Originally created 09/09/04

Across Georgia



Sitter doesn't return children to shelter

FOREST PARK - A baby sitter watching three girls at a homeless shelter apparently walked off with the children Tuesday, police said.

Sharenda Kessler, 33, left the shelter on foot Tuesday morning with the girls and had not returned by evening.

Forest Park Police Capt. J.W. Scott said a state alert was not issued because Ms. Kessler had permission to watch the girls and was not suspected of harming them.

The girls are Mea Kimini, 9 months old and wearing white overalls; Alexis Anderson, 2, wearing a gray jacket and dark blue overalls; and Kimaneisha Hogan, 5, wearing a pink jacket and dark blue overalls.

Principal faces sex exploitation charges

ATLANTA - A former elementary school principal who was fired after allegedly propositioning a young boy has been indicted, accused of having hundreds of pornographic pictures of children on his school-issued computer.

Michael Wayne Fox, 54, was indicted Tuesday on 33 counts of sexually exploiting children. He was arrested in April after a 12-year-old boy reported that Mr. Fox had propositioned him in a mall restroom.

Atlanta one of worst for traffic congestion

ATLANTA - A nationwide traffic survey by Texas A&M University has named Atlanta the nation's fifth-worst for wasting time and gas on congestion.

Atlanta drivers spent more than 97 million hours in traffic jams in 2002, according to the university's Texas Transportation Institute. The study concludes that traffic problems cost Atlantans $1.7 billion in gas and lost labor time that year.

Only Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Dallas-Fort Worth have more congestion, the report shows.

Fort Benning bans two more businesses

COLUMBUS - Fort Benning officials declared two more businesses off limits to soldiers, adding to a list of seven lounges and motels that were banned in June.

"The businesses have been placed off limits in response to criminal activity in and around them. Or, if they adversely affect the health, safety, welfare or discipline of soldiers," Fort Benning spokeswoman Monica Manganaro said Tuesday.

The latest banned businesses are the Fire House nightclub and Drive1, a used-car dealership.