Originally created 02/24/01

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AUGUSTA
Police charge man in intentional crash

An Augusta man who told police he rammed a car with his car after he thought he saw his wife in the car with another man was arrested Thursday night and charged with aggravated assault, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Dale McKie, 37, of the 500 block of Walker Street, was driving near Daniel Village Shopping Center about 8 p.m. Thursday when he saw a green Chevrolet Caprice with two people inside. Thinking it was his car with his wife and another man inside, he began ramming the car with the Oldsmobile he was driving, according to the report.

The driver of the Caprice, Lakesha Shawnett Hawes, 23, with passenger Dana Star Tucker, 23, pulled into the shopping center and contacted the sheriff's office, Mr. McKie followed but later fled, only to be stopped by two deputies, the report stated.

Mr. McKie, who registered 0.35 on a Breathalyzer test, kept telling deputies that ramming the other car was no big deal because it was his car, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

The legal limit for blood alcohol in Georgia is 0.08, officers said.

AUGUSTA
Statutory rape puts man in jail

An Augusta man who impregnated a 13-year-old girl learned Friday he will spend five years in prison for statutory rape.

If Clifton E. Gibbons' slight smile at Judge Albert M. Pickett's questions about his four children - including the recent birth to the young teen - was meant to signify pride, he picked the wrong judge Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Judge Pickett, winner of the national Child Support Enforcement Judge of the Year in 1999, wasn't impressed. He also was incredulous that an adult would have repeated sexual encounters with a child, one he usually picked up at her middle school. "Do you really have to stand before a court to hear a judge say that's bad?" Judge Pickett asked Mr. Gibbons.

Judge Pickett sentenced Mr. Gibbons to serve five years in prison followed by 15 years on probation, during which time Mr. Gibbons must pay child support for all his children if he is to remain on probation.

AUGUSTA
Opera troupe will perform `Aida'

The Augusta Opera will feature Aida, presented by the international opera company Teatro Lirico D'Europa, at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bell Auditorium.

The opera, remembered as much for its lavish production and Egyptian setting as its music, is considered one of composer Giuseppe Verdi's finest works. The production will be sung in the original Italian, with English supertitles projected above the stage. Tickets cost $12 to $40. For more information, call 826-4710.

GEORGIA
Inmate to be charged in 1998 killings

SAVANNAH - A man already in jail will be charged with the 1998 slayings of three people at a Savannah residence, police said.

Carlos Huntley, 21, was identified Thursday as a suspect in the shooting deaths of Felicia Caldwell, 43; John Ambrose III, 41; and Dana Crosby, 31, all of Savannah. Their bodies were found at Ms. Caldwell's home Feb. 8, 1998.

Warrants charging Mr. Huntley with three counts of murder will be served on him at the state prison in Folkston, where he is awaiting trial on kidnapping and carjacking charges from Savannah, police said.

GEORGIA
Post office threats lead to arrest

CARROLLTON - A postal carrier has been accused of threatening to kill co-workers and blow up the local post office.

Charles A. Barrett Jr., 39, was an 18-year veteran with the postal service, detective Capt. Michael Mansour said.

Mr. Barrett was fired Thursday after being charged with making terroristic threats. Earlier, Carroll County sheriff's Sgt. David Jordan went to the Barrett residence, in response to a call about a domestic dispute. Sgt. Jordan said Mr. Barrett voluntarily turned over four hunting rifles for safekeeping, and he and his wife agreed to separate overnight for a cooling-off period.

Police later said they had received information that Mr. Barrett had repeated threats he had made Feb. 5, when a supervisor at the Carrollton post office called Mr. Barrett at home to find out why he had missed work. During that phone conversation, Mr. Barrett reportedly made threats to kill employees and blow up the building.

As a precaution, the local post office closed for 45 minutes Thursday until police took Mr. Barrett into custody.

GEORGIA
Husband faces kidnapping charge

ATLANTA - A man accused of kidnapping his children from his estranged wife's home in France was released on $200,000 bond Thursday.

Andrew Phillip Bowey, 45, is under house arrest at his home in suburban Mableton and has been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. He can leave home only to go to court and meet with his lawyer.

Mr. Bowey was arrested Feb. 1 by members of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Metro Fugitive Squad as he picked up his children from school. He is charged with kidnapping the children, 7-year-old Thomas and 3-year-old Grace Ellen, from his wife's home in January.

A judge returned the children to their mother, Frederique Bowey, earlier this month with the understanding that she stay in Georgia until the dispute is settled. But she filed for an emergency hearing asking that she be allowed to return to France. The hearing was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Andrew Bowey said he will fight for custody of his children.

"If I lose the children, I lose everything," he told the Marietta Daily Journal after his release from the Atlanta federal penitentiary.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
interim U.S. attorney named

WASHINGTON - South Carolina Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond appointed Scott N. Schools as interim U.S. attorney for the Palmetto State until the position is filled permanently.

Current U.S. Attorney J. Renee Josey will step down as the state's top federal prosecutor today. His replacement will likely be Strom Thurmond Jr., the senator's firstborn son. The Senate is expected to confirm the younger Mr. Thurmond's appointment within the next two months.

Mr. Schools, of Charleston, is now working as an assistant to the U.S. attorney.