• Ex-Georgia trooper charged with battery of girlfriend

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    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A former Georgia State Patrol sergeant who was fired in November for selling handguns to a convicted felon, among other reasons, has been charged with battery.

    WMAZ-TV cites an incident report that says Blake Swicord and his girlfriend were driving home from a friend's house on Sunday when they argued.

    The report says the woman kicked Swicord who then pulled over and hit her in the head and face. The report notes EMTs say she may have suffered a broken nose and eye socket, but declined medical attention.

    Swicord arrived at the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office hours later to be interviewed and was released on bond. It's unclear if Swicord has a lawyer.

    Swicord worked for the sheriff's office for six years prior to joining the State Patrol in 2001.

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    Information from: WMAZ-TV, http://www.wmaz.com/

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