Originally created 08/07/03

Across Georgia



Mayor facing trial wins lottery prize

DAWSON - A small-town mayor saddled with legal problems has won the largest prize possible - $500,000 - on a Georgia Lottery scratch-off ticket.

Dawson Mayor Robert Albritten, scheduled to go on trial next month on 19 counts of insurance fraud and nine counts of forgery, bought the winning ticket last weekend.

After taxes, he received about $300,000.

Stabbing death leads to murder charges

COLUMBUS - A Muscogee County woman was charged with murder after a 68-year-old man was found stabbed to death in his trailer Tuesday.

Police said 30-year-old Lisa Mitchell stabbed Lennie Cole several times in the chest during an apparent robbery.

Witnesses said they later saw Ms. Mitchell walking down a road trying to sell a microwave oven that belonged to Mr. Cole.

She faces charges of murder, burglary and armed robbery, police said.

Couple is sentenced in child-cruelty case

COLUMBUS - A Columbus woman and her boyfriend have been sentenced to prison for failing to get medical help for her 15-month-old daughter after she was severely scalded in a bath.

Chianti Walton and Billy Gore were convicted Tuesday of child cruelty. Ms. Walton was sentenced to five years in prison and Mr. Gore to eight years.

Prosecutor Susan Henderson said Mr. Gore was home with the baby and her 3-year-old sister Oct. 6 when scalding bath water burned the baby on her buttocks, foot and leg. Mr. Gore took the children to their mother's workplace, but Ms. Walton, fearing child services would take away her baby, refused to take her to the hospital.

Atlanta streetcar line gains leaders support

ATLANTA - A plan to create a streetcar line on one of Atlanta's main thoroughfares is gaining momentum as a number of civic and business leaders hop on board.

The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and leaders of Georgia Tech and Georgia State University have joined Atlanta Streetcar Inc., a private, nonprofit group hoping to bring trolleys to an eight-mile stretch of Peachtree Street.

The group has raised $100,000 to study the feasibility of a streetcar line, which is estimated to cost $200 million.