Officer's gun charge advances to grand jury

...to which Craven has pleaded not guilty.In a preliminary hearing that lasted less than 15 minutes Wednesday, Chief Magistrate Brenda Carpenter advanced the discharging a firearm into a vehicle charge for a grand jury to decide on May 27...

Judge dismisses child molestation charges

...Tuesday against a man accused of asking a woman to let him spend time with her young daughters.McDuffie County Chief Magistrate Bryant Swan, who was called in to avoid conflicts of interest, ruled that there was not enough evidence to charge...

Augusta judges' pay could rise

...Barbara Sims, R-Augusta, each said they hadn't heard about Howard's bill.Howard said he was asked by the chief magistrate judge and the Superior Court judges for a raise."The normal way I've seen it done in the past, and we've...

Many Georgia counties lack animal control services

...situations, Holton has looked to other means to remove animals from harm's way.On Wednesday, she went before Chief Magistrate Judge Sterling Wimberly to try to get possession of a pitbull mix whose owner had the dog tethered outside with two...

As temperatures drop, outdoor pets need attention

...way."Holton said she went to Burke County Magistrate Court on Tuesday to try to get possession of the dogs, but Chief Magistrate Sterling Wimberly advised her to make an application for a criminal warrant, which will be heard Dec. 10.Columbia...

Across the region

...pre-trial diversion program, which includes an alcohol and substance abuse assessment.Fulton County State Court Chief Magistrate Judge Stephanie Davis on Friday allowed Fuller, 55, to enter the program and ordered him to report back to the...

Police charge Ga. man with killing teen girlfriend, child

...child were killed, citing an ongoing investigation.Smith is being held at the Jackson County Jail. The county's chief magistrate judge held a first appearance for Smith over the weekend, in which he denied bail.

Motorcycle wreck kills Georgia judge

...judge was killed in a crash while riding a motorcycle.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Fannin County Chief Magistrate Judge Ronald Newton died Sunday afternoon in a wreck on Ga. 60 near the Georgia-Tennessee state line. Fannin...

Columbia County judge resigns over misconduct allegations

...had been a magistrate judge since 2007, submitted his resignation at the Evans courthouse, said Columbia County Chief Magistrate Judge Jason Troiano. It was effective immediately, Troiano said.Nelson had been notified earlier Thursday that...

Former Georgia judge accused of framing woman

...the charges against him and looks forward to defending himself at trial.The alleged crimes stem from his time as chief magistrate judge in Murray County. He resigned from that post in August 2012, soon after the Georgia Judicial Qualifications...