Originally created 10/12/03

Across Georgia



Driver in fatal crash had learner's permit

GRAYSON -A 16-year-old girl was driving with only a learner's permit when she lost control of a van and struck a tree, killing two passengers, police said.

Lindsay Groff, who remains in the hospital in critical condition, could have been driving illegally because Georgia law requires someone older than 21 to be in the front seat of vehicles operated by teens with learner's permits, authorities said.

Police declined to say whether Ms. Groff will face charges. Killed in Thursday's crash, just blocks from their high school, were Susan Boyes, 16, and Mallory Neely, 15.

Burglary suspect dies of possible overdose

COLUMBUS -A 38-year-old Muscogee County man accused of breaking into a woman's home and assaulting her went into cardiac arrest moments later and died from what authorities suspect was a drug overdose.

Herbert Lee Davis was pronounced dead about an hour after he was arrested and accused of breaking into 88-year-old Rosa Lamb's home and causing cuts to her hand and forehead. Authorities believe he died of a cocaine overdose.

Ms. Lamb's son, Curtis Lamb, said Mr. Davis had been living next door to her for several years and had recently been released from prison.

Former vice officer faces bribery charge

ATLANTA -A Gwinnett County police officer who resigned last month after allegations that he tipped off massage parlors about prostitution raids has been arrested.

Chris In was taken into custody Friday on charges of bribery and violation of oath of office, police spokesman Cpl. Dan Huggins said.

Officer In had been in the department's vice squad for two years before resigning Sept. 26. An informant said the officer was being paid to leak information about upcoming raids.

County lacks millions in misdemeanor fines

MACON -Bibb County is owed more than $2.2 million in misdemeanor fines and fees issued by the sheriff's department that date back more than 40 years.

The fines have mounted partly because sheriff's deputies have been reluctant to serve misdemeanor warrants because arrests would put further pressure on a jail already at capacity. As a result, warrants for probation violations or failing to appear in court for traffic offenses or domestic abuse go unserved.

Fines and fees, which have accumulated since at least 1960, total more than $2.2 million.