Originally created 03/10/02

Across Georgia

Air traffic controllers get into shoving match

SAVANNAH -Five minutes before a United Airlines flight from Chicago was scheduled to land in Savannah, two air traffic controllers lost control of themselves inside the Savannah International Airport tower.

Two of three controllers started a shoving match March 3 inside the tower's cab - where plane traffic is directed inside Savannah's airspace.

The fight happened after one air-traffic controller ignored a request from his supervisor to change information regarding a plane. The controller, Robert Aquilera, then refused to surrender his duty station, he told The Savannah Morning News. The third controller broke up the scuffle.

The Federal Aviation Administration and United Airlines officials would not comment. The incident is under investigation.

State official faces harassment charges

ATLANTA -A former secretary claims in a lawsuit that Pardons and Paroles Board member Gene Walker sexually harassed her and eventually had her moved to another job.

Patricia Alexander also named the parole board in the lawsuit filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court. She said Chairman Walter Ray knew of Mr. Walker's harassment and his reason for ordering her job transfer, and that Mr. Ray pressured her to withdraw her complaint "so as not to 'hurt the entire board."'

2 men get prison terms in armored-car robbery

ATLANTA -Two men have been sentenced to prison in one of the biggest robberies in state history - $3.9 million from an armored car company.

Frank Delarosa, 29, received 12 years, and Lenny Pinto, 20, eight years for breaking into BANKTEK Armored Car Service and stealing the money from the company's vault Aug. 22.

"It just seems that both of you did a really dumb thing," U.S. District Judge Julie Carnes told the men.

Airport, state reach agreement on de-icing

ATLANTA -The state Environmental Protection Division and Hartsfield International Airport have reached an agreement on steps to prevent de-icing fluid from affecting the environment downstream.

The airport's de-icing system malfunctioned during a Jan. 2-3 snowstorm because of a clogged drain pipe in the underground system. An undetermined amount of the de-icing chemical ethylene glycol flowed into the Flint River.


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