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Synthetic marijuana sends 8 to hospital


BRUNSWICK, GA. — Police in Brunswick say eight people had to be hospitalized after smoking a form of synthetic marijuana.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said three people had to be treated in intensive care, and the five others were released. All the smokers were between 16 and 25.

Doering said the eight became ill after smoking a substance called “Crazy Clown” that was made in Colorado and purchased at a store in Brunswick.

No one has been arrested, and Doering said lab tests are needed to determine whether the substance had compounds illegal under Georgia law.

Coach enters guilty plea in sexting case

MILTON, GA. — A youth softball coach will avoid prison after pleading guilty to claims that he sent lewd text messages to a 15-year-old girl.

A judge sentenced Rob­ert Keith Payne, 36, to five years of probation after he pleaded guilty to enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Payne also must register as a sex offender, and he can’t have unsupervised visits with juveniles.

Milton police began investigating after a teen’s father reported that the coach had been sending text messages to his daughter. The girl was a player for Stealth Softball, a travel league team based in Cumming.

Past fight led to bar killing, police say

ANDERSON, S.C. — Investigators say a suspect shot another man to death in a Honea Path bar because he was tired of the victim bragging about how he beat the suspect up.

The testimony was part of a preliminary hearing Friday. A judge ruled that a murder charge against 31-year-old Alex Anderson can be taken to a grand jury.

Authorities say Ander­son told them he was angry with Broadus White Jr., 38, because White knocked out some of his teeth in a fight over a drug deal.

The two were in the same bar Aug. 3, and Anderson got angry and shot White after hearing him tell a woman about the fight, authorities say.

Anderson’s attorney says he shot White after the victim reached in his pocket.

Man surrenders in deadly hit-and-run

SUMTER, S.C. — Police say a 25-year-old man has turned himself in on a hit-and-run charge hours after a woman was killed on a Sumter street.

Investigators said Isabell Shannon, 54, was standing outside her broken-down van when she was hit. Friday. Authorities say the vehicle also hit a second car whose driver had stopped to help Shannon.

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