Originally created 08/11/05

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Searchers find pilot dead at crash site

ATLANTA - Two days after a small plane disappeared while flying over the north Georgia mountains, searchers discovered the plane on a wooded mountainside and the pilot dead.

Capt. Paige Joyner, of the Civil Air Patrol, said Patrick R. Goudey, of Sherrils Ford, N.C., was killed when his Beechcraft Z-35 Bonanza plane crashed Monday near Springer Mountain. There was no one else aboard.

Mr. Goudey's plane went missing Monday afternoon during a nonstop flight from Lake Norman, N.C., to Smyrna, Tenn.

Animal activist is accused of cruelty

FOREST PARK - An animal rescue activist has been arrested for leaving her dog in her vehicle for more than two hours.

Patricia Siems, the president of All Dog and Cat Rescue Angels, was arrested Tuesday on an animal cruelty charge.

Ms. Siems was attending a meeting of the Georgia Companion Animal Advisory Board at the time.

Ms. Siems brought her dog, Hank, because she did not want to leave him alone with one of her other dogs, said her friend Patty Dougherty. Ms. Siems left the dog in the car because she thought the meeting would be in a restaurant, not in a meeting room.

Ms. Siems said she went to check on the dog three times during the meeting in order to run the air conditioner for him and give him water. The windows were left about halfway down.

Police have no leads on shooting at park

DECATUR - DeKalb County police continue to investigate a shooting at a park's basketball court Tuesday night that left five people either shot or otherwise injured.

"There's no work on a motive or an exact suspect description," Officer Herschel Grangent said Wednesday.

He said none of the injuries was life threatening.

A witness said about 30 shots were fired from an automatic weapon at the park on Glenwood Road as he and others were playing basketball.

Prayers spark lawsuit against Cobb County

ATLANTA - Five Cobb County residents and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Cobb County for what they are overly sectarian prayers at county commission meetings.

The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU on Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta, claims the prayers before commission meetings are too Christian. One prayer ended, "in the name of Jesus our savior," and dozens more since 2003 mentioned Jesus, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified "nominal damages" and a court order stopping the prayers.



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