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THIS WEEK'S INSIDE DEALS c v s iN G L E s s M A R T S 0 U R C E ~1~~~1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ STILL JUST $1 the Monroe County IN RACKS USPS 997-840 Join the Discussions BUT ONLY 77 CENTS FOR HOME DELIVERY Vol. 48 No. 28 , 2 Sections, 20 Pages Wednesday July 10, 2019 l Iov l ,dydm SEE PAGE 2A By Diane Glidewell and adult leaders on an annual mission trip to Marshall County, N.C. in Appalachia. Thieves stole the Forsyth United Youth minister Jody Barfield Methodist Church van late Mon- said the youth group had returned day night/early Tuesday morning, from an activity late Monday July 1-2. Targeting the down- night and parked the van in a town church known for helping lighted area in front of the church about 11:30 p.m. By 8 a.m. when people throughout the commu- nity, criminals took the church's preschool workers arrived at the 15-passenger van less than a week church all that remained where before it was slated to take youth See VAN Page 5A Police are looking for this van that was stolen from Forsyth UMC just before a mission trip to North Carolina. (Special to the Re- porter) :L SEE PAGE 2B DEA111S Mary Lynda Stevenson Pills Paul Allen Vandagriff Kay Hilsman Lariscy INDEX MCR VENT. 3A Opinion ~ Letters 4A Sports :IB Community : i 1C Public Record 7C Classl d 1D Legals : L:L.2D TO THE FAMILY Lynn Clark Chris Calmer was carried out of one of the hearings leading up to his trial for murder on a stretcher due to complaints of pain. Calmer was convicted but is now appealing, saying in part that he was acting in self-defense. (File photo) NoEFT B DCE II ERS Convicted killer plays victim card in appeal m im m m m m a i i i m i m m By Richard Dumas Convicted cop killer Christopher Calmer began his appeal of his murder conviction on Monday with his attor- ney telling Judge Tommy Wilson that, among other things, he had the right to use deadly force to defend his home. Attorneys for Calmer, who was convicted in June 2017 of the murder of Monroe County Police say they found pot in this Maxima Ili[!!![[lll ILII! !!l!l]l II totalled after highchase -speedit was that in a 8 ended on Hwy. 41 near 1-475. 8 3 Michael NORRIS Sheriff's Dep. Norris in September 2014, raised six objections on Monday that they believe should result in Wilson throwing out the guilty verdict. Monroe County Dis- trict Attorney Jonathan Adams said Calmer's attorneys, led by Gabri- elle Pittman, appealed that 1.) Calmer had the right to use deadly force in defense of his home 2.) Calmer had the right to use deadly force in self-defense 3.) Wilson, who presided over to original trial, should have given a jury charge for temporary insanity based on delu- sion 4.) Wilson should have given a jury charge for voluntary and involuntary manslaughter 5.) The state's evidence was insufficient to support a murder conviction and 6.) The jury should have found Calmer not-guilty by reason of insanity. Adams said neither of the first two objections are valid because Calmer never testified himself that he was defending himself or his home. He said the third objection was raised See CALMER Page 5A A Georgia state trooper and two sus- peas he was chasing were all hospital- ized after they wrecked in a high-speed pursuit on Hw3a 41 in the wee hours of June 29. State trooper Alan Rhodes, a mem- ber of the Georgia State Patrol's Night Hawk unit, tried to stop a black Nis- san Maxima in Macon around 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. But the Maxima took off at speeds of 120 mph and fled up Hw)r. 41 into Monroe County near Bolingbroke. As the chase went north on Hwy. 41 Monroe County on Tuesday sweetened the pot to try to land mother distribution warehouse, this one on Hw . 83 just north ofi-75. The county's devdopment authority extended a lO-year tax break offer made in Mayto 20 years for what it's calling Project Fireball The authority also of- fered $50,000 in cash up front flit lands the prospect, which would be similar to the new Five Below warehouse in Smarr. While the unnamed company is still considering several sites vying to land its new warehouse, it has begun the process of re- zoning a 130-acre tract for the warehouse ifForsyth wins. Duke Realty of Peachtree Comers is asking Monroe County to rezone 130 acres on Hw~. 83 from agricultural zoning to industrial The property is currently owned by Wriday of Macon. The application notes that the property is less than a mile from 1-75 and is already surrounded by commercial properties, induding a commer- cial tire store and wrecker service. The application also notes that the dty of Forsyth has already committed to providing water, sewer and power to the prop- en3r, and points out that a new development at the interstate will add many eating options for the growing employment base. Duke also notes that it's already talking to the DOT about adding turn lanes to Hw~. 83. Meanwhile, the authority is hoping soon to final- ize so-called Projea X, which would bringl30 jobs to a new refrigerated warehouse in Smarr next to the Five Below site. The authority has offered that project a 10-year tax break as well, and it's expected to dose soon. A new warehouse may go here on Hwy. 83. (Haisten) near the 1-475 bridge, Rhodes tapped the back of the Maxima, which over- turned and landed between the railroad tracks and 41, while Rhodes' patrol car struck a tree. The driver, Jeremiah Scott, 22, of Ma- con, and his passenger, Ashton Wilson, 32, of Macon, were taken to Navicent Health, as was Rhodes, as a precaution. Investigators found marijuana in the vehicle and Scott was charged with DUI, hit-and-run, possession of marijuana, fleeing, reckless driving, no headlight, failure to stop and speeding.