Originally created 04/02/02

Across Georgia



House approves bill to boost road money

ATLANTA - The Georgia House unanimously passed legislation Monday aimed at boosting state funds for local road projects.

The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would earmark one-quarter of Georgia's 4 percent sales tax on motor fuel to build and maintain local streets and highways. That money now goes into the state's general-fund budget.

The legislation would generate $50 million to $60 million a year for local roads, said Rep. Terry Coleman, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the bill's sponsors. House leaders are hoping to persuade the Senate to waive the 33-day rule and enact the bill.

Getaway car hits auto, killing veterinarian

FAYETTEVILLE -A Fayetteville veterinarian was killed, and two men were in custody Monday after a police chase in Fayette County.

The chase began just before 11 p.m. Sunday after two men robbed a grocery store, police said. Twins Melvin and Marvin Mitchell, 22, are charged with armed robbery and attempting to flee police.

Jason Trotman, 38, was killed when the fleeing robbers' car slammed into the side of his vehicle as he sat at a traffic light, police said. One suspect was slightly injured; the other was taken to the Fayette County jail.

Glennville man killed outside his residence

GLENNVILLE -A 51-year-old Glennville man was fatally shot in his yard Easter Sunday, police said.

Lee Woodcock was shot about 10:30 a.m. in Tattnall County, according to Glennville police. He was an executive for Rotary Corp., a Glennville supplier of outdoor power equipment parts and accessories.

Authorities made an arrest later Sunday but did not release the suspect's name.

Woman jailed for theft to pay nude dancers

ATLANTA -A woman who embezzled more than $700,000 from her nonprofit employer and invested much of it in a private business venture that offered entertainment by nude male dancers was sentenced Monday to three years, five months in federal prison.

Janice Marie Sanders, 36, of Doraville, also must pay $726,529 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.

Ms. Sanders stole the money while performing accounting duties and writing grant applications for an organization that uses federal funds to provide teachers with mentoring and training. She pleaded guilty in January to embezzlement charges.