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THIS WEEK'S INSIDE DEALS BADCOCK, SMARTSOURCE, nOtES, CVS, BASS PRO ~ ~ the Monroe County USPS 997-840 STILL JUST $1 IN RACKS BUT ONLY 77 CENTS FOR HOME DELIVERY Vol. 48 No. 38 4 Sections, 24 Pages Wednesday. September 18, 2019 JUSTICE IN BABY'S DEATH By Will I vil A Forsyth man was sen- tenced to life in prison on Tuesday for brutally beating to death the 8-month-old son who bore his name in 2017. Sanchez Dyron Ussery Sr 27, is expected to serve at least 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony murder in Monroe County Superior Court on Tuesday. He admitted to beatings that killed his 8-month-old son Sanchez Dyron Ussery Jr. on Aug. 10, 2017. Ussery Sr. had told deputies at the time that he found the baby unrespon- sive in his crib sometime after midnight and tried CPR on him on Aug. 10, 2017. The mother, LaTor- rica Allen, returned to their The late Sanchez Dyron Ussery Jr. Jeffrey Way home from work shortly thereafter and the baby was taken to the Monroe County Hospital emergency room where he was pronounced dead. Bruises were noted on the baby's body and Monroe County deputies were called. An autopsy revealed 15 bruises on the baby's body, including on his (Photo/Facebook) Sanchez Dyron Ussery Jr.LaTorrica Allen eyelid, ear, chin, stomach and chest, and 21 internal injuries that caused bleed- ing throughout the body. The autopsy determined the baby suffered broken ribs and died from exten- sive damage to his liver, said Adams. Judge Bill Fears sentenced Ussery on Tuesday. The mother pled guilty to negligence in her baby's death on Sept. 9 and was sentenced to two years in prison and eight additional years on probation. Adams said they had text messages and other evidence that LaTorrica Allen knew her boyfriend was abusing the baby and should not have left him in his care while she was working. Adams said the case is one of evil "Cases that involve the death of a child are always tragic, but when a parent causes the death in a brutal beating it's just evil,' said Adams. "I appreciate the hard work of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in helping us get a long prison sentence in this case" Warns businesses, homes will be forced to move By Diane Glidewell could very well lose those increasing truck traffic up folks. I think it would be a 1-75 destined for the freight shame. The truck lane isn't hub of Atlanta. A Forsyth councilman sounding like such a good DOT project manager is sounding the alarm that idea huh?" Matthew Fowler told the proposed truck lanes on Hewett reiterated those Reporter that they have 1-75 could be devastating to comments to council at the notified property own- the city. end of the Sept. 16 meeting, ers along 1-75 north that Councilman Chris urging council to go online they'll be surveying those Hewett told the Reporter and read about the truck- properties as they develop that E1 Tejado, the New only lanes. He said Forsyth the concept. He said the Forsyth Inn, the Hampton will lose over 100 properties DOT won't announce Inn, the KOA and even the offits tax roUs and have to that concept until an open new Zaxby's under con- move all of its utilities, house planned for the fall struction will be forced to "We'll be the most 2020, about one year from relocate or give up property impacted city" said Mayor now, and will begin buying if plans continue for new Eric Wilson. "Locust Grove right-of-way in 2021-22. truck lanes on 1-75 north doesn't have as much that Asked whether businesses between Macon and Mc- will be impacted along the like Zaxby's building along Donough. corridor as we do." 1-75 should continue, "We will go from a thriv- Georgia DOT has been Fowler said he wasn't in a ing, growing city to one working on the 1-75 Com- position to offer advice. The who loses pretty much mercial Vehicle Lane (CVL) DOT announced in August any business or home project, which is now that it will do impact stud- whose property touches estimated to cost $1.8 bil- ies, including a noise study 1-75 north or Frontage lion, since 2017. The main beginning the first quarter Road" said Hewett. impetus for the project is of 2021 and that first Open Hewett said as those busi- the rapid growth of the Port House in fall 2020. nesses and homes scramble of Savannah. The expansion The project plans two to find a place to go, "we of Georgia's port is bringing commercial vehicle only An aerial view of 1-75 at Forsyth's main exit, 187, shows El Tejado Mexican Restaurant and other sites on the left side could all be affected. (Google Earth) lanes northbound, to the right of existing general purpose lanes. The lanes are projected to be open to traf- fic in 2029. The preliminary planning phase is 2017-22, with procurement begin- ning at the end of 2022-24 and implementation from the end of 2024-mid 2029. One reason for choosing the portion ofi-75 from 1-475 to McDonough was that there is a lot of room in the median so there won't be as much of a need to ac- quire new land. Irma Pena, owner of E1Tejado said she and the owner of the adja- cent Econo Lodge both got letters about three months ago saying the DOT will be surveying their property. Pena said she just recently bought her restaurant space because it was too expen- sive to try to move. She said she doesn't know what will happen but said she's pretty sure they will want to buy her proper . By Richard Dumas fors#h@mymcnnet The Mary Persons Bulldogs will face e mostda g enge to date in 2019 when they host the top-ranked powerhouse Peach County Trojans at Dan Pitts Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. i5 6 The Bulldogs snapped a seven- game skid in the series in last year's Ill[ll[ !l[[lllJ!l! [l! [I[ Illcontest, taking a 28-7 halftime lead ,See DOGS Page 6A Friday, Sept. 20.7:30 p.m. Dan Pitts Stadium. Tickets: $10 LAST MIZI1NG: Sept. 14, 2018. MP 35, Peach Co. 21 PREDICTION: Peach Co. 42, Mary Persons 14