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Life sentence for man who murdered transexual prostitute upheld by Supreme Court

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS
Published Monday, October 5, 2015

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .


HARRELL V. THE STATE (S15A1045)
    The Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed the judgment against a Dodge County man who was convicted of intimidating court officers and animal cruelty.
In today’s unanimous opinion, Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes for the Court that the acts of intimidation against the court officers did not constitute “true threats” of violence and therefore were protected by the First Amendment’s right to free speech.

Pickens Sheriff deputies reunite missing juvenile with worried family

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Group of gingseng hunters on Burnt Mountain

became separated, lost

Pickens Sheriff Press Release 

 

On Friday, October 2nd, deputies responded to a trespassing report at a residence on Sunrise Ridge Road off of Hwy 136 in Jasper. 

Upon arriving, they learned that a homeowner had arrived home and found two males in the garage area of his residence asking to borrow his phone. The homeowner stated that they ran off when he told them that he was calling 911. He described the individuals as an adult and a juvenile with a dog.

At the same time, another deputy located another individual, later identified as Brandon Sanford, walking on Hwy 136, near the scenic overlook. While speaking with him, the deputy learned that he had outstanding warrants from Gilmer County for failure to appear in court.

 

Collins asks USDA to keep options open for poultry industry to deal with bird flu

“Congressman Collins to USDA: Ensure all options are on the table

for poultry industry in Georgia”

 

dougcollinsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that the USDA ensure all viable options are available to state, local, and industry stakeholders to prevent the spread of bird flu if highly pathogenic avian influenza hits Georgia.

Moto Mountain Park reopening date pushed back

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Moto Mountain, a large off-road park, announced a temporary closing in July for a “major motion picture” shoot. The park has yet to reopen, leaving riders concerned. The Progerss spoke with owner C.B. Jones, who said the park will reopen later this year. See full story in this week's print or online editions

Deer-vehicle collisions increase in the Fall

New map breaks down county-by-county when drivers should be more vigilant

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Fall is prime breeding season for deer across Georgia. It’s also when drivers are more likely to hit deer that run into the road, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.

UGA researchers have completed a county-by-county analysis of when motorists should be more aware of possibly hitting a deer. They looked at breeding data and then compared it to deer-vehicle collision statistics across Georgia.