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New York man arrested in Rome for possession of child pornography

New York man arrested in Rome for possession of child pornography

ROME, Ga. -- A 19-year-old man was arrested in Rome on Wednesday for possession of child pornography.

Zachary Bourbeau of Tupperlake, NY was in Rome to visit a Berry College student he met online, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead.

Bankhead said GBI agents learned that Bourbeau may have been in possession of child pornography after receiving a tip from the New York State Police. Bourbeau consented to a search of his laptop, which was how investigators uncovered the pornography.

Bourbeau, who faces similar charges in New York, was taken to the Floyd County Jail.

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.

Police seek suspects in Sears store theft

Police seek suspects in Sears store theft

ROME, Ga. -- Police released surveillance video of a theft at a Rome Sears store that netted about $13,000 in cash.

Authorities say they're looking for three suspects -- two females and a male -- who are shown in the video. Police say it shows the trio walking into the store and then later shows the man prying open the door to the safe room.

Police say the theft happened Sunday night, when the two women inquired about a job application. Employees told police that a human resources employee took the women in her office to apply for jobs, while the man entered the safe room near the office. Authorities say he used a screwdriver to pry the safe open.

Convicted sex offender's right to an attorney defended by Supreme Court

Convicted sex offender's right to an attorney defended by Supreme Court

FLOYD CO., Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously reversed a Georgia Court of Appeals decision, finding that a man who was convicted of molesting his girlfriend's daughter was improperly questioned by police after he asked for an attorney.

The child, referred to as N.T. in court, was 10 years old when she, her brothers and her mother moved in with Gregory Fate Wheeler. N.T. testified that Wheeler began molesting her soon after they moved in, and even drilled a hole in the bathroom door so he could watch her.

According to information presented in court, the abuse continued almost daily for six years. N.T. said she did not report it right away because Wheeler told her that her mother would suffer a heart attack if she knew.

Eventually, when N.T. was a teenager, her boyfriend's mother reported the abuse to the Floyd County Sheriff's Office.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Canadian fugitive arrested in North Georgia

Canadian fugitive arrested in North Georgia

DALTON, Ga. -- An international murder suspect was arrested Tuesday in North Georgia.

Todd Howley, 48, of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada was taken in custody by FBI agents and officers with numerous local police departments. He was found in a hotel parking lot in Dalton.

Howley is wanted for first degree murder by the Ontario Provincial Police. A warrant for his arrest was obtained in Cleveland, Ohio, after investigators discovered that he had fled Canada for the U.S.

The suspect will appear before a U.S. magistrate judge in Rome on Wednesday, May 11.

North Georgia EMC: Watch out for fake utility workers

North Georgia EMC: Watch out for fake utility workers

DALTON, Ga. -- In the aftermath of last week's devastating storms, North Georgia EMC crews are working hard to finish cleaning up.

Other personnel are trying to distribute important information to NGEMC members who have experienced storm damage.

Officials warn residents to watch out for scam artists trying to impersonate utility crew members, FEMA personnel or other crisis relief workers.

If you question whether someone claiming to be with NGEMC is an actual employee, asking for identification and call the nearest office to check his or her status. All official workers carry ID badges with the company name, employee name and picture.