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Man admits shooting helicopter piloted by state trooper

Feb. 21, 2020 1:05 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man told investigators he shot a helicopter piloted by a state trooper because he didn't like it flying near his home, federal prosecutors said Friday. Terry Kielisch, 56, fired at least two shots at the helicopter in March using a .308-caliber rifle, prosecutors said in a...

FILE- In this March 23, 2016 file photo, U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver addresses a news conference in Savannah, Ga.  The former federal prosecutor who served under President Barack Obama says he plans to run for the seat of newly sworn-in Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia.  Tarver of Augusta confirmed Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 that he plans to announce soon his campaign for the seat vacated by GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News via AP)

Democrat Tarver formally launches Senate campaign in Georgia

Feb. 20, 2020 10:27 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor appointed by President Barack Obama formally launched his campaign Thursday in the crowded race to take on Georgia's newest U.S. senator. Democrat Ed Tarver, 60, of Augusta is the third Democrat to officially announce he's challenging newly appointed...

Rap impostors accused of scamming luxury hotels of thousands

Feb. 12, 2020 4:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A crew of Rolls Royce-riding identity thieves who posed as rap industry figures scammed more than $100,000 from some of the South's most exclusive hotels, prosecutors say. The group told hotel workers they were with the entertainment firm Roc Nation, and listed the rap group Wu-Tang Clan...

Wife of missing man charged after remains found at home

Feb. 3, 2020 6:51 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman has been charged with murder after authorities found a body buried in a shallow grave behind her home. Sandra Leigh Dales, 55, was also charged Sunday with concealing the death of another person, news outlets reported. Officials had obtained a warrant to search the...

Women come to the defense of a nursing mom at Chick-fil-A

Jan. 24, 2020 1:35 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Moms have come to the defense of a mother who says she was asked to cover up while breastfeeding inside a Chick-fil-A in Georgia. Mothers held a “nurse-in” this week at the fast food restaurant near Augusta, The Augusta Chronicle reported. Samantha McIntosh says she was...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 19 The Augusta Chronicle on the Lt. Governor's picks for a new technology innovation task force: This month, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced 12 Georgia leaders who have agreed to serve on his new Georgia Innovates Taskforce. Its members have been asked to...

FILE - In this April 14, 2019,  file photo, Tiger Woods smiles as he wears his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Fourteen years after his last Masters win and 11 years after his last major, after fighting through chronic back problems, multiple surgeries, a bout with painkillers and long after just about everybody had written him off, Woods claimed his fifth green jacket. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Column: Expectations getting higher as Woods gets older

Jan. 21, 2020 5:29 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The expectations seem to get higher even as Tiger Woods gets older. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? Of course, it doesn't quell expectations when Woods is the Masters champion. Just the image of that red shirt under a green jacket was enough to believe he could win at least...

Georgia deputy arrested for rape, violation of oath

Jan. 17, 2020 12:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's deputy has been arrested on charges of rape and violation of oath by a public officer. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of allegations against Deputy Kendrick Quick, 38, for inappropriate contact with a female suspect while she was...

Georgia middle school teacher arrested for child molestation

Jan. 17, 2020 12:13 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia middle school teacher faces charges of child molestation. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Rumah Byrapaka, 24, is accused of texting nude photos and explicit messages to a 13-year-old boy. Byrapaka also allegedly kissed and indecently touched the...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 15, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 13 Savannah Morning News on Gov. Kemp's heath care proposal: Gov. Brian Kemp is currently seeking approval for a proposed health care coverage overhaul from officials in Washington, D.C. Georgia lawmakers should resist the temptation to take a wait-and-see...