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3 gun owners take law into their own hands in Athens

3 gun owners take law into their own hands in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- Three people in Athens have recently used firearms to interrupt crimes, prompting police to caution it's preferable to call 911 if possible.

In one case, an Athens man scared away a man who was attacking a woman. In another, a man prevented an armed robbery and a third person fired shots at burglars.

One prominent case happened on June 21. Dennis Terry said he pulled a gun to stop an assailant from attacking a woman who caught him breaking into her car.

Athens-Clarke police said residents should call 911 in case of danger. Police Capt. Clarence Holeman said he believes in the right to own guns, but he said people shouldn't take the law into their own hands unless a life is in danger.

 

Athens police seek toothpick thief

Athens police seek toothpick thief

ATHENS, Ga. -- Police in Athens are trying to figure out who stole nearly $3,000-worth of toothpicks from the manufacturer.

Police report someone took six cases from Armond's Manufacturing Company Inc. about two weeks ago, and another seven cases went missing last weekend.

Each case contains 288 packages of 100 toothpicks. That brings the total number of stolen toothpicks to 374,400 with a value of about $2,808.

Police say there were no signs of forced entry. The owner believes a current employee or a former employee with a key might be responsible.

Two employees told the owner they saw an unknown man selling containers of Armond toothpicks at a flea market last weekend.

Admitted Athens cop-killer asks for new judge, change of venue

Admitted Athens cop-killer asks for new judge, change of venue

Admitted Athens cop-killer Jamie Hood has asked for a new judge and also for his case to be moved to another county. Hood made those requests in a letter filed Wednesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

Hood, 33, confessed on live TV to shooting Athens-Clarke senior police officers Elmer “Buddy” Christian III and Tony Howard on March 22, 2011, killing Christian and seriously wounding the other officer.

He faces the death penalty for the 2011 shootings and also for the alleged murder of Kenneth Omari Wray in December 2010, outside Wray’s home on Athens’ Westside.

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ATHENS | Holiday shoppers join forces to stop suspected shoplifter

ATHENS | Holiday shoppers join forces to stop suspected shoplifter

ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman with a can of pepper spray joined other customers to help subdue a shoplifting suspect at an Athens Macy's Wednesday.

A security guard reportedly spotted a man stuffing clothes into a bag at Georgia Square Mall. When the suspect was confronted, he tried to choke the security guard and punched him several times in the ribs, according to Athens-Clarke County Police.

Officers said several shoppers intervened, including the woman who sprayed the fighting men with pepper spray, and an off-duty probation officer who helped to handcuff the suspect.

The suspect, who has not been named, faces charges of battery and felony shoplifting, according to police. The guard was not seriously hurt.

ATHENS | Guilty verdict in Eve Carson's murder

ATHENS | Guilty verdict in Eve Carson's murder

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- An Orange County jury has found Laurence Lovette guilty of murdering University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson in 2008.

The jury announced its verdict Tuesday morning, finding Lovette guilty of first-degree murder. He showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Lovette was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was not eligible for the death penalty because he was a minor when the crime was committed.

Prosecutors say Lovette and Demario Atwater abducted Carson, of Athens, Ga., from her home in March 2008 and forced her to withdraw $1,400 from automated teller machines. Investigators say Carson was shot five times before her body was dumped on a Chapel Hill street.

Atwater pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison.

ATHENS: Duke student's slaying could be tied to Eve Carson case

ATHENS: Duke student's slaying could be tied to Eve Carson case

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- A judge has denied a defense motion to bar prosecutors from introducing evidence from the slaying of a Duke University graduate student in the trial against Laurence Alvin Lovette.

Lovetter is one of two men accused of killing Athens native Eve Carson. At the time, she was student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lawyers representing Lovette argued Monday that testimony including details about the Durham case would prejudice a jury against their 21-year-old client. 

Judge Allen Baddour ruled against the defense, but said that did not mean Lovette's attorneys could not argue during trial that certain evidence was hearsay and should not be allowed.

Carson was shot to death on March 5, 2008, after she was abducted and robbed.

Lovette has pleaded not guilty in her death.

Nearly 50 arrested after UGA-Auburn game

Nearly 50 arrested after UGA-Auburn game

ATHENS, Ga. -- Police in Athens say they arrested nearly 50 people, mostly on charges related to alcohol, following the University of Georgia's home game against Auburn University.

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Twenty people were reportedly booked into jail on underage drinking charges. Seven suspects were jailed on intoxication charges and a dozen others were accused of disorderly conduct.

Authorities say 10 other suspects were charged with drunken driving in the hours after Saturday's game.