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Former hostage has new husband, career

GAINESVILLE - The former Augusta woman credited with convincing suspected Atlanta courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols to surrender after he held her hostage has a new last name and a new life.

Ashley Smith remarried in June and now lives in Gainesville with a her husband Daniel Robinson, 8-year-old daughter Paige and a 6-year-old stepdaughter. She now uses the compound last name of Smith Robinson.

She said she is studying to become a radiology technician.

She was living in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth when she encountered Mr. Nichols.

She told authorities he forced his way into her apartment after the shooting rampage that began March 11, 2005, at the Fulton County Courthouse.

Four people died in the attack and its aftermath - Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Ann Brandau, Sheriff's Deputy Hoyt Teasley and federal agent David Wilhelm.

Former reporter is arrested in holdup

SAVANNAH - A former newspaper reporter was arrested Monday after he tried to rob a Savannah bank with a sawed-off shotgun, the FBI said.

Donald Lowery, 52, walked into a Bank South branch with the shotgun in his belt and demanded money, said William Kirkconnell, the FBI's supervisory senior special agent in Savannah. A bank customer restrained him until police arrived, Agent Kirkconnell said, and Mr. Lowery was "seriously injured."

Mr. Lowery, 52, left his job earlier this year as a reporter at the Savannah Morning News.

Autopsy might find what killed teenager

SUWANEE - An autopsy is planned to determine why a freshman at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County died.

Terrell Wilson's mother, Tracy, says she thinks her 14-year-old son had a heart condition that had gone undetected.

He was an honor student and a center on the ninth-grade football team at the school in Suwanee.

His mother said he went to the varsity game Friday night and seemed fine when he returned home.

His funeral is planned for Sunday at the North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville.

Gas leak leads to school evacuation

CUMMING - An elementary school in Forsyth County was evacuated Monday because of a natural gas leak.

School officials said pupils from Midway Elementary School were bused to Vickery Creek Elementary School so they could be picked up at their normal time. No one was injured.

- Edited from wire reports

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heartablazing 09/18/07 - 05:57 am
Reporters need to stick to

Reporters need to stick to reporting crime, not become criminals. This is the second time a reporter decided to rob a bank and got caught. The first one happened here during the masters. He was a sports reporter turned criminal.

karmakills123 09/18/07 - 08:04 am
LOL heartablazing...what a

LOL heartablazing...what a profound statement !!! Lets elaborate on it just a little and say ...EVERYONE should stay in their present professions and not become criminals. There.. that should do it ...LOL :) (lest anyone wonder its a bit of humor)

kiddspur 09/18/07 - 10:14 am
heartblazing he was only

heartblazing he was only trying to pay for his tickets!!!!

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