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Local man wrongfully arrested due to state clerical error

The 21-year-old Honor Roll student at Georgia State has never had trouble with the law before. He thought he would get a ticket and move on.

He was wrong.

"The officer said 'did you know your license was suspended?' I said no," Marcus said.

The officer told him he had a suspended license out of Macon.

"I haven't been to Macon in three years," Marcus said.

But he has been driving on a suspended license for the last year. For a crime he didn't commit.

Marcus gave 11Alive'sRyan Kruger the citation that's on his record with the Department of Driver Services.

The name Gerien Marcus was confused for Marcus Green.

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96-year-old brought to tears by hospital worker's actions

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- A 96-year-old man was brought to tears by the kind actions of a hospital worker.

Tom and Arnisteen Clark have been married for 68 years.

The only time the Fayette County couple were apart was when Tom was stationed in Korea while serving in the Army, so it was difficult when the two were forced to stay in separate rooms after they checked in Piedmont Fayette Hospital. The two are staying on an orthopedic floor, in which all the rooms are private. It is against state regulations to put two patients in a private room, according to Charlsie Niemiec of Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

Tina Mann, the a manager at the hospital, went out of her way to make sure that Tom, 96, could visit his 92-year-old wife in her room several times a day.

"I just can't be away from her, she's the finest woman in the world," Tom Clark said.

Police: Resident shoots alleged home intruder

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A man shot an alleged home intruder four times in Fayetteville on Thursday.

Fayette Co. legal bill breaks $1 million in special election dispute

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- An intense legal battle is costing taxpayers in Fayette County around a million dollars - and it's far from over.

The case stems from the seat vacated by Pota Coston who lost her battle with breast cancer.

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Judge rules for district voting in Fayette Co. election

ATLANTA -- A federal judge has just ruled that the election to replace a Fayette County commissioner will be decided by those in her district.


Pota Coston was elected in 2014 – the first black elected official in Fayette County's history. This was, many said, in large part due to a judge's decision to force districts within the county to vote for their own commissioners. The judge, at the time, said the decision would give voices to under-represented communities, namely the black community, which makes up 21% of Fayette County.

Fayette Co Commissioner Dies in term

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Pota Coston was the first African American elected to the Fayette County Commission. Her battle with cancer began the same month she took office this year. She died on Friday.

As the county looks ahead some worry about how she will be replaced. At the first meeting since her death, neighbors are worried the new found diversity they've seen on the commission will die with her. They even went so far to declare how she'll be replaced "unfair" and "potentially discriminatory."

Flowers placed above Coston's seat on the board weren't the only tribute Thursday night. Protest signs called for commissioners to replace her seat in the same way she was elected: with district voting.

"I'm in support of district voting because I live in a diverse community ,and I want that diverse community to be reflected in my county commission," said Irene Shane.

Arrests made in Fayetteville Applebee's murder

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville Police say a former Applebee's employee was among two suspects arrested for the murder of restaurant manager Greg Smith.

Now Smith's family is coming to terms with the kind of closure that doesn't make the pain inside go away.


They're seeing Smith's alleged killers behind bars but not getting a chance to see their loved-one ever again.