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Reporter After Being Groped on Live TV: 'You Violated Me'

Man in bridge run smacked Alexandrea Bozarjian's behind as he ran past

(Newser) - A reporter covering a race this weekend in Georgia got an unexpected, and unwelcome, greeting from one of the runners, and she and race organizers made clear they weren't happy about it. NBC News reports WSAV's Alexandrea Bozarjian was on the Talmadge Bridge in Savannah on Saturday, reporting... More »

She Wrote Letters to Dylann Roof. Now, a 15-Year Sentence

Ohio's Elizabeth Lecron had pleaded guilty to plotting 2 terror attacks

(Newser) - An Ohio woman fixated on the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, as well as one at a historically black church in Charleston, SC, in 2015, now knows her fate for plotting two terror attacks herself. The US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio says that... More »

White Girl Accused of Plotting 'Horrific' Attack

But Georgia police say they arrested her in time

(Newser) - Georgia police have arrested a 16-year-old girl for allegedly planning to attack and murder people in a mostly black church—with knives, no less, ABC News reports. The girl, who is white and remains unidentified, has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder. Her alleged target: Bethel African Methodist... More »

Atlanta Paper's Editor Takes Issue With New Eastwood Film

'Richard Jewell' has inaccuracies about coverage of wrongfully accused bombing suspect: Kevin Riley

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's newest movie, Richard Jewell, about the Atlanta security guard falsely suspected of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics when he actually saved lives during the chaos, is not getting rave reviews from the hometown paper. In an emailed statement to Fox News and the Wrap , Kevin... More »

Georgia Executes Man After DNA Test Request Rejected

Victim's daughter had 'serious doubts' about guilt

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death Wednesday night, authorities said. Inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59pm after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He made no last statement but requested... More »

Kaepernick Gets an NFL Invite, but Some Are Skeptical

All teams are invited to watch free agent at private workout on Saturday, but conditions give pause

(Newser) - Will Colin Kaepernick soon be back in the game? ESPN got its hands on an NFL memo Tuesday inviting all 32 teams to attend a private workout for the out-of-work quarterback this Saturday in Atlanta, an event that will offer an interview with the 32-year-old and a chance to see... More »

Days After Sexual Assault Complaint, a Body

Georgia college student Alexis Crawford found dead; roommate, roommate's BF are suspects

(Newser) - The search for a missing Georgia student has ended with sad news. WRDW reports the body of 21-year-old Alexis Crawford, a student at Clark Atlanta University who last spoke with her sister on Oct. 30, was found Friday in a DeKalb County park. Per CNN , Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields... More »

Child Rapist Set Free in Error Made It 500 Miles

Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez was captured late Wednesday in Kentucky

(Newser) - The inmate serving three life sentences for the rape of a child when he was mistakenly released from a Georgia prison last week has been captured some 500 miles to the north. Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez was nabbed in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, around 10:30pm Wednesday. The 31-year-old was apprehended in... More »

Judge to Sheriff: You Can't Put Signs in Sex Offenders' Yards

Gary Long wanted to keep trick-or-treaters away from certain homes on Halloween

(Newser) - A wrench has been thrown in a Georgia official's plan to keep kids away from sex offenders on Halloween. CNN reports that US District Court Judge Marc Treadwell issued a preliminary injunction for three plaintiffs who objected to Butts County Sheriff Gary Long's decision to place signs in... More »

Georgia Accidentally Sets Free Child Rapist

Now scrambling to find inmate after public wasn't notified for days

(Newser) - Authorities in Georgia are on the hunt for a rapist who was serving a life sentence when he was mistakenly released from prison on Friday. Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez, 31, jailed since 2015 on convictions of rape and aggravated child molestation in Gwinnett County, was released from Reidsville's Rogers State... More »

The Ladies Will Handle the Moderating at Next Dem Debate

Journos Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Ashley Parker, Kristen Welker lined up

(Newser) - It's not yet clear where in Georgia the next Democratic debate will take place, but one major detail has just been hammered out for the MSNBC /Washington Post event on Nov. 20: the moderating panel. It's one made up of all female journalists, with repeat moderator Rachel Maddow... More »

Sex Offenders Sue Over Halloween Signs

Butts County Sheriff Gary Long is accused of "exceeding his authority"

(Newser) - "No trick-or-treat" signs placed on the lawns of Georgia sex offenders last year have triggered a lawsuit—against the local sheriff, NBC News reports. "Warning! No trick-or-treat at this address!" the signs read, with a red circle and line over a trick-or-treat bag. Filed by a group... More »

3 US Soldiers Killed at Fort Stewart in Georgia

3 others also injured when armored vehicle gets in an accident

(Newser) - US Army officials say three soldiers were killed and three others were injured when the armored vehicle they were riding in was involved in an accident during training at Fort Stewart in Georgia, the AP reports. Officials with the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's 3rd Infantry Division said in a... More »

Thief's Patience Is Worth $13K in Jewelry

Atlanta-area authorities are asking for people's help

(Newser) - A patient thief managed to make off with $13,000 in jewelry from a Costco after it closed, Fox 5 Atlanta reports. Investigators say the man cased the Atlanta-area store Oct 10, came back a few hours later, hid behind a display by the front wall, and waited there for... More »

Students React to Writer's Talk by Burning Her Book

Jennine Capó Crucet was speaking out against white privilege

(Newser) - A visiting novelist at Georgia Southern University inspired such debate Wednesday that some students set her book on fire, BuzzFeed reports. Jennine Capó Crucet told a student audience about her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, which depicts a Cuban American girl trying to fit in with a privileged, mostly... More »

Georgia's Advice on This Fish: 'Kill It Immediately, Freeze It'

Invasive northern snakehead shows up in state waters for the first time

(Newser) - Wildlife officials often put a catch-and-release policy into place for fish. Not so with the northern snakehead in Georgia. There, authorities' first line of guidance is in all caps: "DO NOT RELEASE IT." The second: "Kill it immediately ... and freeze it." As USA Today reports, the... More »

Georgia's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Blocked

At least temporarily, by a federal judge

(Newser) - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Georgia's restrictive new abortion law from taking effect, following the lead of other judges who have blocked similar measures in other states. The law signed in May by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can... More »

Fugitive Disbarred Attorney Captured After 8 Months

Richard Merritt is accused of killing his own mother

(Newser) - A disbarred attorney from Georgia who allegedly killed his mother and went on the run instead of surrendering to serve a prison sentence has been recaptured after eight months as a fugitive. Authorities say Richard Merritt was arrested by the US Marshals Service in a thrift store in Nashville on... More »

Teen Hunter Killed by Friend Who Thought He Was a Deer

17-year-old was in heavy foliage in Georgia woods

(Newser) - A 17-year-old hunter in southeast Georgia was killed after another member of his hunting party made a tragic mistake, authorities say. The Glynn County Police Department says Bobby Lee Lane was in heavy foliage Saturday when he was shot by fellow hunter Hector Romero, who had mistaken him for a... More »

Glass Broke, She Blacked Out —But Didn't Know the Truth

Georgia woman Nicole Gordon had terrible headaches, and for good reason

(Newser) - Doctors found out why Nicole Gordon suffered from severe headaches: She had a bullet lodged in her skull. Now her ex-boyfriend, Jerrontae Cain, has been sentenced to 25 years in Georgia after shooting her and not telling her about it, CNN reports. The Fulton County District Attorney's office says... More »

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