1. ATLANTA: The federal case against a white supremacist jailed for 20 months after exposing himself to ricin has fallen apart. Prosecutors blamed “a technical error” by Congress, which didn’t include the deadly material in its list of illegal biological toxins.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story dismissed the possession charge against William Christopher Gibbs and ordered his immediate release on Sept. 21.
The Gainesville Times first reported on the judge’s order, which said Gibbs might be charged under some other law, but “cannot be convicted under this one.”
Gibbs was 27 when he drove to a hospital in February 2017 and said he was exposed to ricin, which is found in castor beans and can be deadly when purified.
2. MACON: Little Richard’s hometown in Georgia has committed $90,000 to help open a community resource center at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s boyhood home.
The Macon-Bibb County Commission approved the funding Tuesday. The money will go to a local authority to operate the Pleasant Hill Resource Center out of the cottage where the “Tutti Frutti” singer was raised as Richard Wayne Penniman.
The Telegraph of Macon reports a cousin, Stanley Stewart, got Little Richard on the phone Tuesday. He said: “I hope that whatever they’re doing, I hope it works out good.”
The funding was part of a deal brokered by local officials and the Georgia Department of Transportation to expand Interstates 16 and 75 in Little Richard’s former neighborhood. His boyhood home was moved last year.
3. MABLETON: Police in Georgia have shot and killed a man they said killed his girlfriend’s grandmother and held his girlfriend and her daughter hostage.
Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register told news outlets officers shot and killed 26-year-old James Martin of Austell on Tuesday following a standoff in Mableton.
Police say Martin and been living with his girlfriend, her daughter and her grandmother until Monday, when 80-year-old Faye Spruell ordered him to leave after he attacked Jessica Adams.
Police say Martin returned Tuesday and shot and killed Spruell and held Adams and her daughter hostage.
Register said a SWAT team went in after a brief standoff to rescue Adams and her daughter. They were not hurt. Officers shot and killed Martin.
4. MARIETTA: Police in suburban Atlanta say a woman filled her son’s sippy cup with an alcoholic beverage, sneaked it into a movie theater and became so drunk she couldn’t walk, talk or care for the 5-year-old.
News outlets quote a Cobb County police arrest warrant as saying Kristina Gibson is wanted on charges including public intoxication. Police say Gibson also possibly combined the drink with prescription drugs.
Sgt. Wayne Delk says a theater employee called police after moviegoers complained because Gibson’s son was crying.
Police say theater staff stopped Gibson from getting into her car with her child. Police called her friend to pick up the boy and the woman was taken to a hospital.
Gibson hadn’t surrendered to police as of Wednesday morning.
— Associated Press