Originally created 07/24/02

Across Georgia



Police charge mother who defended her son

ATLANTA -Julia Munger insists she was just trying to protect her autistic son when police surrounded him in a Publix grocery store, where he was yelling and cursing at employees.

But Clayton County police say the mother of 23-year-old Billy Munger became too aggressive amid the chaos.

Julia Munger, 54, has been charged with obstruction and battery of an officer stemming from the January confrontation. She pleaded innocent to the charges Tuesday at an arraignment hearing. Billy Munger was not charged.

Justice indicts man in Cheney bomb threat

DRY BRANCH -A man accused of phoning a bomb threat for Vice President Dick Cheney's recent speech in Macon was indicted Tuesday.

Roland F. Brown, 29, is charged with making a bomb threat and threatening the vice president, both felonies. The threat was phoned to authorities on Friday, when Mr. Cheney visited a Macon fund-raiser for Rep. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican who is seeking a Senate seat.

Officer who shot teen is linked to another fight

ATLANTA -An Atlanta police officer who shot and killed a black teenager earlier this month was accused of racial profiling in a separate violent incident nearly two years ago.

Police said Officer Raymond Bunn, who is white, shot 18-year-old Corey Ward in self-defense July 14 because Mr. Ward was driving a Chevy Tahoe at the plainclothes officer and struck him.

In September 2000, the same officer got into a fistfight with a 24-year-old black woman after stopping her because her car stereo was playing too loudly in Atlanta's Buckhead nightclub district.

The woman, Ylia Lavender, suffered a broken eye socket.

Judge upholds state law on judicial appointees

ATLANTA -A federal judge has ruled against a candidate for a newly filled Superior Court seat, saying that the Georgia Constitution entitles the recent appointee to two years in office before facing voters.

Former Atlanta Solicitor Louise Hornsby said she would appeal Monday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Ernest Tidwell, which prevents Ms. Hornsby from running for the Superior Court judgeship even though she qualified for the election before Gov. Roy Barnes filled the vacant seat.