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Read about the issues with the Flint River. Page 2A frll fllrl IIIHI FRANK I~ONNrN SMALLTO V~qq PAPERS 217 WCOTA ST SHELTON WA 98504-2263 Serving the Hogansville-Gran lle Area Since 1944 \ I uni During the Hogansville Library Summer Reading Program grand finale Jade Crisp was the lucky winner of a Nook. By ANDY KOBER Though it was not actually termed as an ante-litem notice, last Monday evening the Hogansville Council rejected a notice that could result in a lawsuit. The situation dates back tO July 9, When Hogansville Police Officers responded to a disturbance at 106 Marshall Street. As a result of that call, Tracy Regina Johnson and Phillip Keith Brooks were arrested on multi- ple charges. On July 28, Hogansville City offi- cials, along with various Troup County officials, received a "Demand for the Preservation of Evidence" notice from the law firm of Sanchez Hayes and Associates, located in Tyrone. OTHERWISE known as an "anti-spoliation" notice, the documentation is a formal request to pre- serve evidence pertain- ing to the case. The State of Georgia . [ ,,.,reqq ir" es mat g 9-ve en- l: tat a uw es be served an case. ACCORDING to the incident report on the sit- uation, officers were first summoned to the address due to complaints of noise. Officers apparently attempted to simply ask Johnson, Brooks and oth- ers present to turn down their music. This was done, though allegedly not before disparaging comments were made at the officers. The report indicates that empty and partially empty alcoholic beverage containers were spotted in the front porch area Police officers main- tained a presence in the neighborhood and report- ed hearing more loud music coming from the address. Officer JeffShepherd then approached the house and asked again for the disturbance to end. From that point, the situation reportedly esca- lated with Shepherd, assisted later by other officers, becoming involved in a physical con- frontati6ti with Br00ks and Johnson. antelitem notice, provid- ing notice of intent to sue Brooks, 47, and before a lawsuit is actu- Johnson, 43, were both ally filed. The "demand subsequently charged for preservation of evi- with resisting/ obstruc- dence" does note the tion, noise prohibitions, potential for "anticipated disorderly conduct and litigation" regarding the public drunkenness. By ANDY KOBER ing foot patrols and this gar- nered praise during the meet- The Hogansville Police ing. Department was compli- mented while the COUNCIL member and Department of Mayor Pro-Tem Jean Crocker Transportation received neg- noted receiving very compli- ative comments during last mentary comments regard- Monday's council meeting, ing officers walking in neigh- Hogansville Police Chief borhoods. Brian Harr has officers walk- By walking in neighbor- hoods, officers have a chance GaDOT did not. "worse looking entry street the right-of-way, but then just to interact with the general For some time council coming into Hogansville."left the cuttings to turn brown public in non-emergency and members, especially Jimmy Because Ga. Hwy. 354 is and look even worse. non-stressful situations. Norred, have complained a state highway, GaDOT is City Manager James about the overgrowth of veg- responsible for maintaining Woods said GaDOT would be IT CAN also serve to build etation along Ga. Hwy. 54, the right-of-way, including contacted,: however it was trust between the police offi- from the Interstate into the cutting vegetation that is noted that keeping the road- cers and the community they downtown area. overgrowing the road. way clear couldbecome a city serve. Norred referred to the responsibility as city officials While the police depart-street as the "corridor into NORRED NOTED that a look to draw people from I- ment received compliments, town" and said it was the DOT work crew had cut along 85 to the downtown area. Photo submitted LOCAL AUTHOR HOLDS BOOK SIGNING - Crystal Jenkins Woods will be signing copies of her "Gravity" at Blue Train Books noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. "Gravity" is a collection of her poetry. A resident of LaGrange, Woods has being teaching at Columbus State University since 2002. Her subjects include composition, creative writing and interdisciplinaw arts class on modernism. By ANDY KOBER It was noted the city must raise rate increases $100,000 toward The Hogansville City were needed to the project, say- Council has approved an build funding ing "We have to increase in both water and required as build up cash sewage base rates, part of the over time." City Manager James USDA-funded Woods said the rate increas- expansion of the THE rate es, $3 each for both water city's sewage increases begin in and sewage, hadbeeninclud- treatment facility. September and will ed in the budget when it was not be the only rate approved. WOODS explained the increases as Hogansville residents can look forward to one or two more such increases. WOODS said that by increasing rates a little at a time, the city avoids a larg ,, rate increase in the future. The rate increases were unanimously approved dur- ing last Monday's council meeting. LaGrange Man Air Lifted to Atlanta By ANGELA BROWN T r o o p e r s found that AcrashresaltedinaLaGrangeman Martin has being air lifted to Atlanta Medical been driving Center after wrecking his vehicle, on suspend- Ronnie Martin, 57 was traveling ed license, westbound on Georgia Highway 109 in but he didn't a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis when have a limit- the accident happened, ed permit to According to reports filed by travel to Georgia State Patrol Post 34 in work and Manchester, Martin ran off the road- school only. way and became out of control. Troopers After his vehicle hit a small tree it was not able eventually ended up hitting a large pine to talk with tree. Martin was able to climb out of the car before EMS and Troopers arrived on scene. After investigating the accident, i!: was aidiftedto Atlanta Medical after i , id nt. located inside the vehicle: A Marietta Trooper from Post 9 did locate the driver at Atlanta Medical Center and he said that he fell asleep and the he had been drink- ing earlier the night before when he had three 16 oz. beers. Martin Martin, but received three they did overhear the eme~nCy vo!-: citations for DUI, driving in violation unteers indicate that they sfiielle a of conditions 0rlimited permit, failure strong odor of alcohol from him.to maintain lane and no proof of insur- An insurance card was a' anceJmotor vehicles.