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Reward is offered in fatal horse shooting

BUFORD --- A Buford woman is offering a $500 reward for information in the shooting death of her 8-year-old quarter horse.

Mary Lynn Whiten lives on five acres about a mile from the Mall of Georgia. She says she heard at least one gunshot and dogs barking at about 4:45 p.m. Monday.

She crossed a paddock to investigate and found the horse bleeding to death.

She reported the shooting to police and is offering the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Gwinnett County Police spokeswoman Corporal Illana Spellman says the shooter could face animal cruelty charges.

Man is held without bond in porn case

ATLANTA --- A federal magistrate judge has ordered a police officer's husband held without bond in a pornography case.

An indictment was issued late Tuesday, charging 47-year-old Terrill Crane with photographing a minor engaged in sexual activity.

It replaces a criminal complaint that was filed Nov. 29. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Mr. Crane faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

A lawyer for Mr. Crane did not contest Mr. Crane's detention at a brief court hearing Wednesday.

Longtime college president will retire

BRUNSWICK --- The longtime president of Coastal Georgia Community College, Dorothy Lord, announced Wednesday that she is retiring.

Ms. Lord, who has been president of the college since 1991, will leave at the end of June, according to a news release from the University System of Georgia.

She is the first female to be named president of a Georgia community college.

Under her leadership, the college's enrollment has doubled to about 3,000 students. She also was instrumental in the university system's push to attract more black males to college.

Gwinnett County votes mayor of 20 years out

NORCROSS --- Norcross Mayor Lillian Webb has been defeated after two decades as leader of the Gwinnett County city.

Voters elected Bucky Johnson mayor in a runoff Tuesday.

Mr. Johnson, who moved to the city about four years ago, is a political novice.

He says he believes voters were looking for a change and want a leader who will move toward a city manager form of government.

Under such a system, the city council sets policies but leaves many routine matters to a professional administrator.

-- Edited from wire reports


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