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Juvenile Court officer fired

By Ed Brock

A Clayton County Juvenile Court officer was fired after he was arrested in connection with a Newton County dogfighting ring.

Jeffrey Bolling, 39, of Fayetteville, was one of 123 people arrested Jan. 17 in connection with the ring. He had been with the juvenile court since the early 1990s and had been filling in as intake supervisor while the regular supervisor was away on military duty, Juvenile Court Administrator Keith Parkhouse said.

Parkhouse said Bolling was fired shortly after his arrest but that he is appealing the termination to the county's Civil Service Board. That appeal may be held in April.

The Newton County raid interrupted a dogfight in progress in a rural home in which a fighting ring had been constructed.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.