Across Georgia

Man rescued after night on rock in river


MARIETTA, GA. --- Authorities say a man has been rescued from a rock in the middle of the Chattahoochee River in Cobb County.

Officials say the 32-year-old man apparently spent Tuesday night on the rock after becoming stranded, likely while tubing the river. Officials say a passer-by heard the man calling for help early Wednesday morning.

Cobb County fire department spokeswoman Denell Boyd said the man was disoriented and didn't know how he got in the river. The man's name has not been released.

Boyd said the man was taken to the hospital but didn't appear to have life-threatening injuries.

Eleven plead guilty to insurance fraud scam

COLUMBUS, GA. --- Eleven people face up to 10 years in prison each after pleading guilty to insurance fraud charges in a Columbus courtroom.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore announced the guilty pleas Wednesday. Sentencing hearings for each defendant have not yet been scheduled.

Prosecutors said each person submitted fraudulent claims to insurer American Family Life Assurance Company, commonly called AFLAC, ranging from $243 to more than $67,000.

Besides a prison sentence, the defendants also face a $250,000 fine and supervised release.

91-year-old runs light, dies in car collision

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. --- Gwinnett County authorities say a 91-year-old woman is dead after she ran a red light and collided with two cars in suburban Atlanta.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith says Pearl Biggers was driving south on Grayson Highway when she drove through a red light and was struck by another car Tuesday morning. Smith says the impact pushed her into oncoming traffic, where she hit another car.

Smith says Biggers was not wearing her seat belt. The two other drivers were not seriously injured.

Smith says police are unsure whether Biggers had any medical conditions that might have played a part in the accident.