Originally created 10/18/01

Across Georgia



DECATUR -

GBI veteran named to county security post

DeKalb County announced Wednesday it has selected Moses Ector, a 29-year veteran of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, as deputy chief of Homeland Security.

Mr. Ector will leave his position as deputy assistant director at the GBI to coordinate the county's security efforts. He will work with local, state and federal agencies, including police departments, hospitals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The position of deputy chief of Homeland Security was created and approved by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners on Oct. 11. It is believed to be the first created on the local level in the nation.

ALBANY -

Racist graffitti found at burned black church

State, federal and local fire investigators were probing the burning of a rural black church Wednesday after the letters "KKK" were discovered painted on a back wall, officials said.

The fire was reported at about noon at St. Mary's Baptist Church in southeastern Dougherty County, Albany Fire Chief Jimmy Arrowood said.

Chief Arrowood said the fire was being investigated by a special task force that was formed a few years ago when a number of black churches were torched in Georgia.

MARIETTA -

Wounded bus driver honored by hometown

Hailed for his "heroic effort," the Greyhound driver attacked by a passenger before a deadly crash in Tennessee was honored Wednesday by his hometown.

Garfield Sands, a lifelong resident of Marietta, received a proclamation and plaque from the city's mayor in a ceremony in Glover Park.

A crowd of about 150 observed a moment of silence for the passengers who were killed in the crash.

A Greyhound representative at the ceremony announced that Mr. Sands will receive Greyhound's highest service award.

ATLANTA -

Fire-station blaze ruled arson by state

A fire that destroyed a volunteer fire station in Crawford has been ruled an arson, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said Wednesday.

The fire, which damaged the one-story concrete block building Friday and two fire trucks parked inside, caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.