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Subway worker accused of falsely reporting crime

Subway worker accused of falsely reporting crime

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County Police have issued an arrest warrant for a Subway employee who reported a fake robbery at the store.

Heather Bray, 29, is wanted on one count of making a false report.

Police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow said Bray is accused of calling police on Aug. 19 and saying that she had been attacked behind the Subway at 4005 Atlanta Highway.

Bray reportedly told police a suspect hit her in the back of the head and emptied the contents of her purse.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Bray made up the story, Sorrow said.

Man stabbed in head, suspect arrested

Man stabbed in head, suspect arrested

ATHENS, Ga. -- A suspect was taken into custody earlier this week for stabbing a man during an argument.

The incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment on Sycamore Drive in Athens.

Responding officers heard two people arguing as they approached the apartment, according to a police report. Inside, they found a 28-year-old man with visible injuries.

The victim told police he'd been stabbed in the head by Bennie Frank Curry.

Curry, 32, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

New trial set for double amputee accused of rape

New trial set for double amputee accused of rape

ATHENS, Ga. -- Court officials in Clarke County say a new trial has been scheduled for a double amputee accused of raping an 11-year-old girl.

A Western Judicial Circuit judge scheduled 34-year-old Elbert Tate's trial for Sept. 16.

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Tate was indicted on charges of rape and sodomy among others, but a jury couldn't deliver a verdict last year. Investigators have said the victim told police that Tate - who has no legs - wheeled himself into her room, climbed into her bed and assaulted her.

Tate's attorney, Edward Brumby, says the jury deadlocked because prosecutors had no DNA evidence to support the charges. He told the newspaper the case was based on hearsay.

Two months after the mistrial, Tate was re-indicted for attempted rape.

Eve Carson killer resentenced

Eve Carson killer resentenced

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- An Orange County judge has sentenced the younger of the two men convicted of killing the University of North Carolina student body president in 2008 to life in prison.

Judge Allen Baddour sentenced 22-year-old Laurence Lovette on Monday. A state appeals court ordered the resentencing for Lovette, who was 17 years old when Athens native Eve Carson was killed.

Lovette's original sentence was life without parole. Since his first sentencing, a U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that judges must consider mitigating circumstances before sentencing someone under the age of 18 to life without the possibility of parole.

Lovette is also charged in the shooting death of a Duke University graduate student who was found dead inside his apartment in January 2008. That case has not gone to trial.

Former UGA athletes charged with armed robbery

Former UGA athletes charged with armed robbery

ATHENS, Ga. -- Two former University of Georgia athletes are charged with armed robbery, loitering and prowling.

Demario Mayfield, 22, a former basketball player who played one season before transferring to a college in Charlotte, N.C.; and Ricardo Crawford, 25, a former defensive lineman for the football team, were charged after they were stopped at about 2:30 a.m. Monday in a neighborhood of mostly UGA students.

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Police said the men were driving in a suspicious manner and were found in possession of "armed robbery gear," according to the Athens Banner-Herald. A police report said the arrests were made in an area of Athens where officers knew most students were out of town.

Raid at flea market results in arrests

Raid at flea market results in arrests

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities investigating faked and pirated merchandise made multiple arrests at a Georgia flea market.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies and state troopers raided the J&J Flea Market in Jackson County on Saturday.

Officers questioned workers about reports of pirated CDs and DVDs and fake designer shoes, purses and other items.

Chief Deputy Daniel Thomas says an investigation is continuing, and details on the raid will be available on Monday.

Thomas says officers expect to make additional arrests.

Athens man charged with rape

Athens man charged with rape

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens man was arrested Monday after a woman claimed he raped her.

The victim told police that she was riding in a car with the suspect, 44-year-old Shawn Waddell Hall, at around 4:30 a.m. At one point, Hall pulled over, threatened the victim with a box cutter, hit her in the face and raped her, according to an arrest report.

After raping the victim, Hall dropped her off near Willow Street and College Avenue, the report says. The victim mentioned the rape to a friend, who called the police.

Hall has been charged with rape and battery, and is being held in the Athens-Clarke County Jail.