Originally created 01/05/02

Across Georgia



Snowball fight leads to shooting with 3 injuries

ATLANTA -A man shot another man in the arm after an argument over a snowball fight, police said.

Three men were driving around Atlanta on Wednesday night when several other men began throwing snowballs at their car, Atlanta police spokesman John Quigley said.

An argument followed, and one of the men who had thrown a snowball fired a shot through the car's window. The bullet hit one man in the arm, and the glass shards injured two others.

Four face sex charges involving 14-year-old

WARNER ROBINS -Four males were charged Thursday with performing sex acts with a 14-year-old girl at a house party.

The males ranged in age from 16 to 21 and were charged with aggravated child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. Two 18-year-olds were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Investigators say they believe the sexual acts took place several weeks ago and the men did not force themselves on the girl. According to state law, a person younger than 16 cannot give consent to have sex.

The girl's parents notified authorities Dec. 20.

Carbon monoxide kills man in motor home

HARTWELL -Authorities believe carbon monoxide in a motor home killed a man camping at Hart State Park last week.

Earl Kemp Hill was found dead on Dec. 27 in his 1986 Cruise Air motor home. He was discovered by his grandson, who was camping nearby.

The man's wife, Anne Hill, was found unconscious. She was rushed to Hart County Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Deer processing plant gutted in morning fire

CARNESVILLE -A venison processing plant in Franklin County was destroyed by an early-morning blaze Thursday.

Meat from hundreds of deer was lost in the fire at Dorminey's Deer, along with preparation equipment that owner Vernon Dorminey said was uninsured.

Red Hill Fire Chief Jerry South said the cause of the fire appeared to have been electrical. The blaze worked its way back from a kitchen area about 4 a.m.

The plant made deer jerky and prepared venison for hunters who paid for the service, Mr. Dorminey said.