Originally created 07/13/06

Across Georgia



Thieves foiled at bank where victim worked

SYLVESTER - Three people accused of stealing checks in Worth County went to the wrong bank to cash them.

Joyce Powell, a clerk at Sylvester Banking Co., was at work when a co-worker in the drive-through window told her someone was trying to cash one of her personal checks.

Investigators say the three suspects had just broken into four homes in Worth County.

The bank employee stalled the suspects, who became suspicious and left. But Calvin Barfield, 27, had left his driver's license and Social Security card at the bank.

Authorities arrested the three late Monday. Those charged in addition to Mr. Barfield are Shannon Parrish, 26, and Stacey Ellis, 19.

Electrician arrested in real-estate scam

ATHENS - Oconee County sheriff's deputies have arrested an electrician accused by Athens-Clarke County police of duping a victim out of $170,000 in a bogus real-estate investment deal.

Jeremy McClure, a 21-year-old electrical contractor, was arrested at a construction site.

The $170,000 is the amount a man told police he had given Mr. McClure as part of an investment that Mr. McClure allegedly promised would return a 46 percent profit.

Student found in car probably died earlier

RIVERDALE - A Morehouse College student found dead in the trunk of his car likely was killed before his body was stuffed into the trunk, authorities said.

Carlnell Walker's body was found at his home Saturday.

Authorities still have not determined the cause of death. Mr. Walker, 23, had been stabbed in his left side, but authorities said the injury was not what killed him.

Counting court cases could be full-time job

JEFFERSON - State analysts were unable to say how many cases appear before Jackson County State Court annually.

State Court Solicitor Don Moore is pushing for more tax money to hire additional staff, but County Manager Crandall Jones wants the solicitor to justify whether the court should become full time, instead of part time.

It could take five people working six to seven hours per day for five or six days to tally the cases, the analysts found.

- Edited from wire reports