Originally created 05/11/05

Across the region



Suspect surrenders in airport disturbance

ATLANTA - A man who disrupted travel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earlier this month when he abandoned a stolen rental truck at the curb has been taken into police custody.

Anthony Jefferson, 55, surrendered at the airport police station and was taken to jail.

Mr. Jefferson parked the U-Haul truck at a loading curb May 1 and went into the airport to see relatives off, police said.

But the unattended truck, which contained a small amount of fireworks, prompted a shutdown of the airport's North Terminal after a bomb-sniffing dog alerted police to explosives inside. The shutdown caused flight delays and traffic backups for about two hours.

Police chief reopens 5th child slaying case

ATLANTA - DeKalb County Police Chief Louis Graham said Tuesday he will reopen a fifth case considered among those included in the slayings known as the Atlanta Child Murders.

Last week, Chief Graham - who was an assistant police chief in neighboring Fulton County at the time of the killings - announced he would look into four of the deaths. On Tuesday, he added Aaron Wyche, 10, whose body was found June 24, 1980.

Chief Graham said his decision to reopen the cases was driven solely by his belief in the innocence of Wayne Williams - the man convicted in two of the deaths and suspected in most of the others.

Officials seek inquiry into ex-sheriff's funds

WALTERBORO, S.C. - The Colleton County sheriff and a councilman have asked state authorities to investigate whether former sheriff Allan Beach improperly spent any of the millions of dollars in federal drug seizure funds his office received.

The State Law Enforcement Division has been asked to investigate "possible financial improprieties" within the sheriff's office, according to attorney general spokesman Trey Walker.

Mr. Beach said all of the money was spent following federal guidelines and he is not worried about the investigation.

Assistant prosecutor is charged in DUI crash

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - An assistant prosecutor who had been hired less than a month ago has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence after a collision, authorities said.

Robert Neil Clariday, 27, has been suspended from the 1st Circuit Solicitor's Office without pay, prosecutor David Pascoe said. Mr. Pascoe's office represents Orangeburg, Dorchester and Calhoun counties.

Mr. Clariday, of Columbia, was arrested after police responded to a two-car crash at about 1:40 a.m. Friday. An Orangeburg Public Safety Department report states that police smelled alcohol on Mr. Clariday, who appeared to be "slightly unsteady on his feet."

He was given two field sobriety tests that were videotaped, but he refused a breath test. He told officers he had "a few beers," according to the report.

Father faces charges in death of infant

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A 22-year-old father has been charged with homicide by child abuse after authorities said his 7-week-old son died from shaken baby syndrome.

Gerald Tony Maxwell, who told Goose Creek police he wanted his newborn to stop crying, was released Sunday from a Moncks Corner jail on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

His son, Damell Lloyd, was pronounced dead Friday at Trident Medical Center. Damell had no visible injuries but did have injuries, including broken ribs, that were consistent with shaken baby syndrome, Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

- Edited from wire reports