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Judge faces perjury charges in inquiry


SAVANNAH - A magistrate judge from rural Clinch County has been charged with perjury in an indictment that says she lied to a federal grand jury investigating judicial corruption.

Magistrate Judge Linda C. Peterson lied to grand jurors June 13 when she denied, under oath, ever suggesting to criminal defendants that they could use her father as a bail bondsman, according to the indictment.

The indictment says Judge Peterson, after setting a $50,000 bond last year for a man arrested on marijuana charges, told the defendant that her father, Herman Corbitt, could act as his bail bondsman for a fee.

Armed robbers strike store, shoot cashier

HULL - Armed robbers shot and injured a clerk at a Hull convenience store Sunday , Madison County police said.

Police arrested one suspect Sunday and still were searching for another. The names of the suspects and the victim were not released.

The shooting occurred about 5 a.m. when two men with covered faces and wearing dark clothing entered the Golden Pantry Food Store at the corner of Georgia Highway 72 and Glenn Carrie Road, Madison County Capt. Mike Benner said.

A clerk behind the counter, described by Capt. Benner as a man in his 20s, was shot once in the chest and once in the leg with a handgun, he said.

Man arrested in fight charged with stealing

SAVANNAH - Authorities not only recovered marijuana from a Savannah home on Sunday, they seized stolen police gear.

According to police, James Courtney "Vice" Rives and Walter "Primus" Richards were playing cards with two other men when an argument erupted. Mr. Rives and Mr. Richards got upset they were losing and went outside and shots were fired, according to police.

Police later captured Mr. Rives and a search warrant for his home found several items stolen from Metro police, including a police radio, ballistic vest, duty belt and a loaded magazine.

Mr. Rives is being held in the Chatham County jail on charges of theft by receiving stolen property and an outstanding contempt of court warrant.

3 escaped inmates are caught, back in prison

BLUE RIDGE - Three inmates who escaped from the Fannin County Jail on Sunday were recaptured Monday, the Georgia State Patrol said.

Trooper Larry Schnall said all three suspects were in custody after the patrol assisted in their capture .

He did not have any other details.

The sheriff's department contacted the Georgia State Patrol about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, seeking help in finding the inmates. A patrol aviation unit helped in the search.

- Edited from wire reports