Trending state headlines: Officer seeks warrant to stop FB posts

Ga. officer seeks warrant to stop Facebook posts

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A police officer on Georgia's coast is asking a judge to issue a warrant against a preacher over comments posted about her on Facebook.

Brunswick police Officer Barbara Hartman asked Glynn County Magistrate Wallace Harrell on Thursday to issue the warrant charging the Rev. Ken Adkins with making false statements or writings.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the officer is also asking the magistrate to issue a "good behavior" warrant to compel Adkins to stop saying bad things about her on Facebook.

Hartman told Harrell the preacher "has caused me severe grief" in questioning her integrity as an officer and a business owner.

Harrell said there are constitutional rights to free speech involved in the case, and that he intended to study that issue before ruling on the request.


Georgia judge appoints lawyer to represent dog

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. — A judge in Effingham County has appointed a lawyer to represent a pit bull dog accused of attacking a 5-year-old boy.

Superior Court Judge William E. Woodrum Jr. appointed Springfield attorney Claude M. Kicklighter to represent the dog, named Kno.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the judge appointed the lawyer for the dog "in the interest of justice."

The lawyer will represent the dog in what is essentially a death penalty case, since authorities are considering whether to euthanize the animal.

Kicklighter, who is not receiving a fee, was also ordered to represent the dog's owners.

Kno is accused of attacking Wesley Frye on July 24 while the child was playing with another child inside a neighbor's home. The boy underwent two surgeries after the attack.


FBI probes leak in biker gang investigation

ATLANTA — An FBI agent says the agency is investigating a leak that compromised an undercover investigation into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Court documents show that federal authorities suspect a law enforcement official leaked the name of a government informant, a development that halted the investigation this summer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that nearly two dozen defendants with ties to the Outlaws and its affiliated clubs - the Black Pistons, Hoodlums and Southern Knights — were charged with federal drug and weapons offenses after the undercover operation was shut down.

Court records state that the Outlaw Motorcycle Club has chapters nationwide, and has a clubhouse on Campbellton Road in Atlanta. It's "Silver Region" encompasses clubs in Georgia and Alabama.


DeKalb man gets 18 years for fatally beating son

ATLANTA — A DeKalb County man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for beating his 5-month-old son to death.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Benjamin Edetanlen was sentenced Wednesday.

Assistant District Attorney Dalia Racine says Edetanlen used the Bible to justify beating his 5-month-old, his 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.

Edetanlen said he adhered to the bible verse Proverbs 13, which gave him the reason to beat his children. But prosecutors say Edetanlen went too far and his discipline killed his child in his home in 2004.

Prosecutors say the boy died from blunt force trauma. He suffered brain injuries and a broken leg.

Edetanlen's wife faces a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she allegedly did nothing to stop the abuse.