Originally created 05/29/99

Area briefs: Suspect in slaying sentenced for drugs



An Augusta man awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping and murder was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison on unrelated drug charges.

Early Glenn, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of cocaine possession and a count of marijuana possession before Judge William M. Fleming Jr. sentenced him in Richmond County Superior Court.

Mr. Glenn still faces trial in the shooting death of 26-year-old John Lambright, who prosecutors said was tied with his own shoelaces and driven around Augusta before being killed at an Old McDuffie Road mobile-home park Feb. 3. Two other men also face murder charges in Mr. Lambright's death. Prosecutors say the men were having an argument when Mr. Lambright was accosted.

Mr. Glenn was denied bond on the murder and kidnapping charges earlier this month. Officials said in court that he served time in Illinois after being convicted of murder in 1981.

Deal lets group manage center

Augusta officials and the Sand Ridge Community Association signed an agreement Friday that will allow the association to manage Jamestown Community Center.

The arrangement is a pilot in public-private management of the city's recreation centers that officials hope will be used at other centers.

The recreation department still will maintain the center and provide support, according to Assistant Recreation Director Robert Howard.

The city expects to save $7,000 a year under the new arrangement because of reduced personnel costs.

Board denies parole to area men

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole Friday to four Richmond County men serving life sentences for a variety of convictions, including murder, rape and kidnapping.

Kenneth Walker, 30, and Michael Maurice Rivers, 36, are serving life sentences for the March 1992 slaying of Barney Inabinct, and parole was denied because of the nature of the crime, said Walter Ray, parole board chairman. Mr. Inabinct's skull was crushed by a metal pipe and a hammer when four men, including Mr. Walker and Mr. Rivers, tried to rob the victim, officials said.

Jerry Lewis Manley, 42, who was found guilty of raping two women and assaulting another in April 1984, was described by Mr. Ray as a "serious, violent, repeat offender."

Michael Antonio Baker, 31, convicted of robbing and kidnapping 56-year-old Sadie Hull in March 1992, also was denied parole. Mr. Baker forced his way into Mrs. Hull's home, robbed her at knife-point, then forced her into his car and drove away, officials said. Mrs. Hull jumped from the moving vehicle and escaped.

Georgia statue mandates that life sentence cases be reviewed at specified intervals, but that doesn't guarantee parole will be granted.

None of the men will be considered for parole again until 2007, the maximum number of years allowed, Mr. Ray said.

High schools get wireless phones

High schools in Columbia County now will have a direct link to emergency services.

SunCom, an AT&T Wireless affiliate, donated 10 phones to each of Columbia County's four high schools Friday to kick off its teen safety program called Street Smarts.

"It's a good idea to have these phones in school so that if our phone system goes out, at least we can have contact with emergency personnel," said Lakeside High School Principal Julius McAnally.

The phones will be activated at the beginning of the fall school term after teachers and administrators have been trained to use them.

Racial slur leads to recall request

SUWANEE -- The parents of a North Gwinnett High School student want school officials to recall and reprint the school's yearbook because of a racial slur that appears beneath their son's picture.

Walter and Lourdes Gropp's son, Mike Castro, is identified in the junior varsity football team photo as "Spic Rodriguez."

Principal John Green said Friday a student working on the yearbook had asked other students for help in identifying some of the ninth-grade players in the photo and was given the false name for Mike.

The student didn't realize the word was derogatory, he said.

Mike's parents said they went to the school Thursday and received an apology from the yearbook adviser, but the principal was too busy to meet with them.

Mr. Green said Friday he had since apologized to the parents and has met with the boy twice.

Mike's parents said Mr. Green should issue an apology to the 7,000 Hispanic students in the Gwinnett County school system, and the 1999 yearbooks should be recalled and reprinted.

A label that could be placed over the derogatory name probably will be sent out to everyone who ordered yearbooks, Mr. Green said.

School officials are still trying to determine which student supplied the false name. Mr. Green said those responsible will be disciplined.

Slaying gets man 30 years

CHARLESTON -- A Summerville man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of killing his girlfriend.

Anthony Jerrard Bellamy, 31, entered the plea Thursday.

Cora F. Robinson, 32, of Charleston, was shot 13 times at her apartment March 12, 1997, as her children watched.

Prosecutor Amie Clifford wanted a life sentence for the plea.

"We can't get away from the very violent nature of this killing," she said.

Circuit Judge Gerald Smoak decided on a 30-year sentence with no parole, instead.

"That is his life, really," Judge Smoak said.

Testimony on Thursday indicated that Mr. Bellamy had pointed a gun at the woman's 7-year-old daughter. Ms. Robinson pushed the girl away and was shot, prosecutors said.

Gas truck wrecks, killing driver

LANCASTER -- A tractor-trailer carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline crashed on U.S. Highway 521 in Lancaster County and burst into flames Friday, killing the driver, authorities said.

The truck ran off the road, hit a guardrail and flipped off a bridge into a creek at about 4:40 a.m., said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Kevin Cusack. The driver, who wasn't identified, apparently fell asleep, he said.