Originally created 03/06/02

Across Georgia



Slain U.S. soldiers were based in Savannah

SAVANNAH -Four Georgia-based soldiers were among seven Americans killed Monday during heavy fighting in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Three of the soldiers, members of the 1st Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, were based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.

They were identified as Sgt. Bradley S. Crose, 27, of Orange Park, Fla.; Spc. Marc A. Anderson, 30, of Brandon, Fla.; and Pfc. Matthew A. Commons, 21, of Boulder City, Nev.

Also killed was Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, 26, of Camarillo, Calif.

Senior Airman Cunningham was stationed at Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta, Ga.

Family buries twin who died in shooting

BRASELTON -Burial services were held Tuesday for a 10-year-old boy killed last weekend when his twin brother accidentally shot him while playing with a shotgun.

Michael Shawn Knight was killed by a gunshot wound to the head from an old 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun fired by his brother Matthew Knight, Jackson County Coroner Keith Whitfield said.

The twins discovered the gun in a work shed behind the home of their grandfather, Freddie Knight, Mr. Whitfield said.

Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called in shortly after the shooting. The death will be ruled an accident, Mr. Whitfield said.

Man pleads guilty in child porn case

ATLANTA -A man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Tuesday after authorities said he used his job at Toys 'R' Us to obtain the e-mail address of a 12-year-old girl and arrange to meet her.

James Nicholas Joiner, 21, of Austell is to be sentenced May 23. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

When the girl's mother became suspicious of the e-mails, Douglas County sheriff's authorities posed as the girl by e-mail and agreed to meet Mr. Joiner at a Douglasville park. Mr. Joiner was arrested at the park.

A search of Mr. Joiner's home turned up two computers with child pornography images, authorities said.

Mr. Joiner was employed at Toys 'R' Us in Douglasville. Authorities said he obtained the e-mail address of the girl, a customer, by saying it was for his niece.