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Clarke County Sheriff's conduct sex offender sweep

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Clarke County recently completed their first-ever countywide sweep to make sure registered sex offenders are complying with state law.

The Clarke County Sheriff's Office visited more than 100 homes during the compliance check on May 16 and 17.

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Clarke County checks on sex offenders

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities in Clarke County recently completed their first-ever countywide sweep to make sure registered sex offenders are complying with state law.

The Clarke County Sheriff's Office visited more than 100 homes during the compliance check on May 16 and 17.

Capt. Jimps Cole coordinated the operation, which included help from Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and state probation officers. He says two people were arrested for living where they shouldn't, and deputies took out warrants on two they couldn't find.

State law says sex offenders must register their addresses with the local sheriff's office when on probation or upon release from jail. They must notify authorities when they move.

Nearly all of the county's 141 registered offenders were living where they were supposed to.

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

Three-day Ga. hurricane exercise ends

Three-day Ga. hurricane exercise ends

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia emergency planners have finished a three-day statewide hurricane exercise.

The HURREX 2012 exercise ended on Thursday. It involved more than 800 people from local, state, volunteer and federal agencies who responded to a simulated Category 3 hurricane that landed south of Savannah.

The simulated storm caused catastrophic damage to buildings along the coast and spawned a tornado in metro Atlanta.

Emergency planners divided the exercise into three different phases: Pre-landfall, post-landfall and recovery. The workers used data and information support sources in scenarios ranging from evacuation to sheltering to search and rescue situations.

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Woman accused of shoplifing, pepper-spraying store workers

ATHENS, Ga. - Police in Athens arrested a 340 pound woman after they said she shoplifted more than $88 worth of groceries from a Piggly Wiggly store on Lexington Road on Wednesday.

According to a police report, the woman, Lonneshia Appling, was seen by employees at the grocery store placing items into a canvas bag, including eight cans of beer, vegetable oil, five packages of cheese, five packages of bacon, and two packages of wings.

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Store employees told police that when Appling tried to check out, she only placed one item on the conveyor. When she tried to leave, police said Appling pepper sprayed an employee who tried to stop her in the face. That employee, Jonathan Orr, and other employees continued to try to stop Appling, but she sprayed pepper spray around the store.

Have you seen the Barrow County alligator?

STATHAM, Ga. -- An alligator has found an unlikely, North Georgia home deep in the heart of University of Georgia Bulldog territory: in a small lake in Statham, just down the road from UGA.  And the police chief wants everyone to be aware that it's there.

Chief Steve Martin told 11Alive News Thursday that last month a resident reported seeing an alligator -- not necessarily a University of Florida Gator -- in the small lake off of Providence Road.

Since then, he said, there have been at least two additional sightings, each by a Statham police officer.

Chief Martin is spreading the word, as a precaution, and has asked the Barrow County Sheriff's Office to let everyone know, as well.

According to Georgia's Department of Natural Resources, the alligator population in Georgia is about 200,000, and Georgia gators typically live in South Georgia.

Auburn Eliminates Georgia At SEC Tournament

HOOVER, ALA -- Auburn held off a late charge by Georgia and eliminated the Bulldogs from the SEC Tournament, posting a 3-2 win at Regions Park Wednesday.

Auburn (31-27) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Jay Gonzalez led off the game with a walk and then registered his SEC-leading 29th stolen base. Bulldog senior Michael Palazzone retired the next two Tigers before Justin Bryant drew a walk. First baseman Patrick Savage lined a single under the glove of Palazzone and in to centerfield to score Gonzalez. Then, he came back to strike out Zach Alvord to keep it a one-run affair.