News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Georgia say a man is accused of stabbing his brother to death in front of their family. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Joseph Oliver was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated assault and malice murder.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of a Georgia city will avoid prison under a plea deal reached with prosecutors on charges of tax evasion. Snellville Mayor Tom Witts accepted a plea deal Monday. Witts had also been accused of misuse of campaign funds for personal expenses. He will resign and serve six months of house arrest and 10 years of probation. He must also pay $40,000 in back taxes.
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia sheriff's office says two of its deputies have been suspended for illegally hunting deer. Houston County Chief Deputy Billy Rape says a state investigation found that Sgt. Kevin Harper and his nephew, Cpl. Brandon Harper, illegally killed a deer while working as private security. The Macon Telegraph reported Monday that Rape says Kevin Harper shot the deer last month while working at Guardian Centers in Perry with his nephew, who assisted in the hunt.
ATLANTA (AP) - Rapper T.I. is paying a $300 fine after pleading no contest to violating a local law in Georgia that prohibits public cursing. The charge against T.I. stems from a May incident at the gated community where the rapper lives in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge. His spokesman, Steve Sadow, says T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., maintains his innocence but entered a plea "to put this matter to bed."
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