Originally created 03/30/03

Across Georgia



Nuwaubian member is arrested in threats

EATONTON -A member of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors was arrested last week after he threatened the sheriff and President Bush, said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

Gary Charles Tatum, 57, of Athens, is to be charged with making harassing phone calls to Sheriff Sills at home twice - once on the evening of March 17 and again at 4:30 a.m. March 18.

"I just don't need to hear about how somebody's going to castrate me and then cut off my legs that early in the morning," Sheriff Sills said.

Mr. Tatum claimed "the angel of death" will carry out his threats against Sheriff Sills and Mr. Bush, the sheriff said. He has been transferred from the Clarke County jail to a hospital in Augusta.

Stroke sends widow of officer to hospital

DECATUR -The widow of slain DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a stroke.

Phyllis Brown, 48, was found on the floor by her son Michael, family members said.

Sheriff-elect Brown was assassinated in December 2000, just days before taking office. His predecessor, former Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, was convicted in July of ordering the shooting.

Escape attempt lands killer in state prison

ATLANTA -A Superior Court judge has ordered that convicted police killer Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin be sent back to state prison after an alleged attempt to escape from the Fulton County jail last week.

Judge Stephanie Manis said she was satisfied with the county's arguments that because of faulty locks at the jail it is not secure enough to hold Mr. Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown.

Sheriff Jackie Barrett, whose office runs the jail, fired chief jailer Shirlie Green after she testified Wednesday that eight of the 12 doors on a maximum-security wing that held Mr. Al-Amin had broken locks and inmates could leave their cells whenever they wanted.

Hip-hop festival plans event at College Park

ATLANTA -The hip-hop festival that once touted stars such as Eminem and Nelly before it was rejected by Atlanta officials is being rescheduled.

The Woodstock of Hip-Hop is planning an event near College Park south of Atlanta on April 12-13 after failed attempts to stage it in Atlanta and Conyers.