Originally created 06/11/04

Across Georgia



Man is burned after meth lab explosion

NEWNAN - A methamphetamine lab explosion at a Coweta County home left a 40-year-old man with burns over 80 percent of his body, authorities said.

Steve Copeland was mixing chemicals at the time of the explosion, authorities reported Wednesday.

A resident of the house, William Norris Neahr, 43, was charged with possession and manufacture of methamphetamine.

Prostitute admits her guilt in deaths of men

DECATUR - A second prostitute has been sentenced to life in prison in the murder of three men in a one-night robbery spree.

Ameshia Ervin, 22, pleaded guilty Wednesday in the shooting deaths of Raymond Goodwin, 34; Claudell Christmas, 35; and Lemetrius Twitty, 29, in August 2002.

The judge sentenced Ms. Ervin to life in prison on the murder charges and 20 years for armed robbery.

Falicia Blakely, 20, was sentenced to life in January after she admitted pulling the trigger in all three killings.

Ms. Blakely said she acted under orders from an abusive pimp.

Police shoot, kill man during chase

ROME - A 37-year-old man was shot to death by a Floyd County officer after a chase.

Thomas Allen Williams was shot Wednesday after attacking police Officer Jesse Adams with a knife, authorities said. Mr. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Officer Adams spotted Mr. Williams, his 16-year-old nephew and a 15-year-old sitting in a parked car, authorities said. The juveniles, who were not charged, told police Mr. Williams was in the car smoking crack cocaine.

Female firefighters object to training

TIFTON - Two Eldorado female volunteer firefighters say they should not be required to go through the same training as men when they want to serve only in a support capacity.

Sheila Bryant and Jeanine Taylor told Tift County commissioners Tuesday night that they will be fired or moved to a "ladies auxiliary" unit if they do not undergo additional firefighting training.

Chairman Buddy Ryan said he was not familiar with the "ladies auxiliary" unit and asked county manager Bill Park to look into the matter and report back to the commission.