CUMMING: A Forsyth County man whose son serves in the U.S. Coast Guard is upset after he says his homeowners association forced him to stop displaying American flags on his property or else face hefty fines.
Stacy Campbell tells WSB-TV that he removed six small flags from his porch after receiving a letter from his homeowners association this month. The letter said he would be fined $300 each day the flags were kept on display — $50 for each flag.
The bylaws of the Olde Atlanta Club Homeowners Association says that a 4-inch by 6-inch American flag is allowed to be hung, as long it is on a pole that’s physically attached to the house.
The compliance chairman of the homeowners association did not return the network’s request for comment.
WAYNESBORO: A Georgia prosecutor says she intends to seek the death penalty against a man charged with murder after leading authorities to the body of a missing Florida priest.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that District Attorney Ashley Wright filed notice this week that she will seek the death penalty for 28-year-old Steve James Murray of Jacksonville, Fla.
A grand jury in Burke County indicted Murray on murder and weapon violations in the April 18 shooting of the Rev. Rene Robert of St. Augustine, Fla.
Authorities believe Murray kidnapped the 71-year-old priest, took him to Georgia in his own car and killed him there. Murray was later arrested in Aiken, S.C., while driving the priest’s Toyota Corolla.
ATLANTA: Lawyers for a Wisconsin man targeted in a nationwide probe of Gangster Disciples street gang members say he should be freed while awaiting trial and allowed to return home, where he contributes to the arts and music scenes there.
A pair of indictments unsealed this month in federal courts in Atlanta and Memphis, Tenn., name 48 defendants arrested in nine states — Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin. They’re accused of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, robbery, and carjacking.
Attorneys for LaDerris Dickerson say he’s a co-founder of “The Hops Museum” in Madison, Wis., which includes a brewing museum and creative space for artists and entrepreneurs.
Prosecutors say Dickerson was involved in a carjacking.
His attorney says he denies the allegation, and that the indictment doesn’t describe him as a gang member.
ATLANTA: The Atlanta City Council could soon vote on a property swap involving a city-owned Buckhead golf course and state-owned land adjacent to the Underground Atlanta shopping complex. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the council’s finance committee Wednesday forwarded the proposal to the council without a recommendation. The council could vote on it June 6.
Under the proposal, the state would receive the Bobby Jones Golf Course, the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and Atlanta Memorial Park, while the city would acquire property near Underground Atlanta, including a parking deck.
Mayor Kasim Reed has said the parking deck is necessary for a developer’s planned overhaul of the downtown shopping center.
The state is planning to construct a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and renovate the 18-hole course into a nine-hole course.
MARIETTA: Police have arrested a Smyrna man suspected in a shooting at a Cobb County apartment complex that killed two men.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 20-year-old Jeffrey Welstin Smith was arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting deaths of 23-year-old John Ogundipe and 22-year-old Alex White.
Cobb County Police Officer Alicia Chilton says police responded to reports of a shooting Wednesday afternoon at the Cobblestone Apartment Homes in Marietta. When officers arrived, they found two men with gunshot wounds inside a car parked at the complex.
One of the men died at the scene. The other was taken to a hospital where died.
Police arrested Smith at the scene of the shooting. He is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of armed robbery.
— Associated Press