Top 10 Stories for the week of July 15-21

1. Porter placed on unpaid leave

Almost a year after an investigation began into alleged wrongdoing by Clayton County police Chief Greg Porter, the county's governing board has put him on unpaid administrative leave.

2. Byrd arrested, charged with forgery, bribery

Clayton County Senior Services Director Mary Byrd has been arrested and charged with bribery and forgery, according to jail records.

3. Police say Byrd bribed worker to lie

Clayton County police said Senior Services Director Mary Byrd bribed one of her employees to lie about an ongoing audit, according to a warrant read in open court Saturday morning.

4. Byrd on admin leave over ‘withdrawal discrepancies’

The head of Clayton County’s Senior Services department is on unpaid administrative leave after an internal audit raised questions about a bank account associated with the department.

5. Car smashes into Georgia Power lobby

Ruby Morris had just stepped out of line at the Georgia Power office in Jonesboro Thursday when a beige Mercury Grand Marquis crashed through the lobby.

6. Forest Park police could provide services at Farmers Market

City council meets tonight and included on the agenda is a proposal for the police department to provide services at the State Farmers Market.

7. Teacher loses bid to retain job

A three-member panel ruled against a teacher seeking to keep her job Tuesday afternoon during a Clayton County Public Schools employee hearing.

8. Dwayne Jackson will be fire department’s first African-American chief

Dwayne Jackson got a nice present from the Clayton County Board of Commissioners on the 23rd anniversary of his hiring by the county’s fire department Tuesday.

9. Suspected burglar in coma after escape try

Clayton County police said a burglary suspect is in a coma after he tried to escape from a third-floor window Sunday.

10. Turner: Morale factored into interim fire chief search

Clayton County commissioners weighed complaints some firefighters made to Chairman Jeff Turner about department morale during their search for an interim fire chief.