Originally created 09/13/03

Across the region



Board clears county school superintendent

ATLANTA -A state commission has cleared Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks of any wrongdoing in an investigation of unreported discipline incidents, state education officials said.

The Professional Standards Commission, which licenses Georgia educators, voted 12-0 to clear Mr. Wilbanks of any professional wrongdoing, saying he did not intentionally botch system reports that caused more than 44,000 discipline incidents to go unreported to the state.

Attack on fuel truck kills soldier in Iraq

MACOMB, ILL. - A soldier based at Georgia's Hunter Army Airfield died of injuries sustained when his fuel truck was attacked in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced.

Army Spc. Ryan G. Carlock, 25, died Tuesday in combat north of Baghdad. The department listed him as a resident of Macomb.

Family members said they weren't given many details about the attack.

Day-care workers find abandoned newborn

CLARKSTON - DeKalb County police were seeking information Friday about a newborn that was left the day before outside a day-care center near Clarkston, just east of Atlanta.

Employees arriving for work at the Sunshine House Learning Center at 7 a.m. Thursday found the baby girl, who police believe had been born within the preceding 24 hours.

The center's director took the baby, who was wrapped in clothing, inside and took care of her until authorities arrived, said Bobbie Doyle, the regional director for Sunshine House. The baby was taken to a nearby hospital for observation and was listed in good condition.

Second arrest is made in double homicide

COLLEGE PARK - Clayton County police have arrested a second suspect in the deaths of two men whose bodies were discovered in a burned-out car found Saturday near Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport.

Police had staked out a Hogansville barbecue restaurant, where they arrested David Eric Hendrix, 37, of College Park.

Kenneth Ray Hilton, 35, was taken into custody Tuesday, county police Capt. Jeff Turner said. Police say Mr. Hilton and Mr. Hendrix loaded the bodies into the car after the men were shot at Mr. Hendrix's home last weekend.