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  • John Barrow Will Run for Georgia Supreme Court

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    Former congressman John Barrow of Athens will run for an open seat on the Georgia Supreme Court, he announced today.

    An appellate court depends on the combined experience of its judges to arrive at decisions that are fair and just,” Barrow said in a news release. When Justice [Robert] Benham retires, the Supreme Court will lose almost as much experience as the rest of the Court combined.  That’s why I’m running—to offer my experience to help maintain the kind of balance we want in our Supreme Court.”

    Barrow's father, James, was a Superior Court judge in Athens and oversaw the desegregation of the local school system.

    John Barrow graduated from UGA and Harvard Law School, and clerked at two federal appeals courts before opening a private law practice in Athens.

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  • Ruling Expected Next Week on Controversial UGA Grad Student

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    Irami Osei-Frimpong

    Whether it's a political witch hunt or a case of academic dishonesty, University of Georgia teaching assistant Irami Osei-Frimpong will learn next week whether he's been suspended or expelled from the philosophy PhD program.

    A panel of five students held a six-hour hearing Friday on the Office of Student Conduct's charges, based on an anonymous tip, that he omitted his attendance at the University of Chicago and a 2011 trespassing arrest at a protest from his application to graduate school, which UGA officials say call into question his academic record.

    Osei-Frimpong has said that he didn't think either was relevant, because he studied political science, not philosophy, in Chicago, and the UGA philosophy department has said including that information would only have made his application stronger. The misdemeanor charge against him was dismissed as unconstitutional.

    The charges, he says, are retaliation for the racially charged statements he's made on social media, which drew the ire of conservative alumni after a right-wing website publicized them.

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  • Police Charge Suspect With Shooting UGA Student

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    Police arrested a suspect early Tuesday morning and charged him with robbing one UGA student on Monday and shooting another during a second robbery minutes later.

    Zarren Garner, 20, was arrested in Gwinnett County at about 1:40 a.m. by Athens-Clarke County police, with assistance from Gwinnett County police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and FBI. He was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 3:39 a.m. and charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault. He is currently being held without bond. More charges may be added, said Special Agent Mike Ayers, head of the GBI's Athens bureau.

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  • Athens Police Seek Man Who Shot and Robbed UGA Students

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    From left, GBI special agent Mike Ayers, Police Chief Cleveland Spruill, Capt. Jerry Saulters and deputy chiefs Jeff Clark and Mike Hunsinger.

    Athens-Clarke County police are looking for the man who robbed one UGA student and shot another this morning at a South Milledge Avenue apartment complex.

    Police received a call regarding a shooting on South Milledge shortly after 7 a.m. and found a 22-year-old man who had been shot multiple times at a bus stop on Milledge just south of the Loop. An ambulance took him to a local hospital, where he's suffering from life-threating injuries.

    At around the same time, police received another call about an armed robbery that had happened in the Milledge Place apartment complex's parking lot a few minutes prior to the shooting.

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  • Athens Police Officer Kills Peeping Tom Suspect

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    An Athens-Clarke County police officer shot and killed a "peeping Tom" suspect Saturday on Hull Road.

    Police responded to a call about the peeping Tom at about 11:40 p.m. The victim identified a suspect, and officers went to his residence on the 1200 block of Hull Road. 

    The suspect brandished a shotgun, and one of the officers, fearing for his life, shot the suspect, according to an ACCPD news release. They rendered first aid until an ambulance arrived and transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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  • Athens Police Identify Body Found in River

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    Athens-Clarke County police have identified the body found in the Middle Oconee River last Saturday as belonging to Emory Odell Findley, a 54-year-old Athens resident.

    Police said that Findley had been reported missing on Mar. 29.

    Kayakers spotted the body near St. George Drive, off Timothy Road, around 1 p.m. Apr. 13. Police removed it from the river, and it was taken to the state crime lab in Atlanta for autopsy.

    Police do not suspect foul play, but are still investigating the circumstances of Findley's death. They urged anyone with information to contact Det. Paul Johnson at 706-613-3330, ext. 522, or paul.johnson@accgov.com.

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  • Clarke Middle Principal Tad MacMillan Is Retiring

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    Clarke Middle School principal Tad MacMillan announced Friday that he's retiring at the end of the school year, creating another leadership vacancy in Clarke County public schools.

    MacMillan told parents in an email:

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  • Body Found in Middle Oconee River

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    Local and state authorities are investigating the death of an individual whose body was found today in the Middle Oconee River.

    The body was discovered near St. George Drive, a residential street off Timothy Road, according to Athens-Clarke County Police Department spokesman Geoffrey Gilland.

    The ACC coroner's office is transporting the body to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta, Gilland said Saturday afternoon.

    No further details were available, he said. The person's identity has not been released, and Gilland said it's too early to tell whether foul play was involved. More information may be available as soon as Sunday, he said.

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