Across Georgia

25 honored for heroism with Carnegie medals


PITTSBURGH --- A California woman hit in the face with a meat cleaver while trying to rescue a neighbor from an armed assailant, and a Georgia teen who saved a man from drowning were among 25 people awarded Carnegie medals on Thursday for their heroism.

Diane D. Cox, 52, of Newbury Park, rushed to the aid of Sandra Ruiz, 33, who was being attacked by a man wielding a meat cleaver in the courtyard of her apartment complex in August 2007.

Kyle Christopherson, 18, of Oxford, Ga., saved 47-year-old Daniel C. Broaddus from drowning in the Atlantic Ocean at Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., on July 23, 2007.

UGA student indicted in death of boy, 12

ATHENS --- A Clarke County grand jury indicted a college student on vehicular homicide and other charges Wednesday, accusing him of running down a 12-year-old Athens boy while driving drunk on Barnett Shoals Road last summer.

Jurors charged Joseph Patrick Armstrong with two counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol and hit and run.

Mr. Armstrong, 23, was drinking downtown before he got behind the wheel of a pickup and struck Gedera Thomas early the morning of June 8, Athens-Clarke police said.

Gedera, who was scheduled to begin sixth grade at Coile Middle School, had sneaked out of his East Whitehall Road house that night along with his 17-year-old brother to visit the older brother's girlfriend, according to authorities.


CONAGRA FOODS INC. says a Tuesday morning fire at the company's Peter Pan plant in southwest Georgia will not affect production of peanut butter. No one was injured and no equipment was damaged in the blaze.

-- Edited from wire reports