Police release new sketches of fugitive UGA professor

ATHENS - Investigators have released new sketches of a University of Georgia professor suspected of killing his wife and two others outside a community theater last month.

Police said the sketches, done by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation artist, show what 57-year-old George Zinkhan would look like without a beard and without hair to help the public recognize him if he's changed his appearance. Zinkhan has been on the run since April 25 when police said the marketing professor opened fire on a group gathering for a picnic at Town & Gown Players in Athens.

His Jeep was found wrecked in a ravine near his home last week.

He is accused of killing his wife, Marie Bruce, 63-year-old Ben Teague and 40-year-old Tom Tanner. Two others were hit by bullet fragments.

Hearing for accused driver's mother canceled

ATLANTA - The hearing for the mother of a woman accused of causing a deadly hit-and-run that killed five on Easter Sunday has been canceled.

Sheila Michael was indicted Tuesday on charges of tampering with evidence and obstruction. Police said she helped her daughter Aimee conceal the crash and repair the BMW that was involved in the crash.

Fulton County officials said it has yet to be rescheduled.

Police said Aimee caused the chain reaction accident in Fulton County and escaped the scene.

Aimee Michael was arrested two weeks ago after a neighbor saw the BMW outside the family's home. She remains in the Fulton County jail.

Property tax assessments frozen until 2011

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed a bill that would stop home assessments from rising for two years.

The bill sponsored by state Rep. Ed Lindsey, an Atlanta Republican, is designed to provide relief to Georgians struggling with rising property taxes.

The new law prevents property assessments from rising for the taxable years beginning Jan. 1, 2009, and ending January 2011. Critics complain that the freeze will hurt the ability of local governments to provide services to residents.

Memorial service set for former Mercer provost

MACON - A memorial service has been scheduled for Horace Fleming Jr., a longtime administrator at Mercer University and former president of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Fleming died at 65 Friday at his Macon home. The service is set for

10 a.m. Friday in Willingham Auditorium on Mercer's Macon campus.

Fleming was executive vice president and provost at Mercer University before going to Hattiesburg. He returned to Mercer after leaving Southern Mississippi. Last year, Mercer appointed him a distinguished university professor.

Fleming taught 19 years at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., and served as executive vice president at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

Survivors include his wife, daughter and son.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hart's Mortuary in Macon.

Clayton County announces lone finalist for school superintendent

JONESBORO - Clayton County residents will get a chance Wednesday to meet the lone finalist for the school superintendent's job.

Edmond Heatley, head of the Chino Valley (Calif.) Unified School District, was one of two finalists selected to lead the 48,000-student district. School board chairwoman Alieka Anderson said the other candidate, who was not identified, dropped out of the competition.

Heatley served 21 years in the Marines and as a teacher before taking over the 33,000-student Chino Valley district in 2005.

The board will vote on whether to hire Heatley in two weeks. Heatley is expected to take over the system by July 1.

Clayton County regained its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools last week nine months after losing the certification.

Man charged with murdering girlfriend's baby

BRUNSWICK - Glynn County authorities have charged a man with killing his girlfriend's 17-month-old daughter.

Police Capt. Marissa Tindale said 32-year-old Daryl Keon Jones has been charged with murder and cruelty to children in the death of Brianna Hester. Tindale said the toddler's mother, Kim Hester, lived with Jones but was out of town Thursday when Brianna was hospitalized with severe head trauma.

The toddler died the following day.

Jones is being held in the Glynn County jail without bond. He was arrested Monday. The case is under investigation.

Jones has three other children ages 3, 5 and 8. No one else was injured.

Smith seeking the job as DOT commissioner

COLUMBUS - State Rep.Vance Smith said he'll try for the Department of Transportation commissioner's job again.

The Pine Mountain Republican was beaten out for the post on a 7-6 vote by Gena Abraham Evans in October 2007. The State Transportation Board voted 9-3 in February to fire Evans.

Evans' controversial tenure included a romantic relationship with board chairman Mike Evans, leading to their marriage.

The General Assembly passed a bill that takes some power and influence away from the DOT board and shifts it to the General Assembly and the governor's office.

Smith is chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

Off-duty Atlanta cop shoots man

ATLANTA - Atlanta police are investigating after an off-duty officer shot and wounded a man at an apartment complex.

Lt. Keith Meadows, a police spokesman, said the man was shot in the face.

The confrontation occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday night at the Cityview Apartments.

Relatives identified the wounded man as Tramaine Miller. He was listed in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Meadows said the officer was placed on a firearm review pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Savannah teen dies in shootout

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham police are investigating the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy.

The unnamed teen died in a rolling shootout that involved two vehicles.

The shooting occurred on the city's eastside Tuesday night just before 10 p.m.

Police said the boy was found in a stolen pickup truck suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at a local hospital.

No arrests were made.

Police have not determined the motive.