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The Big 10 for the week of Nov. 22-29, 2013

Dawson Mayor thinks his shooting was politically motivated tops the list of stories this week

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Dawson Mayor Christopher Wright, shown in this file photo, was seriously injured when a gunman opened fire on him Oct. 31 at his Dawson home. (Albany Herald file photo)

These were the 10 most-viewed stories at www.albanyherald.com for the week of Nov. 22-29.

1. Dawson mayor: Shooting was politically motivated

DAWSON — In his first public statement since being shot five times on Halloween night, Dawson Mayor Chris Wright told The Albany Herald on Thursday that he believes the attack was politically motivated.

2. Secret Santa surprises Albany’s less fortunate with $100 bills

ALBANY — The upcoming holidays were made a little brighter for many needy Albanians Tuesday When ‘Secret Santa’ slipped into town and began handing $100 bills to surprised people all over town.

3. Albany restaurant robbed at gunpoint

ALBANY — Officials with the Albany Police Department have confirmed that the Subway sandwich shop at 912 S. Slappey Blvd. was robbed at gunpoint around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

4. Man steals alligator from Flint RiverQuarium

ALBANY — A 40-year-old homeless man has been arrested for stealing an alligator from the Flint RiverQuarium on Thursday afternoon. According to reports, Hai Tang, of Gainesville, Ga., was charged with taking the 3-foot alligator, which aquarium workers recovered.

5. Dawson City Attorney Tommy Coleman says Mayor Chris Wright sought 24-hour police protection

DAWSON — Dawson City Attorney Tommy Coleman said Friday citizens here and others in the region concerned about the “no-protection” vote for Mayor Chris Wright taken by the Dawson City Council Thursday should understand more clearly what the council voted on before criticizing their action.

6. Woman uninjured in Albany knifepoint robbery

ALBANY — Police are searching for a man who robbed a 47-year-old woman at knife point at around 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon in southwest Albany. Albany Police Department officials described the armed robber as a black male about 5 feet 8 in height and 200 pounds in weight. He was last seen wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and black tennis shoes and was traveling on a red bicycle.

7. Lee County drops thriller to Mundy’s Mill

LEESBURG — It came down to the last two minutes and 26 seconds. The Lee County Trojans trailed the Tigers of Mundy’s Mill by six points in the second round of the GHSA playoffs late Friday. Win or lose, the Trojans had played arguably their greatest season in school history, entering the game with a record of 10-1.

8. Faith gives cancer survivor Dennis Vann strength

ALBANY — For those who dispute the contention that surviving cancer is an act of faith, meet Dennis Vann. Told three years ago that he had carcinoma at the base of his tongue that had started spreading down his throat, Vann “took about 15 minutes to have a pity party.” Then he turned everything over to God.

9. Albany area mental health officials say they’re prepared for hospital closing

ALBANY — Officials with the Albany Area Community Service Board reassured Dougherty County commissioners during their work session Monday that behavioral health patients who are being detained by law enforcement agencies as part of a “forensic population” would not be housed in the county’s mental health facilities.

10. Dougherty County Jail Report - Nov. 25, 2013

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Nov. 14-21, 2013. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.