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Even though he had already paid the $175 fine, the 17-year-old was taken to the Fulton County jail.

“Somebody made a mistake, and here I am having to be handcuffed in front of my coaches, my mom, my brother and my teammates,” Stephen said.

The arresting officer told Stephen’s mother, Marlene Kelsey, to call officials in Sandy Springs where the arrest warrant was issued. The police department there admitted their fault and called the Fulton County jail to tell officials to release her son, said Sandy Springs Lt. Steve Rose. Stephen was released early Tuesday.


Workplace shooter gets 50 years

INDIANAPOLIS — A man with a history of mental illness was sentenced yesterday to 50 years in prison for shooting and injuring four co-workers at an Easter Seals factory.

Jason Burnam, 24, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated battery last month in a plea agreement that allowed for a maximum sentence of 60 years.

He had told police that he shot the four “over respect.” His mother, Judy Burnam, said her son had complained that some co-workers teased him about his weight, which exceeds 300 pounds.

Superior Court Judge Carol Orbison said yesterday that Burnam’s premeditation and the fact that the shooting happened in a workplace influenced the lengthy sentence in the Jan. 11 shootings. The four victims had arm and leg wounds that were not life threatening.


Auto dealer vows to keep oversized flag

LAS VEGAS — An auto dealer vowed yesterday to fight a city order to take down the 109-foot pole from which he flies an American flag about the size of a competition volleyball court.

The City Council voted Wednesday to order the Towbin Hummer dealership to take down the 30-foot-by-60-foot flag after officials said the pole was too high and neighbors complained the flag flapped too loudly.

“The American flag stays,” dealership owner Dan Towbin declared. “I’m not convinced that people are complaining because of noise. This is about vindictiveness and power.”

The council action followed a similar decision in May. Mr. Towbin sued the city, and a state judge last month sent the issue back to the council, ruling that he should have been allowed to have an lawyer represent him before the body.

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