Dragon Con figure wants house arrest rules eased
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The co-founder of a science fiction convention who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child molestation now wants the rules of his house arrest to be eased.
The 52-year-old Dragon Con co-founder, Edward Kramer, was sentenced to house arrest this month as part of a plea agreement.
Kramer's attorney filed an emergency request this week seeking to allow Kramer more flexibility when he wants to leave his home for shopping or other trips.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said such leeway shouldn't be allowed. Porter said it's a "basic tenant" of incarceration that convicts do not have the ability to come and go as they please.
As part of the plea agreement, Kramer was ordered to serve the remaining 34 months of a five-year sentence under house arrest.
MISSING MAN SEARCH
Police continue search for Sandy Springs man
ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in suburban Atlanta are preparing to lower the water level of a reservoir to continue searching for a man who has been reported missing.
A Mattie's Call was issued last week for 71-year-old Gary Morris of Sandy Springs. Investigators have said the man has a history of depression and other medical needs.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Georgia Power is planning to release water from the Morgan Falls Dam on Friday to lower the water levels at Bull Sluice Lake and a nearby river to search for him.
Authorities have said his car was found at the Don White Park Extension on Dec. 4 in Roswell.
Roswell Police spokeswoman, Lisa Holland, says the department has used search dogs among other methods to try finding the man.
BABY ROOM BRAWL
State investigating brawl in baby room of daycare
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - State officials are investigating what led to a brawl that broke out in the baby room of a daycare southeast of Atlanta.
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning launched the investigation Thursday, after surveillance video surfaced of the fight inside the McGarity School of Prep in McDonough.
Video aired by WSB-TV shows fists flying as adults battle each other, crashing into cribs and a mechanical swing.
The video shows a woman racing to rescue one toddler when the fight comes within inches of the child. Another toddler is seen wandering toward the combatants, eventually hiding behind a woman and clinging to her leg.
A state official said the video is a year old, but the agency that regulates daycares opened the probe this week after learning of its existence.
DEADLY HOUSE FIRE
1 person killed in Locus Grove house fire
LOCUST GROVE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say one person was killed when a fire engulfed a home in Henry County.
Fire officials say crews were called to a home on Rose Lane, east of downtown Locust Grove, around 11 p.m. Thursday. They said the home was engulfed with flames, preventing firefighters from entering the structure when they arrived.
Firefighters found the body of a resident in what was left of the home. The victim has not been identified.
WSB-TV reports that investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Ga. police department given public safety grant
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say the department has been given a grant of nearly $60,000 to enforce DUI laws and bolster other public safety initiatives.
Department spokeswoman Beth Espy says the Governor's Office of Highway Safety has given the Atlanta Police Department $57,000 from its Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic program, also known as HEAT.
Espy says the HEAT program was launched to reduce the number of crashes linked to impaired driving, reduce excessive speeding, increase the use of safety belts, and educate the public on traffic safety.
The program is intended to serve jurisdictions in Georgia that see the highest number of crashes, injuries and traffic fatalities. Espy says 22 Georgia counties are included in the program.
Fatal fire in Ga. ruled accidental
CORDELE, Ga. (AP) - State fire officials say a blaze that tore through a Crisp County home and killed a 76-year-old man has been ruled accidental.
State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says Moses Jimmerson was killed in a fire Wednesday afternoon that was caused by unattended food left cooking on the stove.
Hudgens say the man's Cordele home was destroyed in the blaze. Cordele is about 40 miles northeast of Albany. Officials say the man was home alone at the time, and his house had no working smoke detectors.
Hudgens says Jimmerson's death is the 114th fire-related fatality to be recorded in Georgia this year. Of that number, Hudgens says 16 have been directly linked to food left unattended on kitchen stoves.
UGA to hold fall commencement ceremonies
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - More than 2,000 students are eligible to receive degrees during the University of Georgia's fall semester commencement ceremonies.
An estimated 1,667 undergraduates are eligible to participate in the ceremony Friday morning. About 509 candidates for master's, doctorates and specialist in education degrees will be eligible for the graduate ceremony at 2:30 p.m.
Alumna Amy Glennon, the first female publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is set to speak at the undergraduate ceremony.
E. Culpepper "Cully" Clark, who served as dean of the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2006 to June of this year, will speak at the graduate ceremony.
Tickets are required for attendance at the undergraduate ceremony, with six being provided to each graduating student.
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