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Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on charges that he received and distributed
thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child pornography.

Roger Carruthers, 47, was also sentenced Tuesday to serve 10
years of supervised release.

Authorities say he traded child pornography online with an
undercover FBI agent. They said the videos and images traded
included children as young as an 18-month-old baby, and also
sadistic and masochistic conduct involving children.

All told, prosecutors said he received and distributed more than
4,400 images and 130 videos.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says Carruthers deserved the
punishment. She says that some of the videos were "horrifically
brutal."

Palmetto Fatal Fire Ruled Accidential: Victims Identified

PALMETTO, GA -- Faulty medical equipment caused the house fire that killed three people in south Fulton County Tuesday morning.

"We've determined that this tragic fire was accidental," Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine said in a statement.

The fire started before 6 a.m. in a 50-year-old log house on Locke Street in downtown Palmetto.

An 89-year-old woman and two men in their 50s were killed. 

The victims were identified as Irene Wiggle and the two men as 55-year-old Thomas Millar, and 50-year-old Marcus Usher, who was bed-ridden.

Authorities said the fire was caused by "an oxygen-generating device that malfunctioned." 

The only survivor, Nancy Millar, managed to get out and run down to a fire station about a block away for help.

Firefighters from Palmetto, Chattahoochee Hills and Coweta and Fulton counties all responded.

Newnan Launches Safe STEP Pedestrian Safety

The city of Newnan is starting a Pedestrian Safety public awareness campaign ‘Safe STEP.’ The City will begin conducting an ongoing campaign to remind drivers to look for pedestrians; and to encourage pedestrians to use crosswalks and follow the pedestrian signal indications.


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