Originally created 12/16/04

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Ex-police chief settles for $26,000 package

MARIETTA - Fired Cobb County Police Chief Lee New has reached a settlement with the county that gives him a $26,000 severance package, the county announced.

But on Tuesday, the same day the settlement was announced, county records were released that showed Mr. New was fired for several indiscretions that made county officials question his judgment.

Reached late Tuesday by the Marietta Daily Journal, Mr. New said he could not discuss the settlement. But he said he was "OK" with it.

County Manager David Hankerson, who fired Mr. New last month, said the settlement was meant to close the issue and focus on the future of the police department.

Police say man killed wife over nagging

JONESBORO - A man accused of stabbing his wife to death during an argument told his sister he did it because his wife kept nagging him, a Riverdale police detective testified on Tuesday.

Keith Andre Mitchell, 46, turned himself in to Riverdale police shortly after Agnes Mitchell's killing the night of Dec. 1.

Mr. Mitchell appeared in the Clayton County courtroom Tuesday but was not called to testify. After testimony, Magistrate Michael Baird ordered the murder charge to a grand jury.

Donations pour in after weekend church theft

LILBURN - A Gwinnett County church where someone stole gifts donated for children is getting offers of money and more presents after reports about the theft.

The gifts taken from Calvary Baptist Church in Lilburn had been donated to children living at the Georgia Baptist Children's Home.

The theft apparently happened during the weekend. The church had planned to deliver the gifts this weekend but will delay delivery until next week in order to collect the new donations.

Grand jury hears from men in death inquiry

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two brothers of a Dacula dentist whose wife was fatally shot under mysterious circumstances went before a Gwinnett County grand jury Wednesday.

Robert Corbin, 37, and Bradley Corbin, 41, ignored reporters' questions as they went into the secret session.

The brothers were among four people District Attorney Danny Porter subpoenaed to testify in an investigation of the death of Jennifer Corbin, whose body was found by her 7-year-old son early Dec. 4 in their Buford home.

Lawyers for her husband, Barton Corbin, said at a news conference Tuesday that their client is innocent and is cooperating with police through his attorneys.


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