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Accused cop killer Jamie Hood talks about case

ATHENS, Ga. – The man accused of killing an Athens police officer is talking to 11Alive about the case.

Jamie Hood is accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer "Buddy" Christian and injuring SPO Tony Howard in March 2011.

Hood, who confessed to the shootings to 11Alive reporters Doug Richards and Jerry Carnes back in 2011, called 11Alive's Valerie Hoff to talk about his case.

"It's police brutality and it's police misconduct that led to this police shooting incident and they don't want nobody to know about it," Hood said.

Hood said that dash cam video allegedly shows police harming him before the shooting.

Athens man charged with sexually assaulting preteen

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens man is behind bars in Clarke County after being accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

The assault was reported early Tuesday afternoon. Investigators said the victim is 12 years old.

Bobby Louis Smith, 53, was arrested and charged with sexual battery. He is being held in the Clarke County Jail.

Smith's relationship to the victim was not immediately known.

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Jury selection begins for accused cop killer Jamie Hood

ATHENS, Ga. – Jury selection began Monday in the trial for an Athens man accused of killing a police officer during a traffic stop in March 2011.

Jamie Hood is accused of fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and injuring SPO Tony Howard. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Hood was in court last Wednesday to discuss evidence in the case. Hood asked the prosecution to share more of its evidence with him, specifically Christian's personnel records.

WATCH | Attorney Page Pate discusses the trial

Pet store helps veteran who saved dog from hot car

ATHENS, Ga. – The community is rallying around a veteran who was arrested after rescuing a dog from a hot car.

Michael Hammons took action after seeing a dog locked inside of a rapidly heating car at a Athens area shopping center. The U.S. Army veteran broke the window of the car to free the dog.

Afterwards – at the insistence of the dog's owner -- Hammons was arrested for criminal trespass.

UPDATE: Charges dropped against vet who saved dog from hot car

Charges dropped against vet who saved dog

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities have dropped charges against a military veteran who broke a window to free a dog from a hot car.

Michael Hammons, a 46-year-old veteran who says he fought in the first Iraq war, jumped into action when he saw a dog inside of a rapidly-heating Mustang at a Athens-area shopping center. He broke the window of the car with a piece of his wife's wheelchair to free the dog.

Woman accused of elder abuse at illegal care home

ATHENS, Ga. – Authorities have arrested a woman after they say four elderly men were found living in deplorable conditions at an illegal care home in Athens.

Investigators said they found the men during a search of the home at 200 Landor Drive Thursday afternoon.

According to Athens-Clarke County Police, the four men didn't have access to bathroom facilities, didn't have any food and only had a few bottles of water. They were living in a basement and were forced to use the bathroom in five-gallon buckets. They weren't allowed to go upstairs. They were allowed to go in a backyard, but were prevented from leaving.

Authorities arrested Emma Heard and charged her with four counts of false imprisonment, one count of elder abuse and a felony count of operating an unlicensed personal care home.

Hot spots still burning at Athens mill


ATHENS, Ga. -- Firefighters are still putting out hot spots at a mill fire that began in Athens Thursday night.

The Athens-Clark County Fire Department responded to the scene on Macon Highway near Puritan Lane in Athens within five minutes of the 6:19 p.m. call.

"We've got a lot of fire back there and there's collapse around it and the structure had already deteriorated a good bit," Fire Chief Jeff Scarbrough said Thursday night. "Because we can't get to the seat of the fire, it's just going to take a long time."