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News Nearby: Zoo Atlanta Delivers Baby Sumatran Orangutan Via C-Section

Here's news from around the region for Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Zoo Atlanta Delivers Baby Sumatran Orangutan Via C-Section 

Blaze, a 16-year-old Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to a male on Jan. 10 at Zoo Atlanta. He was delivered via Caesarean section with the consultation of an extensive pre-appointed medical team that comprised human obstetricians, neonatologists and veterinary anesthesiologists.

Blaze’s Caesarean section is one of only three performed on Sumatran orangutans in recent years. She is a small-bodied female, and her reproductive history includes a previous birth, but the offspring did not survive the birth process, possibly due to causes related to Blaze’s small size. Read more on East Atlanta Patch.

Decatur Area Man Held on Sex Trafficking Charges 

The GBI reported Thursday night that a Decatur area man was arrested on sex trafficking charges after a traffic stop on I-20 in South Georgia.

The GBI did not provide a street address for Johnathon Nathaniel Kelly, 29, and no further information about him was immediately available. Read more on Decatur Patch.

Judge Dismisses Criminal Case Against Kennesaw State Grad Jessica Colotl 

A Cobb County Superior Court judge has dismissed the criminal case against Jessica Colotl, the Kennesaw State University graduate whose 2010 arrest for a minor traffic violation sparked debate about illegal immigrants in public colleges.

Defense lawyer Jerome Lee today told the Associated Press that Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley granted a request to toss a felony false swearing charge against Colotl. Read more on Kennesaw Patch.

Kristofak Charged with Pharmacy Robbery

John Kristofak, who is being held without bond for his ex-wife's murder in East Cobb before Christmas, is facing additional felony charges.

Fayetteville Police say Kristofak stole prescription drugs from a pharmacy while a manhunt was underway for his arrest, according to multiple news reportsThursday afternoon. Read more on East Cobb Patch.

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