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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.

Mail stolen from 48 Clarke County residents

Mail stolen from 48 Clarke County residents

ATHENS, Ga. -- Dozens of northeast Georgia residents say their mail was stolen in a mystery that involves plastic bags full of mail found in the bed of a pickup truck.

Police said Monday they were investigating the thefts of mail from 48 victims in southeastern Athens-Clarke County.

A resident called police at the urging of his father, who found three large plastic bags of mail in the bed of his son's pickup truck. The younger man told police the bags were placed in the truck the night before by a man after a party in west Athens.

Police say much of the mail bore addresses of homes in neighborhoods off Barnett Shoals and Old Lexington roads.

Investigators plan to check the mail for fingerprints.

Athens man arrested for sexual exploitation

Athens man arrested for sexual exploitation

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 20-year-old Athens man was charged with 18 counts of sexual exploitation of a child after a search warrant was executed at his home.

Micheal Timmons was arrested at around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Athens-Clarke County Police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow said police issued a search warrant of Timmons' house after a three-month investigation. Officers seized computers, cell phones and iPads during their search.

Timmons is being held without bond in the Athens-Clarke County Jail.

Teen threatens to stab brother over Cheetos

Teen threatens to stab brother over Cheetos

ATHENS, Ga. -- Police in Athens have arrested a 14-year-old girl for allegedly threatening to stab her brother over a bag of Cheetos.

The unidentified girl Tuesday told police she has "anger issues." Police say the fight broke out when the boy tried getting some of the chips out of the bag. When the girl pushed her brother away it caused the bag to split - spilling the powdered, puffed corn snacks to the floor.

Police say the girl's mother took the knife from her and subdued her until police arrived. She was charged with simple battery and is in the custody of sheriff's deputies.

Last week, Athens police arrested a 14-year-old girl who threatened to light her family's apartment on fire over a missing can of Mountain Dew.