Originally created 10/26/01

Across Georgia



Man, 76, questioned in double slaying

SPARTA -Police officials are questioning a 76-year-old Hancock County man in the slayings of his wife and father-in-law.

Willie "Bud" Brown was found carrying a shotgun early Wednesday morning.

Deputies found Mr. Brown's father-in-law, James Wilson, at his home. Mr. Wilson had been shot once in the lower right side. He died later.

Authorities later found Mr. Brown's wife and Mr. Wilson's daughter, Lillie Brown, dead of a shotgun wound.

Ten-year-old girl raped on her way to school

STONE MOUNTAIN -Authorities are searching for the man who kidnapped and raped a 10-year-old girl who was on her way to school.

The girl was leaving her Stone Mountain home Tuesday shortly before 8 a.m. when the man approached her, said Detective Marc Addington of Stone Mountain police. The man said he was a police officer and picked her up.

The man then walked on Memorial Drive for nearly two hours carrying the girl in his arms and occasionally threatening her, Detective Addington said.

Police said the man took the girl back to her complex and raped her in a wooded area. She was able to escape.

Plane pilot, passenger survive swamp crash

STERLING -A pilot and his only passenger suffered minor injuries after their plane crashed Wednesday in rural south Georgia, stranding them in a swamp for several hours.

The single-engine Piper airplane crashed about 4 a.m. in Glynn County, about 70 miles south of Savannah. Aboard were pilot Gary Williams, 33, of Chicago, and Ray Goodlet, 38, of New York. They were flying to Orlando, Fla., from Illinois.

Rescuers found the men, who used a cell telephone to call for help, about four hours after the crash.

Police charge 18 boys in vandalism spree

ALPHARETTA -Eight teen-age boys were arrested Wednesday in connection with an 18-month vandalism spree in an upscale north Fulton County neighborhood.

The boys - all age 14 - are charged with causing more than $100,000 in damage to an Alpharetta neighborhood.