Originally created 05/11/02

Across Georgia



Group sues over quotas at charter school

CAMILLA -Four parents and a grandparent have sued the Mitchell County school board, claiming the board's racial quota for a charter school creates a segregated admissions system.

The suit alleges that the board's March resolution, which limited enrollment at the Baconton school to 240, 35 of whom must be minorities, "creates a segregated admissions system in which seats are reserved for certain favored races and whites need not apply for those seats."

Woman denies knowing about security breach

MORELAND -A Coweta County woman said she had no idea she was breaking the law when she carried weapons into a secure airport area in Traverse City, Mich.

Alice Annette Voils told WSB-TV in Atlanta on Thursday that she was humiliated by the incident. Police said she tried to board a jet with three small knives, two box cutters, pepper spray and a half-pound rock.

It was her first time flying, she said, and she was unaware of increased security measures at the airport following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Giuliani, companion unhurt in wreck

ATLANTA -A sport utility vehicle carrying former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was hit by a car in Georgia, leaving Mr. Giuliani's vehicle damaged but its occupants unharmed.

Mr. Giuliani and his companion, Judith Nathan, were shaken but otherwise uninjured in the hit-and-run accident Thursday morning. Mr. Giuliani went on as planned to a speaking engagement.

Army cook found dead in her mobile home

HINESVILLE -A 26-year-old cook at Hunter Army Airfield was found dead in her nearby mobile home, but her 7-week-old son was unharmed.

The body of Latasha Jones was found by two co-workers Thursday in her trailer after she failed to show up for work, authorities said.

No arrests have been made.

Police did not release the cause of death, but the co-workers said her throat was cut.

The infant was placed temporarily in state custody.

Judge discards charges against truck driver

DUBLIN -Most charges were dropped Friday against a truck driver who was accused of holding his girlfriend captive for months and beating her while they traveled across the East Coast in his tractor-trailer.

Magistrate Judge Tommy Bobbitt found no probable cause existed for charges of kidnapping with bodily injury and aggravated assault against Shannon E. Jones, 26.

Ronda "Katina" Pate accused Mr. Jones on national television two weeks ago of refusing to allow her to leave him.

Laurens County arrested Mr. Jones at a rest area along Interstate 16 between Macon and Savannah on April 20.