Originally created 07/15/06

Across Georgia



Voice samples sought in Coke secrets case

ATLANTA - Prosecutors asked a federal judge Friday to order three people charged with stealing trade secrets from The Coca-Cola Co. to give voice samples so the government can match them to wiretapped conversations.

The government says it has numerous digital recordings of conversations between Joya Williams, Ibrahim Dimson and Edmund Duhaney that were previously authorized by the court.

In the majority of the telephone calls recorded, the speakers do not identify themselves by their true and full name, which is why the government says it needs samples of the suspects' voices for comparison.

AWOL soldier found, arrested in Florida

FORT STEWART - A soldier accused of deserting the Army 2 years ago has been arrested by sheriff's deputies in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Spc. Alan Saltman, 23, went absent without leave from Fort Stewart on Feb. 24, 2004, according to Army records. He was being held Friday by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department.

"The military is working with civilian authorities to get him transferred to Fort Stewart," said Maj. Alayne Conway, a Fort Stewart spokeswoman.

"But we don't expect him until next week."

Sheriff's deputies arrested Spc. Saltman at his home Tuesday after the military took out a warrant for his arrest. Authorities could not say how long Spc. Saltman had been living in Florida.

CDC worker sentenced for faking expenses

ATLANTA - A former official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was sentenced Friday to one year of probation, a fine and other penalties after pleading guilty to faking travel expenses.

Donna Stroup, 54, was ordered to pay $7,516.06 in restitution to the CDC. Her sentence also included a $2,500 fine and 480 hours of community service over a six-month period.

Ms. Stroup, of Duluth, Ga., resigned from the CDC earlier this year. She was director of the CDC's Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, a position that involved frequent travel to conferences.

Death now thought to be drug-related

DALTON - Two people have been arrested in the shooting death of a college student, originally reported as a botched robbery and now believed to be a drug deal that went bad, authorities said.

Ryan Weston Darville, 21, of Dalton, and Jermaine Lamar Spivey, 22, have been charged with murder in the death of Thomas Dexter Canavan, a 19-year-old student from Jackson. Mr. Darville shot Mr. Canavan in the chest after trying to grab marijuana from him without paying, sheriff's officials said. Mr. Canavan was a freshman majoring in chemistry at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

He and three friends had arranged to meet an unknown person July 7 to sell marijuana, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said. Allen Norris, 19, Adam Norris, 17, and Tyler Brackett were with Mr. Canavan in the car when he was killed.

- Edited from wire reports