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BLYTHE, Ga. (AP) - A 62-year-old Georgia man who says he was shocked by police and handcuffed after a debilitating diabetic episode is speaking out. Walter McNeil, of Hephzibah, says Blythe Police got it wrong Dec. 5. He says he wants to ensure officers can distinguish between a medical emergency and an uncooperative person.
LEXINGTON, Ga. (AP) - An Oglethorpe County grand jury has indicted a man with 16 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after 16 dogs were found dead in a home. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the whereabouts of the suspect, 36-year-old David Casique Ortiz remains unknown. Ortiz had been evicted from the house and was gone when the dogs were found Aug. 11. Anyone with information about Ortiz should contact the sheriff's office at 706-743-8101.
ATLANTA (AP) - Historically black colleges and universities are seeing an upsurge in support and donations. Last fiscal year, Spelman College in Atlanta raised a record $48 million in donations. That's more than triple the prior year's total of $14.5 million. Clark Atlanta University and Paine College each received its first million-dollar check this year.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia teacher is facing charges after surveillance video captured him stealing a violin from one of his students. WSB-TV reports police said the teacher offered a full confession. Investigators say Brockett Elementary School teacher Kalif Jones allegedly made his move while students were eating lunch in the DeKalb County school's cafeteria. Police arrested Jones after he admitted stealing the violin because he had recently received a $700 ticket and needed some money to help pay for it.
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