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Gwinnett police shoot, kill man

BUFORD, GA. — Gwinnett County police shot a man to death Monday when he tried to run over an officer with a car.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith said police approached 38-year-old Rodney Pike, of Buford, who was wanted in Forsyth County.

Pike ran from officers and police tried using a Taser on the man. It wasn’t effective and Pike got into a car and hit an officer, Smith said. Pike then tried driving the car toward another officer when two officers fired at him.

Smith said the officer who was hit by the car was not seriously injured.

Man gets life in fatal carjacking

MACON, GA. — A Macon man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in carjacking that led to a fatal shooting.

Justin Terrell Grable, 23, was sentenced Monday and agreed to testify against his co-defendant, who was the alleged shooter.

Authorities say 38-year-old Kimberly McKenzie was carjacked in January 2011 and was shot in the leg, which ruptured her femoral artery and she bled to death.

Prosecutors initially sought the death penalty against Grable, but his mental capacity made him ineligible for the punishment.

Man gets life in woman’s death

MACON, GA. — A man pleaded guilty Monday in the death of a Macon legal secretary and was been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Michael Brett Kelly, 19, pleaded guilty in exchange for being spared the death penalty.

As part of the plea deal, Kelly must testify against three other people charged in the Oct. 5 death of 58-year-old Gail Spencer.

One of Kelly’s co-defendants worked at the same law firm as Spencer. Authorities have said Kelly, the co-defendant and two others were embezzling money from the firm.

It’s not clear why the four targeted Spencer.

Man is arrested in road-rage incident

SAVANNAH, GA. — Police in Savannah said a man accused of shooting at another driver during a road rage incident has been arrested.

Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Julian Miller said 31-year-old Jamaal Bryant was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the Sunday morning shooting.

Miller said the victim told investigators shots were fired at his car after a brief dispute.

Police probe report of women’s assault

COLUMBUS, GA. — Police in Columbus are investigating after three female patients of a long-term health care facility reported that they were sexually assaulted.

The women reported the assaults on Friday, saying they were victimized at the River Towne Center on Warm Springs Road. They said the crimes happened between late April and Friday.

The women range in age from their mid-50s to mid-70s.

Police: Man stole from grandmother

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Investigators say they have arrested an Orangeburg man who stole money from his grandmother, along with her electric wheelchair.

Richard Fleener II, 43, is charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Fleener was living with his 78-year-old grandmother from November until February when he stole so much money from her that her power was shut off for several days.

Investigators say Fleener also stole his grandmother’s electric wheelchair, television and window air conditioning unit.

Gullah-Geechee project approved

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A plan to preserve the culture of slave descendants of the sea islands on the Southeast coast has been approved by the Department of the Interior.

The 272-page management plan for the Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor has been more than a dozen years in the making.

Last week’s approval means the corridor commission can move ahead with the plan that envisions preserving significant sites and putting up signs to direct visitors. The next steps will be discussed Friday at commission meeting in Conway.

Small town mayor charged in assault

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. — Horry County sheriff’s officials say they expect the mayor of Atlantic Beach to turn herself in on an assault warrant.

Atlantic Beach’s only police officer, Sgt. John Jackson, signed the warrant on Friday accusing Retha Pierce of third-degree assault and battery.

Sheriff’s officials said Atlantic Beach Councilwoman Carolyn Cole filed an assault complaint against Pierce last month.

There was no answer to a call Monday to Atlantic Beach Town Hall.

Pierce was found guilty in July 2011 of resisting arrest and was ordered to serve 18 months of probation for an incident on Christmas Day 2007.


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