Our network

Crime

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Anthropology students and professors from the University of West Georgia recently staged a crime scene to help members of the Cartersville Police Department practice their forensic investigation skills.

Dr. Kerriann Marden with UWG's Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL) organized the mock crime scene on Nov. 3. She and her students placed a combination of animal bone fragments and replica human bones, personal effects and decomposing animal tissue around a shallow grave.

"We try to stage the mock scenes as realistically as possible to allow law enforcement and other medicolegal professionals to experience the real challenges that they may encounter when recovering human remains -- scavengers, weather, insects, soil, odors, etc., as well as learning the basic archaeological skills," Marden said in a statement.

Man sentenced to life for shooting college student

Man sentenced to life for shooting college student

ATLANTA -- A 24-year-old Atlanta man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and shooting a University of West Georgia student.

Tremaine Leigh was convicted Thursday of aggravated assault, theft and firearm possession in the March 31, 2011 shooting of then-20-year-old Brandon Griffith.

Court records showed that Griffith was shopping for snacks at the Texaco Food Mart on Northside Drive near Atlanta University Center when Leigh, who was armed with a gun, approached him and demanded money.

When Griffith didn't give up his money quickly enough, authorities said Leigh shot him in the chest, took his wallet and cell phone, and drove away in his car.

Leigh was captured two months later and will now spend life plus 35 years in prison.

Griffith survived the attack and is currently completing his senior year of college.

Man sentenced in plot to ship deer to Ga.

Man sentenced in plot to ship deer to Ga.

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A west Georgia man has been sentenced to six months probation for trying to illegally ship deer from Pennsylvania to his Georgia ranch.

According to information presented in court, 48-year-old Donald Lee Vaughn tried to transport 11 white-tailed deer to his property in Villa Rica in 2009. He admitted that he did not have the deer tested for diseases.

"Shipping wildlife across state lines without testing for illness and disease potentially threatens the health of our wild deer population," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Experts tell us that once diseases are spread, they are almost impossible to eradicate."

In addition to serving time on probation, Vaughn must also pay a $20,000 fine.

Ex-bank president to serve 6 years in prison

Ex-bank president to serve 6 years in prison

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- The former president of Villa Rica-based Hometown Bank was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison after being found guilty of bank fraud.

According to information presented in court, 39-year-old S. Pope Cleghorn, Jr. misappropriated nearly $3 million in fraudulent loans with co-conspirator Russell T. Long.

"This defendant, the president and CEO of a Georgia bank, made bad loans to a crony who later admitted he paid cash kickbacks in exchange for the special treatment," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "For years, the defendant took extraordinary efforts to cover up his fraud with phony documents and lies, but with today's prison sentence, he has now been brought to justice."

Temple man arrested after trying to meet minor for sex

Temple man arrested after trying to meet minor for sex

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- A 21-year-old west Georgia man was arrested Monday after trying to meet a minor for sex.

Jessie Lipscomb came to the attention of FBI agents when they saw him acting suspicious on the Internet. Investigators set up a meeting with the Temple man in Ringgold, leading him to believe that he was going to meet with a child. Instead, he was arrested.

Lipscomb is being held in the Catoosa County Jail. He faces charges of attempted aggravated assault and violation of the Computer Pornography Act.

UWG student killed in weekend traffic accident

UWG student killed in weekend traffic accident

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A University of West Georgia student was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a car near the entrance to the school's football stadium.

Twenty-year-old Matthew Benjamin Dyas was killed Saturday about an hour before the school's homecoming day football game when he was struck by a 2006 Nissan Maxima.

Police charged Gloria Faith Dupree, the Nissan's driver, with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and failure to yield. She was taken to the Carroll County Jail.

Dyas was a member of the school's golf team who had transferred from Georgia Southern University. West Georgia athletic director Daryl Dickey said the death has "devastated" the campus.

Federal jury convicts Bremen man of fraud

Federal jury convicts Bremen man of fraud

BREMEN, Ga. -- A federal jury in Rome has convicted a 46-year-old Bremen man and his corporation of mail and wire fraud and money laundering.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the jury found Jeffrey Wallace Edwards guilty on Tuesday of two counts of mail fraud, 17 counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of money laundering.

Evidence at the trial showed that between February 2006 and February 2007, Edwards promised investors they would receive returns of between 41 and 1,066 percent on the money they placed in high yield investment programs he had with the Federal Reserve Bank.

Prosecutors say 31 people mailed or electronically transferred more than $7 million to Edwards.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 1.