diagnosed with West Nile virus
GRAY -An Eatonton horse has become middle Georgia's first
with West Nile virus.
The 19-year-old quarter horse gelding joins 68 Georgia
horses diagnosed with the virus last year.
The disease can cause fatal encephalitis, or inflammation
of the brain, and typically shows up in birds and horses
before people. Since 1999, 18 people have died of West Nile in
the United States.
Minister gets 10 years for child molestation
COLUMBUS -An associate pastor in Columbus has been
sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to two
counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child
Michael Krug, an associate pastor at Calvary Baptist,
pleaded guilty to the charges at the Muscogee Superior Court.
The 35-year-old minister, who turned to religion after 14
years in the Army, faced his teenage accuser in the courtroom,
who in turn asked Superior Court Judge Bill Smith to "show
mercy on (Mr. Krug)" and to help him get counseling for his
Mother pleads guilty over deaths after party
LAWRENCEVILLE -A Gwinnett mother pleaded guilty Friday to
reckless conduct and furnishing alcohol to minors, two years
after a 16-year-old drank at her house and died in a car
accident on the way home.
Roseanne Marks, 44, was sentenced to two years on
probation, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and required to
perform 100 hours of community service for her role in the
Mrs. Marks initially was indicted on felony involuntary
manslaughter charges for the death of Kirby Cruce, who died in
a wreck after leaving the Aug. 11, 2000, party.
National Guardsman faces child-sex charges
MARIETTA -A member of the Georgia National Guard is accused
of molesting youths who joined military-style groups designed
to encourage children to join the military one day.
Scott Lombardi, 34, was charged with several child
molestation and sodomy charges after a monthlong
Mr. Lombardi is accused of molesting an undisclosed number
of youths through one of two organizations - the Civil Air
Patrol or the Forward Academy.