Originally created 01/04/06

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Pilot killed in plane crash is identified

MACON - A pilot who was killed in a New Year's Day plane crash in Coweta County has been identified as a Macon attorney.

George Haskell III, 65, died after a Cessna he was piloting crashed Sunday, officials said Monday.

The plane's wreckage was found early Monday morning in Senoia, 32 miles south of Atlanta.

Mr. Haskell was the senior partner with the law firm Haskell & Haskell in Macon.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta, Jones said.

Group looks to display grist mill water wheel

ATHENS - A massive water wheel, almost all that remains of a huge Oglethorpe County grist mill, soon could go on display in an Oglethorpe County park.

The wheel, 24 feet in diameter, once powered the big grinding stones in Echols Mill, a three-story mill that stood by Millstone Creek in Oglethorpe County.

Historic Oglethorpe, a county history organization, hopes to put the 24-foot wheel on display as a reminder and an educational tool.

The wheel's owner, Raymond Mathews, is willing to donate it, and the big question now is raising the money to erect and display it, said Historic Oglethorpe President Tom Gresham.

The Oglethorpe County Commission has agreed to actually move the wheel, which would be about a four-mile trip.

Officials seek change to fight spike in crime

SAVANNAH - Chatham County Commission officials called Monday for sheriff's deputies patrolling city streets, 600 more jail cells and police pay raises to help combat what they say is a crime spike.

The action comes at the same time a resident task force formed in the wake of the armed robbery and shooting of college student Jennifer Ross last week.

The Save Our Savannah plan was outlined at a news conference Monday, a day after Ms. Ross, 19, died at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Woman collapses on night club dance floor

SAVANNAH - A 60-year-old Florida woman died after collapsing on the dance floor of a Savannah night club at about 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Jerelene Hiltonen, from Orlando, Fla., was pronounced dead at Memorial Health University Medical Center upon her arrival, according to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department report. She died from cardiac arrest, the report stated.

Ms. Hiltonen was dancing at Club Oz when she collapsed.

- Edited from wire reports