Originally created 01/06/02

Across Georgia



Mother pleads innocent to fatally starving son

DALTON -A Whitfield County woman has pleaded innocent to charges that she starved her 4-year-old son to death.

Stephanie Ann Saine, 26, was charged with murder and cruelty to children after investigators said Joshua Daniel Porter died of malnutrition and dehydration.

Ms. Saine has said Joshua died of natural causes. She is being held without bond.

Joshua had "various congenital birth defects" and numerous subsequent medical problems, and Ms. Saine failed to keep doctor's appointments for him, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said.

Teen-age girl charged in father's slaying

CARTERSVILLE -Bartow County authorities have arrested a 15-year-old girl in the death of her father, who was shot once in the back of the head Dec. 8.

Tiffany Dorene Taylor surrendered at the sheriff's office Thursday and was charged with murder as an adult, Sgt. Robert Moultrie said.

"I had been in touch with her and her mother for the last several weeks," Sgt. Moultrie said.

He said that after Ted Taylor's death, the girl went to California and then to Tennessee, where her mother, Dorene Medley, lives.

Sgt. Moultrie said Tiffany told investigators she had disposed of a handgun before she left Georgia. "We know what she did with it, and it will be a long shot if we can find it," he said.

Four officers justified in shooting, GBI says

MOUNT VERNON -Montgomery County sheriff's deputies who killed a woman in a shootout last month were justified in their actions, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said Friday.

Cheryl Burns, 36, was shot once in the forehead after she fired a shotgun at four officers, said Lee Sweat, the special agent in charge of the GBI in Eastman.

Ms. Burns was wanted in a Dec. 24 altercation in which she allegedly attacked a sheriff's deputy.

"All indications are that the deceased put the deputy in the position where he did what he had to do," District Attorney Tim Vaughn said.

Training center chief changes federal jobs

BRUNSWICK -The director of the federal training center is moving to a new position at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ralph Basham, the head of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center since February 1998, said Friday he is leaving to create and manage a new law enforcement agency for the Department of Transportation.