• Georgia councilman pleads not guilty to obstruction charges

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    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A city councilman in Georgia has pleaded not guilty to obstructing police officers during a traffic collision investigation.

    News outlets report 57-year-old Reginald Copeland entered the plea and also waived his formal arraignment hearing that was scheduled for Friday.

    The Marietta city councilman was charged in May with several counts of misdemeanor obstruction.

    An arrest warrant says Copeland's truck was struck by a car making a U-turn. It says Copeland refused to give police his license and resisted getting out of the truck during the ensuing investigation.

    Copeland's jury trial will be in October.

    Copeland is serving his second year on the council representing Ward 5. He cannot be removed from office unless he's convicted of a felony or if there's a successful recall petition.

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