Originally created 06/20/02

Across Georgia



Ex-sheriff exploited position, witness says

ALBANY -Sidney Dorsey used his position as DeKalb County sheriff to force people to do his bidding, a jury was told on the second day of his trial.

Shirley McMichael, owner of Speedy Bonding Co., tearfully testified Wednesday that Mr. Dorsey assaulted her in a vacant house in 1997.

Jurors also heard from Dorsey employees who testified they carted around the former sheriff and members of his family.

Mr. Dorsey, 63, could get life in prison without parole if convicted of murdering Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown.

General fears closure of naval air station

WARNER ROBINS -Naval Air Station Atlanta's reserve fighter jet squadron has been funded for the next fiscal year, but it still could be vulnerable in the next round of base closings in 2005.

Funding for Fighter Attack Squadron 203, based at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, was included in the Navy's budget for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, NAS Atlanta spokesman Thom Cooney said Wednesday.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Phil Browning, executive director of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee, said the squadron had not been funded for the next fiscal year.

Mr. Cooney said it was possible that Mr. Browning was misinformed.

Cities come up short in election qualifying

ATHENS -Qualifying for the Aug. 20 primary and Nov. 7 general election began Wednesday, but officials in some of Georgia's tiny towns are discovering a lack of candidates seeking to serve on city councils.

In Hull, a town of about 160 people just northeast of Athens, the four-member council has had only three members since January and no one has expressed interest in filling the seat.

Judge denies bond over hate beating

ATLANTA -Two defendants accused of beating two black men in an east Atlanta neighborhood have been denied release on bond in Fulton County's first hate crime case.

Christopher Botts, 25, and Angela Pisciotta, 19, were denied bail. A bond hearing has not been set for a third defendant, Ulysses Andrade, 26.

Each has been charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.

Che Golden, 29, and his brother, Idris Golden, 26, were allegedly stomped and kicked by the defendants.