Originally created 07/25/02

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Officer in wreck honored at funeral

STONE MOUNTAIN - Services were held Wednesday for the DeKalb County police officer who was killed last weekend when her patrol car crashed into a ravine and struck a tree.

Services were held for Ann Guinta, 34, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Officer Guinta, a five-year veteran, was responding Saturday to a report of a fight on a MARTA transit bus. Witnesses said she swerved to avoid hitting a truck but clipped it, losing control and careening into the woods.

Toddler abducted in home robbery

ATLANTA - Three armed and masked robbers kidnapped a 14-month-old girl from her baby sitter and stole a safe from the house Tuesday night.

Two men and a woman broke into the southeast Atlanta home about 11:45 p.m. and forced three women and five children into a single room.

Then they took the toddler, Demecia L. Scott, and fled in two vehicles. Police wouldn't reveal the contents of the safe.

Hangars fit just right for surveillance craft

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - The brass at Robins Air Force Base can finally breathe easier after learning Tuesday the $20 million hangars built for old B-1B bombers can be used to house its new J-STARS planes.

The 116th Bomb Wing, a Georgia National Guard unit, will lose its supersonic B-1B bombers when it merges Sept. 30 with the 93rd Air Control Wing, a Robins active duty unit that flies J-STARS surveillance aircraft.

The new unit, which will be called the 116th Air Control Wing, will be the first-ever composed of active duty and Guard personnel. It is being hailed by Air Force leaders as a new breed of organization.

Boy dies in climb during summer camp

CONYERS - A 13-year-old boy collapsed and died while climbing a wall Monday at summer camp in Rockdale County.

Camp Westminster director Davy Stephenson said the boy had only been there one day.

Richard Martin Jr., of Lawrenceville, was pronounced dead on arrival at Rockdale Hospital. The boy did not fall when he lost consciousness, officials said.

Emergency medical technicians tried to revive him but he did not respond to CPR.

Camp Westminster has about 900 children there for summer sessions.



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