Originally created 09/22/05

Across Georgia



Allegedly fake evacuee faces fraud charges

ATLANTA - An Atlanta woman has been charged with theft and mail fraud after being accused of falsely applying for government relief funds. Federal authorities say she claimed to be a Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Atlanta said Nakia Dewuane Grimes, 30, was arrested Tuesday at a post office where she attempted to pick up a hurricane relief check.

The government says that on Sept. 14, Ms. Grimes submitted an application, via the Internet, to the Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking a $2,000 payment available to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Prosecutors say Ms. Grimes was from Atlanta, not New Orleans, as she claimed.

Service branches will consider sub escorts

ST. MARYS - The Navy and Coast Guard will take part in a joint exercise next month that will consider using different boats for escorting submarines at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

The exercise will involve using 200-foot Coast Guard boats to escort Trident submarines as they come in and out, the Navy said. It is meant to evaluate the effectiveness of using larger Coast Guard boats to provide security for submarines.

Incoming and departing submarines are now escorted by a combination of armed base security boats, smaller Coast Guard boats and aircraft, said Ed Buczek, a spokesman at the base.

Store owner shoots his would-be robber

JONESBORO - A would-be robber was injured and later arrested after being shot by the owner of a store he intended to hold up, authorities said.

The incident began Tuesday morning when an armed man - whom police identified as Keston Scott - entered John's Discount Store.

"He said, 'Give me the money,'" said the store's owner, Zulfiqar "John" Butts. "I said wait a minute, I have a gun, too."

When the man crouched down as though preparing to fire, Mr. Butts pulled out his .357 Magnum and fired three shots, hitting the man at least once.

The robber escaped but was later arrested at a hospital.

Fire at apartments displaces 20 people

MACON - A Wednesday morning fire at an apartment complex left more than 20 people homeless, said Marvin Riggins, the assistant fire chief for the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

An electrical problem in one of the Forest Pointe apartments appears to be the cause, Chief Riggins said.

Twelve units at the complex sustained fire, smoke or water damage.