News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says police were involved in three shootings within 24 hours and mortally wounded two men. News outlets report the shootings happened Thursday. The bureau tweeted Monroe police fatally shot 63-year-old Mahlon Edward Summerour, the State Patrol killed 27-year-old Kenneth Martin Anderson and Richland police exchanged gunfire with 30-year-old Davion Omar Watson during a car chase. Watson suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening.
ATLANTA (AP) - The VA Medical Center in Atlanta has temporarily reassigned some leaders after the hospital was rated one of the worst in the nation. The move comes as the Department of Veterans Affair studies why the hospital's quality rating dropped to one star on a scale of five. A regional director said the reassignments does not indicate wrongdoing by any employee.
ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer for a black preteen rapper charged with criminal trespassing says the case has been handled inappropriately. WXIA-TV reports attorney Gerald Griggs says he wants the charges reduced or dismissed against Mississippi-native Corey Jackson, who performs under the name Lil C-Note. Corey was arrested this month when police say he was caught selling CDs in an Atlanta mall he had been warned not to sell CDs in. Griggs says video footage shows Corey wasn't selling CDs.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a middle school English teacher in Georgia has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after being accused of sexually assaulting a sixth-grade boy. A Gwinnett County police statement says 28-year-old Zachary Meadors was found dead in a vehicle Wednesday. A Dekalb County police warrant says the Freedom Middle School teacher was wanted on charges of child molestation, computer pornography and child exploitation.
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