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BUT ONLY 77 CENTS FOR HOME DELIVERY Join the Discussions 2 Sections, 20 Pages Wednesday - July 17, 2019 Slain aunt feared nephew » Forsth woman had returned him to foster care due to threats By Will Davis Sunday morning at her home at publisher©mymcrnet 240 Tingle Road. “She was just a beautiful girl A Monroe County woman liVing for Jesus,” Amy Haines- killed by her nephew on sun- Ross of Forsyth said of O’Neal, day had just put the 15-year- her best friend. “She was too old boy into DFACS’ custody beautiful of a soul to die like because she was scared of hirn, that. She took the worst in and according to family friends. triefl to help him.” Dante Krieger, 15, is accused 0 Neal was the guardian for of shooting his aunt, Tryeflue both Krieger and Kriegers O’Neal, 42, in the head on mother, her sister, said Haines- Ross, and Krieger had lived with her for a few years. But re- cently she got a judge’s order to move Krieger out of her home and into foster care because she had so much trouble with him. “He was violent,” said Haines- Ross. “She was scared of him.” Krieger had been moved to a foster family in Newton See MURDER - PageSA Dante Krieger, left, is accused of killing his aunt Tryeflue O'Neal, right, on Sunday. LOCALS GRAPPLE WITH IMMIGRATION CRISIS By 4—3 vote, BOE won’t check immigration status Sheriff Brad Freeman displays fake identify cards the sheriff's office has Sherifszo sanctuary city here, buddy By Will Davis publisher©mymcrnet Monroe County deputies arrest- ed 58 illegal aliens in 2018,and sheriff Brad Freeman said federal authorities are increasingly will- ing to take them off the county’s hands for deportation. “There’s been a lot of progress,” see SHERIFF . Page 5A By Diane GIideonI news©mymcrnet After a rare debate, members of the Monroe County school board voted 4-3 last Tuesday, July 9 not to check students’ im- migration status before allowing them to attend county schools. The. board appmrscl a .retwrite ‘ dent Aséignriient to Schools” policy, including a policy of not checking immigra- tion status before letting stu- dents enroll despite push back from some board members. “Guidelines should apply to everyone or none,” said board member Greg Head, countering” superintendent Dr. Mike Hick- man’s assertion that it was the job of federal and state officials alone to check immigration. “Somebody has to start doing something.” Board member Stuart Pippin said the policy in effect gives illegal aliens a special exemp- tion to the residency, birth and vaccination forms the school system requires of American citizens. “Aren’t we contradicting our policy that you have to have all these forms to register?” asked Pippin. Head, Pippin and board mem— ber Eva Bilderback voted against the policy while chairman No— len Howard and board members ].P. Evans, Priscilla Doster and Judy Pettigrew approved it. Section II, Item 13 of the re-written policy reads, “The school syStem is not responsible for making determinations , regarding students’ immigratiOn and visa status. Immigrants, no-visa-holders, and .non- immigrant, foreign" students on various visas‘who meet age and residenty requirements Will be enrolled in accordance with the. provisions specified in the state enrollment rule.” Head asked what the school system required from illegal immigrant children to regis— ter them in the school system and was told that by state law the school system does not ask ' about their citizenship status. “We ask three questions about language,” said Technology Director Valerie Mercer. “We may defer them to English as a Second Language (ESL). We defer some to migrant status.” The questions deal with the child’s primary language, the See BOE - Page 5A Train Wreck at controversial crossing Tuesday accident may hurt city’s lawsuit aimed at keeping railroad crossing open City efforts to stop Norfolk Southern from closing its railroad crossing in front of Bryant's Collision may have hit a snag on Tuesday when the crossing had another train wreck. A Ford Fusion with a Butts. County tag tried to cross from Indian Springs Drive onto Railroad Avenue going toward Bryant's when it by a train heading toward the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. The train hit the car's passenger side (below), doing damage there, but the driver appeared to be OK. Norfolk Southern plans-to close the crossing but the city of Forsyth has filed suit to stop the closure citing the inconvenience to drivers. Judge Tommy Wilson has issued a stay barring the railroad from closing the crossing until a hearing can be held. Mayor Eric Wilson said the DOT has appointed an administrative law judge to hear the dispute. The city has asked the railroad to add safety features to the crossing, which had several bad wrecks in 2013. (Photo courtesy Cameron Hearn) was struck