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- Ohatchee woman killed in New Years Day
- Polk County, Ga. Deaths under investigation
- Georgia murder suspect headed to court
- College tuition savings program extended
Ohatchee woman killed in New Years Day
Alabama State Troopers report that a 33-year-old
Ohatchee woman was killed Monday afternoon when her car was struck by
an oncoming vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 431 and Alabama 204 8
miles west of Jacksonville. According to troopers, Jana Katherine
Harrell was traveling west on 204, was turning right onto 431 when her
Pontiac Grand-Am was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup going north on 431
driven by 52 year old Bobby Lankford of Gadsden.
Polk County, Ga. Deaths under investigation
Polk County, Georgia authorities are
investigating three weekend deaths in the west Georgia county. Polk
County authorities say that A Polk County couple found dead late
Sunday apparently died of carbon monoxide poisoning. 42 year old
Robert Jeffery Collins, and 38 year old Lisa Ann Patterson, were
pronounced dead on the scene at their Grogan Road home in Cedartown,
Sunday evening. Investigators say that A portable generator had been
brought inside the mobile home to provide electricity. The bodies were
taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsies
to confirm the initial findings. An autopsy also is pending for a Polk
County woman who apparently bled to death early Sunday at a vacant
home off Ga. 100 South between Cedartown and Tallapoosa. 50 year old
Teresa C. Atkins, of a Culps Lake Road address was pronounced dead at
2:33 a.m. Sunday morning. Polk County police are investigating the
circumstances of her death. Investigators said there are indications
Atkins attempted to enter the house through a first floor window and
accidentally cut her arm on the broken glass.
Georgia murder suspect headed to court
The 19 year old suspect in the 2004 murder of an
8 year old west Georgia girl is expected to be back in a Carrollton,
Georgia courtroom Wednesday. A case review hearing is scheduled for
tomorrow for the 19 year old Carroll County, Georgia resident
Christopher Gossett who indicted on a charge of involuntary
mansluaghter in connection with the April, 2004 killing of 8 year old
Amy Yates. Gossett has been scheduled to appear before Superior
Court Judge Aubrey Duffey. In two previous hearings late last fall,
Duffey has postponed ruling on the defense motion for reasonable bond
to be set for Gossett, pending the completion of a psychologial
evaluation. The request for bond and other defense or state motions
related to the case could be considered in Wednesday’s court session.
College tuition savings program extended
State Treasurer Kay Ivey has extended the
deadline for enrolling in Alabama's Prepaid Affordable College Tuition
program until Jan. 12. The enrollment period was due to expire
Sunday, but Ivey said she pushed it back to encourage more Alabamians
to save. The PACT program has a specific period each year when
participants can enroll. It allow the participants to prepay for 128
hours of tuition and eight semesters of mandatory fees at any Alabama
public college or university for students who are in the ninth grade
or below. PACT plans can also be used at private and out-of-state
colleges. The state treasurer's office operates another college
savings plan called the Alabama Higher Education 529 Fund. Ivey, in a
news release said It is an investment plan that can be started at any
point in the year, and the proceeds can be used for all types of
college-related expenses, including room, board and books.
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