Fran Jeffries

Fran Jeffries is a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Clayton County man gets 18 years for string of armed robberies
 In the span of about a month, a 24-year-old Jonesboro man committed a string of armed robberies, hitting six businesses in Clayton and Henry counties, according to authorities. Anthony Paul Smith has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for his short, violent crime spree that started on Dec. 10, 2013 when he entered a Papa John&rsquo...

5:02 PM Thursday, Jan. 07, 2016

In the span of about a month, a 24-year-old Jonesboro man committed a string of armed robberies, hitting six businesses in Clayton and Henry counties, according to authorities. Anthony Paul Smith has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for his short, violent crime spree that started on Dec. 10, 2013 when he entered a Papa John&rsquo...
Brookhaven man arrested on child porn charges
 A 43-year-old Brookhaven man has been arrested on child porn charges. Jason Douglas Kingry faces several charges, including sexual exploitation of children, according to Brookhaven police spokesman Officer Carlos Nino. Kingry was arrested on Oct. 15. The arrest stems from an investigation involving Brookhaven police detectives and GBI agents...

2:57 PM Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

A 43-year-old Brookhaven man has been arrested on child porn charges. Jason Douglas Kingry faces several charges, including sexual exploitation of children, according to Brookhaven police spokesman Officer Carlos Nino. Kingry was arrested on Oct. 15. The arrest stems from an investigation involving Brookhaven police detectives and GBI agents...
Animal cruelty: Dog may have been left in crate in ditch for weeks
 Who would wrap a tiny dog in a blanket, lock him in a crate and leave him in a ditch on the side of the road? On Thursday, an animal control officer found a severely emaciated and dehydrated schnauzer poodle mix at the intersection of Rotondo Way and Rotondo Place in Norcross after receiving a call about the dog from a passerby, according...

9:09 PM Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Who would wrap a tiny dog in a blanket, lock him in a crate and leave him in a ditch on the side of the road? On Thursday, an animal control officer found a severely emaciated and dehydrated schnauzer poodle mix at the intersection of Rotondo Way and Rotondo Place in Norcross after receiving a call about the dog from a passerby, according...
Church members vote to oust Ga. pastor who banned 103-year-old member
 The fight continues between a pastor who recently banned a 103-year-old woman from a church in Elberton and church members who want to oust him. The Rev. Tim Mattox, pastor of Mount Grove Baptist Church, received national attention after he banned Genora H. Biggs, who had attended the church for 92 years. Police were called to the church...

4:34 PM Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015

The fight continues between a pastor who recently banned a 103-year-old woman from a church in Elberton and church members who want to oust him. The Rev. Tim Mattox, pastor of Mount Grove Baptist Church, received national attention after he banned Genora H. Biggs, who had attended the church for 92 years. Police were called to the church...
Comedian Sheryl Underwood apologizes for ‘nappy hair’ comments

8:09 PM Friday, Sep. 18, 2015

Sheryl Underwood recently bared her soul and her natural hair during an apology for disparaging comments she made about nappy hair two years ago. In 2013, the wig-wearing comedian incurred the wrath of natural black hair enthusiasts when she spouted offensive hair comments on CBS’ The Talk. The backlash began immediately after Underwood...
Police: Man tries to abduct 10-month-old girl from car in Norcross
 A visit to McDonald’s turned terrifying for a woman in Norcross when a man allegedly tried to take her 10-month-old daughter from the backseat of her car in the restaurant’s parking lot Wednesday morning. Sterlyn Reynolds, 19, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and cruelty to children and was taken to the Gwinnett County...

5:25 PM Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015

A visit to McDonald’s turned terrifying for a woman in Norcross when a man allegedly tried to take her 10-month-old daughter from the backseat of her car in the restaurant’s parking lot Wednesday morning. Sterlyn Reynolds, 19, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and cruelty to children and was taken to the Gwinnett County...
$5,000 reward offered in fatal shooting of man with toddler
 A local advocacy group is offering a $5000 reward to help police find whoever fatally shot an Atlanta man in front of his three-year-old daughter at a bus stop Tuesday. The United Youth-Adult Conference announced the reward at a news conference Thursday on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway across the street from the MARTA bus stop where Dantavious...

7:07 PM Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

A local advocacy group is offering a $5000 reward to help police find whoever fatally shot an Atlanta man in front of his three-year-old daughter at a bus stop Tuesday. The United Youth-Adult Conference announced the reward at a news conference Thursday on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway across the street from the MARTA bus stop where Dantavious...
Stockbridge man wins $339,503 in Georgia Lottery game
 Like April rain showers, cash is raining down on a Stockbridge man who has won the $339,503 jackpot in the Georgia Lottery Fantasy 5 game. Bower Kardocky claimed his prize April 13 at the Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta. His winning Quik Pik ticket was sold at Peters Food Mart, 3311 Jodeco Road, in Jonesboro. The winning ticket matched...

5:10 PM Friday, Apr. 17, 2015

Like April rain showers, cash is raining down on a Stockbridge man who has won the $339,503 jackpot in the Georgia Lottery Fantasy 5 game. Bower Kardocky claimed his prize April 13 at the Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta. His winning Quik Pik ticket was sold at Peters Food Mart, 3311 Jodeco Road, in Jonesboro. The winning ticket matched...
Centenarians share some of their secrets to longevity
 Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest person at 117, died today in Osaka, Japan. She was the third person ever to reach 117, according to Guinness World Records. Over the years, Okawa has credited her amazing longevity to, among other things, eating sushi and getting a good night’s sleep. When Okawa celebrated her 117 birthday on March...

7:57 PM Wednesday, Apr. 01, 2015

Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest person at 117, died today in Osaka, Japan. She was the third person ever to reach 117, according to Guinness World Records. Over the years, Okawa has credited her amazing longevity to, among other things, eating sushi and getting a good night’s sleep. When Okawa celebrated her 117 birthday on March...
Woman stabbed to death in Riverdale identified
 Clayton County police have released the identity of a woman who was fatally stabbed in Riverdale Saturday. Keteria Benton, 56, of Riverdale, was stabbed to death at a home in the 200 block of Valley Hill Road. Police went to the home after a man called to report that he had stabbed his girlfriend. Police released no other detail about the...

7:58 PM Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015

Clayton County police have released the identity of a woman who was fatally stabbed in Riverdale Saturday. Keteria Benton, 56, of Riverdale, was stabbed to death at a home in the 200 block of Valley Hill Road. Police went to the home after a man called to report that he had stabbed his girlfriend. Police released no other detail about the...
Alabama man wins $450K on Ga. Lottery ticket

3:49 PM Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015

An Alabama man went back home extra happy after winning $450,000 from a Georgia lottery instant ticket. Matthew Spraggins, of Phenix City, Ala., bought his lucky Big Money scratch-off ticket at Smoke Rise Chevron, at 288 Powers Ferry Road, in Marietta. The ticket cost $5. Not a bad investment and definitely worth the trip. Meanwhile, an Atlanta...