Originally created 07/20/02

Across Georgia



Two child prostitution pimps sent to prison

ATLANTA -Two men charged with prostituting children were sentenced in federal court Friday to 30 and 40 years in prison.

Charles Floyd Pipkins, 57, also known as "Sir Charles" and considered the "granddaddy" of Atlanta pimps, stood with his hands clasped behind his back and stared straight ahead as U.S. District Judge J. Owen Forrester sentenced him to 30 years in a U.S. penitentiary.

Andrew "Batman" Moore Jr., 38, was sentenced to 40 years.

"You may be the first two pimps in American history to face this kind of sentence," Judge Forrester said. Each had previously been offered 10-year sentences in exchange for a guilty plea, but they refused.

Execution date set for pizza-shop death

ATLANTA -A man convicted of murdering a pizza-shop manager is set to be executed by lethal injection Aug. 5.

Stephen A. Mobley, 37, is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. for his 1991 crime, said Department of Corrections spokesman Scott Stallings. He was convicted of murder and armed robbery in the 1991 slaying of Domino's Pizza Manager John Collins in the Hall County town of Oakwood.

Families offered trips over canceled visit

WARNER ROBINS -A former travel agent has offered 150 Houston County families two-night trips to Florida or Tennessee in exchange for a school trip to the nation's capital that was ruined by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Dean Rustin, an Atlanta businessman who operated Rustin Tours Inc., also faces a felony theft charge over the trip.

Prosecutors say Mr. Rustin stole more than $68,000 from parents when he refused to refund their money for the canceled trip. School officials canceled the trip shortly after Sept. 11 after Mr. Rustin reportedly agreed to return most of the money.

Mr. Rustin didn't refund anything, saying later he didn't owe the money under terms of the trip contract. Mr. Rustin now is offering trips to Chattanooga, Tenn., or Orlando, Fla., said his attorney, Thomas Stamps.

Accident on interstate kills five in van

ADEL -A tractor-trailer struck the back of a van on Interstate 75 in south Georgia on Friday, killing five of the van's occupants and triggering a five-vehicle accident that forced the Georgia Department of Transportation to close all northbound lanes.