Originally created 04/08/06

Across Georgia



Man wanted on rape, incest charges found

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man accused of impregnating his teen daughter and sexually assaulting his stepdaughter has been arrested in North Carolina.

FBI agents arrested Early Arnold Connelly, 55, Wednesday at a home in Oxford, N.C..

He is wanted in Gwinnett County on charges of rape and incest.

He is accused of raping and impregnating his 16-year-old daughter. Investigators also suspect he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old stepdaughter, who is physically and mentally disabled.

Cobb County judge gets prosecutor case

ATLANTA - A Cobb County judge has agreed to oversee a hearing that will decide whether the Fulton County district attorney should be arrested on charges of injuring a deputy during a courtroom altercation.

Fulton County sheriff's deputy Levoular McCray, 45, filed a warrant application this week, accusing District Attorney Paul Howard of injuring her during a courtroom dispute last week.

A hearing has been tentatively set for April 18.

Cobb County Superior Court Chief Judge James G. Bodiford agreed Thursday to step in and oversee the warrant application hearing.

The complaint stems from an incident in court when prosecutors and defense attorneys were questioning jurors about their decision to acquit a rape suspect. Judge T. Jackson Bedford ordered Mr. Howard to stay out of the debriefing. When he did not comply, Judge Bedford told deputies to take him into a detention cell adjoining the courtroom.

Mr. Howard has denied resisting the deputy or injuring her.

Winder awaits word on grant for hotel

WINDER - As soon as next month, Winder city officials could learn whether they will receive a state grant to help pay for renovating a historic downtown hotel.

In December 2004, Winder City Council voted to buy the Old Granite Hotel in downtown Winder after asking the building's owner to clean up the property.

The hotel dates to at least 1919, though some accounts indicate the building was built around 1900. The would-be grant is through the state Department of Community Affairs, Mayor Buddy Ouzts said.

Witness is charged in deadly home invasion

ATHENS - An Athens woman has gone from witness to defendant in a home-invasion robbery that ended in a homicide at an East Athens apartment.

Torena "Kita" Johnson admitted to investigators that she drove the two shooting suspects but said she didn't know they planned to rob 25-year-old Kentora Thomas. She even helped police set a trap that caught one of the men.

Police now believe that she was part of the botched robbery Jan. 4 that left Ms. Thomas dead.

Ms. Johnson, a 21-year-old mother of two, was charged along with ex-boyfriend Bobby Leon Martin and Clifton Dean Moon with felony murder and malice murder in a 22-count indictment returned by a Clarke County grand jury.