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Evans lawmaker to chair committee

ATLANTA — Evans GOP Rep. Ben Harbin is the new co-chairman of the Georgia Technology Authority Oversight Committee.

House Speaker David Ralston made the appointment Thursday.

The committee holds three members of the House and three senators. Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, is the other co-chairman. Its job is to review the operations and finances of the Georgia Tech­nol­ogy Authority, which handles telecommunications and computers for state government.

Harbin hasn’t had a leadership position since being stripped of the chairmanship of the powerful House Appropriations Committee two years ago.

Man convicted of lying about snake

BRUNSWICK, GA. — Author­ities say a 24-year-old man has been convicted of lying to federal authorities about a potentially deadly snake bite.

Officials say John Ken­neth Rosenbaum, of Jacksonville, Fla. lied about being bitten by a black mamba snake in November 2011.

His lawyer, James Newton, says he was delirious after being bitten by a cobra and never intended to mislead anyone. Court officials say the cobra was Rosenbaum’s pet.

The man was hospitalized with two puncture wounds and had the words “Black Mamba” scrawled across his arm in black marker.

Officials said Rosenbaum’s claim led to an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other county and city agencies in Georgia and Florida.

Rosenbaum faces up to five years in prison.


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