Originally created 11/11/05

Across Georgia



Man escapes police during jail transfer

ATLANTA - A manhunt is under way in Atlanta for a man who escaped from police custody while being transferred to Fulton County Jail.

Police say James Henderson escaped about 10 a.m. today while he was being taken from the Atlanta City Jail to the county jail in northwest Atlanta. He was wanted on charges including drugs, reckless conduct and cruelty to children.

Authorities say he fled from the complex as he was being booked into a nearby neighborhood.

He was handcuffed at the time he escaped.

Man gets life in prison for death of infant son

DECATUR - A DeKalb County judge has sentenced Curtis Grayer to life in prison in the death of his infant son, plus 20 years for raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter, who gave birth to the baby.

A Superior Court jury found Mr. Grayer guilty Wednesday on charges of felony murder, rape, child molestation and child cruelty. The felony murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

Authorities contended during his murder trial that he tried to force his stepdaugther to have a miscarriage by stomping on her and then denied her medical care when she had the baby Oct. 18, 2002.

He was accused of throwing the baby's body into Lake Buena Vista in south DeKalb County, but a body was never found.

Investigators say pilot error led to fatal crash

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - A Georgia pilot's error has been blamed for a fatal plane crash in which two people died earlier this year, investigators say.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators said a May 23 crash near the Sky Signs banner-towing company's landing field south of Conway was the result of the pilot's failure to maintain air speed after releasing a banner. The lack of speed led to an inadvertent stall and the crash.

Nicholas Garrett, 23, of Dalton, Ga., was flying the plane. Instructor Ryan Bunker, 25, of American Fork, Utah, also died.

Air Force base to get additional C-17 work

WARNER ROBINS - Warner Robins Air Logistics Center will get an additional C-17 workload by 2008, according to Gen. Bruce Carlson, the new commander of Air Force Materiel Command.

This week Gen. Carlson completed his first visit to Robins Air Force Base since assuming the top job in August.

Robins Air Force Base also performs some inspection and modification to the C-17 under a partnership agreement with Boeing, manufacturer of the C-17.