Originally created 04/15/04

Across Georgia



Investigator involved in wreck kills himself

ATLANTA - An off-duty Atlanta police investigator killed himself while Cobb County police were investigating a wreck in which he was involved early Wednesday morning.

Cobb County police Cpl. Brody Staud said the officer and another man were involved in a minor collision while driving northbound on Interstate 75 near the Cumberland Boulevard exit. The collision occurred at 6:51 a.m.

It is unclear who was at fault in the collision, but Cpl. Staud said the officer's car is the one that was struck.

He did not know what sort of gun was used in the suicide or whether it was police issue.

Woman gets 2 years for child molestation

EATONTON - A former companion of United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors leader Malachi York has been sentenced to two years in prison for child molestation.

Kathy Johnson, 35, who authorities say was Mr. York's "main wife," also was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years' probation after pleading guilty to seven counts of child molestation.

Mr. York, who led the predominantly black, quasi-religious sect from its 476-acre Egyptian-themed farm compound in Putnam County, was convicted in January in federal court on four counts of racketeering and six child molestation-related charges.

A sentencing hearing for Mr. York is scheduled for April 22.

Aiken team enters robot in competition

ATLANTA - More than 900 robots built by teams of high school students, including one from Aiken, will be tested at the Georgia Dome, starting today, as part of a three-day competition put on by the group For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST.

At stake is $4.4 million in science and technology scholarships.

About 23,000 high school students representing five countries - and every state except Idaho, Nevada and Utah - will participate in the annual competition.

Man is denied bond in silicone death

ALBANY - A man who authorities say injected industrial silicone into a man wanting to appear more feminine was denied bond Wednesday after a prosecutor said he was likely to disappear into a transgender subculture that extends to Alabama and Florida.

Steven Thomas, 31, is charged in the death of Andre D. Jeter, 23, of Montgomery, Ala., who suffered convulsions and went into a coma Dec. 10 after allegedly getting silicone injections at an Albany pumping party.

He died a month later.