Subpoenas related to Ga. gov's ethics complaints
ATLANTA (AP) - Two individuals familiar with the case say a federal grand jury has been scheduled to meet next month to receive documents related to ethics complaints involving Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
Three people have received subpoenas that ask for the records to be produced to the grand jury Jan. 14. A person with direct knowledge of the case told The Associated Press the commission's executive secretary, Holly LaBerge, received a subpoena Wednesday.
The AP obtained a copy of the federal grand jury subpoena for staff attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein from a person familiar with the case. The two individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case publicly.
In addition, former commission staffer John Hair told the AP he, too, had received a federal grand jury subpoena.
Ga. Mega Millions jackpot reaches $400 million
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $400 million - which is the second largest jackpot in the game's history.
Officials say one player who purchased a $1 ticket in Gainesville won $10,000. Two winning tickets sold in Norcross Dec. 10 were worth $5,000 each, and another two sold in Pelham and Lawrenceville were worth also $5,000.
Officials say the next jackpot drawing is on Friday.
All Georgia Lottery proceeds are used to fund initiatives to support college education and pre-kindergarten programs in the state.
Officials say since its inception, Georgia Lottery has given more than $14.8 billion to support education in Georgia.
Foul play suspected in SC woman's disappearance
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies say foul play is suspected in the disappearance of a Bluffton woman missing since last month.
The sheriff's office said Wednesday that 47-year-old Margarita Gonzalez-Almazan was last seen at a family party she hosted the evening of Nov. 30.
Deputies said they are looking for her boyfriend, whose car was found abandoned last week in Savannah, Ga.
On Dec. 2, deputies tracked his cellphone to a bridge in Beaufort County but a search of the water and beaches found no other evidence.
SHOOTING OUTSIDE PRESCHOOL
Sneiderman set to appear in court for bond hearing
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta woman convicted of lying under oath and lying to police investigating the killing of her husband is set to have a bond hearing.
Andrea Sneiderman is to appear Thursday before DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams.
Sneiderman was convicted in August on 9 of 13 counts against her, including perjury and making false statements. Adams sentenced her to serve five years in jail with credit for about a year of house arrest.
An attorney for Sneiderman is seeking a new trial and asked for bond while the appeal is pending.
Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was gunned down in November 2010. Andrea Sneiderman's boss, Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing but found to be mentally ill.
Prosecutors say Sneiderman lied to police and to a jury.
NY fugitive caught in Ga. is charged with murder
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a fugitive wanted in connection with a slaying in New York state has been arrested in Georgia.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says Ronald Meadow was arrested Monday by local deputies, Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers and members of the New York State Police executing an arrest warrant for second-degree murder.
Officials say Meadow was working at a business in Douglas County, just west of Atlanta. The sheriff's office released no other information.
Authorities in New York aren't releasing details until a news conference they've scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office in Syracuse.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that Meadow's 27-year-old estranged wife was found slain inside her Syracuse apartment in March 1985. The slaying was never solved.
HOME INVASION-DISABLED GIRL
Mom reports gunmen stole girl's medicine, presents
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta woman says home invaders kicked her disabled 6-year-old daughter in the side and stole medication and specialized equipment that helps the girl communicate.
DeKalb County police are searching for suspects after the family reported hearing a loud crash at their home in the Decatur area around 7 p.m. Wednesday. The family reported that a cinder block was thrown through a dining room window, and five masked men entered the home.
Jordan Davis tells WSB-TV that one suspect held a gun to her daughter's head. She was released from a hospital Wednesday after being treated for bruised ribs. She said her daughter has autism and epilepsy.
The men ransacked the girl's room and stole clothes and medication. Davis said they also stole the family's Christmas presents.
SHOOTING OUTSIDE SHOPPING CENTER
1 man killed, 1 wounded in gunfire outside grocery
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded in the parking lot of a shopping center just east of Atlanta.
CBS Atlanta reports that the gunfire happened shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store off South Hairston Road in the Stone Mountain area.
DeKalb County police say the man who died was shot and then struck by a car. The other man was taken to a hospital.
Police late Wednesday were working to determine who shot the men and what the motive was.
RATS IN COUNTY BUILDING
County employees say rats roam their building
ATLANTA (AP) - Employees in a county government building in Atlanta have reported problems ranging from roaming rats to water-soaked carpet.
Fulton County Facilities Director David Ricks says employees in the tax assessor's office are being asked not to leave food of any kind at their workplace as they try to address the rodent problem. He tells WSB-TV that battling the rats is an "ongoing challenge."
Ricks says there are serious water issues within the building. He said officials have spent more than $1 million since 2007 on water intrusion problems and have allocated even more for long-term repairs to start next year.
The workplace generating the new complaints is in the same 600,000-square-foot Fulton County government center where officials shut down another office last year due to flood damage and mold.
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