Originally created 07/30/05

Across Georgia



Lightning strike kills teen, 17-month-old

GAINESVILLE - A teenage girl and her 17-month-old cousin died Thursday after lightning struck a tree at a Hall County park where they had gone for an outing with family members, authorities said.

Officials identified the victims as Judy Zuniga and Issak Burciaga Ayala.

Officials said the exact cause of death has not been determined, but that the injuries were listed as "accidental due to lightning strike."

Immigrant will appeal order to leave country

ATLANTA - An Ethiopian immigrant accused of torturing and killing dissidents in a military dictatorship in his native country during the 1970s has been ordered deported from the United States, but he will remain here while he appeals the decision, the government said Friday.

Kelbessa Negewo, 54, was arrested in January in an Atlanta suburb and has remained in federal custody since then.

After a hearing this week, an immigration judge on Tuesday ordered Mr. Negewo deported to Ethiopia. However, because of his appeal, the deportation is on hold until the matter is resolved, officials said.

Mr. Negewo faces life in prison in his former homeland, where he was convicted in 2002 in absentia of human rights violations, including torture and 13 killings.

2 arrested after home invasion attempt

NORCROSS - A pregnant woman thwarted a possible home invasion attempt Thursday by alerting authorities before locking herself and her children in a bathroom.

Ms. Lazaro, 24, called police after seeing a suspicious man breaking into her apartment.

She rounded up her 3- and 6-year old sons, fled into a bathroom and locked the door.

Ryan Earl Doss, 23, was spotted walking out of Ms. Lazaro's front door and was arrested. Keith Maurice Johnson, 31, also was arrested.

Officer put on leave after shooting death

DECATUR - A DeKalb County police officer has been placed on routine administrative leave after he shot and killed a man armed with a knife Thursday.

Officers were responding to a domestic violence call at about noon when they encountered James Brannen, who had a knife that he refused to drop, a police statement said.