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Regional headlines: Decatur County official steps down

BAINBRIDGE, Ga.: A Decatur County Commissioner is stepping down from his post on the county's finance committee after a disagreement over the fate of their county attorney.

The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight reports that Commissioner Frank Loeffler stepped down from the Decatur County finance committee.

In a letter to his fellow commissioners and County Administrator Gary Breedlove, Loeffler said in the letter that he was disappointing that one of his fellow commissioners and committee members -- Commissioner Russell Smith -- has moved to fire county attorney Brown Moseley based on the cost to the county for keeping Moseley on the payroll at the boards Oct. 9 meeting.

"I absolutely felt betrayed by one of my own committee members,” Loeffler told the paper. “I feel so strongly about it, that I would just rather not be on that committee now.”

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Man burned in meth explosion charged

MOULTRIE, Ga. — A man injured in a suspected meth lab explosion last year was charged Tuesday with cooking the highly-volatile drug, police say.

The Moultrie Observer reports that Brandon Thomas Truett, 32, of Bloomingdale, Ga., was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday with manufacturing methamphetamine, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Investigator Sean Ladson said Truett's indictment stems from an Aug. 21, 2011 explosion on Tillman Road in which Truett was severely injured.

Ladson said authorities were called early that morning to the residence by someone who said his brother had been burned severely. Truett allegedly told investigators he was making meth when the cooking vessel exploded.

“I don’t know if he was ever on fire or if it blew up, burned him real quick and it was just a chemical burn,” Ladson said, "but Truett was Life-Flighted from Colquitt Regional Medical Center to the burn center in Augusta."

No meth was found, according to a report at the time of the incident, but materials used to make the drug were found.

The Observer reports that Truett has already served time in the state prison system for another charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. He was sentenced to six years in a 2005 case but was released in May 2008 after serving about 20 months.

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Gunmen Storm Colquitt County home

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Police officials say that two men armed with a shotgun stormed a home on Tallokas Road, binding the resident with duct tape as they ransacked his home.

According to the Moultrie Observer, Al Anderson told police that around 12:15 a.m. he awoke to find two men standing in his bedroom, one armed with a shotgun, the other with a flashlight.

Anderson told police that he attempted to grab the shotgun from one of the suspects; a struggle ensued and Anderson managed to pull the trigger of the gun -- it did not fire, he told police.

The other man managed to pull Anderson away from the first suspect. He was then bound with duct tape and the men began searching through Anderson's valuables, taking a jewelry box containing several watches that he estimate were worth a total of $2,700.

The men remain at large.

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Americus Tourism Council overcomes $131k debt

AMERICUS, Ga. — After learning the body had more than $131,000 in unpaid bills, the head of the Americus-Sumter Tourisum Council says the organization is now debt-free.

The Americus Times-Recorder reports that Angie Singletary, the council's executive director, made the announcement at a monthly board Wednesday.

According to the Times-Recorder, the previous executive director was fired in early 2011 after it was discovered that the organization was $131,000 in debt.

Early in 2011, the Council’s executive director was fired after it was brought to light that the Council was $131,000 in debt.