Man pleads not guilty to four murders

CALHOUN - Jerry William Jones pleaded not guilty Friday to killing his former girlfriend's parents, sister and infant in January 2004.

Jones entered the plea during an arraignment hearing in Gordon County Superior Court.

Jones faces the death penalty if convicted of killing Melissa Peeler's mother and stepfather, Tom and Nola Blaylock, their daughter, Georgia Mae Bradley, and Jones' 10-month-old daughter, Jerri Georgia Jones, at their homes in the rural northwest Georgia community of Ranger.

Authorities make major meth bust

ATLANTA - Forty-nine people and 16 corporations were charged in indictments unsealed Friday with supplying common everyday items from antifreeze to matchbooks to informants who had claimed they were using the products to make methamphetamine.

The investigation, which began in early 2004, focused on convenience stores in six north Georgia counties and was based on complaints from the public. Authorities began arresting the suspects on Friday.

- From wire reports