Across Georgia


2 charged in death of 62-year-old man

CLARKSVILLE, GA. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the body of a 62-year-old man was found in a wooded area in Habersham County and two Louisiana men were arrested in the death.

Gordon Mitchell’s body was found Tuesday by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, Rabun County and Habersham County sheriff’s officials. It had been missing for three days and was taken to Atlanta for an autopsy.

Officials arrested Frank Joseph Guitreau Jr. and Ashley Gail Hall. Mountain Circuit district attorney Brian Rickman says the 30-year-old Guitreau Jr. and 29-year-old Hall each were charged with murder in Habersham County.

Rickman says Guitreau Jr. and Hall also were charged in Rabun County with possession of firearms by a convicted felon, manufacture of methamphetamine and providing false statements.

Bill would allow distillery samples

ATLANTA — The Georgia House has passed a bill that would allow distilleries in the state to pour samples for visitors.

House Bill 514 would empower the state to issue permits to distilleries for free tastings. The measure would limit samples to half an ounce per visitor daily.

State Rep. Culver “Rusty” Kidd, the bill’s sponsor, held up a bottle of clear liquid during debate of the bill and offered members of the House a sample of free, legal moonshine made in Georgia. He later said the bottle had water in it.

It now goes to the Senate.

President to visit Atlanta in March

ATLANTA — President Obama is returning to Atlanta in March for a fundraising visit.

A Democratic spokesperson has confirmed the president will arrive March 16. She did not elaborate on the details of the visit.

Obama lost Georgia in the 2008 general election by 5 percentage points. It is the president’s first visit to Georgia in 18 months.

Police have lead on beating suspect

ATLANTA — Federal authorities say a third suspect in the beating of a 20-year-old gay man that was captured in a widely viewed online video likely is hiding in Pennsylvania.

Authorities say 17-year-old Dareal Damare Wil­liams is in the Erie, Pa., area and FBI agents on Wednesday issued an alert for that portion of western Pennsylvania.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the Feb. 4 attack outside a southwest Atlanta store. Federal authorities have been investigating the attack as a possible hate crime because gay slurs are heard in the video.

– From wire reports