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Student held after Columbine tweet

WOODSTOCK, GA. — A high school student has been charged after sheriff’s deputies say he made a terroristic threat.

Cherokee County sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker said 17-year-old Lake Reynolds was being held at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center on Friday on an $11,200 bond.

Baker said Reynolds, a junior at Woodstock High School, is accused of posting a message on Twitter on Thursday night that said, “Planning on pulling a Colum­bine tomorrow guys, be prepared!”

Baker said Reynolds admitted to the tweet after he was pulled out of class unarmed.

In the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, 13
people were killed before the two shooters killed themselves.

Court skipped again by shooting suspect

ATLANTA — A man accused of gunning down a volunteer during a prayer service at a Georgia megachurch waived a scheduled court appearance Friday for the second time in two days.

A handcuffed Floyd Palmer appeared nervous at the back of a small hearing room in the Fulton County Jail. But he was never brought before the magistrate judge. A jailer led him away, and a representative of the public defender’s office said he was waiving the hearing.

Police say Palmer calmly walked into a chapel Wednes­day, approached Greg Mc­Dowell and shot him to death at World Changers Church International south of Atlanta. McDowell, 39, was killed as leading a prayer group of about 25 people, police said. No one else was hurt.

Fulton County Magistrate Judge Maureen Malone set Palmer’s next court appearance for Nov. 9.

Budget director to take lottery helm

ATLANTA — The Georgia Lottery has named a new president, ending a process that drew controversy and led one board member to resign.

The lottery board of directors on Thursday announced that Deb­bie Dlugolenski Alford will be the new president and CEO.

Alford is currently the chief financial officer and director of the state’s Office of Planning and Budget. She served three years on the Georgia Lottery board.

Board member Frances Rogers quit during the hiring process, saying she felt the board was being pressured to hire the governor’s budget director to run the lottery, one of the nation’s most successful. Rogers said she didn’t object to Alford but felt the governor’s influence diminished the board’s independence.

Rogers has said the board posted the job on lottery Web sites across the country but got only 11 résumés, none from Georgia Lottery staffers and none from the people the board had hoped would apply. By comparison, the state had 300 applicants when the job was last open in 2003.


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Judge denies request to delay sales tax vote

A superior court judge denied a request Wednesday from a Richmond County citizen seeking a court order to postpone the May 20 special purpose local option sales tax referendum.
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