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Man dies in motorcycle crash

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A 27-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle and died Sunday, Clayton County police said.

Eddie Weatherspoon, III, a Forest Park man, was attempting to maneuver his 1995, Suzuki GSX750 between a truck and a van, on Lynwood Road, at about 6 p.m. Witnesses said he was trying to pass a truck, while going around the curve near Pinecrest Cove, the street where Weatherspoon lived.

A van was coming the other way, and the 27-year-old apparently passed between the two vehicles, going 50 in a 25 mile-per-hour zone, and then lost control.

"He could not travel a straight line, and had to maneuver the motorcycle around," according to the accident report. "As he passed the truck and the van he attempted to straighten out the motorcycle. However, the motorcycle struck a curb."

Weatherspoon appears to have bounced off the curb, sliding the motorcycle across the road into the other curb. The Suzuki left gouge marks in the road, then flipped twice. "Weatherspoon was thrown from the motorcycle and struck a concrete slab," according to the police report. "He then struck a fire hydrant and this is where he came to rest."

Weatherspoon died at the scene from extensive head trauma. His helmet was found 30 feet away from his body.

Papa Johns held up

Two clerks at Papa Johns Pizza on Mt. Zion Road thought they were going to die Sunday night, when they were robbed at gunpoint.

According to their statements to Clayton County police, a man walked in at about 7:30 p.m. First, he asked about specials. Then, he used the bathroom and left, but came back a moment later with a silver gun with a black handle.

The man allegedly cocked the gun and said, "You know what this is and what it's about."

Tenia Russell, 18, said she thought the man was going to rape her or kill her. Then he pointed the gun at Kelvin Blount, 18, and she thought the he was going to get shot to death.

Blount told police the man kept pushing the gun into his side and he thought he was going to die.

The man took $395 from the cash register and left, according to the police report.

Police are looking for the man, who was described as a five-foot-five, 140-pound man, wearing an orange shirt, plaid orange shorts and a head wrap.

Anyone with information about the armed robbery is asked to call police at (770) 473-5700.

Wounded man won't cooperate with police

A 28-year-old man was shot in the left leg, supposedly in a random drive-by, but didn't want police to investigation.

George Decarlos Harris, a Morrow man, showed up at Southern Regional Medical Center on Saturday, at about 11:30 p.m., with a small caliber hole in his thigh. He said he was leaving a woman's apartment and a red, four-door vehicle drove by. A rear window rolled down and a gun came out, firing four or five shots without provocation or even an exchange of words, according to Harris.

Harris wouldn't tell Officer James Foy, Jr., where the shooting happened, though.

When questioned about the red car, he said it was maybe a truck and could be big or small, and he didn't know the make, model or anything about it.

According to Foy's police report, Harris said he didn't know where the apartment was. He said he'd met this woman, "Kiesha," at the mall a week ago, and she'd told him over the phone how to get to the apartment. He didn't know where, exactly, it was, he said.

Foy asked Harris for a phone number, for "Kiesha," but the 28-year-old said his cell phone's battery was dead. Then, the supposedly dead phone rang.

"The victim's phone began to buzz as it was on vibrate, and I asked him after several rings if he wanted to answer his phone," Foy wrote in his report. "He then, appearing to be reluctant, reached into his hospital bag, answered the unknown caller, advising them that he would call them back, as he was speaking with a police officer."

Foy then asked again for a number for "Kiesha," saying he was trying to "conduct a complete investigation," of the shooting.

Harris reportedly didn't want to give the number and didn't want to guide the officer to the apartment complex. According to Foy, he said he didn't know why the officer would need to talk to people who didn't know anything, and said he was scared.

"I instructed him that truthfulness was not an option," Foy reported.

The woman's name was apparently listed under "big homie," in the man's cell phone, according to the police report.

When the officer called "Kiesha," she told him she was called "Keda" and her real name was Alkeytarchoyie Hagan. She said she hadn't met him a week ago at the mall, but was actually the mother of Harris' son. They had ended their relationship about a year ago, Hagan told police. Harris does go to her apartment to see his son, but hadn't been there that day or the day before, according to Hagan's statements.

As of Monday morning, police still did not know where Harris was when he was shot, or why he wasn't cooperating with police. The bullet didn't hit his bone or any arteries, and the 28-year-old was released after he spoke to police.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the police tip line at (770) 473-5700.