Morning Minute: A roundup of the morning's top regional headlines from the AP

Here are the top morning headlines from around the state:

Man facing 37-count indictment defeats Ga. sheriff

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A candidate for sheriff won his election despite facing a 37-count indictment, which could bring a lengthy prison term if he's convicted.

Challenger Victor Hill defeated incumbent Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough in Tuesday's primary election. Hill got about 53.7 percent of the vote.

Hill has denied the allegations. The charges, which range from racketeering to witness tampering, stem from Hill's earlier term as sheriff in the county south of Atlanta.

"Tonight, I am humbled by God and the support of the Clayton County voters and accept their will to serve once again, as sheriff of Clayton County," Hill told The Clayton News Daily.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that it's uncertain whether Hill will take office in January because Gov. Nathan Deal could suspend him until he goes to trial. No trial date has been set.

Kimbrough said he and his campaign "gave it our best shot" and the people made their decision. "I respect them and always will," he said.

Attorney Harlan Miller, who represented sheriff's deputies in a legal battle with the county, offered a different perspective.

"All I can say is that Victor Hill is like a bad ant bed," said Miller. "Scary to stumble across and hard to get rid of."


Toddler wanders from home, drowns in pool

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler has died after being pulled from the bottom of a backyard swimming pool near Grovetown in east Georgia.

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins tells The Augusta Chronicle that 3-year-old Raydin Hollbrooks was pronounced dead at Doctor's Hospital at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Collins said an autopsy was planned for Wednesday.

Authorities say the child was found in the pool after wandering away from her home in Columbia County.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the two homes are about a quarter-mile apart in the rural community off Louisville Road. Morris said the gate to the fence around the above-ground pool was open.


Isaac strengthens in the Carribean

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac is getting better organized as it approaches the Carribbean.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 45 mph (75 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Isaac is expected to strengthen and could become a hurricane by Thursday.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and a swath of islands across the Caribbean including Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Culebra and Vieques.

Isaac is centered about 210 miles (340 kilometers) east of Guadeloupe and is moving west near 19 mph (31 kph).

Isaac also poses a possible threat to Florida during next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.


Ga. health officials urge caution at fairs, events

ATLANTA (AP) — State agriculture and health officials are warning Georgians to take safety precautions while attending state fairs and other events this fall due to human infections from a flu virus normally found in pigs.

Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said in a statement that people should wash their hands after being near pigs or touching the animals.

Black said there's no reason to stay away from fairs, but he urged people to take precautions.

On Aug. 17, the Centers for Disease Control announced that 225 cases of H3N2v infection from a new strain of swine flu had been reported in the U.S. during 2012. Cases have been reported in Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois. No deaths have been reported as a result of H3N2v.


VSU 3 years, 3 months ago

So a man facing a 37 count indictment gets elected sheriff. Typical in today's society.


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