Originally created 03/08/06

Across the region



Discharged gun found in back of school bus

SAVANNAH, GA. - A freshly discharged handgun was found on a school bus after the driver thought he heard shots from the rear of the bus and drove directly to a police station, authorities said.

No injuries were reported from the bus or from passers-by, police spokesman Bucky Burnsed said.

The bus was transporting students from Scott Learning Center, designed for students who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons or are returning to school from state juvenile detention centers, at about 2:45 p.m. when the driver heard the shots.

U.S. agent is accused of stealing money

ATLANTA - An Atlanta-based Drug Enforcement Agency agent is expected to be arraigned today in federal court in Atlanta.

Gregory Campion, 44, of Orlando, Fla., is accused of taking drug money seized by the agency and using it to buy real estate in Florida, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday.

The indictment against Mr. Campion said the agent took money from an agency vault seven times in 2004 and 2005. He was assigned to the task force at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Dismembered man is found on island

BRUNSWICK, GA. - The body of a Tennessee man was discovered on an island after being dismembered when sucked into a submersible dredge working in the Brunswick River near Sidney Lanier Bridge.

The man was identified as Joshua Gerber, 46, of Ashland, Tenn. He was found at about noon Saturday when the dredged material was pumped onto nearby Andrews Island, said Capt. Marissa Tindale of the Glynn County Police Department.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime laboratory in Savannah will do the autopsy.

Ex-school official is charged with forgery

SUMTER, S.C. - The former food services director for Sumter School District 17 has been charged with breach of trust and forgery, Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson said.

William McCracken, 54, of Columbia was arrested Monday after a monthlong investigation into allegations that he kept for himself at least two checks from vendors totaling less than $5,000.

According to Chief Patterson, the department's financial crimes unit began the investigation last month when the district fired Mr. McCracken.

Car crash that killed Marine investigated

BEAUFORT, S.C. - Police and the Marine Corps are investigating a single-car accident that killed one Marine and injured two others.

Passenger Lance Cpl. Sean Jackson, 23, of Montrose, N.Y., was killed in the wreck at 2 a.m. Sunday, Beaufort County fire marshal Dan Byrne said.

Pvt. Jeremy Maxwell, 19, was in critical condition Monday at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga., hospital officials said. Lance Cpl. Jorge Cardona, 20, was in good condition at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Investigators did not say which Marine was driving when the car left the road and hit a pole.

Bill lets employers seek nonsmokers

COLUMBIA - Employers would be able to advertise for nonsmoking workers under a bill that received key Senate approval Tuesday.

The bill would allow employers to advertise their businesses as nonsmoking workplaces and seek nonsmoking employees.

State law still would prohibit employers from firing or denying promotions to people because they smoke.

- Edited from wire reports