Across Georgia

Program to look into senior citizen abuse

ATLANTA --- DeKalb County is teaming with Emory University to offer a new program to investigate abuse of senior citizens and find them temporary shelter -- one of the first such programs in the country.

Officials from the county and university announced the program Tuesday morning.

DeKalb County will provide forensic examinations of abused seniors, and Emory will provide a bed for them at its Wesley Woods geriatric care center for as long as 30 days afterward.

Wife charged as party to husband's murder

GAINESVILLE, GA. --- Police have charged the wife of a Snellville man shot to death in a Hall County park on Valentine's Day with being a party to murder.

Hall County police have charged Stacey Morgan Schoeck, 38. Hall County sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said Reginald Coleman, 36, is charged with Richard Schoeck's murder, sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said.

Lynitra McKale Ross, 30, is also charged with party to the crime of murder.

Arrest warrants allege Coleman shot Schoeck repeatedly at Belton Bridge Park near Lula.

Schoeck called 911 on Feb. 14 to report finding her husband dead outside his parked truck.

Perdue backs letting immigrant graduate

ATLANTA --- Gov. Sonny Perdue has spoken out in support of letting an illegal immigrant finish getting her degree at Kennesaw State University -- as long as she pays out-of-state tuition.

Atlanta's WSB-TV said Perdue offered the opinion after chatting with Board of Regents Chairman Bob Hatcher Monday. The school decided to let Jessica Colotl finish her final year even after immigration officials learned she was living in the U.S. illegally.

Perdue says it's important that officials operate with compassion when it comes to immigration decisions.