Originally created 06/14/06

Across Georgia



4 officers face felony charges in indictments

DECATUR - Four law enforcement officers have been indicted on a variety of charges including smuggling drugs into the county jail and lying on a police report. All four are charged with felonies.

Zachary Kronenberger, a four-year officer with the DeKalb County Police Department, is accused of violating his oath by trying to bribe another officer to fix a traffic ticket.

DeKalb County Officer Mark Maphet was charged with drunken driving and criminal damage to property stemming from an off-duty dispute over a parking spot last December, police said.

DeKalb County sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Lee Butler Jr., who was fired in November 2005, is accused of bringing drugs, tobacco and other banned items to the county jail.

Doraville police officer Bill E. Carty is accused of filing a false report.

School discriminated against club, suit says

GAINESVILLE - A federal judge heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit that claims a northeast Georgia school district discriminated against a student gay rights club.

U.S. District Court Judge William O'Kelley took the case under advisement and indicated he would issue a ruling before school starts in August.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit on behalf of White County High School graduate Kerry Pacer, the president of P.R.I.D.E., Peers Rising In Diversity Education.

The suit claims school officials violated the Federal Equal Access Act during the 2005-06 school year by barring P.R.I.D.E. from meeting on campus while allowing other noncurricular clubs to do so.

New judge will hear redistricting case

ATHENS - A new judge has been appointed to hear arguments to redraw Athens' state Senate lines, which split in half the Democratic stronghold.

Senior Judge Arthur Fudger was appointed Monday and will take the bench Thursday.

Judge Fudger's appointment came after another John Girardeau of Gainesville recused himself when he learned two court officials named in the lawsuit have worked as bailiffs in his courtroom.

Woman wants Potter books out of schools

LAWRENCEVILLE - A woman who asked the Gwinnett County school board to ban Harry Potter books is taking her case to the state.

Laura Mallory is appealing to the Georgia Board of Education a May 11 decision by the county board to keep the best-sellers on school shelves.

Ms. Mallory, a former missionary, filed her complaint in September, claiming the books promote "evil themes, witchcraft, demonic activity, murder, evil blood sacrifice, spells and teaching children all of this."

- Edited from wire reports