Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"It is just this simple. Teachers can't teach and students can't

learn in schools where drugs and gangs and violence run

rampant."

-- Gubernatorial hopeful and Secretary of State Lewis Massey,

who wants boot camps for ill-behaving students. Story, this

page.

KILLER GETS LIFE

A Decatur man who shot and killed a former police officer in a

traffic dispute was sentenced to life in prison after a Cobb

County jury convicted him of murder Wednesday.

Antonio Cochran, 27, was convicted and sentenced in the death

of Sarkis Hazzouri, 38, a former Cobb County police officer

who owned a business near the slaying site.

"I hope people will learn the lesson to avoid any type of

physical confrontation in road disputes," Cobb County District

Attorney Ben Smith said after the trial, presided over by

Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy Jr. "When you look at this

case, it was all so senseless."

Cochran testified that the night of March 27, 1997, he stopped

his car in a shopping center driveway to discuss his rap music

business with a group of men in another car. Their cars were

blocking a vehicle in which Hazzouri was a passenger, and

witnesses testified Hazzouri got out with a friend to complain.

Cochran said Hazzouri opened the car door and was about to grab

him. He said he fired twice accidentally when he popped the

clutch, making the car lurch. Prosecutors disputed the account,

saying the multiple bullets fired with no warning showed he

meant to kill.

-- Associated Press

SERVICEMAN CHARGED

An Army marksmanship coach at Fort Benning has been charged with

enticing children for indecent purposes, accused of illegally

using the Internet for child pornography.

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Dooley, 34, was arrested Wednesday after

police raided his Columbus home, Muscogee County Sheriff Gene

Hodge said. …

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