Police find car from 5-person fatal wreck
ATLANTA - Fulton County police said they have found a BMW that was involved in a wreck that killed five people on Easter Sunday.
Acting on a tip, SWAT officers converged on a home in south Fulton and impounded the vehicle in the driveway. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Melissa Parker said officers went into the home but found no one there.
Robert and Delisia Carter, their newborn son, and Delisia Carter's 9-year-old daughter, Kayla, died in the chain-reaction crash near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Also killed was 6-year-old Morgan Johnson, whose mother, 43-year-old Tracy Johnson of Atlanta was injured.
The driver of the BMW, which first collided with the Carters' vehicle, left the scene.
Woman pleads guilty in phone fraud case
AUGUSTA - An Augusta woman has admitted scheming to defraud more than 50 people, mostly elderly women, over the telephone by posing as a fraud investigator for a credit card company.
U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr. said 50-year-old Vickie Parks Sheppard pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. Booth said a co-defendant, 36-year-old Glenn Love II of Augusta, pleaded guilty to the same charges March 31.
Perdue boosts pay for science, math teachers
ATLANTA - Facing a 'critical shortage' of math and science teachers in Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue sweetened the pot.
The governor signed legislation Wednesday that boosts salaries for the in-demand educators. He was surrounded by students who took part in a robot creation competition.
The new law would allow new secondary school teachers with proper math or science certification to start at the salary of a fifth year teacher. The teacher's salary would then continue to rise a step every year for five years. After that, the increase would be tied to student performance.
The salary hike will take effect next school year.
Police probe Atlanta taxi driver slaying
ATLANTA - Atlanta police are investigating the shooting death of a 57-year-old taxi driver in a possible robbery.
Police Sgt. Bob Creasy said the shooting happened at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Richard Allen Boulevard and Fairburn Road in southwest Atlanta. The Fulton County medical examiner's office identified the driver as Stephen Anim of Austell.