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Ex-Labor worker indicted in bribery

MARIETTA, GA. — A Cobb County grand jury has indicted former Georgia Department of Labor employee accused of soliciting bribes from a contractor.

The attorney general’s office announced Tuesday that Peter Brown was indicted on one count of bribery. Authorities say he solicited $4,000 from a contractor he supervised in exchange for future labor department contracts.

Authorities say the contractor notified the Office of the Inspector General, which referred the case to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The GBI arranged for the contractor to meet Brown and give him the money in April.

Authorities say the contractor took hidden audio and video recordings of their conversation. Brown was arrested after the meeting.

Errant skydivers land on sub base

KINGS BAY NAVAL SUB­MARINE BASE, GA. — The military is investigating after two skydivers missed an airport and landed on a high-security submarine base along Georgia’s coast.

St. Marys Airport officials say they were told Sunday that the Navy had two skydivers in custody after they landed on the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

Cathy Kloess, who owns a skydiving business at the nearby St. Marys Airport, said the skydivers landed on a baseball diamond on base.

Base security officers released the jumpers after verifying their identities.

Kloess said Navy officials were understanding after an “act of God” like the strong winds that blew the skydivers off-course.

Woman given 2½ years for big theft

COLUMBIA — A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $400,000 from the South Carolina Hospitality Association has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison.

A federal judge also ordered Rachel Duncan on Tuesday to pay back the $367,000 she stole from the group.

Duncan pleaded guilty earlier this year to tax evasion and wire fraud.

Her attorney says Duncan stole to support a decades-long gambling addiction, and she apologized in court.

The investigation into the association’s missing money came to light in February when its founder and executive director went missing.

Tom Sponseller was found 10 days later. He had committed suicide, leaving behind a three-page note describing Duncan’s confession to stealing the money and how despondent he was over her betrayal.

Duncan didn’t mention Sponseller during her apology.

In other news

A SUMMERVILLE, S.C., landlord has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing him of discouraging families with children from living in an apartment complex he owns. The agreement approved this week by a federal judge in Charleston requires John Wingard Altman to pay a $10,000 civil penalty, plus $15,000 to two people harmed by his discrimination.


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