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ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia sheriff accused of exposing himself in an Atlanta park has pleaded guilty to violating two city ordinances after prosecutors agreed to drop a public indecency charge. News outlets report DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann pleaded guilty Thursday to engaging in prohibited conduct in a public park and obstructing a police officer.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - One of the nation's largest energy companies is seeking permission to tear down a historic black church in east Georgia. The Augusta Chronicle reports that Atlanta-based Southern Co. has again applied to demolish the former Trinity CME Church in Augusta. The newspaper reports that the church was built by former slaves in the 1890s, and is considered the birthplace of the Christian Methodist Episcopal denomination.

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman hit by a police car while she was jogging in suburban Atlanta has died of her injuries. The DeKalb County medical examiner says 66-year-old Janet Pickney died Tuesday night. She was struck while jogging about 7:30 a.m. the same day. DeKalb County Police Lt. Lonzy Robertson says 31-year-old officer Ian MacGowan swerved to avoid a vehicle turning in front of him and hit Pickney before crashing into a house. He also was injured in the crash.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An NFL star's diamond earring valued at more than $100,000 is now presumed lost on the murky bottom of a Georgia lake WXIA-TV reported Tuesday that Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Jones lost it when he hit a boat wake and took a spill while jet skiing in Lake Lanier, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside Atlanta. He resurfaced but his pricey earring didn't.

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