Four people killed in mud-bogging wreck
GRIFFIN --- Four people were killed and two people were injured Friday after a truck driving in the mud struck two trees.
Authorities said two people survived the crash, which occurred at about 11 p.m. Georgia State Patrol Trooper J.T. McMillan said alcohol was a factor.
"Basically, all we know is they were out there, playing around, mud-bogging on the dirt road," he told the Griffin Daily News . "They got stuck in the dirt and were pulled out by a dump truck. They sped off down the road and the driver struck two trees."
Trooper McMillan said the vehicle, a Ford Bronco, burned completely.
Those killed were the driver, a 24-year-old woman; a 36-year-old woman; a 2-year-old boy; and a 4-year-old girl. Their names haven't been released.
Teacher accused of sexual assault on girl
GRAYSON --- Police have arrested a high school teacher after a student accused him of locking her in a classroom trailer and sexually assaulting her.
Grayson High School teacher Marcus Lancaster was arrested Dec. 21 after his resignation over a school district investigation into the accusations. He is out on $18,900 bond.
Gwinnett County Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said Mr. Lancaster was hired this year to teach social studies and coach football and baseball.
Top judge in state's southern circuit dies
WAYCROSS --- The chief Superior Court judge of the Waycross Judicial Circuit died early Saturday after collapsing from cardiac arrest at his home on Christmas Day.
Stephen L. Jackson died at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 60. He was about to begin his 11th term on the bench in the circuit, which covers six South Georgia counties.
An attorney since 1974, he was elected superior court judge in 1996. He had been chief judge for three years when he died.
Judge Jackson was instrumental in creating the Waycross Area Shelter for Abused Women and Children and served as executive director there for many years.
Along with two other judges, he was also helping to establish the circuit's first drug court for nonviolent, first-time offenders. It's set to begin in 2008.
Disbarred lawyer, ex-state senator dies
SAVANNAH --- Former state Sen. Roy L. Allen II died Friday in Atlanta, the Savannah Morning News reported Saturday.
In 1998, Mr. Allen, a successful Savannah attorney and popular elected official, was charged with stealing money from clients and ordered to repay about $467,667