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Man faces charges in hospital shooting

COLUMBUS --- A former teacher accused of shooting three people at a hospital in Georgia has been charged with murder.

Authorities say 63-year-old Charles Johnston has been treated for a gunshot wound from police and released to the Muscogee County Jail.

Authorities say Mr. Johnston faces three counts of murder and four counts of aggravated assault in the Thursday shooting at Doctors Hospital in Columbus.

Police Chief Ricky Boren says Mr. Johnston went to the hospital to punish the nurse he blamed for the death of his mother.

The shooting victims included a nurse, an administrative assistant and a man getting out of his car. Funeral services have been announced for two of the three slain.

A spokesman for Vance-Brooks Funeral Home in Columbus said Saturday that a visitation for registered nurse Peter D. Wright, 44, will be held today and the funeral will be Monday at the funeral home.

Tommy DeBardelaben, the director of Striffler-Hambly Mortuary Inc., said Saturday that the funeral for James David Baker, 76, will be Monday at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus.

17-year-old is arrested in woman's shooting

NORCROSS --- A star high school basketball player has been arrested on aggravated assault and criminal trespassing charges.

Gwinnett County sheriff's spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais says Al-Farouq Aminu was arrested Friday for a March 14 incident in which he allegedly shot a woman with a BB gun from a vehicle. The 17-year-old Norcross High School student was released on $4,500 bond from the Gwinnett County Detention Center late Friday.

Mr. Aminu, one of the top high school players in the country, signed with Wake Forest last fall.

School board member quits amid pressure

JONESBORO --- A third Clayton County school board member is stepping down amid pressure from a group threatening to strip the district of its accreditation.

Board Vice Chairman Eddie White said Friday he is resigning effective June 15 after the head of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools recommended the previous day that all nine members quit. Association head Mark Elgart and two of the school board's advisers said Thursday that the board is standing in the way of the district meeting a list of mandates necessary to avoid being stripped of its accreditation on Sept. 1.

Chairwoman Ericka Davis and member Rod Johnson have said they plan to step down. The school board voted March 3 to unseat Norreese Haynes after a police investigation revealed he did not live in the county full time.

A scathing Southern Association of Colleges and Schools report released Feb. 15 outlines issues including unethical and disruptive behavior by board members, low morale among staff members and a shoddy curriculum.

If Clayton County loses its accreditation, it would be a first for a Georgia school system.


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