published Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Region Digest: Georgia redeposits tax refunds

ATLANTA

State redeposits tax refunds

State officials have redeposited more than 32,000 tax refunds after mistakenly removing the money from the accounts of Georgia taxpayers.

In some cases, the situation led to bank overdraft fees when checks bounced. But state Tax Commissioner Douglas MacGinnitie promised the state would pay if bank charges accrued.

He said redepositing the money was an important step, but more work needs to be done to resolve bank charges for taxpayers who were affected.

Revenue officials said the problems arose after the state issued about $12 million in tax refunds, but officials quickly realized that it had paid out about $630,000 too much.



BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn.

Standoff follows domestic fight

A domestic fight between an adult man and two teenage boys came to a peaceful end after the man closed himself in a bedroom with a weapon, Bradley County authorities say.

Deputies responded to the 100 block of Thorne Circle off U.S. Highway 64 at 9:40 p.m. Thursday, according to sheriff's spokesman Bob Gault. Deputies found the man and boys fighting in a bedroom, Gault said in a news release.

"Shortly thereafter, the two were able to escape the residence with their mother and sister," he said. "The suspect, who had a weapon in the bedroom, closed the door and refused to come out."

Deputies talked to the man until he surrendered around 3:30 a.m. Friday, Gault stated.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Skyridge Medical Center for an evaluation.



CLEVELAND, Tenn.

Police probe pair of robberies

Cleveland police are investigating robberies that happened just minutes apart Friday, officials said.

A news release states that two people walked into the Design 1000 hair salon at 2328 Georgetown Road demanding cash about 7:17 a.m. Friday.

The pair, wearing blue jeans, pullovers, bandana masks, yellow rubber gloves and sunglasses, fled with the cash, the release stated.

At 7:41 a.m., a clerk at the Subway store at 3318 Keith St. described the same two men entering the restaurant, police said.

No weapon was shown in either robbery, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cleveland Police Department at 423-476-1121.



ATHENS, Tenn.

Doctor acquitted in drug-sex case

A McMinn County jury has acquitted a doctor accused of exchanging prescription drugs for sex.

Jurors returned the verdict Wednesday at the trial of Rodney Dunham, whose medical license is listed as inactive. Athens police charged Dunham with unlawfully dispensing controlled substances in November 2009.

Assistant District Attorney General Paul Rush told the Daily Post Athenian that the case was unusual because the relationship between Dunham and his patient was consensual.

The prosecutor said it was "hard to convict based on the situation."

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