with the NRA , the AP reports. The state House and Senate within hours of each other passed a sweeping tax bill... More »

Before Vanishing, CDC Doctor Made Odd Request to Neighbor

Timothy Cunningham learned why he wouldn't be promoted at last sighting

(Newser) - The Harvard-educated doctor missing for more than two weeks had recently been denied a promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with an explanation provided to him on the day he was last seen. After arriving at work on Feb. 12, Timothy Cunningham met with his supervisor, who... More »

Caught by Camera, Nurse Now Charged With Murder

2 others indicted in James Dempsey's 2014 death

(Newser) - Nurses fired after a video appeared to show them ignoring a World War II veteran's calls for help before his death at a Georgia nursing home are now facing criminal charges, including a murder charge in one case. A grand jury on Tuesday indicted former licensed nurse Loyce Pickquet... More »

Late-Night Uber Eats Delivery Ends With Dead Customer

Driver is charged with murder as lawyer claims self-defense in Saturday shooting in Atlanta

(Newser) - An Uber Eats driver claims he was acting in self-defense when he killed a customer during his first week on the job. Robert Bivines, 36, arrived at the Atlanta condominium of 30-year-old Ryan Thornton around 11:30pm Saturday after a $27 food order was placed at Tin Lizzy's through... More »

Some Dads Call Their Kids. This One Sent 20K Postcards

Georgia's David Lasseter has been sending his 4 kids postcards for more than 20 years

(Newser) - If any dad should get an extra-special Father's Day gift this year, it should be David Lasseter. Or at the very least, a postcard. That's what the Georgia patriarch has been sending to his four kids for more than 20 years, ever since he first dropped his oldest... More »

The First Call Began With 'Fake News.' Then the Threats Came

19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Mich. arrested after 22 calls over 2 days to CNN's Atlanta headquarters

(Newser) - A Michigan man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to travel to Atlanta and kill people at CNN headquarters. Federal court documents filed in Michigan say 19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Novi began calling CNN on Jan. 9, per the AP . He allegedly told a CNN operator in one... More »

Mass Arrests at a Party Bring Controversy in Georgia

Cops nab more than 60, many of whom complain of bogus pot charges

(Newser) - Cops showed up at a party in Georgia about 2:30am Sunday to investigate a complaint of shots fired, and when all was said and done, more than 60 people were arrested, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Now, controversy has ensued over whether the officers in Cartersville overreacted. Many of those... More »

Bitter Cold Is Breaking Records —and Windows

Sharks are freezing, too

(Newser) - Just how cold is it across much of North America? Sharks are freezing to death and windows are cracking. Weather.com notes daily record cold high temperatures were tied or set in 29 spots from the Midwest to the South and East on Thursday, including in Baltimore, Boston, and New... More »

Guards Thought He Was Taking a Shower. He Had Other Plans

Georgia inmate busts through wall, finds hole in fence, then steals a van

(Newser) - It may not have been the sophisticated escapes of the movies, but it worked just the same. Georgia inmate Christopher Carroll is on the run after busting through a shower wall with a metal rod, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Guards thought Carroll was taking a shower in the Lamar County... More »

It Took 11 Hours to Restore Power at World's Busiest Airport

Fire blamed for massive Atlanta outage

(Newser) - Power was finally restored to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just after midnight Sunday—some 11 hours after the lights went out in the world's busiest airport . The massive power outage caused the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights, including 900 Delta flights, Business Insider reports. The airline... More »

When Driving Getaway Car, Be Sure to Do it on a Full Tank

Georgia men made it 2 miles down the road after alleged robbery, ran out of gas

(Newser) - Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects. Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera says 18-year-old Najee Logan and 21-year-old Justin Larry were charged with armed robbery after their arrest early Tuesday after officers found... More »

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