Originally created 08/25/02

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County road project paperwork is missing

ATLANTA -It's worth only a few bucks, but a document missing from the Fulton County Government Center could affect millions of dollars in road projects.

The missing document comes from one of four companies bidding for a contract to manage projects worth more than $120 million.

Commissioners have since asked the company to resubmit the information, while authorities try to figure out what happened to the document, which was kept in a locked office in the county purchasing department.

Police are investigating the incident as a theft but have not ruled out the possibility that it was a human mistake.

Jury deadlocks in trial of Columbus teenager

COLUMBUS -A mistrial has been declared in the case of a 19-year-old Columbus man charged in the shooting death of 14-year-old Anthony Lane after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

The jury deliberated Shawn Christopher Harris' case for 14 hours before giving up.

Police said the Jan. 11 shooting happened after a party was broken up for being too loud.

Smoky smell forces evacuation of flight

ATLANTA -A Delta Air Lines flight was evacuated after a crew member smelled smoke before takeoff from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Delta Flight 1416 was headed to Minneapolis. All 116 passengers and five crew members left the jet. The passengers were sent out on another Delta flight. There were no injuries.

Mechanics were still trying to determine what caused the smoky smell.

Murder-trial witness is found shot to death

DECATUR -A witness to a fatal Atlanta street brawl that led to murder charges against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was found shot to death in his DeKalb County apartment.

LeMeitrice Twitty, 29, was a friend of Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker, who were stabbed to death early Jan. 31, 2000, after a Super Bowl party at a Buckhead nightclub. All three were from Akron, Ohio, but lived in metro Atlanta.

Mr. Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of police officers in exchange for his testimony against two co-defendants, who were acquitted in the slayings of Mr. Lollar and Mr. Baker.

Mr. Twitty was found shot six times Tuesday.