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Burglary charges filed against Georgia college students

Two students from Georgia Military College were recently arrested and charged for what police described as a string of burglaries. In addition to burglary charges, the pair were also charged with multiple auto thefts. One of the two men also faces allegations of credit card fraud and making a false statement.

Police claim that the burglaries started in the summer of July 2016 at an area apartment complex, when the first burglary was reported. Soon after, the two students believed to be involved in the incident rented their own apartments at a nearby the complex. In August, police received multiple reports of entering a vehicle and burglary at the second complex. Things apparently slowed down for a brief period before starting back up at the beginning of September, until they quickly died down only to again resume at the start of October.

Criminal defense might be top priority for suspended officer

A Georgia police officer is already out on bond after his recent arrest. Accused of becoming violent with a teenage student at an area high school, he is facing several criminal charges, including cruelty to children and battery. He is currently on administrative leave from his position, which will likely give him ample time to focus on his criminal defense strategies.

The exact details of the alleged attack were not immediately made clear, but the incident apparently occurred on school grounds. The teenage student complained to school officials that he or she had been physically harmed by the officer. Some of their family members were apparently present when the incident took place and reaffirmed the claim, stating that the teen still had physical evidence from the attack.

Katt Williams facing criminal charges in Georgia

Most people in Georgia are familiar with Katt Williams for his long comedy career, but he recently made headlines for his personal life rather than his comedic stylings. Williams is currently facing multiple criminal charges in two different counties for incidents that allegedly occurred earlier in the year. After being briefly jailed in both counties, he posted a $10,000 bond and was released.

In April 2016, an area restaurant manager accused Williams of throwing a salt shaker at his face. He claims that he received a bloody lip from the altercation. Although it is not entirely clear what occurred just prior to the alleged incident, a warrant was eventually issued, and Williams recently turned himself in. Local authorities discovered the existence of another warrant in a different county and transferred him after his booking was complete.

Former GBI agent facing racketeering criminal charges

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation recently relieved one of its agents of her duties, which was quickly followed by her resignation. Facing criminal charges for racketeering, she spent only hours behind jail before posting her $100,000 bond. Her arrest followed a decades-long career at the GBI.

The GBI was first notified of possibly irregular activities on the agent's purchase card at the beginning of Aug. 2016. A routine audit performed by the Department of Administrative Services had allegedly discovered approximately 350 improper transactions. Those transactions totaled more than $87,000, all of which had been submitted to the bureau's card management system.

Possible kill for hire results in criminal charges

A Georgia teenager is currently being held in police custody without the opportunity to post bond. The high school student is facing criminal charges as an adult after he allegedly tried to hire someone to kill two of his classmates at school. Police have not yet said what might have led to this apparent request.

Officers working at the school were tipped off that the 17-year-old student was allegedly searching for someone who would kill two individuals in exchange for money. It is not clear if a student or adult provided police with this information. At that point, an undercover police officer arranged a meeting with the teen.

Nurse practitioner facing criminal charges for use of database

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation claims that a Georgia woman violated a state law regarding the usage of a prescription database. The medical professional has since been arrested and is facing criminal charges related to the alleged violation. She is believed to be the first person charged for violating this specific law, and she has so far denied the allegations.

The law that the 62-year-old nurse practitioner is accused of violating was only recently passed. Critics of this newly enacted law claim that it is far from clear, pointing out that is language is exceptionally vague. Lawmakers apparently took the criticism to heart and are currently drafting possible updates in order to amend the law, but that did not stop authorities with the GBI from filing the recent charges.

Georgia man facing criminal charges over warrant mistake

A man was taken into custody on allegations of obstruction when Georgia police officers mistook him for a different person. His criminal charges now include a violation of probation, which could potentially send him to jail for as long as seven years. However, some believe that the officers involved unfairly escalated the situation that led to the arrest.

Three officers were attempting to arrest a different man who had a warrant out for an alleged simple assault. When they arrived at the residence, the officers apparently assumed that the man seated inside of a car parked in the driveway was the same individual that they were looking for. When asked for his name he gave it, and even though it did not match the one attached to the warrant, officers continued to insist that he exit the vehicle. He was ultimately hit with a Taser gun and then handcuffed as he asked for officers to retrieve his wallet with his ID, which confirmed that he was not the man with the warrant.

Journalist hit with felony charges for request of open records

Freedom of the press is a constitutional right granted to journalists, publishers and other individuals involved in the journalism profession. This important right protects these individuals from being unfairly censored while doing their jobs, but a Georgia publisher claims he was retaliated against for exercising that right. He was slapped with felony charges and an overnight stay in jail for allegedly filing a request that he was well within his rights to file.

The publisher has apparently been active in pursuing possible financial inaccuracies in his local superior court. As part of his ongoing investigative journalism, he filed an open-records request that would have given him copies of checks that had been cashed illegally. He and another journalist then sent subpoenas to the banks at where office expenses are maintained for some of the court judges. However, the chief judge, who later stated that she does not have a good reaction when someone questions her honesty, managed to secure indictments for these actions.

Georgia mayor to face criminal charges for alleged tax evasion

A Georgia mayor is on the line for allegedly evading taxes. Although no criminal charges have officially been filed, the district attorney has already announced his intention to charge the part-time mayor of a small town with tax evasion. However, while the mayor is accused of personal tax evasion that is often depicted in film and on TV, the accusations are also related to payroll taxes.

His part-time gig as the small town's mayor is apparently supplemented by a personal business that he owns. It is unclear what sparked the original investigation into his personal and business-related taxes, but the results of that investigation are rather serious. Although the mayor withheld the proper amount of taxes from his employee's paychecks, he may not have actually handed those taxes over to the state of Georgia.

Georgia authorities bring in three teens on theft charges

At least one homeless teen is among a group of three people arrested by Georgia police. The teenage boys were brought in on allegations of theft, criminal damages and possession of a firearm during a crime. Only one of the teens will be charged as a minor while the other two will face charges as adults.

The boys -- aged 16 and 17 years old -- are accused of being involved in a string of vehicle thefts. Police believe they mostly targeted vehicles that were left unlocked by owners, from which they reportedly took sunglasses, loose change, a tablet and various other items. Firearms were also allegedly taken from unlocked vehicles. Those firearms -- none of which have been recovered by police -- were apparently used to shoot at three of the involved vehicles, at least one of which was later found down an embankment. The total damage to the vehicles has been placed at somewhere between $6,000 and $10,000.