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Top 10 most popular stories for August 4 - August 12

1. Two former sheriff’s candidates throw support behind Hill

A former Clayton County sheriff’s deputy fired on Victor Hill’s first day in office in 2005 is apparently endorsing his re-election, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Hill’s campaign.

2. Woman tells judge she prefers prostitution rap to murder

An Atlanta woman sobbed Wednesday afternoon and told a Clayton County Magistrate Court judge she’d rather be charged with prostitution than murder.

3. Former MARTA cop charged in child sex case

An Ellenwood man who worked 12 years as a MARTA police officer has been charged with having a long-term physical relationship with a child that included sex at his home more than 50 times, said authorities.

4. Jonesboro plate readers tagged for debate

A request by the Jonesboro Police Department to buy two more car tag readers has been pulled over by a city council hesitant about making the purchase.

5. Endorsements flow in BOC District 3 run-off

An attorney seeking to unseat Clayton County Commission Vice-Chairman Wole Ralph in a run-off later this month announced Thursday she has picked up the endorsement of a former opponent.

6. Cooked! Grill latest hot spot in Jonesboro vs. county

The city of Jonesboro is considering spending $2,500 in taxpayer monies to buy a grill because Clayton County officials allegedly won’t let the city borrow their cooker.

7. Hundreds turn out for free school supplies

Hundreds of people flocked to Battle Creek Library Friday afternoon to get free school supplies, in spite of temperatures in the 90s.

8. Ailing Forest Park mayor on paid leave

The absence of Mayor Corine Deyton from recent Council meetings was addressed Monday night after a query into her status was made by a resident.

9. Woman charged with murder

Clayton County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Atlanta woman Tuesday on a murder charge in the shooting death of a man police said she enticed with a sex for money scheme.

10. Neighbors watching neighbors

Residents of one of the county’s oldest subdivisions got together Monday night to celebrate a milestone — one year’s participation in a Neighborhood Watch program.