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By Ed Brock

Dawana Dell Lester, 30, of Atlanta, was indicted on charges that she attacked another woman with a burning T-shirt.

Teteraran Teshon Thompson, 24, of Jonesboro was indicted on charges of trying to break into a Gateway computer store, damaging the store in that attempt and of being in possession of a 2002 Pontiac Firebird owned by Team Pontiac.

And 22-year-old Larry Earl Jackson Jr. of East Point and Darrell Oliver Morgan, also 22, of Riverdale, were indicted in connection with the burglarizing of 15 modular classrooms at Kendrick Middle School and then resisting arrest.

These were some of the first cases handled by Clayton County's current grand jury. The jury's 26 members, three of whom are alternates, were picked last week and they will be in session every Wednesday until the last week in October, Clayton County District Attorney Bob Keller said.

"This is a very enthusiastic group and will be a very dedicated grand jury," Keller said.

There were only a few cases presented to the grand jury last week along with the three mentioned above. They may have some more interesting cases on the way.

"I would think this grand jury would get the Tara Center shooting," Keller said.

He was referring to the July 6 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Arturo Sanchez at the Tara Center building on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro. Pablo Gomez, 26, is charged with murder in connection with that case.

So far there are no planned presentments regarding the Clayton County Board of Education.

"They might do that based on the outcome of the school board election (in September)," Keller said.

In April another grand jury investigated the board regarding recent controversies spawned by the firing of former Schools Superintendent Dan Colwell in January. That grand jury made several recommendations to the board but did not issue any indictments.

There are other activities on the grand jury's schedule as well, Keller said.

"I would anticipate that they would visit the jail and the water authority as they traditionally do," Keller said.