In Brief

DEKALB COUNTY

Fired police chief makes case at hearing

Former DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton got his first public hearing Wednesday about his firing after appealing his removal by county CEO Burrell Ellis in February.

An attorney for the county depicted Bolton as a renegade chief who hoarded county cars for his own use and countermanded the orders of the new CEO —- all charges that have been aired publicly already. But Bolton's attorney characterized the former chief as a victim of politics and said his firing was unwarranted.

DeKalb police chiefs are merit-protected, and can only be fired for cause. An administrative hearing officer will have 20 days to render a decision after the hearing's conclusion, which is expected today. TY TAGAMI

GWINNETT COUNTY

Levi's Call alert seeks return of 4-year-old girl

Gwinnett County police Wednesday issued a Levi's Call alert for a 4-year-old girl allegedly abducted by her father. Ingrid Reyes called police Monday to report that Alejandro Humberto Gusman, 29, was supposed to bring their daughter, Ingrid Ghisell Gusman-Reyes, to her, but had told her he was not bringing the girl back and was going to Houston, police said. On Tuesday, the mother told police "that Mr. Gusman threatened to kill their daughter." Gusman is believed to be driving a gray 1993 Honda Accord, with Texas tag NCK136. Ingrid is 3 feet tall and has straight, shoulder-length brown hair. If you have information, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. MIKE MORRIS

TRANSPORTATION

Vanpool vote delayed as riders speak up

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority on Wednesday postponed its vote on whether to cancel a state-run vanpool program, GRTA spokesman William Mecke said. About a dozen members of the public spoke at the meeting —- all vanpool riders —- and all opposed shutting it down, noting they'd pay more. The board wants to consider the comments and other information before taking a vote Aug. 12, Mecke said. ARIEL HART

STATE

Board of Regents OKs $6.27 billion budget

The University System Board of Regents approved its $6.27 billion budget Wednesday, an increase of nearly $164 million from the current budget. The 2010 fiscal year budget for the state's 35 public colleges and universities went up mainly because of increased tuition and fees. The new budget year begins July 1. LAURA DIAMOND

HENRY COUNTY

Manager since 2003 announces he's leaving

Rob Magnaghi has resigned as Henry County manager, citing personal reasons. Magnaghi, manager since 2003, earned $140,000 per year. Deputy County Manager Phyllis Shrader will be the acting county manager while the county searches for a replacement. Magnaghi's last day has not been scheduled. RALPH ELLIS