Originally created 07/18/04

Across Georgia



Fast hearing promised in couple's slaying

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - The Air Force promised a precise and swift hearing in the case of an airman charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two base residents.

Senior Airman Andrew Witt, 22, is accused of stabbing to death Senior Airman Andrew Schliepsiek and his wife, Jamie, on July 5. He also is charged with attempted murder in the wounding of Senior Airman Jason King.

Senior Airman Witt could be sentenced to death if he is convicted.

Coastal storms cause fire, flooded roads

BRUNSWICK - Georgia's coast is recovering from severe thunderstorms that sparked home fires and flooded roadways.

A tornado was spotted north of Glynn County on Thursday, forecaster Scott Carroll said. No damage from the tornado was reported.

A home in Sea Island caught fire when it was struck by lightening at the height of the storm.

Decreased visibility on roadways led to several car accidents, including a collision between a train and a car.

The two people in the car were taken to a hospital, but neither sustained serious injuries.

Teacher is charged in child molestation

COLUMBUS - A middle school teacher has been arrested on charges that he had sexual encounters with a teenage girl.

Thomas Edward Chadwick, 48, a band director at Eddy Middle School in Columbus, was charged Friday with one count of child molestation. The alleged victim, now 22, claimed she had been having sex with Mr. Chadwick since she was 14.

He was the second Eddy Middle School teacher arrested in recent weeks on sex charges.

Kelvin Smith, a 29-year-old physical education teacher, was charged two weeks ago with misdemeanor sexual battery and public indecency.

Judge refuses to halt political ad in lawsuit

MARIETTA - A judge has ruled that a lawsuit over a congressional candidate's dog has more bark than bite.

Superior Court Judge Sheperd Howell refused to stop a political advertisement that used a talking Saint Bernard in the race for the 6th congressional district.

The Saint Bernard was originally shown in ads by state Sen. Robert Lamutt, but his rival, Sen. Chuck Clay, altered the dog for his own purposes.