Dwarf sues state over fall from sink

•ATLANTA - A former Georgia prison inmate who stands 49 inches tall says he suffered severe injuries in a fall when a guard forced him to stand on a slippery sink to shave.

Byron ''B.J.'' Rhodan - listed in prison records as Brian Jamal Rhodes - asserts in a federal lawsuit that it happened in April 2004 when a guard at the state prison in Jackson told him to shave.

When Rhodan told the guard he could not reach the mirror above the sink in his cell, the lawsuit says, the guard told him to stand on the sink. Rhodan fell off the sink onto the cement floor in his cell, according to the legal filing.

He claims he severely injured his back in the fall. His back had already undergone multiple surgeries as a result of the genetic disorder causing his dwarfism.

Police found

officer guilty

of molestation

•EATONTON - A former Eatonton police officer has been sentenced to prison after he was convicted of child molestation and sexual exploitation of children.

A Putnam County jury deliberated about an hour Sunday before finding Darrell Sanders, 44, guilty on one child-molestation count and three sexual-exploitation charges, special assistant district attorney Dawn Baskin said. Sanders was sentenced to 20 years in prison for each charge, she said.

The investigation began last October when a 14-year-old girl told Putnam sheriff's investigators that an Eatonton police officer had been ''engaged in inappropriate behavior,'' Baskin said Sunday.

Jury acquits

ATV driver of homicide charges

•DOUGLAS - A Coffee County jury has acquitted a woman of homicide by vehicle charges in a 2003 all-terrain vehicle accident that killed five children.

The jury returned a not guilty verdict Saturday on the homicide charges against Amanda Troupe.

The jury found Troupe guilty of driving under the influence and driving under the influence ''to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive,'' which carry a maximum sentence of one year each.

Heather Bass was the only survivor among the children who were hit while riding the ATV on Sept. 20, 2003. Killed were Meagan Nelson, Kayla and Dustin Varnedore, Lindsay Joyner and Courtney Arsenault.

- From wire reports