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D2 Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996 LOCAL NEWS The Atlanta Journal The Atlanta Constitution I TheVent Photot by STEVE DEAL Staff At your service: Postal worker Glenda Short rolls a cart of packages in Conyers. Postal patrons in metro Atlanta found lines moved quickly Monday, the busiest mailing day of the year. Post office procrastinators, rejoice Buckhead suspect in slay, arson case gets hearing delay By Maria Elena Fernandez STAFF WRITER The Buckhead man accused of killing a wealthy Atlanta businessman and torching his home made a brief court appearance Monday to ask a judge to reschedule a preliminary hearing so that defense attorneys can conduct their own investigations. i "We have leads to follow up," said defense attorney Bruce H.
Morris. "The police are doing their job and we are doing ours. We are running our own leads arid' double-checking theirs." Scott W. Davis, 31, is charged with murder iri'the slaying of David L. Coffin, 41, whose family founded the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Police charged Davis with shooting Coffin, iri the head and setting on fire his $375,000 house on West Conway Drive on Dec. 10 with the body inside. Atlanta Municipal Court Judge Deborah Greene set Davis' preliminary hearing for Jan. 8. Davis, a technology manager with Andersen Consulting, turned himself in to police Friday.
He, also is charged with a Dec. 8 burglary at Coffin's house in which a 9 mm handgun and a Browning shotgun Were taken, as well as two other recent break-ins at Coffin's residence. Davis, who appeared in court Monday in shackles and smiled when greeting his lawyers, also is changed with arson and with stealing Coffin's Porsche, which was found burning in a vacant DeKalb County lot Dec. 10. Police have not publicly discussed a motive for the slaying.
In the weeks before his death, who owned a power plant in Central America and other businesses, told friends that he was seeing a woman estranged from her husband, although he said he wanted to end the relationship. "Police have not shared that theory with us yet," Morris said. Davis' wife, Megan Lee Davis, 26, filed for divorce in Fulton County Superior Court on Sept. 9, saying she.had received "cruel treatment" and that her marriage was "irretrievably broken." On Dec. 10, firefighters were called to Coffin's house at 9:30 p.m.
That same night, Davis twice called Atlanta police to his residence on Battleview Drive. At 7 p.m., Davis told police that a man approached him as he got out of his car and sprayed him in the face with pepper gas, according to a police report. Davis told police the man then put a gun to Davis' head, threatened to steal his car, and told him "leave Megan alone or I will come back and clear this house out." The man fled on foot, Davis reported. At 11:50 p.m., Davis called, authorities and said his back porch was on fire. Davis told police he ran outside and saw a man running away.
Davis said the suspect fired at him once. Davis told police he shot at theman five times with his shotgun. The report states that police Well, the president has decided to keep Reno. The next thing you know, he'll want Vegas, too. Since they are so different in every way, please tell me how Bo and Maureen stay married? Forget about world peace.
Just use your turn signals. I just wanted to thank the AJC for printing a map of Atlanta's adult entertainment areas. Now I'll know where to go. First there was life on Mars and now there's water on the moon. Keep it up and soon man will be living there.
Two more planets to ruin. When my grandson asked me why I was writing a check, I told him I have to pay Georgia Power so they wouldn't turn off our lights. He said, "If God didn't pay, would they turn off the sun?" I'm really great at puzzles. It took me just six months to put together an eight-piece jigsaw puzzle and on the box it says 3-4 years. I have plenty of time to read the tabloids in the express lane behind all those people with more than 10 items.
Riddle me this, why is it in the Betty Boop cartoons, all the background characters are animals. Makes you think, doesn't it? I didn't pay my rent for two months and I got an e-vent-ion notice. For Christmas, I'm giving all my neighbors who let their animals use my lawn a pooper scooper. 'i i i I I At the UPS center in Gwinnett, 20 temporary workers including one in a Santa hat and one handing out hard candy to customers whisked away Christmas presents on dollies practically before customers have a chance to step out of their cars. "I do everything at the last minute," confessed preschool teacher Susan Burns, who went a Mailboxes Etc.
in Buckhead to send her first Christmas package this one to the West Coast Monday, and still had the rest of her shopping to do. "But I've found that if you wait until the 18th or 19th, things usually get there, and you don't have the long lines," she said. That's good news, even for some postal officials. Asked if he'd finished his Christmas mailing, Decatur postmaster Charles Ferrera paused and then asked: "Mine personally? No. "I'm going to have to get on my wife and have her write those cards," he added with a laugh.
In fact, cards sent by this weekend should arrive on time. To find out if a post office is open this weekend in your neighborhood, call 800-ASK-USPS. For mailing tips, ZIP Code information and Express Mail tracking, visit the USPS on the Internet at http:llwww.usps.gov By Macon Morehouse STAFF WRITER Christmas is a little more than a week away and you still have to get those presents and cards in the mail. You: a) Panic. b) Pack food, a change of clothes and a good, thick book to keep you going until you reach the mailing counter.
c) Don't worry. If Monday typically the busiest mailing day of the year was any indication, breathe a sigh of relief and choose Across metro Atlanta, thousands of customers lined up at post offices and other mailing services in a rush to get that fruitcake to Aunt Nellie and those Christmas cards to college pals. But while most places reported being busier than usual, few including the customers said the waits were long. Ann Winters said it took her about 10 minutes to mail her Christmas cards at the Fayette-ville post office, where a line nearly two dozen people long snaked well into the lobby. "It's just a busy time," she shrugged, unperturbed.
It took Doug Beers of Snell-ville less than 20 minutes at the UPS customer center in Gwinnett to get 15 packages on their way to New England. "It's incredibly efficient," he said. Perhaps that's because mail services expect this crunch ev ery year. The second Monday before Christmas traditionally is the busiest mailing day of the year. Many people spend the weekend before in a whirlwind of writing those last Christmas cards and buying and wrapping presents' for far-flung relatives.
found no evidence that anyone had been shot Package pedestal: Emily Griffin, 2, finds a convenient perch as she waits with mom Lori to be called to the counter in Conyers. With a good economy, the U.S. Postal Service expects to handle a 10 percent increase in packages, said USPS spokesperson Carol Larson. So, many mailing services are beefing up staffing and extending hours. At the UPS center in Gwinnett, 20 temporary workers including one in a Santa hat and one handing out hard candy to customers whisked away Christmas presents on dollies practically before customers have a chance to step out of their cars.
Post offices across metro Atlanta opened extra hours last weekend, and will do it again this weekend for hard-core procrastinators. (Yes, the post office will even deliver mail on Christmas Day.) Why is it called a walk in space? I never see anyone walking they just float around. If we're really going to have a quality police state here, I think we need to have license plates not on just the front and back of the car but also nailed to each side and also have a big sign like the taxicabs have on the top of your vehicle with your driver's license blown up 100 times life-size. Could we get a food court on 285, please? The only holiday best seller not written by Stephen King. "The Vent: Book Deux." Just $6, plus 1 .50 shipping.
To order, call AJC Marketing, 404-526-5696 or 1-800-508-6870. --v Is PHNSPNK1 Staff Accused killer Scott Davis listens to attorney Doug Peters during a preliminary hearing iri Atian-ta Municipal Court on Monday. Davis is accused of killing Atlanta businessman David Coffr4 I Staff writers Ralph Ellis and Sarah Zimmerman contributed to this DOT posting increases in metro area speed limits STOLEN IQY Thief makes off with girl's gifts under tre Except for certain congested or curvy areas, motorists can mash the pedal a little harder on major arteries outside the Perimeter. The speed limit is now 65 mph and crews are already installing the new signs. 1 71., xr Speed limit 65 mph A burglar had pried ppen the kitchen window of llie Spring Avenue apartment and left with the presents.
The thief also took jewelry from the mother's beclrdpm and a VCR from the fifing room. The burglary will investigated, butprospeuf for recovery of the items are flint. 1 Mm sdZZr NNtl PAULDING r- i i rr DEKALB yv Bartow counties also will go to 65 mph, as will segments of 1-75 south of Atlanta in Henry and Clayton counties. Changes in I-75 also include Georgia portions of metropolitan Chattanooga and segments around Macon. 1-575 from Cobb County north into Cherokee County will go to 65 mph, except for a short segment near Canton.
Much of Ga. 316 from Gwinnett County east, including the limited access spur between 1-85 and Ga. 120, will go to 65 mph. There will be stretches of 55 mph travel, however, and one congested area east of U.S. 78 that will remain 45 mph.
Much of 1-20 west of Atlanta in Douglas, Cobb and Fulton counties will increase from 55 to 60 mph. On the east side, 65 mph travel will begin at Snapfinger Creek in DeKalb and extend through Rockdale and Newton. 1-675 from 1-75 in Henry County through Clayton into DeKalb will go to 65 mph. Much of Ga. 515, also known as Ga.
5 or the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway, will increase to 65 mph. Other routes with higher speed limits include portions of Ga. 365 in Hall and Habersham counties, Corridor in South Georgia, Ga. 6 in Polk and Paulding counties, and Ga. 20 in Bartow and Floyd counties.
By Joey Ledford STAFF WRITER Higher speed limits are being posted on many metro Atlanta highways outside the Perimeter, including 1-85 in Gwinnett County, 1-75 north of Marietta and Ga. 400 north of Abernathy Road. Marion Waters, traffic engineer for the state Department of Transportation, said Monday some of the new 65 mph limits have been posted and all should be up and effective within a week. DOT spokesman Jerry Stargel said the speed limits were the result of DOT traffic engineering studies and have been endorsed by DOT Commissioner Wayne Shackelford and Col. Sid Miles, head of the Georgia State Patrol.
DOT officials still are considering whether to raise speed limits on or inside the Perimeter. The segments being posted include: 1-85 from the DeKalb County line through Gwinnett to 1-985. 1-85 south of Atlanta in Coweta and Fulton counties also will increase to 65 mph. Most of Ga. 400 from just north of Abernathy Road into Lumpkin County.
Some short stretches around congested areas, however, will remain at 55 mph. 1-75 from Terrell Mill Road just north of Marietta in Cobb County north into Cherokee and i i DOUGLAS i fWC i i By Bill Montgomery STAFF WRITER There were two gifts under the Christmas tree at Branda-lyn Stephens' East Point apartment last weekend a talking doll and a toy compact disc player for Stephens' 2-year-old daughter. When Stephens arrived home from work Saturday afternoon after picking up daughter Latishalyn from the baby sitter, she found a Grinch had stolen the child's Christmas. A burglar had pried open the kitchen window of her Spring Avenue apartment and left with the presents. The thief also took jewelry from the mother's bedroom and a VCR from the living room.
"Whoever did it had to be a cruel and coldhearted person to take what little I had for my daughter," said Stephens, 33, who works 39 hours a week as a cashier at a fast-food restaurant near her home. "A person like that doesn't have a heart, a conscience or anything." "The burglary is being investigated, but it's not likely the JJ kw NEWTON J. faycttf rN v.5 toys could be recovered iri time for Christmas," said East Point police Detective Patricia Boyce. Stephens said she bought the gifts for her daughter, late last month and was especially fond of "Talking Kathleen," doll that repeats words spoken to it. "I try to get her something that will educate her.
The toy CD had little nursery rhymes, I had planned to get her a few more things, but now I hesitate to put anything under my tree. They did this in broad daylight." CHRISTOPHER SMITH Staff Of the urban freeways on which decisions are still being made, 1-20 east and the Stone Mountain Freeway are the most likely to have a higher speed limit, Waters said. The new limits are the next step in the process that began with the federal abolition of the 55 mph national speed limit last year. The speed limits on Georgia's rural interstates went to 70 mph in July and officials report no significant jump in fatalities..
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