Originally created 01/12/04

Across Georgia



Funerals are set for victims in abduction

CALHOUN -Funerals for four people killed in a northwest Georgia slaying and kidnapping will be held today at Trinity Baptist Church in Calhoun.

Authorities have accused Jerry William Jones in the deaths of Tom and Nola Blaylock, Georgia Bradley and 10-month-old Harley Jones.

Mr. Jones is accused of strangling Harley - his daughter with his ex-partner, Melissa Peeler - and shooting Mrs. Peeler's parents and sister.

The victims' bodies were found Wednesday near Ranger in rural northwest Georgia.

Mr. Jones also is accused of kidnapping his two daughters and his former stepdaughter, who were found unharmed just across the Tennessee line when their father was captured Thursday.

Officers charge man in Rottweiler's death

COLUMBUS -Police have arrested a Columbus man on charges of poisoning his next door neighbor's dog.

Michael Hawkins, 51, pleaded innocent to aggravated cruelty to animals.

Police say Mr. Hawkins, a truck driver, killed a 9-year-old Rottweiler named Lazarus owned by Zachary Farley.

Mr. Farley said Mr. Hawkins had threatened a week ago to "shoot or poison" his other dog, a 4-month-old puppy, after the puppy was let out of his cage and allowed to roam in Mr. Farley's front yard.

Police say ex-inmate stole car after release

ATLANTA -Atlanta police said a man carjacked a woman's vehicle from Fulton County Jail property immediately after he was released early Saturday.

Police say Nathaniel Lee Stanley, 20, threatened a driver and her passenger before taking the 1996 Ford Explorer from the jail lot.

Sheriff's Lt. Clarence Huber said the truck's owner and the passenger escaped unharmed.

FAA blames Georgian for fatal plane crash

TUCSON, Ariz. -A pilot from Georgia caused the crash of his Army skydiving plane two years ago in Marana, according to a Federal Aviation Administration report.

The military plane collided with a civilian skydiving plane over Marana Northwest Regional Airport on March 15, 2002, killing the military plane's pilot.

Chief Warrant Officer Lowell Timmons, 45, of Richmond Hill, Ga., who was flying a plane for the Golden Knights parachute team based in Fort Bragg, N.C., slammed into the ground. The pilot of the civilian plane landed his damaged plane safely.