Originally created 09/06/97

Metro and regional news briefs



Shooting victim dies from wound

An Augusta woman who was shot Thursday night by her estranged boyfriend died Friday.

Jeanell L. Parker, of the 1900 block of Greene Street, suffered a gunshot wound to the head during what police described as a murder-suicide at her home about 10 p.m. Thursday.

Her former boyfriend, Hosea Mims, 30, went to her home, where Ms. Parker was with her three children. He shot her and then killed himself, police said. Police don't know what motivated the shootings.

"We obviously can't talk to either of them and there was no conversation prior to the shooting," Richmond County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ronald Strength said.

Police also are still unsure of the motive for another shooting Thursday night. Chief Deputy Strength said Friday that Edward Harris, charged with murder in the shooting death of Julius Culbreath, knew Mr. Culbreath. The two were neighbors at Underwood Homes on Kinchley Court in east Augusta.

Mr. Culbreath had threatened Mr. Harris several times Thursday before the shooting, Chief Deputy Strength said.

Man shot during struggle

An Augusta man was shot in the leg during a foiled robbery Friday morning.

Randolph Gibson, 39, of the 1700 block of Telfair Road, was walking home just after midnight in the 1600 block of Jenkins Street when two men on bicycles tried to rob him, according to police reports.

During a struggle with the men, Mr. Gibson was shot in the left leg. He was treated at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. The two men rode away from the scene on bikes.

Senate confirms area judge

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed Augusta native Frank Mays Hull as a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Sen. Max Cleland announced Friday.

Judge Hull has been a U.S. District Court judge in the Northern District of Georgia since 1994. Prior to that appointment, she served as a State Court judge in Fulton County.

A graduate of Randolph-Macon Women's College and Emory University School of Law, Judge Hull practiced with the law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy and became the first female partner in the large law firm.

Three sought in slaying

SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Police are looking for three people charged with murder in the shooting death of an Emanuel County man at a night club earlier this week.

Leroy Mack Jr., 22, of Dublin, Ga., Willie Stanley, no age available, and Ann Allen, 22, are all charged with murder, said Police Chief Johnny Shuman. Assault charges are pending, police said.

John Reality Green, 45, was shot twice in the back with a small-caliber weapon while standing in a crowd outside the club Wednesday night, police said. Vincent Green, in his mid-20s, also was shot twice in the back and is still recovering at Emanuel Medical Centers. Three others also were hurt in the shooting.

Vote-fraud sentences given

DUBLIN -- Three Dodge County residents were sentenced to prison and a fourth was given jail time Friday after they pleaded guilty or were convicted of buying votes in 1996 elections.

U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen sentenced seven others to serve probation in what has been called Georgia's biggest election fraud case.

On Thursday, seven Dodge County residents were sentenced to prison and four others were given probation.

Two elections in Dodge County were thrown out last year after a judge ruled there had been voting fraud that included ballots cast by convicted felons and at least one dead person.

$2.5 million in cocaine found

WOODBINE -- Three men were charged Friday with cocaine trafficking after authorities found 5 kilograms of cocaine worth $2.5 million in the van they were riding in.

Jose L. Garcia, 36, and Mario Sandoval, 38, both of New York City, and Sencion Ortega of the Dominican Republic were arrested Thursday. Deputies stopped the van on Interstate 95 at about 1:30 a.m. near the Woodbine exit when it weaved to the left and then nearly ran off the right side of the road.

The men each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted.

Man admits to using card

AMERICUS -- A 25-year-old Americus man avoided a prison term by pleading guilty to using former President Jimmy Carter's credit card number.

Michael Robinson was sentenced to 12 months' probation Thursday after entering his plea in Sumter County Superior Court. He also was ordered to serve 40 hours of community service. He was arrested in July and charged with credit card fraud after allegedly using Mr. Carter's card number to buy $45.27 worth of compact discs.

He had obtained the number while working at a local restaurant, said Kenneth Keene, assistant special agent in charge of the Secret Service office in Atlanta. Americus is 10 miles from Mr. Carter's hometown of Plains.

Doctor fined $75,000

ALBANY -- Dr. Andrew Dekle must pay a $75,000 fine in addition to his four-year prison term for giving drugs to female patients in exchange for sex.

Dr. Dekle, a Cairo physician, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Louis Sands of Albany. The fine was announced Friday. Dr. Dekle was convicted in February on 130 counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances.

Three women testified that he approached them for sexual favors in exchange for prescription medication to which they were addicted.

Ex-cadet cites pressure

SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- One of two women to drop out of The Citadel so far this year said it was too much to juggle academics and military training at the same time.

Shakopee High School graduate Sandra Johnson last week quietly quit the nearly 155-year-old state military school in Charleston, S.C.

She was one of 20 women to enroll in The Citadel for only the third academic year it has had women cadets. Eighteen of the women are still attending classes. "I just didn't like it," she said.