City offers $20,000 reward in slaying
NEWNAN, GA.— The city of Newnan is offering $20,000 to help solve the killing of a 17-year-old boy whose body was found in a creek last week after he had been missing for two months.
The Times-Herald of Newnan reports that the reward is the largest one the city has ever offered. Authorities found Blake Tyler Chappell dead from a gunshot wound Dec. 19.
The teen had last been seen Oct. 16 on his way to a friend’s house. Authorities estimate the body had been in the creek about a week, but it is not known when the teenager died.
Motorist takes gunman for ride
SAVANNAH, GA. — Police in Savannah say a woman who found a masked, armed man in the back seat of her car as she was leaving work took the uninvited passenger on a wild ride before crashing her vehicle.
Police say the woman, a 50-year-old nurse, stepped on the accelerator when she spotted the man in a ski mask in the back of her GMC Yukon about 8 p.m. Friday. The man put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her. The driver struck a car and street sign and jumped a concrete median to attract the attention of others.
Police said that no one was injured and that the gunman remained at large Saturday night.
Spoleto Festival unveils its lineup
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The American premiere of the Philip Glass opera Kepler, a concert by k.d. lang, and the return of Dublin’s Gate Theatre highlight the 36th season of the Spoleto Festival USA this spring.
Chamber music, acrobatic performances and orchestral concerts are also on the schedule for the festival that will light up 13 venues including theaters, churches and open-air sites from May 25 through June 10.
The festival features more than 140 shows by 60 groups and performers.
This year’s festival also includes concerts by Grammy Award-winning lang and well-known gospel singer Mavis Staples.
Police say woman lied about toddler
COLUMBIA — Columbia police say they have arrested a 22-year-old mother after she lied to officers about the location of her 18-month-old son, who has been missing for weeks.
Investigators said Saturday they are worried about the well-being of Amir Jennings, who was reported missing along with his mother earlier in December.
The toddler’s mother, Zinah Jennings, was found after she was involved in a wreck Dec. 24. Police asked her about her son, and officers said she lied about where he was.
Jennings is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. She is being held on a $150,000 bond at the Richland County jail, and it wasn’t clear if she had an attorney.
In other news
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga., authorities say human skeletal remains have been found scattered in a wooded area. Capt. Tim House with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office says the bones were found Friday. He says it’s too early to determine how long the bones might have been there.
AUTOPSY RESULTS show that smoke inhalation killed four people who died in a house fire in Stilson, Ga. Bulloch County Coroner Jack Futch said autopsies showed that the family members all died before fire destroyed their home Wednesday. The victims are Russell Davis, 56; his wife, Wendi Davis, 55; and their daughters, Susannah Davis, 19; and Haley Davis, 17. The fire is not believed to be intentional. Officials say it started in the rear of the home near a computer desk.