News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A NCAA women's basketball referee has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting a 14-year-old at a Georgia hotel. The Marietta Daily Journal reports 58-year-old Wesley Tyronne Dean pleaded guilty Friday to molesting the boy at a Cobb County Hotel. Assistant District Attorney Katie Gropper says Dean gave the teen money and gifts "with the motivation of exploiting him sexually." The newspaper reports the boy's mother found inappropriate texts between the teen and Dean in October 2016.
ATLANTA (AP) - An Ohio-based glass company says it's closing a Georgia bottle factory _ and part of the reason is that people are drinking less beer, and buying more of it in cans. Owens-Illinois Inc. spokeswoman Janet Galecki tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Atlanta factory will close around July 18, putting 270 people out of work. She says in an email employees will be eligible for separation benefits. Galecki says the plant's customers are mainly mainstream domestic beer companies.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Lewis will be the keynote speaker at the Art Institute of Atlanta's commencement ceremony. Lewis is to speak during the 11 a.m. Monday event at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre near Atlanta. The Georgia Democrat and civil rights worker led marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, during the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" march. Lewis also worked on voter registration drives and other civil rights activities in Mississippi and across the South during the 1960s.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A towel-clad woman is accused of stealing a car and its passenger, a nearly 5-year-old Pomeranian named Bear. The Gainesville Times reports Matt Sanders loaded Bear into the car Sunday and ran back inside his Georgia home for his phone. Sanders said he returned to see the unidentified woman drive off with Bear.
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