Across Georgia

State gets funds for outsourced workers


ATLANTA --- Georgia will get $2.6 million to help workers losing their jobs because of outsourcing and foreign trade.

The U.S. Department of Labor is giving the funds out as part of its Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

The TAA program provides workers with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources and support needed to become re-employed.

Girl, 5, and teen boy recover from attack

MARIETTA, GA. --- Cobb County authorities are on the lookout for a group of teens suspected in a rock attack that left a 5-year-old girl with a head injury.

Authorities say it happened at Lamp Lighter Mobile Home Park on York Road Tuesday. They say a 5-year-old girl received staples at an area hospital.

A 13-year-old boy was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

The children said a group of six to eight teenage boys approached them at around 6 p.m. and one threw a rock at them.

Police say the group is suspected in a separate attack.

Thousands told to prove citizenship

ATLANTA --- The Georgia secretary of state's office mailed out letters to more than 4,200 voters, telling them they must prove their citizenship for their ballots to count.

A three-judge federal panel ruled last month that Georgia can continue asking prospective voters who have been flagged as possibly ineligible to prove their citizenship.

Magician receives 20 years for child porn

ATLANTA --- A former magician and one-time church youth counselor was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to stalking young boys in public restrooms at metro Atlanta department stores and secretly taping them.

Jeffrey Alan Wasley, a 39-year-old Kennesaw man once known by the stage name "Magic Jeff," was sentenced in a brief court hearing Wednesday morning. He was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release.

Prosecutors say Wasley would target children as young as 4 in stores such as Target and Walmart by waiting for them to enter a restroom without an adult. He would often offer to help them and then videotape them when they used the bathroom.

Daycare worker charged in battery of 4-year-old

ALBANY, GA. --- Authorities have charged an Albany daycare worker with battery after a 4-year-old claimed she was beaten with a shoe.

Authorities charged 34-year-old Tamika Thomas after, they say, Alicia Robinson came home with dark bruises on both her arms and alleged that Thomas beat her with a flip flop because she wasn't sleeping during nap time.

Thomas appeared before a judge Wednesday and was released from Dougherty County Jail on a $1,000 bond.