Originally created 06/20/06

Across Georgia



Abducted girl, 16, is found safe in Florida

CAIRO - A 16-year-old girl who was the subject of an abduction alert was found unharmed early Monday in Florida.

Josephina Perez Gomez was found in Tallahassee, Fla., authorities said.

Salvador Hernandez Santiz, 20, the man who was believed to have kidnapped her, was taken into custody.

Cairo police said they think Josephina was kidnapped early Sunday by Mr. Santiz.

Councilman's mother is hit by stray bullet

ATLANTA - The mother of a city councilman was hit by a bullet fired from an apartment above hers.

The bullet hit Gloria Willis, 65, on her left shoulder and exited her lower back, her son, Councilman H. Lamar Willis said. But the bullet did not hit any vital organs or arteries.

Gloria Willis, a retired teacher, was watching television in her living room Saturday night when two bullets came through her ceiling.

One bullet hit her while the other went through the right side of the chair she was sitting in.

Police did not give a motive for the shooting in southwest Atlanta.

No arrests were made.

Gwinnett County bans street food vendors

LAWRENCEVILLE - Food trailers peddling $1 tacos are a thing of the past in Gwinnett County after a crackdown on street vendors.

The last of the county's mobile food vending permits ran out in May after county officials stopped issuing the licenses last fall and tightened ordinances on all street vending. County officials took the step because of the number of trailers selling tacos, tamales and sandwiches.

State wants murderer to continue sentence

ATLANTA - The state asked a federal judge Monday to reject Wayne Williams' latest effort to challenge his incarceration because lawyers for the convicted killer failed to show any relevance between the case and an unnamed child molester on whom they have cast suspicion.

Mr. Williams' lawyers have had months to subpoena records from the DeKalb County Police Department regarding the purported suspect and have failed to do so, Assistant Attorney General Mary Beth Westmoreland said.

Mr. Williams was convicted in 1982 of murdering two young men and sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Evidence of a pattern of conduct in 12 of the murders was used in his trial.

- Edited from wire reports