Originally created 11/28/01

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Husband faces charge in terror-attack fraud

ATLANTA -A Pike County man who, authorities say, falsely claimed his wife was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was charged with insurance fraud Tuesday.

Charles Allen Gavett, 44, of Concord, had been arrested Monday, the state insurance commissioner's office said. His wife, Cynthia S. Gavett, 40, also was arrested and charged with insurance fraud.

While attempting to confirm the death, Minnesota Life Insurance Co. interviewed several people in Pike County, about 45 miles south of Atlanta, and learned Mrs. Gavett was alive and had been seen by a sheriff's deputy as recently as Nov. 18.

Man gets prison time in fatal crutch attack

MACON -A Jeffersonville man pleaded guilty Monday to beating another man to death with a crutch.

Travis Riggins, 30, was sentenced in Bibb County Superior Court to 15 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

Mr. Riggins was accused of delivering a single fatal blow to the head of 24-year-old Tiki Glover on Feb. 9.

Convicted killer's execution scheduled

ATLANTA -The corrections department has scheduled Georgia's fourth execution by lethal injection, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Byron Ashley Parker, 41, of Douglas County, was convicted in November 1984 of the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Douglas County child, corrections spokesman Scott Stallings said.

His execution is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Jackson.

There are 125 inmates on Georgia's death row, including Mr. Parker.

Doctors retract child's meningitis diagnosis

CARROLLTON -Carroll County doctors said Monday a 1-year-old boy did not die of bacterial meningitis, as they said earlier.

Laboratory tests conducted at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton showed that the boy, whose name was not released, died of streptococcal infection, said George Astin, the chairman of the Carrollton Board of Health.


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