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Trooper is arrested on burglary charges


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested a Georgia State Patrol trooper Thursday morning on charges he burglarized an Elbert County home twice in October and stole a total of $9,000.

Patrol Sgt. Gregory Sanders was booked into the Elbert County Jail on two counts of burglary and released soon after on a $20,000 bond, GBI and Elbert County officials said.

Sgt. Sanders worked a side job as a landscaper at the home he burglarized, said John Heinen, the special agent in charge of the GBI's Athens field office.

Sgt. Sanders, an Elberton resident assigned to the patrol's Washington post, was put on administrative leave pending completion of an internal investigation, according to state patrol spokesman Gordy Wright.

Police study whether 2-year-old killed man

BRUNSWICK --- Authorities are trying to determine whether a 2-year-old girl caused the shooting death of a man.

Curtis Gabriel Collins, 22, died after being shot in the head at a home about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Witnesses told police Mr. Collins was sitting on a sofa when the child grabbed at a gun on a table in the room, causing it to fire. But Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden says a medical examiner from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has withheld a ruling on whether the death was an accident or homicide until police complete their investigation.

Suspect in robberies, killing being sought

ATHENS --- Authorities in Clarke County are searching for a man who they think killed a convenience store clerk, then committed robberies at two other stores within a half-hour.

Athens-Clarke County police say the masked man entered the store about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and shot the clerk once in the chest with a 9 mm pistol, but didn't steal anything.

Within about 30 minutes of the killing, clerks at two other convenience stores a few miles away reported holdups involving a similar-looking man.

Burned, dismembered body found by road

LAGRANGE --- Authorities are investigating the discovery of a burned, dismembered body by the side of a road.

Troup County Sheriff Donny Turner says a passing motorist spotted the smoldering remains about 7:40 a.m. Thursday beside a road north of LaGrange. Paper had been placed under trash bags containing the remains and then set on fire.

The body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab to be examined.

-- Edited from wire reports