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Man sentenced in plot to ship deer to Ga.

Man sentenced in plot to ship deer to Ga.

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A west Georgia man has been sentenced to six months probation for trying to illegally ship deer from Pennsylvania to his Georgia ranch.

According to information presented in court, 48-year-old Donald Lee Vaughn tried to transport 11 white-tailed deer to his property in Villa Rica in 2009. He admitted that he did not have the deer tested for diseases.

"Shipping wildlife across state lines without testing for illness and disease potentially threatens the health of our wild deer population," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Experts tell us that once diseases are spread, they are almost impossible to eradicate."

In addition to serving time on probation, Vaughn must also pay a $20,000 fine.

Ex-bank president to serve 6 years in prison

Ex-bank president to serve 6 years in prison

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- The former president of Villa Rica-based Hometown Bank was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison after being found guilty of bank fraud.

According to information presented in court, 39-year-old S. Pope Cleghorn, Jr. misappropriated nearly $3 million in fraudulent loans with co-conspirator Russell T. Long.

"This defendant, the president and CEO of a Georgia bank, made bad loans to a crony who later admitted he paid cash kickbacks in exchange for the special treatment," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "For years, the defendant took extraordinary efforts to cover up his fraud with phony documents and lies, but with today's prison sentence, he has now been brought to justice."

Temple man arrested after trying to meet minor for sex

Temple man arrested after trying to meet minor for sex

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- A 21-year-old west Georgia man was arrested Monday after trying to meet a minor for sex.

Jessie Lipscomb came to the attention of FBI agents when they saw him acting suspicious on the Internet. Investigators set up a meeting with the Temple man in Ringgold, leading him to believe that he was going to meet with a child. Instead, he was arrested.

Lipscomb is being held in the Catoosa County Jail. He faces charges of attempted aggravated assault and violation of the Computer Pornography Act.

Reward Increases in Animal Cruelty Case

Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based security firm, will contribute $5,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) who shot a mixed breed pit bull in the head with an arrow with a metal tip. The dog was found wandering the streets in Southwest Atlanta Tuesday evening, Sept. 13. The dog, aptly named "Arrow," is expected to recover from its injuries.

To anonymously submit information related to the dog's injury, call the Help Stop Dog Fighting hotline at 877.215.2250 or submit information at www.helpstopdogfighting.com.

"We need to apprehend this person before another animal or person is injured," said CEO Greg Norred, of Norred & Associates.

The tip line was established as part of the company's overall pro-bono campaign to stop dog fighting.

DOUGLASVILLE: 1 killed, 1 hurt in stabbings

DOUGLASVILLE: 1 killed, 1 hurt in stabbings

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities say two women were stabbed with a sword in a Douglasville home Monday afternoon.

A teenager was taken into custody by police after his grandmother and great-grandmother were stabbed at the home on Springridge Drive.

Douglas County sheriff's deputies said the 77-year-old great-grandmother was killed outside the house. They said the grandmother, who is in her 50s, barricade herself in a bedroom inside the home. She was hospitalized and is expected to survive.

Authorities said the 14-year-old was taken into custody after deputies found him standing in the doorway with a sword and a pellet rifle, and he shot out of the windows of a patrol car.

5 Sureños gang members sentenced for crime spree

5 Sureños gang members sentenced for crime spree

ATLANTA -- Five local members of the Sureños, or Sur 13, street gang were sentenced Tuesday on carjacking and firearms charges.

All five defendants pleaded guilty to the charges last December.

"Gang crime strikes a particular fear in communities because of its unpredictable and violent nature," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "These gang members went on a weekend-long armed robbery crime spree that spread across Metro Atlanta and included at least seven carjackings or attempted carjackings, the robbery of a small grocery store and several pedestrian robberies."

Each of the defendants will spend several years in prison.

* Pedro Barrera-Perez, 30, of Stone Mountain was sentenced to 24 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a payment of $19,272 in restitution.