Around the Region: School Board Member Allegedly Strikes Student With Car, Bank Robbery Suspect Dies and Police Issue Celebratory Gunfire Warning

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School Board Member Arrested After Allegedly Striking Student with SUV - Cartersville Patch

A Bartow County Board of Educationrepresentative at the center of an ethics complaint was jailed Friday following an apparently unrelated incident in the parking lot of the Cartersville Walmart.

Angela "Angie" Gail Cornett, 41, who serves as District 3 representative and vice chairman, is accused of striking a 17-year-old Adairsville High School student with her vehicle.

The teen told authorities she was standing with a buggy in an empty parking spot—saving the space for her brother's girlfriend, who had recently given birth—when Cornett, driving her SUV, approached and yelled for her to move.

The teen said she told Cornett she was saving the space, but Cornett accelerated her 2007 Lexus GX470 and hit the girl's right leg with the front, passenger tire of the vehicle.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Dies After Being Shot by Sheriff's Deputy - Stone Mountain Patch

The suspect in an attempted bank robbery who was shot by a DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy at the Capitol City Bank & Trust Co. on Memorial Drive has died, a spokesman with the sheriff's office said.

The suspect, Eric D. Roberts, of Lithonia, was shot Friday morning at the bank in unincorporated Stone Mountain.

Roberts had previous run-ins with law enforcement, including obstruction, failure to appear and loitering charges, sheriff's office spokesman Adrion Bell said.

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- Buckhead Patch

The Atlanta Police Department is asking residents in Atlanta not to engage in "celebratory gunfire" this New Year's Eve.

Celebratory gunfire is when people discharge their weapons up in the air as part of the celebration of the New Year. The dangerous, and sometimes fatal, problem occurs after those bullets reach their highest point and then fall back to the ground.

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