Originally created 01/03/06

Across Georgia



Athens' first 2006 baby brings joy for evacuees

ATHENS - The parents of Athens' first baby of 2006 are used to new beginnings. Ashley Williams and Craig Wade, parents of Calise Tamia Wade, are evacuees who left New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"It was so good that this baby was a New Year's baby," said Jacqueline Williams, after Calise was born at 12:39 a.m. at St. Mary's Hospital.

Both parents were in their New Orleans home when the levees broke. Their flight to safety through hip-deep water was made more difficult because Ms. Williams was about five months pregnant.

Two die after their car is hit by train

LITHONIA - A man and a woman were killed when the car they were in was hit by a train.

Authorities said they do not know whether the Cadillac was trying to beat the oncoming CSX train across the tracks Sunday afternoon. The two in the car died at the scene.

The intersection has flashing lights and a railroad crossing sign, DeKalb County police officer Cory Hughes said.

Man, three children found dead in home

LOCUST GROVE - A man and his three children were found dead south of Atlanta after a standoff in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

A 27-year-old woman called police from a neighbor's house Sunday morning to saythat her husband had beaten her with a gun and that he was in their house with the couple's three children. She also said he had threatened to kill himself and his family.

When police arrived, the man went back into the house and barricaded himself in, Henry County Police Sgt. Palmerin Thomas said.

SWAT members were called to the scene and used a robot to knock down the door and go inside.

That is when the four bodies were discovered. Police have not released the identity of the victims. The children were a 4-year-old girl and 12- and 8-year-old boys.

Police said they had been called to the home in the past because of domestic disputes.

Woman dies when SUV runs off road, hits tree

MACON - A Warner Robins woman died Sunday after her sport utility vehicle ran off Interstate 75 and struck a tree, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

Heide Marie Hubbard, 33, was pronounced dead at 8:20 a.m. Sunday, Mr. Jones said.

Ms. Hubbard was driving a GMC Envoy north on I-75 when the she lost control of the vehicle, which went down an embankment and crashed into a tree, he said.

No other vehicles were involved, and Ms. Hubbard was alone in the car, he said.

- Edited from wire reports