Air Force logistics center names first woman commander
WARNER ROBINS - The Air Force logistics center in Warner Robins has named its first female commander.
Major General Polly Peyer was installed Thursday afternoon at one of the nation's three major Air Force aircraft facilities. She replaces Major General Tom Owen, who will become the head of logistics and sustainment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Peyer had been working for the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support at the Pentagon. The country's two other logistics centers have had female commanders.
The Warner Robins center is the state's largest industrial complex with 15,000 military and civilian workers.
Man found guilty of killing wife
CONYERS - A 63-year-old man was found guilty Thursday of the October 2006 murder of his wife as she dressed for work.
A Newton County jury found Thomas Marlin Francis guilty on 12 counts ranging from malice murder to obstruction of an emergency call. The jury deliberated an hour before returning the verdict.
Prosecutors said Francis shot his wife, 52-year-old Denise 'Shelley' Francis, in the cheek and chest as she sat at a vanity mirror in their bathroom. She called 911 and told operators she had been shot before Thomas Francis disconnected the phone and shot her in the head.
Defense attorney Alvin Leaphart described his client as an abused dog who had suffered years of verbal abuse from his wife before snapping. Francis' attorneys are considering an appeal.
Teen dies in overnight accident
MARIETTA - Cobb County Police said a teenager was struck and killed by a truck overnight in Marietta. Officers said the 16-year-old boy was riding a scooter when he collided with a large truck near Robinson Road.
The teen, whose name was withheld, died at a local hospital.
No charges were filed against the driver.