Originally created 08/25/06

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DeKalb County officer shoots, kills attacker

DECATUR - A man was shot and killed Thursday morning by a DeKalb County police officer, the second fatality involving DeKalb police in 24 hours.

The shooting occurred when police were investigating a report of a trespasser at about 11 a.m. at the Orchard Walk apartment complex in Decatur a few blocks south of Interstate 285.

The officer responding to the call encountered a man who attacked her, police spokesman Herschel Grangent said. The man tried to grab her gun and the officer, fearing for her life, shot him, Mr. Grangent said.

Mr. Grangent said the man has not yet been positively identified. The officer's name is not being released because of concern for her safety.

Two other DeKalb County officers have been placed on leave after an incident Wednesday in which they used batons and pepper spray trying to arrest a man who later died.

Teacher charged with molesting young girl

MCDONOUGH - A science teacher at a McDonough private school who founded a home school program was arrested Wednesday on a child molestation charge.

Nolan Maddox, 51, is charged in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred from 1997 to 2002, Henry Coun-ty police Lt. Jason Bolton said.

Lt. Bolton said the female accuser was 6 to 12 years old during that time and was never one of Mr. Maddox's students.

Mr. Maddox teaches at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy and directed weeklong summer science camps called "Passport to Adventure."

Charges against man upgraded to murder

DECATUR - A 23-year-old man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, even though her body has not been found.

Eddie Lamar Foster has been in jail since July on aggravated assault charges stemming from an investigation into the June 6 disappearance of his 17-year-old girlfriend, Shakieshia Mapp.

On Wednesday, the charge was upgraded to murder "based on evidence revealed during initial investigations," said DeKalb County police spokesman Jason Gagnon.

Strict smoking ban includes outdoor fine

MORROW - Smokers in this city just south of Atlanta could face fines for lighting up - even when they're outside.

City council members passed a tough new smoking ordinance late Tuesday that includes a ban on smoking within five feet of a smoke-free office building.

Smokers can be fined up to $50 and business owners who fail to comply can be fined up to $500.

The Clayton County city became one of several local governments that have passed stricter versions of the statewide smoking ban approved by the Legislature last year.

- Edited from wire reports