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Big 10 for Jan. 18-25, 2013

ALBANY — These are the most read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Jan. 18 through Jan. 25, 2013. Click on the headlines to read the original stories.

1. Albany woman charged with child neglect after 'horrid' conditions discovered

ALBANY — An Albany woman has been charged with child neglect and cruelty after sheriff's deputies discovered that she and her seven children were living in conditions described as "horrid."

2. High school athlete charged in rape case

ALBANY — An 18-year-old star football player at Westover High School faces rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment charges, according to the Dougherty County Jail's automatic information system.

3. People's Choice Football Player of the Year Poll

The winner of the week-long poll was Lee County Running back Kenneth Hurley. The senior rushed for 1,233 yards (8.5 yards a carry) and made 38 receptions for 657 yards and accounted for 2,160 yards, counting returns. He scored 23 TDs and had two two-point conversions. He won with 37.7 percent of the total vote. Also nominated were Charles Stafford, of Monroe, Kh'ron McClain of Deerfield, Jacori Taylor of Early County, Jerkerious Scott of Terrell County and Anthony Smith of Monroe.

4. Leesburg bank teller convicted on 16 felonies

LEESBURG — Victoria Metz, an Albany resident and former Colony Bank teller in Leesburg, was found guilty of 16 felonies by a federal jury Wednesday, according to an email from U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore in the Middle District of Georgia.

5. Assistant principal's certification pulled

ALBANY — Monroe High School Assistant Principal Joey James' teaching certifications have been revoked by the State Professional Standards Commission and he faces a termination hearing before the Dougherty County School Board on Wednesday.

6. AR-15, high-capacity magazine, ammo sales spike locally

ALBANY — Area gun sellers say the uncertainly surrounding future gun control legislation has caused a spike in the sale of AR-15 rifles, high-capacity magazines and ammunition.

7. Woman stabbed in neck for ATM card

ALBANY, Ga. — Brandie Hurst of 176 Lovers Lane Road, Apt. B, was stabbed before noon on Wednesday by her husband, who then demanded her ATM card, said Capt. Tom Jackson with the Dougherty County Police Department.

8. Liberty Expressway site of fatal car crash

ALBANY, Ga. — A woman motorisrt died after losing control of a Buick Regal and smashing into a guard rail on the southbound side of Liberty Expressway just before the Blaylock Street exit about 4 p.m. Saturday, authorities confirmed.

9. Squawk of the Day - Jan. 24, 2013

"Why won’t people quit lying about seeing food stamps sold? Actual food stamps were phased out years ago. The new program sends out money by EBT — Electronic Benefit Transfer. They are accessed by cards similar to the ones other people use, but only for food."

10. Squawk of the Day - Jan. 18, 2013

"In 1989 my wife saved her life and that of my infant son. The attacker fled when she pulled her high capacity semi-auto pistol. A month later the same man abducted an unarmed woman and cut her throat ear to ear after raping her."