Originally created 07/27/06

Across Georgia



Teen is electrocuted, 2 hurt at Lake Lanier

CUMMING - A Forsyth County teenager was electrocuted after apparently grabbing an exposed wire as he stood in the water working on a personal watercraft at Lake Lanier, authorities said Tuesday.

Tyler Howarth, 15, was beside a metal dock at his family's lake home Monday, sheriff's department spokeswoman Karleen Chalker said.

Two friends on the dock told investigators that Tyler fell back and under the dock. The friends, also 15, tried to pull Tyler from the water but also were shocked, Ms. Chalker said.

Construction worker killed in hit-and-run

DECATUR - One construction worker was killed and another was injured when they were struck by a car while working on a road-widening project Tuesday, police said.

Sirlento Smith, 30, was charged with felony homicide by vehicle and hit-and-run, authorities said.

Police said Angel Vasquez, 29, was pronounced dead on the scene. Erasto Trujillo Monterrosa, believed to be 22 years old, was injured.

Woman claims sexual assault during test

ATLANTA - A Korean woman has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, saying she was sexually assaulted during a citizenship interview.

The woman claims in the $5 million lawsuit that Officer Kelvin Renard Owens intimidated her in a June 2004 interview by asking, "If I let you pass, what are you going to give me?"

Mr. Owens then grabbed her breasts and asked her to meet him outside the building to find out whether she passed the test, according to the lawsuit, filed last Friday in federal court in Atlanta. The woman says Mr. Owens grabbed her hands and put them on his genitals and when she pushed him away, he put his hand between her legs.

Mr. Owens, of Jonesboro, pleaded guilty in federal court to sexual assault in March 2005, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

As for the woman's citizenship test, she said she has been told to take it again.

7 charged in drug deal connected to death

DALTON - Seven people have been charged with conspiracy to commit a drug deal in connection with an incident that led to the killing of a 19-year-old college student from Jackson.

The charges were leveled against six people who were present July 7 when Thomas Dexter Canavan was shot and against a 17-year old who allegedly set up the deal.

Ryan Weston Darville, 21, Jermaine Spivey, 21, and Rita Elaine Miller, 30, were already being held in the Whitfield County Jail on murder charges.

Andrew Norris, 17, Allen Norris, 19, and Tyler Brackett, 19, were expected to turn themselves in on the conspiracy charges, said their attorney, Steve Williams.

- Edited from wire reports