Originally created 05/24/05

Across Georgia



BRAC commissioners will visit two bases

ATLANTA - Two of four Georgia bases tapped for closure by the Pentagon will be visited by federal commissioners Wednesday.

Members of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission will visit the Naval Air Station-Atlanta in Marietta and the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens.

Those installations were among four in Georgia listed earlier this month in the Pentagon's plan to shut down bases to streamline the military. The others are Fort McPherson, in East Point, and Fort Gillem, in Forest Park.

Most of the bases on the Pentagon's list will be closed, but not all of them. The commissioners will visit each base on the list before making a final recommendation to President Bush.

Group wants another look at Taser case

ATLANTA - A civil rights group is asking that a county prosecutor either resign or reopen the case of a jailed man who died after being stunned with a Taser.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference said Gwinnett County's grand jury should have a second look at the case of Frederick Williams, a 31-year-old Lawrenceville man who died in May 2004 after deputies used a Taser on him in jail.

The group says Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter did not introduce critical evidence to the grand jury when it first reviewed the case April 27.

"We are asking the Gwinnett County district attorney ... to sit down to talk to us prior to us getting more involved," said Charles Steele, the president and CEO of the group.

"If he doesn't, we have no alternative but to shut the county down."

Former GBI agent admits to forgery

AMERICUS - A former agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation pleaded guilty Monday to falsifying documents in order to close out case files, officials said.

Rufus Green, who was the supervising agent on joint state and local law enforcement narcotics investigations and undercover drug purchases in the Cordele area, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of forgery, three counts of making false statements and one count of violation of oath of office, the state attorney general's office said Monday.

Mr. Green faces sentencing in about three weeks in front of Superior Court Judge George Peagler. Each forgery charge could carry as much as 10 years in prison, and the other crimes can be punished by as much as five years.