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K-9 Finds Cocaine; HIV Suit Settled

In other area headlines, a high-speed chase ended in a crash, and a Cartersville man pleaded guilty to murder.

High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash

A high-speed chase that ended in an Interstate 75 crash started in Cartersville when a Bartow deputy spotted a vehicle suspected of being stolen.

The patrol deputy had received a "be on the lookout," or BOLO, alert for a stolen vehicle near Cartersville. Within three minutes, he spotted the silver Jeep Cherokee in a fitness center parking lot on Collins Drive. 

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder

A Cartersville man accused in an October 2011 homicide pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and hiding the victim's body.

Timothy James Whitener, 33, lived on Burnt Hickory Road when he was arrested and charged in the death of 49-year-old Juanita Grace Thompson, also of Cartersville. Authorities had said they believed Thompson was killed as a result of an argument with Whitener, which may have been about him stealing.

Report: Atlanta Settles HIV Bias Lawsuit for $250K

The city of Atlanta will pay a HIV-positive police recruit a settlement fee of $250,000 to resolve an almost four-year long discrimination lawsuit.

Lambda Legal made the announcement Wednesday involving the case of an anonymous recruit, who said he was denied employment because of his HIV status and that city doctors violated his privacy.

"We are glad that the city of Atlanta has moved to right its wrong," said Greg Nevins, supervising senior staff attorney at Lambda Legal's Midtown office.

‘Shop For A Cause’ at Macy’s

Have some overdue back-to-school shopping to do? Need something for the house or to add to your wardrobe?

Stop by Macy’s this Saturday (Aug. 25) and you can enjoy special savings while lending a hand to the March of Dimes. The national nonprofit that seeks to end birth defects is the recipient of this year’s “Shop For A Cause” event at Macy’s.

K-9 Sniffs out Crack Cocaine During I-85 Traffic Stop

Two South Carolina men are facing drug trafficking charges after an Aug. 18 traffic stop on Interstate 85 resulted in the discovery of roughly 35 grams of suspected cocaine.

A Gwinnett County police officer stopped a gray Chevrolet Impala driven by Larry King Jr., 25, of Charleston, S.C., after noticing the vehicle was following an SUV at a close distance. After obtaining identification from King and his passenger, Omar Washington, 34, also of Charleston, the officer asked King to exit the vehicle.

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