Originally created 11/05/01

Across Georgia



Pilot dies when craft nose-dives at fly-in

LOCUST GROVE -A 77-year-old pilot died when his home-built airplane crashed at a Henry County air park, police said.

James Ewin Bass, of Fayetteville, was performing a stunt in the single-engine aircraft during a fly-in Saturday when the plane nose-dived, Henry County police spokesman Lt. Michael Gaddis said. Mr. Bass died at the scene.

Lt. Gaddis said there were 100 to 150 spectators at the fly-in, which is similar to an air show. He said the plane crashed about 50 feet from a nearby house. No bystanders were injured.

Suspect in shootout arrested in New York

ATLANTA -Theophilus "Tony" Williams, wanted on charges of aggravated assault in a March 18 shootout that police say is linked to last winter's slaying of DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, was arrested Saturday in New York City.

The New York Police Department said Mr. Williams, 25, was arrested in Brooklyn and that he had a .44-caliber handgun and 10 pounds of marijuana in his possession.

Authorities have said the shootout that took place in front of former Deputy Patrick Cuffy's suburban Atlanta home stemmed from a dispute over a stolen truck and a large amount of narcotics.

Collector turns lunch into museum display

COLUMBUS -A businessman who has picked up more than 2,000 lunch boxes during the past decade plans to open a museum showing off his collection.

Allen M. Woodall Jr. used to pass over the boxes on his antique hunts but slowly realized they make great snapshots of American culture. His collection includes boxes featuring Zorro, The A Team, nuclear submarines, and ads for Fritos and Maxwell House coffee.

"It's become a great pop art collectible," Mr. Woodall told The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. His lunch boxes fill an entire floor of his River Market Antiques building.

Reversible lanes prove too unsafe to keep

SNELLVILLE -So-called "reversible lanes" - middle traffic lanes that change direction depending on traffic flow during the day - will be history on one metro Atlanta highway after being blamed for hundreds of traffic crashes every year.

The reversible lane system on seven miles of U.S. Highway 78 from Stone Mountain to Snellville east of Atlanta is considered so dangerous that many motorists go out of their way to avoid it.

Gwinnett County gets public transit at last

ATLANTA -Metro Atlanta's Gwinnett County is about to lose its distinction as the most populous county in the nation without public transportation.

Today, 14 Gwinnett County Transit buses will begin running among three park-and-ride lots and downtown Atlanta along Interstate 85's newly opened high occupancy vehicle lanes.