The Big 10: Feb. 14-21, 2014

The most-read stories for the week of Feb. 14 - 21 at www.albanyherald.com


Dr. Thomas Paschal, in wheelchair, is helped into the courtroom by then Dougherty County Assistant District Attorney Earl Jones and Sheriff's Deputy Jim Carson in this court appearance in 1988. Paschal was found dead in his home Tuesday night in what Albany Police Department officials are describing as a suspicious death. (Albany Herald file photo)

Here are the 10 most read stories for the week of Feb. 14-21 at www.albanyherald.com

1. Albany physician found dead in his home

ALBANY — Dr. Thomas “Tom” Paschal was found dead in his Third Avenue residence Tuesday night in what Albany police were investigating Wednesday as a “suspicious death.” Authorities said he may have died from a gunshot wound.

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2. Albany doctor found dead had ‘intra-oral’ gunshot wound

ALBANY — Dr. Thomas Paschal died from a single gunshot in the mouth, Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler said. Fowler this afternoon described the wound as an “intra-oral” gunshot wound.

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3. Whistle-blowing Westover teacher’s contract in jeopardy

ALBANY — Dougherty County School Interim School Supt. Butch Mosely has recommended that the contract of Westover coach and teacher Kevin Fretwell be terminated. Sources, however, say the termination letter has not been delivered and negotiations are under way with Fretwell’s attorney, Kelly Boswell, to allow him to change schools and resign at the end of the school year.

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4. Another rural hospital closed

ATLANTA — Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southeast Georgia has closed due to financial problems, becoming the state’s fourth rural hospital to do so in the past two years. The 25-bed “critical access” hospital in Glenwood, in Wheeler County, is looking to restructure, its CEO said in a statement.

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5. Dougherty School Board OKs grade-changing settlement between Kevin Fretwell and the district

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a settlement agreement between the DCSS and Westover teacher and coach Kevin Fretwell, who admitted to releasing student records to The Albany Herald in a recent grade-changing incident at Westover High School.

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6. Lee sheriff report: Shot fired leads to drug bust

ALBANY, Ga. — A woman ended an argument with a .38 caliber gunshot that led to four arrests, including one for drug possession, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report. Thomas Paschal met deputies at the Beef O’Brady’s restaurant on the 1500 block of South U.S. Highway 19 at about 11 p.m. Aug. 20 to report he was shot at, the report said. No injuries were reported.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a story from Aug. 30, 2011 related to the recent death of Tom Paschal)

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7. Parents of Albany murder victim to sue monitoring company

ALBANY — The family of an Albany murder victim plans to file suit against an electronic monitoring service they say allowed the suspects in the case to violate their house arrest orders.

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8. Dougherty County Jail Report - Feb. 6-12, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Jan. 30 through Feb. 6-12, 2014. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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9. Dougherty County grand jury issues indictments

ALBANY — A Dougherty County grand jury has issued a number of indictments,, including charges for felony murder and vehicular homicide.

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10. Lamar Reese gets birthday surprise at his elementary school

ALBANY — Albany’s Lamar Reese often reads to students at the school on Lily Pond Road which bears his name. But when he stepped in to the Lamar Reese Elementary Magnet School’s gymnasium Friday, he was greeted with the shock of a lifetime.

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