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Two Men Convicted of Animal Cruelty in Sandersville

Two Men Convicted of Animal Cruelty in Sandersville

A jury convicted two men of mistreating dozens of dogs in Washington County, according to Hayward Altman, district attorney for the Middle Judicial Circuit.

He says Derrick Daniels of DeKalb County and Billy Taylor Junior of Sandersville were convicted of 26 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

He says Daniels was sentenced to five years in state prison and five years of probation.


Taylor was sentenced to one year in county jail and nine years of probation, he says.


Altman said the dogs' injuries pointed to dog fighting, but prosecutors couldn't prove that, so the jury found them not guilty on two felony counts: dog fighting and aggravated animal cruelty.

The charges came after a February raid in Sandersville, where deputies said they found dozens of dead dogs and 26 more that were starving and freezing.

My Teacher is Tops

"Good morning Ms. Archer, I am Junior Journalist Daylin Dean and you are this week's my Teacher is Tops winner."

Students in Ms. Archer's seventh grade reading class all agree on one thing.

Jada Chappele says "She is a nice person."

Diamond Mearidy says "She is a loving and caring person."

Curtis Stephens also says "Very nice, all the nice words you can think of that's what she is."

Ms. Archer has been teaching for six years and says being a teacher is more than what it seems.

"You're able to get to know their personalities, you're able to interact with them on a daily basis."

Seventh grader Katelyn Lord has a message for those who don't have Ms. Archer.

"You're really missing out, she is really good." says Katelyn.

Archer says when her students move on to the eighth grade she hope they remember her.

Man Charged With Running Illegal Club

Man Charged With Running Illegal Club

Washington County's sheriff says his deputies raided an illegal nightclub and shut it down, two nights before the Super Bowl.

Around 6 p.m. Friday, deputies and officers from the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force raided the Blue Moon on Parson Lane, Sandersville, according to Sheriff Thomas Smith.

He says his office has gotten repeated complaints from neighbors, "almost every weekend," about loud music, gunfire, assaults and an armed robbery at the unlicensed club.

On weekend nights, as many as 200 to 300 crowd around inside and outside the tiny club, he says. The Blue Moon features pool tables and sometimes a DJ.

Smith says officers seized about $2,000 worth of alcohol at the club.

"They had just purchased a tremendous amount of alcohol for the Super Bowl, so we sort of rained on their parade," he said.

Job Market Thursday | Job Openings in Central Ga.

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ to share several open jobs in the Central Georgia area. 

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

The jobs are updated here weekly.

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. You can also check out other jobs on the Georgia Department of Labor's website.

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