Originally created 09/07/02

Across Georgia



Police say shooting was self-defense

STOCKBRIDGE -Clayton County police say a couple acted in self-defense when they fatally shot a man who used a gun to force his way into their apartment.

Gary Menard, 24, was shot about 10 p.m. Thursday after entering the apartment of John Peoples, 21, and his wife, Laura. Mr. Peoples grabbed his own handgun and shot Mr. Menard, Clayton County police Lt. J.E. Turner said.

Mr. Menard was released from prison in January and was on probation for a cocaine possession conviction.

Woman, 57, contracts West Nile disease

MOULTRIE -A seventh case of West Nile virus in Georgia has been reported, this time in southwest Georgia.

A 57-year-old Colquitt County woman has tested positive for the disease. She was hospitalized two weeks ago with severe flulike symptoms and is now recovering at home.

West Nile has been detected in three Georgia fatalities so far, two this year and one last year.

Mother gets probation for grabbing officer

JONESBORO -A woman convicted of obstructing a police officer to protect her autistic son was sentenced Friday to a year of probation, community service and a $500 fine.

Julia Munger, 54, was acquitted on two charges of battery.

Police were called to a Publix supermarket Jan. 13 after Billy Munger, 24, started screaming obscenities from the store's men's room.

Ms. Munger was accused of grabbing the arm of an officer hard enough to create bruises when the officer tried to restrain her son. She testified that she just wanted to tell the officer that she was the mother and to "please let me handle this."

Ex-boyfriend arrested in woman's slaying

FOREST PARK -The former boyfriend of a Forest Park woman found dead in her home last week has been arrested in connection with her death.

Police arrested Gerald Lorenzo Hall, 37, at an apartment in Lithonia. He is charged with murder in the death of Barbara Harris, whose throat was slashed, police said.