Originally created 03/27/04

Across Georgia



Bush, Cheney to visit event at Lake Oconee

ATLANTA - President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are expected at a Georgia resort next week to show their appreciation to contributors who have raised as much as $200,000 toward the Republicans' re-election campaign, according to two invitees.

The Bush-Cheney campaign would not confirm Thursday that Mr. Bush planned to drop in on the event at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee, which is scheduled from Thursday through Saturday of next week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

Desertion charge will lead to court-martial

SAVANNAH - A U.S. soldier has been charged with desertion, accused of leaving his unit in Iraq five months ago.

Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia of the Florida National Guard will face a special court-martial, Fort Stewart commander Maj. Gen. William G. Webster decided Friday.

That means Staff Sgt. Mejia could get as much as a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge rather than the maximum five years and dishonorable discharge allowed under military law in a general court-martial.

Fugitive in slaying is returned by police

ATLANTA - One of America's most wanted fugitives, James Vincent Sullivan, was returned by authorities Friday to the city where he is wanted for the 1987 murder of his socialite wife.

Mr. Sullivan is expected to stand trial early next year for the death of his estranged wife, Lita McClinton Sullivan, 35, who was fatally shot at the doorway of her Buckhead townhouse Jan. 16, 1987. The killing occurred hours before a pre-trial hearing in a contested divorce with Mr. Sullivan.

Mr. Sullivan was indicted on a murder charge by a Fulton County grand jury 11 years later, and was captured at a beach resort south of Bangkok in July 2002.

Train engine derails, closing state highway

GAINESVILLE - A train engine derailed and caught fire Friday afternoon, closing Georgia Highway 60 indefinitely. No injuries were reported.

Hall County Fire Department spokeswoman Rhonda Smith said eight cars, including the engine, of a CSX Railroad train derailed.

Authorities were still trying to determine the cause, she said.