Originally created 12/15/01

Across Georgia



Marijuana gets to jail in binding of Bible

COLUMBUS -Muscogee County Jail officials say an inmate arranged for his mother to smuggle marijuana and rolling papers in a large-print Bible.

Jeffery Keith Powell allegedly wrote to his girlfriend requesting marijuana. The girlfriend arranged for Mr. Powell's mother to pick up the Bible, saying Mr. Powell complained the print was too small on the Bible she had earlier provided.

The mother paid Michael Teasley $80 for the large-print book, after the marijuana had been hidden in its binding, said Assistant District Attorney Crawford Seals.

But jailers, who had been tipped that marijuana was making its way into the jail area where Mr. Powell was held, had read Mr. Powell's letter and were waiting for his mother's visit.

Official throws support to state trauma network

ATLANTA -Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor said Friday he will push for initial funding next year for a statewide trauma network that, among other things, would help prepare the state for treating victims of terrorist attacks.

He spoke after two hours of testimony from emergency room doctors who said the state's fragmented health care system cannot guarantee prompt and adequate emergency care throughout the state - for car-crash and terrorism victims alike.

Several dozen counties have no emergency 911 system, and others are so distant from fully equipped trauma centers that the level of injury care is no different from what it was 30 or 40 years ago.

Care workers charged over patient abuse

LAWRENCEVILLE -Six employees of a now-defunct elderly care facility were indicted Thursday for abusing patients.

Allegations handed down by a Gwinnett County grand jury include slapping and scalding Alzheimer's patients. One patient allegedly suffered a broken collarbone at the home and did not receive treatment for six days.

Lewis House closed in September 2000 after allegations of abuse were raised to the Georgia Office of Regulatory Services.

Melissa Ann Lewis, 33, the owner, was charged with eight counts of failure to report abuse.