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August 31, 2004



Former mayor indicted on racketeering charges

Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell was indicted on racketeering, bribery and wire fraud charges following a five-year federal investigation into corruption during his years at City Hall, officials said Monday.

Campbell, who was mayor from 1994 to 2002, is accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, cash, travel and home improvements in exchange for city contracts.

The indictment, unsealed Monday, accuses Campbell of "a pattern and practice of misconduct and illegal acts."

The indictment was handed down by a grand jury Aug. 18, but was immediately sealed. Campbell's mother died the next day, and authorities said they delayed announcing the indictment out of respect for the family.


Suspended officer kills family, self

A suspended police officer under criminal investigation shot his wife and 9-year-old son, then killed himself, police said Monday.

The bodies of Officer Michael Waleskowski, his wife and son were found in upstairs bedrooms of their Waterford Township home following a fire Sunday morning, but Robert Gerds, administrator for the Oakland County medical examiner's office, said all three died from gunshot wounds to the head.

Waterford Township Deputy Police Chief Dale LaCroix said Waleskowski, a five-year department veteran, was under criminal and internal investigation for allegations of theft. He said the officer had been suspended but would not give any more details.


Drunken driver's passenger decapitated

A drunken driver hit a telephone pole support wire that decapitated his passenger, then drove 12 miles home and slept in his bloody clothes, leaving the body in his truck, police said.

A neighbor walking with his young daughter Sunday morning discovered Daniel Brohm's corpse in the truck in John Kemper Hutcherson's driveway and called authorities, said Cpl. Dana Pierce, county police spokesman.

Officers found Hutcherson asleep inside his home. He was visibly drunk, and his clothes were bloody, authorities said.

Hutcherson, 21, was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and failure to stop at an accident with death or injury. He was jailed on a $100,000 bond.

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