Originally created 12/16/03

Across Georgia



Police say officer shot robber during hold-up

DECATUR - A man was shot several times while trying to rob a Waffle House on Monday, police said.

Witnesses said the man entered the restaurant at around 9 a.m., holding a semiautomatic handgun.

An off-duty Morehouse College police officer, who was one of the customers, identified himself and ordered the man to drop his gun. The man then pointed his weapon at the officer, who shot him sev eral times, according to the police report.

Dozens of sick horses go into quarantine

ALBANY - About 75 horses from an Albany stable have been quarantined after being diagnosed with strangles, a bacterial disease that is highly contagious to other horses.

The horses at Fleming Road Stables will remain in quarantine for as long as three weeks to prevent the disease's spread, state Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said. He said the disease cannot be passed to humans and is rarely fatal in horses.

British lawmaker sues former drug agent

ATLANTA - A member of Britain's House of Lords has sued a former federal drug agent for $1 million in damages, saying the ex-agent sold information to a British newspaper that wrote false stories about him based in part on the information.

Michael Ashcroft, a former treasurer of Britain's Tory Party, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta against former Atlanta-based U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency intelligence agent Jonathan Randel.

In a series of stories in July 1999, the British newspaper The Times of London falsely implied that Mr. Ashcroft was the target of DEA investigations into drug trafficking, the lawsuit says.

In January, Mr. Randel was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally selling restricted information to The Times. In a plea agreement, he testified that he sold information from DEA data banks to a British television correspondent who freelanced for The Times.

Shootings kill two, put man in hospital

BRUNSWICK - Two people died and a third was critically injured in what appeared to be a murder-suicide after a domestic dispute escalated into violence.

Police found Joel Chris Blankenship, 28, and Dara Jo Wasdin, 25, in a wooded area Saturday.

Mr. Blankenship was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head. Ms. Wasdin, also shot in the head, died Sunday.

A third person, Andrew J. Worsham, 38, of Jesup, was shot in the face at his home earlier that day and was in critical condition Monday.

Glynn County police say they suspect Mr. Blankenship shot Mr. Worsham and Ms. Wasdin before turning the gun on himself.