Across Georgia

Sheriff's investigator dies in ATV incident


GAINESVILLE --- A Hall County sheriff's investigator died after his all-terrain vehicle collided with a car.

The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the wreck.

Authorities say 46-year-old Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. James Evans' Yamaha A-T-V collided head-on with a 2001 Honda Accord on Saturday. Sgt. Evans and passenger Christopher Peck were flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where Sgt. Evans died.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Robert Land said the wreck occurred at 5:21 p.m.

He did not release the name of the driver but said she is a Gainesville resident and survived the wreck.

Albany baptist church damaged by arson

ALBANY --- State and local authorities are investigating an apparent burglary and arson that left an Albany church heavily damaged.

The fire was reported about 7:30 a.m. Monday at Metropolitan Baptist Church.

The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's office says the fire was set in the sanctuary and appeared to be part of a burglary.

Commissioner John Oxendine is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. Anyone with information may call the arson hot line at (800) 282-5804.

Alabama man caught in Gwinnett County

SMITHS STATION, ALA. --- A western Alabama man faces a first-degree arson charge after authorities accused him of setting fire to a house occupied by his ex-wife and her 16-year-old son.

According to Ragan Ingram, a spokesman for the Alabama Fire Marshals Office, investigators arrested Terry Lee Mott Sr., 43, of Lee County on Sunday. Mr. Mott, who was arrested in Georgia, is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail and is awaiting extradition. Bail has yet to be set.

Man surrenders in fitness trainer attack

ATLANTA --- Police say a suspect is now in custody in an attack that left a celebrity fitness trainer in a coma.

Atlanta police spokesman James Polite says 24-year-old Apollo Holmes turned himself in at the Fulton County Jail about 8 a.m. Monday. A warrant charges Mr. Holmes with aggravated assault in the attack on Darius Miller.

Authorities say the 41-year-old Mr. Miller was severely beaten early Wednesday outside an Atlanta nightclub after trying to stop several men videotaping a group that included Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin's daughters, Kai Franklin Graham and Kali Jamilla Franklin.

Police say the men turned on Mr. Miller when he attempted to stop them.

-- Edited from wire reports