Originally created 11/04/02

Across Georgia



Police charge man in robbery at home

ATHENS -Athens-Clarke County police have charged one man and are seeking another in connection with a September home invasion and armed robbery of six University of Georgia students.

Police say the two men might also be involved in several other similar home invasions.

Nicholas Lamar Hill, 23, was charged with armed robbery in the Sept. 12 home invasion of an apartment where six students, male and female, were ordered to the floor at gunpoint and robbed of valuables by two masked men.

Police are also looking for 23-year-old Lafredrick Kenyon Griffith on warrants connected to the same incident.

Police said in September that at least some of a rash of eight armed robberies involving students were likely connected. In the cases, masked, armed black men in their 20s barged into homes or robbed students as they walked on city streets.

Neighbors protest deal with rendering plant

EAST DUBLIN -About 50 people protested an agreement between the state and a rendering plant that has created a stench around the town.

The protesters said Saturday that the agreement between the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Griffin Industries' animal-processing plant was just a ploy to deter complaints and encourage the state to approve Griffin's air-quality permit.

The agreement, announced Tuesday, required Griffin Industries to get rid of the smell by cleaning its wastewater-treatment operation.

"It stinks just like Griffin does," protester Dorothy Warnock said. "I can't even sit on my patio, it has gotten so bad."

She lives about two miles from the plant and says the smell has gotten worse in recent years.

Man charged in homicide of family

SPRINGFIELD -Police have charged a South Carolina man with malice murder in the deaths of three members of a coastal Georgia family.

DeAnthony Germaine Griffin, 28, of Hilton Head, was arrested in Beaufort County, S.C., on unrelated charges Oct. 25.

Mr. Griffin was charged Friday in the shooting deaths of 48-year-old David Brian Cribbs, his 18-year-old daughter, Ashley Brooke Cribbs, and his son David Brian Cribbs Jr., 28.

A neighbor found their bodies Oct. 22 outside the elder Mr. Cribbs' home in Effingham County, north of Savannah.

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said Mr. Griffin had known all three victims for some time. He declined to discuss the motive in the killings.