Originally created 08/15/04

Across Georgia



Juvenile justice leader resigns after 3 months

ATLANTA - The deputy commissioner of Georgia's juvenile justice system has resigned after less than three months.

Frank Alarcon told Juvenile Justice Commissioner Albert Murray that he was stepping down for "personal reasons."

Mr. Alarcon declined to be interviewed, and Mr. Murray was unavailable to comment Friday, a spokeswoman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The hiring was controversial from the beginning. Mr. Alarcon resigned last spring from Florida's youth prisons system after a teenager died in custody. Five years ago, he was fired as chief of California's system.

Slain man was about to take new identity

WOODSTOCK - Police say a man who was killed in a shootout with a Cherokee County sheriff's deputy this week was minutes away from disappearing into a new life he had created with false identities.

Frank Sheridan's house in Woodstock was empty, the red panel truck in the driveway was loaded down with the last of his possessions and he was about to leave when Deputy Patrick Neal arrived Tuesday to serve a probation warrant, sheriff's Capt. Ron Hunton said Friday.

Mr. Sheridan, 48, had rented an apartment and storage units and opened a checking account in sparsely populated Jackson County, N.C.

Mother is charged in death of her son

MACON - A woman has been charged with felony murder in the death of her 3-year-old son.

Linda Renae Brown, 31, was arrested Thursday after her son, Garry, died of severe head trauma, police said.

Officers were called to Ms. Brown's apartment Tuesday after she reported her son was injured. When paramedics arrived, Garry was unresponsive, and he died two days later.

Landfill worker finds bank's lost money

COLUMBUS - A cache of cash found in the Columbus landfill was the result of a bank error, police said.

The money - more than $46,000 - was found July 23 by a backhoe operator at the Pine Grove Landfill.

That was about the same amount of money a Columbus bank official told the local FBI office in July 2002 the bank had misplaced.

The money was returned to the bank. Officials asked police not to reveal the bank's name.