4 plead not guilty in militia plot case
ATLANTA — Four suspected members of a Georgia militia charged with plotting attacks with toxins and explosives against government officials have pleaded not guilty to charges against them.
The four men appeared at a bond hearing at a Gainesville federal courthouse on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the men talked of assassinating U.S. Attorney General and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, among others.
Prosecutors have accused 73-year-old Frederick Thomas and 67-year-old Dan Roberts of conspiring to obtain an explosive and possessing an unregistered silencer.
Authorities also charged 55-year-old Ray Adams and 68-year-old Samuel Crump with conspiring and attempting to make ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses.
If convicted, the men could face more than a decade in prison. Attorneys and relatives of the men say the charges are baseless.
Beaten student has surgery on his face
ATLANTA — Authorities say a Westlake High junior is recovering from surgery after his nose and jaw were broken during an attack in a classroom at the metro Atlanta school.
Fulton County Schools spokeswoman Susan Hale said three freshmen and one sophomore are being suspended from school after the attack.
Relatives of the 16-year-old said he underwent surgery Tuesday, and will remain at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for a few days.
Citadel mum on molestation of 5
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel says it will honor requests from law enforcement and not release information about a 2002 incident at its summer camp allegedly involving a Charleston-area educator and coach accused of molesting five boys.
The college responded Wednesday to media Freedom of Information Act requests about 32-year-old Louis ReVille.
ReVille worked at the camp during the summers of 2001, 2002 and 2003. The school said that, beyond the alleged 2002 incident, there were no complaints about ReVille involving his activities at the military college.
ReVille, who was arrested last month, also served as a state foster parent between 2004 and 2006. The Department of Social Services said it received no complaints at the time but is conducting an internal investigation.