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Businessman denies theft from foundation


WATKINSVILLE - Athens-area businessman Jim Ivey pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of stealing more than $36,000 from the same veterans memorial foundation he helped start.

Mr. Ivey pleaded not guilty to 24 counts of theft by taking at an arraignment in Oconee County Superior Court.

An Oconee County grand jury charged Mr. Ivey, a former state Senate candidate, with stealing more than $36,000 between March 2004 and November 2005 from the Oconee Veterans Memorial Foundation.

The foundation was organized in 2001 to raise money to build a veterans memorial at the Oconee County government complex in Watkinsville.

Teen showed no signs of violence, man says

RINCON - Walter Johnson said he was surprised by an encounter with Mitchell Kyle Bieber just minutes before authorities arrested the teenager in connection with the stabbing death of his stepbrother.

"He was covered with blood, and here I was carrying on a conversation with him for about 20 minutes," Mr. Johnson told the Savannah Morning News.

Seven-year-old Tyler Fennell was killed the previous night. Kara and Kenny Fennell, Mr. Bieber's mother and stepfather, suffered stab wounds.

Mr. Bieber was polite and showed no indications of violent behavior, Mr. Johnson said.

Man faces weapons charge on campus

MILLEDGEVILLE - A Baldwin County man is facing felony charges after allegedly carrying a concealed knife onto Georgia College & State University's campus, the university said in a statement.

Wilmicaus King, 29, will be charged with felony possession of a weapon in a school safety zone, along with possession of a concealed weapon and obstruction of an officer, both misdemeanors, the public safety department announced.

About 1:40 p.m., the university's public safety department was told a man had entered the cafeteria area of the Maxwell Student Union and was threatening an employee. Campus police arrived quickly and arrested Mr. King.

FBI has leads on robber who said he had bomb

ATHENS - Local police and the FBI say they have promising leads that will take them to the man who robbed a bank while claiming to have a bomb.

The man got away Tuesday with an undisclosed amount of money from the Wachovia bank at the corner of Mitchell Bridge Road and Atlanta Highway, and the box he claimed contained a bomb was empty.

Authorities said they were following up on tips called in by people who thought they recognized the bandit from a bank surveillance photo released by police, Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said.

- Edited from wire reports