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Charges say sheriff, son abused inmates

MACON, GA. — A Georgia sheriff, his son and two others are accused of violating the rights of inmates.

The 14-count federal indictment announced Friday lists charges against Wilcox County Sheriff Stacy Bloods­worth; son Austin Bloodsworth; former jailer Casey Owens; and ex-inmate Willie James Caruthers.

The indictment says the sheriff, his son and Caruthers assaulted two inmates, and that all four men assaulted a third inmate inside the county jail in July 2009. The indictment says one inmate suffered a broken jaw and the other two had bruises and scratches. Prosecutors also say the four tried to cover up the assaults.

It was not known whether the four were in custody.

Mother is charged with hitting coach

SAVANNAH, GA. — A 31-year-old Savannah woman turned herself in Fri­day after she was charged in an attack on a middle school basketball coach.

Police say Nakiea Hampton’s son called her Tuesday after he was hit in the face with a ball during a drill during practice. Police say she went to the school’s gym and confronted the coach, using profanity and hitting him in the face with her fist. Police say the coach suffered cuts on his nose and upper lip.

Hampton’s bail was set at $5,000. The charges against her include felony battery on a school teacher, disorderly conduct, cruelty to children and disrupting public schools.

Rule on class size waived once more

ATLANTA — The state Board of Education has agreed to waive class size requirements for the fourth year in a row.

The board voted Thursday to extend the waiver through next school year to give schools more flexibility as funding remains scarce. Schools are facing more than $1 billion in state funding cuts, along with steep declines in local property tax revenues.

Class size limits vary. They can range from 18 students in a kindergarten class to more than 30 students in a fine arts or foreign language middle school class.

In Cobb County, officials are adding two students per classroom at all grade levels to cut 250 teaching jobs.


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