News Nearby: Man Shot in Family Fight; Grandma Charged in Death of Boy, 4

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Man Shot in Canton Family Dispute - Canton-Sixes Patch

A man is in serious condition at Northside Hospital-Cherokee after he was shot in the course of a family dispute, authorities say.

According to a press release from the Canton Police Department, a Hispanic male suffered a gunshot wound at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Lakeview Drive in Canton.

Cop Thwarts Prison Smuggling Attempt at Federal Pen - East Atlanta Patch

Usually, people are wanting to break out of prison, not break in.

But Atlanta police report that one of its officers thwarted what seemed to be four people trying to smuggle items  — including two loaded handguns — into the U.S. Federal Penitentiary. Read more on East Atlanta Patch.

Grandmother Charged in Death of Monroe 4-Year-Old - Oconee Patch

Cynthia Lynn Miller, 50, of Monroe, has been charged with first degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence (drugs), serious injury by vehicle and failing to maintain lane after an accident in Morgan County Monday resulted in the death of her grandson and the critical injury of another family member. Read more on Oconee Patch.

Wrong Address Shooting Suspect Believed Someone Was Trying to Enter Home - Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch

The attorney of a man charged with murder in Lilburn says his client feared for his life when he fired the fatal shot that killed a 22-year-old Duluth man.

. Rodrigo Diaz, 22, the victim, died from his injuries at Gwinnett Medical Center. Diaz's family has said that a GPS took them to Sailors' driveway by mistake and that he was shot as he pulled away from the home. .

Report: Accused Midtown Parking Garage Shooter Confesses - Roswell Patch

Nkosi Thandiwe, the former security guard on trial for the 2011 Midtown shooting that killed Roswell's Brittney Watts and left another paralyzed, took the stand in his own defense Wednesday and confessed to the shooting.

WGCL-TV reported that on Day 2 of the trail Thandiwe testified that he snapped and was upset about the way white people treated black people. .

Student Arrested and Charged Over Shooting Hoax Makes Bond - Cumming Patch

The Flowery Branch High School student who was arrested Tuesday for posting comments about a possible shooting that was to occur at the school is out of jail.

Tiffani Torres, 18, of Flowery Branch, posted a $1000 bond late Tuesday afternoon, according to Sgt. Kiley Sargent of the Hall County Sheriff's Office. .

Report: Acworth School That Bans Gays Receives State Funding - Acworth Patch

Some scholarship money generated through a Georgia tax credit program has been used at religious schools that ban gay, lesbian and bisexual students, according to a report released this month.

Two of the schools mentioned in the report from the Southern Education Foundation, an Atlanta education policy group, are in North Cobb.

At Shiloh Hills Christian School in Kennesaw, the standard of conduct policy is clear. A student who says “I am gay,” “I am a homosexual” or “I like boys” will be expelled. .

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