Originally created 03/01/05

Across Georgia



Rescuers find bodies of 2 boys lost on trip

SUWANNEE, FLA. - Rescuers found two 14-year-old Georgia boys dead Monday in the Gulf of Mexico, two days after they became separated from a school group during a kayaking trip, authorities said.

The bodies of Sean Wilkinson and Clay McKemie of Rome, Ga., were found with their overturned kayak about 5 miles west of the Swanee River, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

They had become lost Saturday in an area about 100 miles north of Tampa.

Man's lawyers fight to stop execution

ATLANTA - Lawyers for a man who killed a pizza shop manager during a three-week crime spree say their client should not be executed because the parole board that denied him clemency relied on unsubstantiated claims.

Stephen A. Mobley, 39, is to be executed by lethal injection today for the Feb. 17, 1991, murder of John Collins, 24, during a robbery at a Domino's Pizza in northeast Georgia.

Mr. Mobley's lawyers argue in a petition filed Monday that the parole board, which denied clemency Friday, relied on claims that while in jail Mr. Mobley tattooed his back with the word "Domino," hung a pizza box in his cell and sexually assaulted an inmate.

The lawyers say there is no evidence of such a tattoo, the pizza box was hung to cover a vent and no charges have been filed in the alleged assault.

Lockheed Martin workers plan strike

MARIETTA - Lockheed Martin Corp.'s union employees in Marietta are preparing to strike.

In a 1,240-602 vote Sunday, union members declined the retirement and medical benefits the aviation company outlined in a three-year contract, local President Cornell "Slim" Stevens said.

The current contract ends today, and the International Association of Machinists Local 709 will begin striking March 8, Mr. Stevens said.

Officials consider flu as cause of deaths

NASHVILLE - State health officials will investigate the role flu may have had in 11 deaths in south Georgia.

So far, flu has been confirmed as the cause of one of the deaths in Berrien County.

Flu is also suspected in the death of a Middle Georgia College student who died last week after being flown to Emory University Hospital.