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    DOVER, Del. (CBS) — Demanding answers. The president of Delaware State University is calling for a wider investigation after sheriff deputies in Georgia boarded the bus of its women’s lacrosse team and searched for drugs. The search sparked outrage in the Philadelphia area, and around the country. READ MORE: More Than 75 New Jersey Gas Stations Lowering Prices On Friday To Promote Self-ServiceUniversity president Tony Allen announced at a press conference on Friday that DSU intends to file a formal complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. Allen says the basis of the complaint will be police misconduct related to the incident in which the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department officers conducted a “constitutionally dubious” stop and search of the bus transporting DSU’s women’s lacrosse team.  A video taken by one of the lacrosse players on board a bus heading back from the team’s final season game shows sheriff’s deputies in Georgia telling the student-athletes to fess up if they have drugs on board.  Twenty minutes later, every single bag, including suitcases in the...
    Sheriff’s deputies in Georgia were surprised to learn last week that what was reported to be a woman’s body found along a hiking trail was actually a "life-sized doll, complete with accessories." The doll, dubbed Selena, was seen in the Hitchiti National Forest and was reported to authorities last Thursday but responding deputies quickly realized it was just a case of littering, not homicide, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.  "The victim, now named Selena, is a little under the weather, but she has been having a nice day and is expected a make a full recovery," the department joked on its Facebook page.  A life-sized doll dubbed "Selena" was mistakenly reported as a body, the sheriff's department said.  (Jones County Sheriff's Office ) MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE SUSPECTED HOME INTRUDER STUCK IN CHIMNEY The doll as it looked when deputies found it.  "In all seriousness, thank God for small blessings in that this just turned out to be a case of littering. If you know Selena or are responsible for her whereabouts, rest assured no DNA was collected and...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Faced with deadlocked jurors, a judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case of three former Georgia sheriff’s deputies accused of murdering a Black man whom they had repeatedly shocked with stun guns during a 2017 arrest. Senior Judge H. Gibbs Flanders Jr. granted the defense motions for mistrials on the charges against Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott in the death of Eurie Martin, 58. The jury foreman told the judge that no juror in the Sandersville courtroom had changed their mind since Friday, the first day of deliberations, and that more time was unlikely to lead to the unanimity needed for convictions or acquittals. Martin, who had a history of schizophrenia, was walking through the central Georgia town of Deepstep on a scorching day in July 2017, taking a 30-mile (50-kilometer) journey to see his relatives when a resident called 911 to report Martin as suspicious. It wasn’t immediately clear if Washington County prosecutors intend to retry the case against the fired deputies. The three men remain under indictment and are...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors have seen the videos many times at the trial of three former Georgia sheriff’s deputies accused of murdering a man during a 2017 arrest when they shocked him with stun guns. But now they must decide what the recordings of Eurie Martin’s last moments mean, and whether they fit the law charging Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott with murder. Lawyers made closing arguments Thursday in a Sandersville courtroom, and the judge said deliberations will begin Friday after he explains the law to jurors. Prosecutors renewed their claims that Copeland, Howell and Scott, all white men, had no reason to detain Martin, a 58-year-old Black man, after a resident called 911 to report Martin as suspicious. Martin, who had a history of schizophrenia, was walking through the central Georgia town of Deepstep on a scorching day in July 2017, taking a 30-mile (50-kilometer) journey to see his relatives. “We’re here because Eurie Lee Martin had every right to keep walking,” Assistant District Attorney Kelly Weathers told jurors. “The defendants had no right to...
    SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Defense experts testifying at the murder trial of three former Georgia sheriff’s deputies deny they used too much force when they repeatedly shocked a man with stun guns before he died. Prosecutors said Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott, all white men, had no reason to detain Eurie Martin, a 58-year-old Black man who came to their attention after someone called 911 saying he seemed suspicious. Martin, who had a history of schizophrenia, was walking through the central Georgia town of Deepstep that sweltering day in July 2017, taking a 30-mile journey to see his relatives. “My overall impression is that the officers used … reasonable force, but it didn’t start off with force,” Valdosta State University criminal justice professor Darrell Lee Ross testified Tuesday. The 911 caller said Martin had entered his property asking to fill a soft drink can with water. The deputies said Martin broke the law by stepping into the traffic lane of the road, which doesn’t have sidewalks. And while much of the encounter was captured on...
    SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent told jurors Monday that a man who died after being stopped by Washington County sheriff’s deputies had not committed a crime and should have been allowed to keep walking. Local news outlets report John Durden told jurors that then-deputies Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott were not justified in stopping or detaining Eurie Martin in 2017 in Deepstep, Georgia. The three former deputies, all white, are on trial for the murder of Martin, who was Black, after repeatedly shocking him with stun guns. “I don’t think there was a crime, enough to stop him for reasonable suspicion,” said Durden, who was admitted as an expert on use-of-force training. Martin, 58, had been reported as suspicious in a 911 call from a resident of the Washington County town in central Georgia while on a 30-mile (50-kilometer) walk to see relatives on a sweltering July day. Howell and Copeland ordered Martin to stop walking on the roadway, place his hands on his head and lie down. “Was Eurie Martin constitutionally...
    SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Jurors heard opening arguments Thursday in the trial of three former Georgia sheriff’s deputies charged with murder in the 2017 death of a Black man whom the deputies repeatedly shocked with a stun gun. Eurie Martin, 58, died in 2017 in Deepstep, Georgia, after being stunned repeatedly by then-deputies Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott, all of whom are white. Martin, who suffered from schizophrenia, had been the subject of a 911 call from a homeowner in the Washington County town while on a 30-mile (50-kilometer) walk to see relatives on a sweltering July day. Howell and Copeland ordered Martin to stop walking on the roadway, place his hands on his head, and lie down. Local news outlets report prosecutor Kelly Weathers told jurors that Martin spoke to deputies, saying on recorded video, “I’m not messing with you man, I’ve done nothing wrong.” When Martin didn’t stop, prosecutors said, officers shot him with electrical stun guns for as long as 2 minutes over a 5-minute period, using the guns in a way...
    Georgia investigators say two men were shot and dumped in a lake after deputies found two bodies near the same bridge within 24 hours of one another this week.  The Troup County Sheriff’s Office said investigators believe both Travis Michael Lodato, 31, and Marcus Lee Caswell, 46, were dumped in West Point Lake "in an attempt to hide or dispose of the bodies" after they were killed. Investigators said they first recovered Caswell’s body on Monday. (Troup County Sheriff's Office) "When we got the call yesterday that was kind of our working hunch, a fisherman or somebody that drowned," Sgt. Stewart Smith told FOX 5 Atlanta. "But when we started looking at the body we discovered that. It was certainly shocking." WASHINGTON MAN GETS 25 YEARS FOR MURDERING SISTER'S RAPIST AFTER MEETING HIM IN JAIL He’d been shot in the head. Then they found Lodato’s body the next day, also with a bullet wound, and said they believe the shootings happened at the same time.  Both men were from Newnan, Ga. (Troup County Sheriff's Office) Caswell’s...
    A man suspected of allegedly fatally stabbing a Pentagon police officer outside the building's Metro stop on Tuesday previously attempted to join the U.S. Marines and faced charges in Georgia for aggravated battery and terrorist threats, among other counts, according to authorities. The suspect, whose identity has not been publicly revealed by authorities, was killed on Tuesday after investigators said he stabbed an officer several times in the neck. Charges are still pending, but several law enforcement officials reportedly confirmed the suspect was identified as 27-year-old Georgia resident Austin William Lanz, according to multiple outlets. Lanz enlisted in the marines on Oct. 9, 2012, but was "administratively separated" on Nov. 2, 2012, "and never earned the title Marine," Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Jim Stenger told the Washington Examiner. In April, authorities arrested him in Atlanta on criminal trespassing and burglary charges, according to a booking report from the Cobb County Sheriff's Office obtained by the Washington Examiner. PENTAGON POLICE IDENTIFY OFFICER KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY DURING ATTACK As deputies attempted to book him in the county jail, he allegedly...
    ATLANTA (AP) — When he heard the first two gunshots, Marcus Lyon dove behind the bed where moments earlier the massage therapist had been rubbing his neck. He was hiding when the third shot rang out. The woman who had been kneading the FedEx worker’s sore muscles suddenly dropped to the floor. Lyon could see her, shot in the head, lying just a couple of feet from where he had taken cover. “I’m thinking in my head, ‘I’m about to die. I’m gonna die,’” he recalled. “I started thinking about my son.” Lyon waited in the room, less than a minute, he figures, until he heard the sound of bells signaling someone had opened the front door at Youngs Asian Massage. Hearing no more gunfire, he hurried back into his clothes and ran outside, grabbed a gun from his vehicle and made the first 911 call. Dispatchers took the call at 4:54 p.m. “I wasn’t scared in the moment because it was kind of too late to be scared,” Lyon said in an interview. “I couldn’t believe it was happening.”...
    WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia middle school teacher has been arrested after officials say he assaulted a student in a hallway in front of other teachers. Rashad Carter was arrested Thursday for aggravated assault and one count of cruelty to children after the incident at Burke County Middle School in Waynesboro. Carter remained jailed Friday with bail not yet set. It's unclear if he has a lawyer to speak for him. The Burke County Sheriff's Office said that school resource deputies were told about the assault shortly after it happened. Besides witnesses, sheriff's deputies say the assault was also recorded on video. According to the Burke County Middle School website, Carter is a math teacher and interventionist for the school. District officials tell WRDW-TV that Carter has worked for the district since 2007 and has been placed on administrative leave. Superintendent Angela Williams says the district is cooperating with the investigation. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Georgia, Associated Press
    MACON, Ga. (AP) — Police in middle Georgia are looking for a man they say was involved in the shooting of three other men on Sunday. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office said late Wednesday that it has issued an aggravated assault warrant for 26-year-old Treavon Raeshawn Girtman of Macon. The shooting took place Sunday evening in south Macon. Deputies found that a 23-year-old man, a 28-year-old man and a 30-year-old man had all been shot after a fight. The 23-year-old man was shot multiple times and critically wounded. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Georgia, Associated Press
    MACON, Ga. (AP) — A man in central Georgia has been charged with murdering his wife, after sheriff's deputies said they found the woman dead inside the recreational vehicle where the couple lived. The Macon Telegraph reported that Harold Seidenfaden, 78, was being held without bond at the Houston County jail for the death of his wife, 60-year-old Debora Seidenfaden. Her cause of death was not immediately released. The sheriff's office said its deputies answered a 911 call Sunday from a neighbor and found the body of Debora Seidenfaden inside the couple’s RV where they lived south of Perry. Harold Seidenfaden had earlier told the neighbor that “he had been in an argument with his wife ... and that her body was inside the RV," according to the sheriff's office statement. Sheriff’s deputies said when they found Harold Seidenfaden, he had “some injuries to his person.” It wasn't immediately clear if Harold Seidenfaden had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags:...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court on Monday found that a lower court was wrong to grant immunity from prosecution to three sheriff's deputies facing murder charges in a stun gun death dating to July 2017. The three white Washington County deputies — Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott — were charged with murder and other crimes in the death of Eurie Lee Martin, a 58-year-old Black man with a history of mental illness. “We determine that, in granting immunity, the trial court made findings of material fact that were inconsistent with its legal conclusions regarding the deputies’ encounter with Martin," Georgia Supreme Court Justice Charlie Bethel wrote in the unanimous opinion. He added that the trial court conflated principles regarding reasonable use of force with self-defense and immunity, made unclear findings of material fact with respect to whether any or all of the deputies used force intended or likely to cause death, and did not address facts pertinent to each deputy individually. Martin was walking along a road in Deepstep, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s highest court on Monday found that a lower court was wrong to grant immunity from prosecution to three sheriff’s deputies facing murder charges in a stun gun death dating to July 2017. The three white Washington County deputies — Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott — were charged with murder and other crimes in the death of Eurie Lee Martin, a 58-year-old Black man with a history of mental illness. “We determine that, in granting immunity, the trial court made findings of material fact that were inconsistent with its legal conclusions regarding the deputies’ encounter with Martin,” Georgia Supreme Court Justice Charlie Bethel wrote in the unanimous opinion. He added that the trial court conflated principles regarding reasonable use of force with self-defense and immunity, made unclear findings of material fact with respect to whether any or all of the deputies used force intended or likely to cause death, and did not address facts pertinent to each deputy individually. Martin was walking along a road in Deepstep, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast...
    John Miles, Jr. has been Candler County’s top law enforcement officer since March 2016. The small rural county of almost 11,000 is one term into a new regime that followed what was the incumbency of the longest sitting sheriff in the state of Georgia. The 250-square mile county with just one municipality embodies what people think of when they hear ‘rural America’ which makes for a quaint and comfortable place to call home that can sometimes be difficult to govern.  But in four and a half years and on a shoestring budget of sorts, Miles has transformed the Candler County Sheriff’s Office, accelerated the agency into the technological age with competitive pay for deputies, and increased the amount and the quality of services provided — not always an easy feat in southeast Georgia where citizens prefer ‘the way it’s always been done’ and, for many decades, ‘who you know and why’ determining your level of influence. After trudging through two highly contested elections within eight months of each other, Miles...
    GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) — Two Georgia sheriff's deputies died Tuesday after their police car ran into a stopped truck on Interstate 20 near Augusta. The Fulton County deputies died in the crash in Grovetown, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Their Dodge Charger ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer that was stopped in the left lane because of traffic. The deputies were headed east toward Augusta. Their names weren't immediately released. The Deputy J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, a charity for law enforcement officers, said on social media that the deputies had attended a memorial service for a Richmond County sheriff's sergeant who died from complications of COVID-19. The memorial service for Charles Norton had been held earlier Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp and other officials expressed condolences. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Georgia
    JONESBORO, Ga. -- A sheriff's office in Georgia says it has fired a deputy seen on video repeatedly punching a Black man during a traffic stop.The Clayton County Sheriff's Office said Sunday the deputy was fired for using excessive force. It did not identify the deputy. It said a criminal investigation has been turned over to the district attorney's office.Roderick Walker, 26, was arrested and beaten after Clayton County sheriff's deputies pulled over the vehicle he was riding in Friday with his girlfriend, their five-month-old child and his stepson for an alleged broken taillight, his attorney, Shean Williams of The Cochran Firm in Atlanta, said Sunday. The deputies asked for Walker's identification and got upset and demanded he get out of the vehicle when he questioned why they needed it since he wasn't driving, Williams said.The subsequent arrest, captured on video by a bystander and shared widely, shows two deputies on top of Walker, one of whom repeatedly punches him.Walker was arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers and battery.
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