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Kathy Jefcoats

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ME says tot suffered blow to head

A toddler found lifeless inside his home in July 2012 died from a hard blow to his head, a medical examiner testified Wednesday morning.

Deputy faces child sex charges

A Clayton County sheriff’s deputy is being held without bond in Henry County Jail following his arrest this weekend on child sex charges.

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Drug Court needs support to thrive

The worse part of getting labeled a convicted felon is trying to find a job.

Fragrance of memories linger in our minds

Isn’t it funny how our minds connect certain fragrances and smells with memories?

Walk for Life set March 29

A Walk for Life to benefit Pregnancy Care Center of Jonesboro is set for March 29 from First Baptist Church.

Hampton mother indicted in child’s death

A Clayton County grand jury indicted a woman for murder and other felonies in the beating death of her daughter in 2012.

Former Woodruff director sentenced for stealing $1 million

An Ellenwood man who admitted to stealing more than $1 million from Woodruff Arts Center while serving as the facilities director was sentenced to two years, six months in a federal prison.

Former coach faces child sex charges

A former Mount Zion High School assistant football coach has been indicted on four child sex charges.

Sex offender indicted on new charges

A Forest Park man with a history of child sex offenses has been indicted on new charges, according to Clayton County Superior Court records.

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Officer’s killing re-visited by network

Nearly 20 years after an Atlanta police detective was shot to death by his wife and dumped in a South Carolina lake, a popular true crime network is re-visiting the crime.

Two indicted on federal charges in Conley shooting

Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the December near-fatal shooting of a postal truck driver in Conley.

Woman gets 10 years for Medicaid fraud

A Stockbridge woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after her conviction on Medicaid fraud and theft charges involving more than $200,000.

Mock Trial students worthy of applause

I thoroughly enjoy writing articles about young people who are working toward goals, who are focused and determined to make something of their lives. Sometimes they are driven by having a life better than the one provided by their parents or guardians. Sometimes they want to continue the good life their parents or guardians have provided for them, or exceed that standard of living.

Owner fights uphill battle to open business

All Alfonso Daggett said he wants to do is bring something nice to Forest Park, an upscale eatery that will keep diners and their money south of Atlanta.

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Family seeks missing man

The family of a man reported missing Feb. 22 is asking for the public’s help in locating him, said police.

Forest Park declines to help bail out SRMC

Council members agreed Monday to keep $3.3 million in anticipated SPLOST funds rather than help bail out Southern Regional Medical Center.

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DAR donates blankets to CCPD

In another example of community partnerships, the DAR Chapter donated nearly four dozen blankets to the Clayton County Police Department Wednesday.

Police seek three armed robbers

Clayton County police are looking for three men accused of robbing two girls last month.

Jonesboro Mock Trial team heads to state

After defeating five other schools Saturday, members of Jonesboro Mock Trial team is headed to state competition in Lawrenceville next month.

Monthly IRLA meeting cancelled

The February meeting of Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority has been cancelled, said officials.

Former cop gets 10 years in drug scheme

A former Clayton County police officer was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to steal cocaine from a drug dealer for his own personal gain.

Branch out and find your roots

Do you know who you are, where you came from? Genealogy has been an interest of mine since I was a child listening to my dad tell stories of his North Georgia heritage and my mom talk about her German ancestors.

Town Hall meeting today in Ward 2

There will be a Town Hall meeting today at 3 p.m. for residents in Ward 2, said Councilman Dabouze Antoine Monday night.

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Man gets 20 years in HIV case

In an incident that struck his ex-lover as “too little, too late,” an Atlanta man took the stand Friday morning to apologize for not telling her he was HIV-positive.

Former Clayton tax preparer gets 21 years for fraud

A former Clayton County tax preparer was sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison after his conviction for stealing millions of dollars from taxpayers.

Mediation goes on in strip club case

Council members agreed Monday to continue mediation efforts in settling a federal case involving the owners of two strip clubs shuttered by the city in 2011.

Riverdale hosting health expo Saturday

City officials want residents to be as healthy as they can be and are willing to put resources behind that philosophy with a free health expo Saturday.

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Atlanta man to be sentenced in HIV case

The first defendant convicted in Clayton County of reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person will be sentenced Friday in Superior Court.

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Lebis gets life without parole in officer’s death

The mother of slain Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan was incensed that the woman convicted of his murder portrayed herself as a victim.

Sometimes Father knows best

Let’s face it, dads take care of kids in a manner far different from moms. With some exceptions, moms tend to be nurturing, loving, tender and gentle. When her child falls and skins his knee, a mom will generally make a fuss, wipe off the blood, apply ointment, maybe a bandage and give him a kiss.

Forest Park man killed in fight, say police

Clayton County police said an early Sunday morning shooting left one man dead and another charged with murder.

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Jury ends week without verdict for Lebis

A Clayton County jury will return Monday to resume deliberations in the case of a McDonough woman charged with murder in the shooting death of a police officer.

Forest Park EMS fees going up to help balance budget

Fire Chief Eddie Buckholts doesn’t want to profit from medical transport calls but he’d like the city to at least break even.

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Students practice for mock trial contest

Members of Jonesboro High School Mock Trial Team raised no objections to the weather Tuesday as they took advantage of cancelled classes to brush up on their courtroom skills.

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Lebis jury returns to deliberate

A juror has been replaced on the panel that began deliberating the fate of a McDonough woman Monday.

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Judge denies motion for directed verdict

Clayton County Superior Court Judge Albert Collier denied a defense motion for a directed verdict of acquittal in the state’s case against Lisa Lebis.

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Fire officials celebrate promotions, unveil new badge

Maddi Page scrunched her face and willed her hands to maneuver the unyielding pin of the shiny new badge through the thick fabric of her dad’s uniform.

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Evidence shows Callahan fired four rounds at Lebis

Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan was able to fire four rounds at his assailant before falling over an embankment wall, wounded from a single gunshot, evidence showed Friday.

Jonesboro woman sentenced in tax fraud case

A Jonesboro woman with a history of drug, theft, forgery and prostitution convictions pleaded guilty to racketeering in a $25,000 tax fraud case and is serving her third term in state prison in 10 years.

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Jury sees autopsy photos, hears from firearms expert

The single round that killed Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan hit his left shoulder in two places before entering the rear of his neck, a medical examiner testified Thursday.

Storm-related tow fees to be reimbursed

In what officials call an “unprecedented” move, the state will pick up the cost to tow vehicles abandoned during Winter Storm Leon.

Ex-Tech prof guilty in Fulton, faces pending case in Clayton

A former Georgia Tech professor was convicted Thursday of 76 counts of sexual exploitation of children in Fulton County Superior Court and faces similar charges in Clayton County.

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Jury sees re-enactment of shooting

Darlene Rogers wept openly in Clayton County Superior Court Wednesday as the last recorded images of her son and the details of his final moments were presented to a trial jury.

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Public Works preserves the safety of the public

The snow and ice have melted from Clayton County streets and yards but winter is just getting started with more inclement weather possible before daffodils push through the cold ground to herald the arrival of spring.

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Mayor exercises veto powers to seat commission

Mayor David Lockhart exercises veto power

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Lebis faces life without parole if convicted in officer’s death

A Clayton County jury was expected to be seated late Tuesday afternoon to hear evidence in the trial of a McDonough woman charged with murder and other felonies in the death of a police officer.

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Motions heard in police officer shooting case

The defense attorney for a McDonough woman accused of murder in the shooting death of a police officer is worried a jury might be prejudiced by her extensive record of felony convictions.

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Venison key to winning chili recipe

It’s as much a cliche as finding cops inside a doughnut shop but Clayton County firefighters were excited to compete in the department’s first chili cook-off competition Friday afternoon.

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Clayton responds ‘very well’ to Leon No weather-related deaths reported

It was a dramatic start to the first 48 hours of snowfall and subsequent freezing in Clayton County, said police.

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CCWA offers tips to avoid burst pipes

The weather outside may be frightful and damp but it can remain delightful and dry inside when residents follow tips and suggestions to avoid burst water lines.