Originally created 12/15/04

Across Georgia



Police track robbery suspect with beer can

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A suspect in at least two dozen Columbus-area armed robberies was arrested after police linked him to a can of beer.

A witness to one home invasion told investigators that the robber was seen carrying an Icehouse beer in a paper bag. Based on that information, investigators said they looked at surveillance videotapes from nearby convenience stores and saw 25-year-old Mario Demarcus Brundidge buying the beer only 30 minutes before the Nov. 9 robbery.

Mr. Brundidge pleaded not guilty Monday to 20 counts of armed robbery, four counts of false imprisonment, three counts of aggravated assault and multiple theft and weapons charges.

Lawyer is accused of using clients' awards

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. - A lawyer who practices in Norcross is accused of paying off personal debts using more than $1 million in checks he cashed that were supposed to go to clients for case settlements.

Charles F. Peebles, 54, of Flowery Branch, was arrested Dec. 9 at his home and charged with 10 counts of first-degree forgery.

In September, Mr. Peebles cashed checks at a Norcross bank that were received as settlements in three of his clients' cases and used the money to pay off personal debts, authorities said.

Black Caucus picks Watson as chairman

ATHENS, GA. - State Rep. Stan Watson, D-Decatur, has been elected chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus.

Mr. Watson, who said he was humbled by the opportunity, succeeds state Sen. Ed Harbison, D-Columbus.

Mr. Watson, who was elected to the position Monday, takes over the caucus at a time when Democrats will be the minority party in both houses of the Legislature for the first time in modern history.

The Black Caucus held the election at the University of Georgia's Center for Continuing Education, where most of the state's legislators were attending a three-day government conference.

Show goes on for club's nude musical

ATLANTA - Mayor Shirley Franklin said Tuesday that she had asked police not to press charges against a nightclub that featured the nude musical Naked Boys Singing!

Members of the police License and Permits Unit raided The Armory on Saturday night and cited the club for permitting "adult entertainment" without a license, closing the show that had run for four months.

The mayor's office said Tuesday that "the citation issued was based upon the misreading of a section of the Atlanta City Code," and that the play can continue to run.

"At this time, the city is not requiring that The Armory discontinue the performances of the play," the statement said.



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