Service members press for end to Iraq occupation
•ATLANTA - Active duty service members, including one from Atlanta, are using the military whistle-blower protection act to urge Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring American soldiers home.
Jonathan Hutto of Atlanta, a Navy seaman based in Norfolk, Va., said the idea to appeal for redress originated in January when he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when one of his friends suggested he read the book ''Soldiers in Revolt.'' It chronicled opposition to the Vietnam War by active duty military and how they appealed to their congressmen to end the conflict and bring the troops home.
''Many of us have to follow orders because we took an oath to defend the U.S.,'' Hutto said during a conference call with an attorney and two other active members of the military.
''Many of us have reservations about their orders and some feel compelled to let our feelings be known,'' Hutto said. ''This occupation should come to an end right now.''
Federal agents kill fugitive from south Florida
•LITHONIA - A fugitive from south Florida was shot and killed by federal agents in suburban Atlanta early Wednesday when he refused to put down what they thought was a gun, but turned out to be a shoe.
Agents from the Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force went to an apartment complex near Lithonia about 4 a.m. to arrest 24-year-old Youwiers Vilpie, said U.S. Marshal Richard Mecum.
The agents were serving a warrant from the Drug Enforcement Administration office in south Florida, Mecum said. Vilpie was also wanted for questioning in two homicides in Ft. Myers, Fla., Mecum said.
70-year-old may be charged with cutting roommate
•CHATSWORTH - A 70-year-old nursing home resident may face charges after being accused of slashing her roommate with a pair of scissors.
The incident happened Sunday in their room at Chatsworth Health Care after an argument over the television, Chatsworth police detective Jim Whitehead said.
The roommate, also 70, received some stitches, he said.
''We're continuing to look at certain aspects of the case but I certainly anticipate that charges are forthcoming,'' Whitehead said.
The state Department of Human Resources has been notified of the incident, said Alan Hutchins, administrator of the nursing home. The two women, who had been roommates for several months, no longer share a room.
- From wire reports