Originally created 10/10/01

Across Georgia



Long-struggling mall preparing to close

DECATUR - Avondale Mall, which opened in 1964, will close Dec. 31 after years of struggling, managers said Monday.

The mall once was a prime shopping area in Atlanta but suffered from tenant departures in recent years, said Thomas Tropea, a vice president for Thomas Enterprises, which owns the mall. Mr. Tropea said the mall will remain open for one final Christmas shopping season.

Mr. Tropea declined to describe future plans for the property.

Four-wheeler driver hit, killed by train

TOOMSBORO - A Wilkinson County man has died after the four-wheeler he was riding collided with a train Sunday.

Robby Livingston, 20, of Irwinton, was one of four people riding an all-terrain vehicle in Toomsboro. The four-wheeler didn't yield to a train, according to the Georgia State Patrol in Dublin.

Mr. Livingston was not driving the vehicle. The names of the driver and the other passengers were not released.

Police seek parolee in fatal stabbing

CHERRY LOG - Authorities are seeking a career criminal in the fatal stabbing of a woman in her north Georgia home.

Police obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday for William Emmett LeCroy Jr., 31, who was charged in the murder of 30-year-old Joann Lee Tiesler, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

The killer apparently broke into Ms. Tiesler's house and was waiting for her when she returned home from a shopping trip on Sunday, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said Tuesday.

Soldiers charged with tossing grenade

COLUMBUS - Three Fort Benning soldiers have been arrested and charged with throwing a simulated grenade at a 20-year-old woman's home.

The device failed to detonate and did not cause any property damage.

Police arrested Robert Garcia, 21; Aaron Miodowski, 29; and James Reyes, 25. All are soldiers stationed at Fort Benning.