Originally created 11/05/02

Across Georgia



Judge gives jail term, hefty fine for dumping

AUSTELL -A 64-year-old man who charged people for permission to dump tons of waste on property he didn't own was found guilty of violating Georgia's dumping laws Monday, according to the state Environmental Protection Division.

Ronald E. Crouse Sr. faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison and $600,000 in fines. He remains jailed on a $350,000 bond.

Mr. Crouse told waste haulers to dump concrete, bricks, and construction and demolition debris on the property of Jadow Corp., prosecutors said. The waste covered 4 acres and was 20 to 30 feet deep. Cleanup will cost more than $1 million.

Strangling suspect surrenders to police

MARIETTA -A man wanted in the strangulation of a Pizza Hut deliveryman last month surrendered to Cobb County police late Sunday.

Cortez Lornell Carter, 22, of Marietta, was charged last week with felony murder and robbery in the death of Paul Kevin Wojcik. Mr. Carter was being held Monday in the Cobb County jail.

The body of Mr. Wojcik, 45, of Smyrna, was found Oct. 16 in an apartment where he had been sent on a delivery. Cobb police spokesman Brody Staud said investigators tracked Mr. Carter down through the phone call made to order the pizza.

Voters ponder new police department

SPRINGFIELD -Voters in Effingham County will decide today whether to create a county police department to handle law enforcement.

Under the proposal, the sheriff's department would continue to operate the jail and perform court-related duties.

The Associated Press erroneously reported earlier that county voters would decide whether to get rid of the sheriff's department.

Man pleads guilty in home-invasion case

ATLANTA -A 31-year-old Snellville man has pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of conspiracy and possession of a firearm in a drug-trafficking crime related to a series of home invasions.

Johnathan Dale and 15 others were indicted in June for conspiracy to commit home invasions from January to December last year in several areas of metro Atlanta.

Also under indictment and scheduled for trial Dec. 2 is Fulton County sheriff's Deputy Sheriff Brenda Wiggins, who is accused of providing sheriff's uniforms and information to accomplices who invaded the homes of suspected drug dealers, stealing narcotics, jewelry and cash.

Deputy Wiggins, 33, has been suspended with pay and is free on $25,000 bond.

- Edited from wire reports