Originally created 09/08/02

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Mayor wants ticket for expired plates

WARNER ROBINS -The mayor of Warner Robins ordered the police chief to ticket him for an expired tag on his license plate.

Mayor Donald Walker told Police Chief Dan Hart to ticket him because he didn't want people to think he received special treatment.

Mr. Walker had driven with the expired tag since February.

Mr. Walker purchased a new tag for $99.33. He hadn't been ticketed even though he parks his truck daily at City Hall, next to police headquarters.

Ex-teacher sentenced for molesting pupil

THOMASVILLE -A former middle school teacher has been sentenced to a year in prison, 10 years of probation and a $2,500 fine after she pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges involving a pupil.

Amy E. Drew, 30, was arrested in June after being accused of the incident with a 13-year-old pupil in a closet of her classroom at Central Middle School.

Superior Court Judge Harry Altman also ordered Ms. Drew - who also pleaded guilty to child molestation charges - to surrender her teaching license.

Inmate is recaptured after brush with mayor

COLUMBUS -An inmate escaped a work detail Thursday and bumped into the mayor, who was unable to detain him.

Brad Mathis, 28, of Columbus, was doing janitorial work at the Columbus Government Center when he sneaked past a security officer.

The first house he passed after his escape belonged to Mayor Bobby Peters, who was in his front yard. Mr. Mathis was wearing a white prison uniform.

"I stopped him," said Mr. Peters, who is also the city's public safety director. "He took off, and I chased after him."

Mr. Mathis was recaptured about midnight.

Crematory operator kept burial list, suit says

NOBLE -An affidavit filed in a lawsuit against Tri-State Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh suggests he kept a detailed log of where the bodies were buried on the property.

Mr. Marsh, who was released from the Walker County jail Aug. 26 on a $159,000 bond, was charged with 334 counts of theft by deception for taking money for cremations he never performed. He is also charged with 64 counts of abuse of a body.

Woman faces charges of animal cruelty

LILBURN -A Gwinnett County woman who her family says is critically ill with cancer faces misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after police found 10 dead cats and dozens of live ones at her vacated home Friday.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Ray Dunlap said neighbors complained about a "horrible smell" at the home of Donna Jester Sims, 54, who had been staying with her daughter.

Officers found several cats in the house, with many others outside and scattered throughout the neighborhood.

A large number of cats were taken to the Gwinnett County animal shelter Friday night, Mr. Dunlap said.