One dead, two injured in home invasion

SANDY SPRINGS - A 45-year-old Sandy Springs woman is dead and two men - including the gunman - are wounded after a home invasion, a spokesman for police said.

Authorities received a call about 10:40 p.m. Monday of a shooting at an apartment near Georgia 400 between Roswell and Sandy Springs, said Lt. Steve Rose with the Sandy Springs Police Department. Officers found Vickie E. Vice dead of a gunshot wound to the head and her boyfriend, Jesse J. McCrummen, 48, with a minor wound, Rose said.

McCrummen was treated and released at the scene, Rose said.

The suspect, Bradley C. Booth, 46, of Temple, was taken to North Fulton Hospital in critical condition from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is not expected to live, Rose said.

Booth and Vice - who have a 15-year-old son together - had a history of domestic violence, Rose said. Booth had made threatening phone calls to Vice earlier Monday, and she asked McCrummen to come to her house in case of problems.

The two were eating dinner when they heard Booth break down the front door, Rose said. He entered the living room, shot Vice and McCrummen and then shot himself, Rose said.

Whitehead concedes in 10th District, clearing way for Broun

ATLANTA - Former state Sen. Jim Whitehead has decided not to seek a recount in the 10th congressional district, clearing the way for Paul Broun to be sworn in as Georgia's next congressman.

Just 394 votes separated Whitehead and Broun, both Republicans, in last week's runoff. Whitehead would have been entitled to a recount with the margin so close. But he said Tuesday that after learning the process could take up to a week he decided against it.

'The people of this district have been without a federal representative since February, and that's long enough,' Whitehead said in a statement released by his campaign.

'For the good of the people of this district I will let the results stand and allow us to regain our vote in the House immediately.'

Broun said Tuesday he had not heard from Whitehead.

'That's good news,' Broun said, when told of Whitehead's statement. 'I've already had several calls from people in this district seeking assistance from their congressman, so I think it's time for me to get to Washington and get to work.'

Neighbors fear massive recall may prompt Castleberry's to close

AUGUSTA - Surrounded by four housing projects in one of Augusta's rougher neighborhoods, the Castleberry's Food Co. plant has become a beacon for jobs, food and for a sense of hope in its impoverished community.

The white-brick plant has long provided decent pay and an easy walk to work for the hundreds who live in ramshackle buildings nearby, and its managers have been ready contributors to the civic organizations hoping to prop up the community.

The future of the neighborhood seems shakier than ever now that the plant has been temporarily shut down after it was linked to botulism in canned chili sauce, a discovery that triggered a massive recall of canned foods produced at the plant in the past two years.

The discovery prompted federal authorities to ask consumers to throw away more than 90 different products - from chili sauce to dog food - after investigators found evidence of botulism toxin in all but one of 17 bulging cans that were tested.