Originally created 03/06/03

Across Georgia



Examiner charged in sexual assaults

DECATUR - An independent medical examiner for insurance companies has been accused of making inappropriate prostate and pelvic exams on policy applicants for his own sexual gratification.

District Attorney J. Tom Morgan said Tuesday that Jeffrey Bernard Fuller, 35, of Austell, conducted 1,100 medical exams in metro Atlanta for at least 26 insurance companies.

On at least nine occasions, Mr. Morgan said, Mr. Fuller was "taking sexual liberties."

He was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault, a felony, and eight counts of misdemeanor sexual assault, the prosecutor said.

Eatery owner, worker are arrested in arson

ADEL - The owner of a south Georgia restaurant and an employee have been charged with arson in a Jan. 16 fire that destroyed the establishment.

Peggy Lorraine Parr, 49, who bought the Catfish House last year, and Jennifer Barnes, 20, were arrested Monday.

The two Valdosta women were released on $10,000 bail. The loss of the restaurant along the Cook County-Colquitt County line was estimated at $850,000.

Perdue orders barriers removed from Capitol

ATLANTA - The state Capitol is no longer bunkered down. Just days after security officials surrounded the Statehouse with concrete barriers, Gov. Sonny Perdue ordered them removed.

On Saturday, public safety officials installed concrete barriers next to the stone walls that ring the Capitol. When Mr. Perdue saw the barriers, "he was really concerned about what people would think. You drive up to your state Capitol and it looks like it's been encircled by barbed wire or something like that," officials said.

The barriers came down Tuesday night.

Panel rejects rezoning for children's center

HAMILTON - After six hours of debate, Harris County commissioners rejected a rezoning application Wednesday, blocking plans for a $250 million center to house abused, neglected and orphaned children in west Georgia.

Commissioners voted 3-to-2 against the application by Smyrna businessman Donald Whitney, who asked the panel to rezone 541 acres.

The 10-year project would create a planned community for about 500 children, ages 2 to 8.