Originally created 04/09/06

Across Georgia



Woman who killed husband gets life

CONYERS - A woman has received a life sentence in prison for killing her husband and burying his body in their backyard.

Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation sentenced Elizabeth "Libby" Lathbury to life plus five years on charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, concealing the death of another person and making a false statement in connection with the death of her husband, George Dubois Lathbury.

Judge Nation accepted a guilty but mentally ill plea from the 53-year-old. Ms. Lathbury was charged with shooting her husband three times in the head while he slept in July.

2 teens charged in taxicab robberies

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two teenagers have been charged with armed robbery in a series of stolen taxicabs from earlier this month, authorities said.

The 15- and 16-year-old youths, who were arrested Friday, claimed to be members of the subset Folks Nation gang, Gwinnett County police spokesman Darren Moloney said.

Mr. Moloney said police arrested the older teen at his home and confessed to the four robberies. He also provided authorities with information that lead to the arrest of the 15-year-old, who also admitted to the crimes, Mr. Moloney said.

Police believe the teenagers used a cell phone to call a taxi cab several times while they ordered the driver to take them around town. One of the teens would wave a handgun, then demand the driver's money and cell phone, Mr. Moloney said.

Red Lobster employee gets 15 years in prison

ATHENS - A restaurant worker drew 15 years in prison Friday in Clarke County Superior Court for shooting at a Red Lobster employee while the West Athens restaurant was packed with lunchtime diners two years ago.

A jury deliberated for more than a day before convicting 29-year-old Arlen Tremaine Ellison of two counts each of aggravated assault and reckless conduct.

With a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun hid under his shirt and wrapped in a handkerchief, Mr. Ellison fired one shot toward Red Lobster manager Thomas Fluhr on Aug. 7, 2004.

Police find marijuana worth $20,000 in home

SAVANNAH - Police disrupted a package delivery Friday afternoon, seizing 26 pounds of marijuana from outside a Live Oak home.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are now trying to track to whom the $20,000 in drugs was sent.

The department's Expanded Patrol Operations team descended on a house after receiving a tip from a confidential informant, said Sgt. Greg Capers, the unit's supervisor.