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April 3, 2019 Page 7A Reporter e One lane of 1-75 south will be dosed starting Tuesday, April 2 around the High Falls exit while workers spend two months rehabilitating the High Falls Road bridge. Then on April 8, the DOT will close one lane of 1-75 north at the High Falls exit as well for two months. The lane closures will be in effect for two months, until May 24, said the DOT. The DOT planned the closure to finish the work by Memorial Day Weekend. Continued from Front Martin was seeking more than $320,000 in puni- tive damages saying she was beaten in the Monroe County Jail by former Sgt. William Jackson in 2016. Jackson resigned in March 2017 and later pied guilty to using excessive force against Martin. Jackson had stopped Martin on 1-75 after her husband called 911 to re- port she was drinking and being irate as they traveled through Monroe County. Deputies also found mari- juana in Martin's luggage and she was arrested, taken to jail, and, according to her lawsuit, beaten while in handcuffs. Martin's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Macon in 2018. The incident, which was caught on videotape, reportedly started when Martin tried to head- butt and spit at Jackson. In her suit, Martin said they merely exchanged words and admitted that she was very intoxicated. But Jackson then pushed Martin against the wall and slapped, punched, kicked and elbowed her four times over several minutes, even while she was restrained and in handcuffs, said the lawsuit. The suit also names former sheriff John Cary Bittick, Sgt. Willie Brown, jailer Erandi Lopez and nurse Carolyn Prescott as defendants. Represented by attorney Chase Guerin of Macon, Martin's suit said that Lopez and Brown did nothing to stop the beat- ings, and that Brown even prevented one jailer from helping her. The lawsuit goes on to claim that Mar- tin was not allowed to see a doctor about her wounds for 32 days. The suit says Jackson used excessive force with willful and mali- cious intent to cause bodily injury, violating her Fourth and Fourteenth Amend- ment rights. The lawsuit also claimed that Monroe County has a custom of being deliberate- ly indifferent to the rights of individuals to be free from excessive force. The Sheriff's Office said it didn't discover the inappro- priate use of force until two months later, in September 2016, after reviewing the jail video. Then-Monroe County Sheriff ]ohn Cary Bittick immediately began an intemal investigation and placed Jackson on administrative leave and requested the GBI to inves- tigate. The GBI investigated and turned it over to the District Attorney's Office. After reviewing the case, district attorney Jonathan Adams called a special grand jury to present the case, and Jackson later pled guilty but served no prison time. Adams said at the time that Jackson had no prior complaints regarding his use of force and no prior disciplinary action during his 14-year career with the MCSO. And Adams said he thought that Jackson's first of three strikes on Mar- tin, with his right hand to her back, was appropriate because she was trying to head butt him. But Adams said the subsequent blows, a second one to her shoulder and a third one to her face, were excessive. Martin was handcuffed the entire time AT Personal Chef Painting/Power Washing Landscaping Errand/Shopping Services YOUR SERVICE 478-394-05'14 The City of Forsyth experienced a major sewer spill on March 20, 2019 at the South Wastewater Treatment Facility, GA0024732, located at 789 MontpelJer Road, Forsyth Ga. The violation is a Five Day Biochemical Oxygen Demand into the Slippery Rock Creek caused by a clarifier drive malfunction. The Corrective Action taken was (a) Repairs to the clarifier drive began im- mediately; (b) The surface sludge was pumped off daily to reduce the adverse effects caused by the clarifier drive malfunction; (c) Return Activated Sludge flow and Wasting was tripled to reduce effluent flow as much as possible on a daily basis; and (d) A separate 2 inch Godwin Pump was utilized to return additional flow from the clarifier to the aeration basin to reduce efflu- ent flow on a daily basis. Parks Map Who on !'be MayO~ ~,d Gty Council have ~ed a ce~,uh~ ~eam, ~:SW, ~o input th~g the pop~up e~e~t, Forsyth.J'/t place you are proud to call home" and was immobilized by a restraint wrap on Jackson's final blow, said Adams. Jackson resigned from the sheriff's office in March 2017. Among those handling the case for the NSA insur- ance company were Macon attorneys Jason Lewis and Taylor Bittick, the wife of former sheriff's candidate Lawson Bittick and daugh- ter-in-law of then-sheriff John Cary Bittick. Come out to the park and have a day of fun flying a kite Celebrate Kite Day Bring your kite, a picnic basket, and enjoy the park, food vendors, Inflatables and splash pad (if weather permits) while you are there. When: April 13, 2019 From: 10 am - 3 pm Where: Country Club Park 343 Country Club Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029 KITE DECORATING CONTEST We will have kite kits available for kids to make their own kite and decorate them. You can even enter it into the contest to win a prize. Drawing for the contest will be at 1:30 pro. (478) 994-7747 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Reunion Hosted By: Mr. Bill Querry HUBBARD ELEMENTARY TIGERS HUBBARD PRIMARY HUMMINGBIRDS May I have your attention please! May I please have your attentionl] The time now Js a good time to announce a Faculty and Staff Reunion. If you worked with Mr. Querry in any capacity during the years (1968-1998) while he was employed as a school principal, you are cordially invited to an Apprecia- tion Reunion. This invitation is extended to faculty and staff (ALL employees in the building), PTA officers, board of education members, central office personnel and bus drivers. This Appreciation Reunion will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the current Hubbard Elementary School, 558 Highway 83 S. in Forsyth. There will be a brief program beginning at 3:00 p.m. If you plan to attend this event, and we encourage you to do so, please RSVP to one of the following email addresses: janicewinters or (Next to Hobby Lobby and Cox I Mattresses As Low As $99 Cool Gel Memory Foam starting at $299 Adjustable bases starting at $499 0% Interest Financing and No Credit Needed. Financing Available! 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