Originally created 02/05/06

Across Georgia



13-year-old charged after cash, pot found

ATHENS - An Athens eighth grader faces felony drug charges after he was accused of trying to sell marijuana in a school bathroom.

After the alleged drug sale Thursday morning, a police officer frisked the 13-year-old boy and seized $320 and a bag of marijuana. The boy said the money was his grandmother's rent.

Robbie Hooker, the principal of Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, gave the officer permission to pat down the student, who was suspended from the school and arrested.

Principal sentenced for sexual exploitation

ATLANTA - A former elementary school principal who was fired after allegedly propositioning a boy pleaded guilty Friday to 33 charges of sexual exploitation of a minor in connection with computer images found on his workplace computer.

Michael Wayne Fox, the ex-principal of Spaulding Drive Elementary Charter School in Sandy Springs, received a 10-year sentence. One year will be served in jail, and the rest will be served as probation.

Mr. Fox will serve the jail term concurrently with a sentence of eight years he received last week in DeKalb County, Fulton County District Attorney's Office spokesman Erik Friedly said. That sentence involved molestation charges from 1994.

Man surrenders after death of UGA student

ATLANTA - A 19-year-old sought in connection with an investigation of the drug- and alcohol-related death of a University of Georgia freshman surrendered to authorities Friday.

Thomas Stuart Carpenter, of Marietta, wanted on a charge of possessing heroin, turned himself in and posted a $5,000 bail, according to jail records.

UGA police had obtained arrest warrants Wednesday for seven men, including Mr. Carpenter, as part of their investigation of the death of Lewis Rockwell Fish, 19, of Atlanta. The freshman died Jan. 22 in his dorm room from a mixture of alcohol, cocaine and heroin, Clarke County Coroner Bobby Tribble said.

Judge orders inmates returned to Atlanta

ATLANTA - A federal judge ordered the Fulton County sheriff to bring back inmates that were sent to south Georgia jails to reduce overcrowding.

U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Shoob ordered the inmates' return "immediately" because it was unconstitutional to have the inmates so far away from their attorneys as they get ready for trial.

Sheriff Myron Freeman said he will search for jails closer to Atlanta, although the cost will be greater.

Sheriff Freeman said the inmates were sent south because jails there were cheaper.