Originally created 08/24/02

Across Georgia



Autopsy shows police killed man in standoff

DULUTH -A man who shot at his estranged wife and a police officer Thursday was killed by police, an autopsy revealed.

Gwinnett County's medical examiner said Friday that Roman Khaimoc was hit by several rounds, none of which came from his gun.

Mr. Khaimoc held police in a two-hour standoff. Officers fired at him after he shot a police officer twice in the leg.

Duluth Officer Jill Maders, 28, was expected to recover from her wounds. Gwinnett police planned to investigate the incident.

UGA rape trial lawyers give closing arguments

ATHENS -Jurors will soon deliberate the fate of a University of Georgia football player charged with sexual assault.

Prosecution and defense attorneys gave their closing arguments Friday afternoon in the sexual assault trial of Brandon Williams.

Mr. Williams, 21, is charged with rape, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. He is one of three UGA athletes charged in a Jan. 12 incident involving a female student in a dorm room.

Basketball player Steve Thomas, also accused of rape and aggravated assault, will be tried in October or November. Basketball guard Tony Cole, charged with aggravated assault, likely will be tried after Christmas.

The alleged victim testified she had consensual sex with Mr. Cole, but then two other men forced themselves on her.

Parents complain about crowded buses

VALDOSTA -Parents in south Georgia are complaining to transportation officials about pupils having to stand in the aisle as they ride overcrowded school buses.

School Transportation Director Billy Mortonson said the problem is that some pupils are not riding their assigned bus.

School officials have added another school bus and are monitoring the number of pupils riding each bus.

Police say dropout firebombed school

MARIETTA -A 15-year-old Pope High School dropout has been arrested in connection with firebombs thrown at the school, police said.

The boy, whose age prevents police from releasing his name, was arrested Thursday.

He is charged with three counts of arson, 29 counts of possessing an explosive device, six counts of criminal damage to property and three counts of criminal trespass.