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Jekyll developer wants to become defendant


ATLANTA --- A developer chosen to build a $352 million "town center" on Jekyll Island wants to join a lawsuit filed over the project -- as one of the parties being sued.

Linger Longer LLC filed papers in Fulton County Superior Court seeking to join the suit as a co-defendant with the Jekyll Island Authority, which operates the 71/2-square-mile state park off Georgia's coast.

Developer Wade Shealy sued the authority earlier this month after it rejected his proposal for revitalizing the island's aging hotels and tourism attractions in favor of a competing plan by Linger Longer, the developer of the upscale Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee.

Jim Langford, Linger Longer's project executive, called the lawsuit "completely without merit" in a statement that said the developer asked to be a co-defendant to protect its own interests in the project.

Teen charged with vehicular homicide

ATHENS --- A 14-year-old driver has been charged with vehicular homicide after a three-vehicle wreck Saturday that killed two of his friends and injured two others, Athens-Clarke police said Monday.

The wreck seems to be alcohol-related, police said.

Officers said they smelled alcohol on the driver, who apparently took his cousin's car for a joy ride.

Killer leads police to body 19 years later

NEWNAN --- Authorities unearthed a shallow grave in an isolated and wooded part of Coweta County on Tuesday and recovered the body of a man slain 19 years ago, using information from the man convicted of fatally shooting him.

Coweta County sheriff's officials removed the body of Charles W. Eagle from a 22-inch-deep grave in a rural part of west Coweta County, about 41 miles southwest of Atlanta, said sheriff's Maj. James Yarbrough.

Mr. Eagle's body was identified by the clothing he was wearing when he was slain, as remembered by Jerry Weyman Still, the man convicted in his death, Maj. Yarbrough said.

Abandoned baby is found outside church

SAVANNAH --- A newborn baby was in good condition after being found abandoned outside a Savannah church Monday night.

A member of New Life Church found the baby on a bench shortly before 10 p.m. during a break in praise team rehearsal at New Vision Baptist Church, a multichurch campus shared by several church groups.

The baby, less than three hours old, was wrapped in a blood-stained towel with about six inches of her umbilical cord still attached, said Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Mike Wilson.

-- Edited from wire reports