Originally created 05/08/02

Across Georgia



School expels senior over knife possession

LEESBURG -A high school senior was expelled three weeks before graduation after school officials found two steak knives in the bed of his pickup truck.

Lee County High School senior Chet Maine, 18, said the knives were left over from a weekend camping trip he had taken with friends. The county school said it was bound by a state zero-tolerance policy for weapons in school.

"We're just following state law," county school Superintendent Bill Lewis said.

State law requires local school boards to expel any student who brings a weapon to school. The law also authorizes local school boards to modify the expulsion rules on a case-by-case basis.

Mr. Maine was expelled from Lee County High School on April 30, three weeks before graduation.

Mexico consulate wants answers about slaying

DECATUR -Mexico's consulate has asked DeKalb County police for the official report on the death of a 19-year-old Mexican who was shot by an off-duty officer at a Cinco de Mayo festival.

The county police sergeant said Pablo Gutierrez pointed a handgun in his direction after a violent altercation between two groups at Sunday's festival, which drew thousands of people to a shopping center.

Drowned child's body recovered from river

HAZLEHURST -The body of an 8-year-old boy was recovered in the Altamaha River, about three miles downstream from where he went under during a family outing.

Alan Llanos was found floating in the river at 4:45 p.m., said James Dunn, head of the Jeff Davis County Emergency Management Agency. He went under about noon Saturday.

"The little boy's ball went into the river, and he wanted to go after it," Mr. Dunn said. "The water's not very swift, but it's apparently swift enough."

Teen pleads guilty in plan to kill mother

SAVANNAH -A 17-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill her mother and has agreed to testify against her father.

Virginia Pike was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In exchange for her guilty plea and testimony against her father, Edgar Pike, prosecutors dismissed charges of murder, felony murder and possession of a knife.

Assistant District Attorney Christy Barker said Virginia Pike told police her father had been planning to kill her mother for two months.