Originally created 07/21/06

Across the region



Neighbor accused of poisoning, killing pet

ATHENS, GA. - Police have arrested a woman who is accused of killing a neighbor's dog with antifreeze-tainted food and causing another dog to get sick.

Rosa Marie Daniel was arrested on animal cruelty charges.

Ms. Daniel, 58, poisoned a neighbor's dogs by lacing fish with antifreeze, police said. The first dog, a springer spaniel named Allison, died in January. A neighbor found the fish in the dog owners' back yard and a University of Georgia chemist found it was contaminated with antifreeze.

Neighbors suspected Ms. Daniel might be involved in the dog's poisoning because she made it known she "hated" animals, yet kept containers of food in her yard, according to Athens-Clarke police Detective Rebecca Taft.

Detective Taft said Ms. Daniel logged about 45 complaints to Athens-Clarke Animal Control and police over the past three years.

After the first dog died, a neighbor took one of the containers and gave it to police. A chemist found it contained fish that had been tainted with antifreeze, Detective Taft said.

Doctor suspected of over-prescribing meds

ALBANY, GA. - The state Medical Board has suspended the license of an Albany physician who is accused of over-prescribing pain medication, including potent narcotics such as Dilaudid and OxyCotin, that might be linked to at least six deaths, officials said Thursday.

With nearly 100 cases in which the doctor might have over-prescribed drugs, the investigation is expected to continue for weeks, officials said

Shortly after Dr. George C. Lawrence's arrest, investigators closed his office and seized computers, patient and financial records and other documents.

The search warrant said those items were "evidence concerning an investigation of prescribing controlled drugs to habitual control substance abusers."

Wife is charged after body is found in pickup

EASTMAN, GA. - A Dodge County woman was jailed on a murder charge Thursday after what were believed to be the remains of her missing husband were found stuffed inside a trash can sealed with tape behind their home.

Russell Ray, 63, was believed to have been shot by 52-year-old Janet Ray and hidden in the back of a pickup parked in planted pine trees on a gated estate, said Keith Golden, agent-in-charge of the Eastman office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities had been searching for the recently retired manager of a local department store after an associate and family member voiced concerns about his absence from normal routines.

Lost keys lead to modified lockdown

COLUMBIA - The Broad River Correctional Institution has been on what officials call "modified lockdown" for more than a week after an employee lost a set of keys.

The keys did not open any cells, control rooms or gates leading outside the prison, according to the Corrections Department.

The staffer told supervisors about the lost keys July 12 and, since there was a chance inmates might have them, officials decided to keep most of the prisoners in their cells while some locks were changed.

Certain inmate crews are still working, and prisoners still have access to medical clinics.

Prison officials don't know exactly how long it will take to re-key the locks.

5 year-old dies trying to jump on trailer

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A 5-year-old North Charleston boy has died after he apparently tried to jump onto a moving trailer near his home.

Jason Kramer was pronounced dead at Summerville Medical Center on Wednesday, Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said.

A friend of the boy's family was driving a pickup with a landscaping trailer in tow and didn't realize the child had been pulled under the wheel until he was nearly a block away, a neighbor said.

Charleston fugitive is nabbed in Holland

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Charleston man indicted on drug charges two years ago has been arrested in the Netherlands, the U.S. Marshal Service said.

Joe Ambrosia, 65, was arrested Wednesday in Amsterdam, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Stec.

A U.S. Marshal's fugitive task force tracked Mr. Ambrosia to the Netherlands late last year and had been working with the Justice Department and Dutch authorities to get a warrant Deputy Stec said.

A state grand jury indicted Mr. Ambrosia in May 2004, accusing him of being involved in a drug ring that distributed cocaine in Charleston County.

- Edited from wire reports