Originally created 05/04/02

Across Georgia



Two die in shooting at shopping mall

ATLANTA -The shooting deaths of two people at a shopping mall in the Buckhead area of Atlanta apparently were drug related, according to police.

Jonathan Rice, 20, and Stephen Strickland, 19, both of Marietta, were shot Thursday night in a parking deck of the Phipps Plaza. Both died at the scene.

The shooting occurred outside a Saks Fifth Avenue store shortly before 9 p.m.

School's first gay study finds lots of harassment

ATHENS -A survey of gay and lesbian students at the University of Georgia found that half felt unsafe off campus and 10 percent had been threatened with physical violence.

The survey of 82 nonheterosexuals was the first study conducted on sexual minorities at the university. A new report, In the Shadow of the Arch, details the responses to the surveys and suggests the campus climate might not be as welcoming as school officials would hope.

Among the findings: One out of two respondents said they had experienced prejudice on campus; 60 percent knew someone who'd been shunned because of sexual orientation; one of 10 had been threatened with physical violence; and three of four knew someone who'd been verbally harassed.

Haitians-Americans want war monument

SAVANNAH -A group of Haitian-Americans in Florida hopes to build a monument in Savannah to honor their Haitian ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War.

The Haitian American Historical Society, based in North Miami, Fla., is eyeing Franklin Square as a site for a granite and bronze monument, Savannah City Manager Michael Brown said.

Search continues for missing man

DANIELSVILLE -A Banks County man is being held on drug and auto theft charges after authorities said they linked him to the vehicle of a missing northeast Georgia businessman.

A search continued Thursday for Phillip "Bobby" Fain, 61, of Cornelia, who disappeared Tuesday night.

"It doesn't look too good," said John Bankhead of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Patrick Cagle, 29, remained jailed in Madison County. Police said they found nearly an ounce of cocaine and $2,000 on Mr. Cagle when he was arrested Wednesday in Hull, a small community between Athens and Danielsville.

Mr. Fain was last seen in the White County town of Cleveland, where an adult daughter lives.

Police say suspect located man's body

DANIELSVILLE -Authorities found the body of a northeast Georgia businessman Friday, three days after he disappeared in his sport utility vehicle.

Phillip "Bobby" Fain, 61, of Cornelia, was found in a remote section of Banks County, Madison County Sheriff Clayton Lowe said. An autopsy will be done today.

Sheriff Lowe said 29-year-old Patrick Cagle, the man being held on charges that he stole Mr. Fain's car, gave his lawyer the location of the body.