Originally created 12/21/06

Across Georgia



Major roads will stay open for holiday travel

ATLANTA - In an effort to ease traffic over Christmas, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it won't close any lanes for roadwork on all interstate and major state highways.

Starting at noon Friday and continuing until 5 a.m. Tuesday, there will be no lane closures on major highways, except for possible ones caused by crashes or emergency maintenance. Some work might continue on less-traveled and local roads.

Similar restrictions will be in place for the New Year's holiday.

Savannah police chief regrets affair

LOS ANGELES - Former Deputy Police Chief Michael Berkow cited marital problems in explaining his affair with an underling, a statement says.

Mr. Berkow, who is the police chief in Savannah, acknowledged that he had sex with a sergeant while heading the Los Angeles Police Department bureau charged with rooting out officer misconduct, according to a lawsuit deposition made public Tuesday.

In a statement released by Savannah officials, Chief Berkow said he regrets the pain the affair has caused.

State is penalized for child welfare faults

ATLANTA - Federal child welfare authorities have fined Georgia $4.3 million for no adequately addressing a critical review of services to find homes for foster children and protect children from abuse.

The Administration for Children and Families, part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, also said Georgia had not done enough to involve parents of children in the system and had not adequately provided for the children's physical and mental health.

Georgia officials say the penalty applies to a review period from 2001 to 2004, and that the system has improved since then.

Man killed in standoff suspected of slayings

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police are investigating whether a man killed after a three-hour standoff at his suburban Atlanta home was involved in the slaying of his 31-year-old girlfriend, and DeKalb County authorities say he might be linked to another killing.

Khalid Nelson, 27, was fatally shot by Gwinnett County SWAT team members Tuesday after he threatened officers.

The officers were dispatched to Mr. Nelson's home after they found the body of Roslyn Nicole Tobias, who had been dating Mr. Nelson for a few months, police said.

When officers arrived, they encountered DeKalb County police who were also seeking to arrest Mr. Nelson on murder charges. DeKalb County police suspected Mr. Nelson in the killing of Asim Glaze, said DeKalb Detective A. Toledo.