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17 deaths this year attributed to synthetic opiods
Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is issuing a public safety alert regarding illegal synthetic opioids. In the last four months, 17 deaths have been caused by the drugs U-47700 and/or furanyl fentanyl, equal to the number for all of 2016.
U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin. U-47700 has a street name of “pink.”
Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States. The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form.
This story was originally printed in the October 13, 2016 edition of the Pickens Progress. This article has been referenced several times publicly, most recently at a Pickens Seniors for Change meeting and in a Letter to the Editor, which cited it as being inaccurate. We stand by the original story and are reposting it exactly as it was printed.
At a recent meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry referenced an article published in the AJC back in August titled “Teacher Pay in Georgia: Which Georgia school system pays teachers most?” The article ranked Pickens
with the ninth highest paid teachers in the state, on aver- age.
Dr. Perry and the board appeared pleased with the ranking and expressed their support for teachers. The Progress followed up with a few questions to find out a little more about why teachers here make about $4,000 more annually than the state average of $54,750, and to learn how teacher pay is calculated.
Upcoming reality show and documentary will feature Mike Cain
Left: Mike Cain with a coyote caught at the
Pickens airport. Cain’s daily work as a trapper is the subject of a reality show in the works.
Right: Trappers Mike Cain and Tim Chancey with a big hog caught this week near Monument Road. The old boar was keeping other pigs out of the trap. Cain hopes with this one gone, he can quickly catch the “sounder.”
Mike Cain, the colorful owner of Cain’s Wildlife Removal, will soon be taking his critter-catching work to televised audiences with both a documentary and a reality show coming.
Cain, who has trapped coyote, beaver, wild pigs; removed squirrels, bats and raccoons from attics; and posted online videos of the work, caught the attention of filmmakers this year.
He has a part in a documentary about coyotes in Georgia for Netflix, and a part in a separate reality show he described as along the lines of popular Duck Dynasty.
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Execution Date Set for J.W. Ledford, Jr., Convicted of Murder
April 26, 2017
ATLANTA, GA –Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr offers the following information in the case against J.W. Ledford, Jr., who is currently scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of Dr. Harry Buchanan Johnston, Jr.
Ledford has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings. Accordingly, the Superior Court of Murray County today filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of J.W. Ledford, Jr. may occur begining at noon, May 16, 2017 and ending 7 days later at noon on May 23, 2017.
Ledford’s Crime (January 31, 1992)
The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:
The defendant, J. W. Ledford, Jr. was convicted of the malice murder of Dr. Harry Buchanan Johnston, Jr., as well as two counts of armed robbery, one count of burglary, and one count of kidnapping Dr. Johnston's wife, Antoinette. The jury recommended that a sentence of death be imposed for the conviction of malice murder, and the trial court sentenced him to death. The trial court also sentenced the defendant to two consecutive life sentences and two twenty-year concurrent terms for the remaining offenses.