Originally created 06/26/04

Across Georgia



Emory gets millions in anti-HIV funding

ATLANTA - Emory University has received $2.2 million from the government for clinical trials of promising anti-HIV microbicides, university officials said.

Emory Vaccine Center's Hope Clinic in Decatur received the grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study will be the first of its kind in Atlanta to evaluate the safety and acceptability of using microbicides for healthy women and women with HIV.

Health officials hope to find a gel that could reduce or prevent sexual HIV transmission.

Finding one could have a worldwide impact on the HIV epidemic, Hope Clinic director Dr. Frances Priddy said in a statement.

Mother gets life for allowing girl's rape

ATLANTA - A mother was convicted Friday of allowing her boyfriend to repeatedly rape her 11-year-old daughter, who became pregnant and eventually had a son.

Julia Johnson now faces life in prison after being found guilty on all charges, including first-degree child cruelty, being a party to rape and contributing to the depravation of a minor. Her live-in boyfriend, 36-year-old Trianthony Cannon, pleaded guilty to rape and child molestation earlier this month and was sentenced to life plus 80 years.

Autopsy doesn't tell cause of man's death

WARNER ROBINS - Autopsy results on the decomposing body of a man found in an unmarked police car didn't reveal how he died.

The Thursday autopsy found no physical marks on 30-year-old Joseph Wendell Lowe's body that would indicate any physical trauma, said Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans.

A toxicology report is pending.

Mr. Lowe was discovered Wednesday in a fenced-in parking lot across the street from the city's police department. He was in a Chevrolet Caprice used by police to entice criminals to steal it and be captured in the act.

Shelter worker faces sexual assault charge

COLUMBUS - A man who worked at a shelter for abused and neglected children has been arrested and is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl who had been staying at the shelter.

Illya Card, 31, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday to face charges of aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, child molestation and sexual assault of a person in custody.

The arrest came after an investigation by Columbus police that began in March when the girl, now 17, reported the incident, police Lt. Steve Cox said.