The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on April 5, 2005 · B4
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He said he remembered driving through Canton, and then became disoriented. He stopped at Endres’ salon on a remote stretch of Ga. 369 in the north Forsyth County community of Matt. There he met Endres, who resembled some other women Jones is suspected of killing. Paxton said Endres was forced to leave with the armed Jones, leaving some cash and an unlocked business. Police decline to describe the weapon. Based on Jones’ confession in interviews to Forsyth County deputies in January, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Endres’ remains at Sweetwater Creek at the Riverside Parkway bridge near the Chattahoochee River. They used dogs specially trained to find cadavers. The cadaver dogs have at least twice indicated that a body was once there. Investigators brought the state forensics anthropologist to advise them, and they set up a grid to comb through the vegetation and debris for any evidence, said Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland. They collected soil in hopes of finding Endres’ DNA there, but laboratory analysis is still pending. Because of rains and floods, the body may have washed downstream and any DNA may have been flushed away as well. Divers also have not had any luck finding Endres. Paxton said evidence at the salon is scant as well. “In some places, you can collect hair samples as evidence, but my God, it’s a hair salon, there was hair everywhere,” he said. “There were fingerprints on top of fingerprints. Just the setting itself was one the biggest obstacles we faced.” Next, investigators likely will search other bridges in Douglas County in case Jones misidentified the location, and they may conduct an aerial search as well, Copeland said. Endres’ father, Richard “Dick” Tamber, said he preferred not to talk about the case Monday. Other relatives could not be reached. Paxton and Copeland said they’re uncertain whether Jones will be charged in Endres’ disappearance and alleged death. “He’s been very forthright in three different interviews, but it’s been hard to confirm it,” Paxton said. “To some degree he’s already told us things only the person involved would know, things we haven’t shared. But you just don’t charge someone based on a confession. There has to be corroboration. Sometimes people confess for the notoriety or just to play games.” The disappearance of Endres, a devoted mother and popular businesswoman, sent a chill through Matt. Homes and businesses tied yellow ribbons around trees and distributed hundreds of fliers with her picture on them. People had carwashes to raise money for a reward fund that topped out at $17,000. The family hired a psychic. And the “America’s Most Wanted” television program taped a reenactment of her suspected abduction, but it never aired. Mike Becker, owner of Fred’s Beds about 2 1 ⁄ 2 miles from the salon, said he is alarmed by the random nature of the violence. “Back then it was free and easy,” Becker said of the time before Endres vanished. “We trusted everybody. My fiancée would be here by herself while I went to the store.” Becker now has a policy that no women stay at the shop alone. Photos by BOB ANDRES / Staff Yellow ribbons remain at a few residences in north Forsyth County, as friends pray that Patrice Endres will miraculously turn up alive a year after she vanished. But the confession of an alleged serial killer, if true, means there is no hope. This animal grooming business was a beauty salon last April, when Patrice Endres vanished from it while working alone. Police say she was kidnapped, raped and murdered. Missing: Confession may not be sufficient ➤ Continued from B1 _____________________________________________________________________________________ Riverside Pkwy. bridge DOUGLAS COUNTY FULTON COUNTY Mile 1/4 0 POLICE SEARCH FOR BODY Riverside Parkway bridge over Sweetwater Creek is where Jeremy Bryan Jones told Forsyth County investigators that he dumped Patrice Endres’ body in April 2004. 285 575 75 400 Miles 20 0 Atlanta FORSYTH DOUGLAS 369 Area of detail 85 20 Douglasville FFORSORSYYTHTH COUNTCOUNTYY FORSYTH COUNTY DOUGLAS COUNTY Matt Cumming Sweetwater Creek Matt WALTER CUMMING / Staff TOM BAXTER POLITICAL INSIDER JIM GALLOWAY The Legislature’s gone, which means politicians can now concentrate on the basics: Raising money for the next campaign. On Monday, Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) sent out an email announcing plans for an April 20 fund-raiser. Apparently, he’s looking for a sliver of those dollars that doctors expect to save on their insurance premiums. “We are aiming at a tort- reform-thank-you theme,” Johnson wrote. A jackpot for Reed On Monday, Ralph Reed announced his campaign for lieutenant governor had raised $585,000 last week at a Cobb County event. “The reception is believed to be the largest single event ever for a Republican down-the-ballot, statewide candidate,” said the news release. We could find no one to dispute the statement. Fifteen months away from the primary, the purpose of this kind of activity is to generate an air of inevitability, and to put a chill on the other guy’s contributions. State Sen. Casey Cagle (R- Gainesville) said it isn’t working. His campaign announced $125,000 raised since Friday — as a legislator, he’s been barred from soliciting contributions since January. “We’re not afraid of Ralph, we’re not getting out. And our donors aren’t being frightened away,” said Elizabeth Dewberry, spokeswoman for the Cagle campaign. Cagle let it be known that he’s signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to oppose all tax increases — as Reed already had done. But Cagle has also promised not to accept money “from liberal causes, including gambling interests.” So that’s how it’s going to be played. A different dome What’s House Speaker Glenn Richardson doing to unwind after his first grueling session with the gavel in his hand? On Monday, he and his family were getting an insider’s tour of the U.S. Capitol, courtesy of U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland, who served with Richardson in the state House, said his tour included a stop by U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s office, and a trip to the top of the Capitol dome for a view he said was “knockdown gorgeous.” We wonder if any of the conversation had to do with the respective political futures of these two rising Republicans, who worked together this year in the redrawing of the state’s congressional map. The BlackBerry season For all its tradition, the General Assembly isn’t immune to technology. The cellphone and the laptop have wrought great changes in the texture of legislative life, transforming attention spans and lines of communications. This was the year of the BlackBerry, of fingers flying over tiny keyboards. On the last day of the session, state Sen. Don Balfour rose to announce an impasse in the negotiations over the ethics bill — and to warn of an extra, 40th day. House Majority Leader Jerry Keen got no advanced word of the brinkmanship from Balfour. A lobbyist emailed the news to Keen’s BlackBerry as it happened. Keen was in the well within minutes, responding almost before Balfour had finished. Doctors wanted, to deliver a bundle RMAIN0405OB4RMAI50405OB4FMAIR0405OB4 Replate 4B 4B RR RR *CNZ05OB004CY* *CNZ05OB004CY* *CNZ05OB004MA* *CNZ05OB004MA* *CNZ05OB004YE* *CNZ05OB004YE* *CNZ05OB004KB* *CNZ05OB004KB* BlueRedYellowBlack Blue RedYellowBlack B4 Tuesday, April 5, 2005 / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6 By BILL RANKIN After five years of litigation and repeated changes, Avondale Estates’ controversial sign ordinance still contains provisions that are unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. Four parts of the city ordinance must be changed, U.S. District Court Judge Julie Carnes said in an 88-page order signed last week. Carnes upheld eight other facets of the ordinance, which has been under legal attack since 2000. When the lawsuit was filed by residents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, the DeKalb County city banned all signs in residential areas except house numbers, historic markers, original house designations and street identification numbers. Avondale Estates amended the ordinance five times over the next four years, apparently in response to the lawsuit. “These amendments have had a positive effect,” Carnes wrote. “Nevertheless, this unending amendment process has created a constantly moving target that has been burdensome for this court and particularly for the plaintiffs.” Carnes ruled unconstitutional: ➤ An exemption for seasonal displays from a provision requiring all other signs to be posted 10 feet from the sidewalk or, if a sidewalk doesn’t exist, 15 feet from the road. ➤ The inconsistent enforcement of a provision regulating flags that display a logo, message or statement. ➤ A sign marking a planned development known as the “Condominium of Avondale Estates.” ➤ A decision not to enforce the ordinance against noncompliant signs that were in place before the city’s code enforcement officer and city manager assumed their positions. “The city has gotten closer to respecting the First Amendment,” ACLU lawyer Neil Bradley said Monday. “But the court agreed that they still continue to violate the Constitution in many respects.” City Manager Warren Hutmacher said officials will study the ruling and consult with the city’s attorneys before deciding what course of action to take next. Alter sign law, judge orders But jurist upholds some parts of Avondale rule By KATHY JEFCOATS Each morning, like clockwork, the school bus arrives at the foot of a driveway on Ryan Road in Clayton County. The only problem? That bus stop is outside the home of a convicted child molester. And if it weren’t for a curious mom, no one might have known. LaTonya Jackson, whose 14-year-old daughter uses the bus stop, learned the child molester lives in the house in Conley after poring over an online sex offender registry maintained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “I was stunned,” said Jackson, who decided to do the research after a 9-year-old Florida girl was raped and killed, police say, by a registered sex offender. Jackson alerted Clayton County school officials, who are moving the stop — and rearranging the route to avoid the man’s house altogether, said schools spokesman Charles White. White stressed that no students have complained about the man. “Sex offenders live everywhere and have the right to live anywhere,” White said. “He’s paid his debt to society. But we try to be safety- conscious when it comes to our students. I applaud the efforts of the mother to bring this to our attention.” Clayton County schools are on spring break this week. White said the bus stop will be changed by April 14 — at the latest. And the school system, he said, will work harder to keep up with registered sex offenders. “This is a stop that has been used for many years,” White said. “Last year’s annual check of the sex offender registry did not show up an offender at this address.” It’s not clear how long the man has lived at the house, but the state’s online registry shows he verified the Ryan Road address Dec. 27. The Georgia Department of Corrections Web site shows the man was convicted of one count of child molestation in 1989 and was sentenced to 10 years. Property records show the home is owned by a former employee of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, who lives at the house and rents some of it out. _________________________________________________________________________________________ ➤ ON THE WEB: The list of registered sex offenders in Georgia can be found at: Clayton mom finds sex offender, gets bus stop moved megachurch, Becca served as a mentor to a group of fifth- graders. She taught Bible lessons, and the younger girls looked up to her as a big sister, sometimes sharing their problems at home or school. “She just loved lovin’ on kids,” Taylor said. “She was a positive role model.” Jess excelled as an actress and an athlete at Northview, said Fulton schools spokeswoman Susan Hale. She had performed in several school musical productions, as well as the chorus, and played on the volleyball team one year. The mother of the two sisters was 47 when she was killed last year, leaving four daughters. She was driving in south Forsyth County when her car collided with another on Peachtree Parkway. — Staff writer John Ghirardini and staff researchers Alice Wertheim and Richard Hallman contributed to this article. Crash: Tragedy piled on tragedy ➤ Continued from B1 _________________________________________________________________________________________ By BOB KEMPER Washington — Georgia lost its seat Monday on a commission that will oversee the closing of military bases this year. President Bush formally notified the Senate that he was withdrawing retired Army Lt. Gen. Claude Kicklighter’s nomination to that panel. Kicklighter, a Georgia native and chief of staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs, was replaced on the nine-member panel by retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton of Connecticut. Officials familiar with the nomination said Kicklighter knew from the start that he would be replaced. Kicklighter could not be reached Monday for comment. Bush submitted Kicklighter’s name to the Senate to meet a statutory deadline because another would-be nominee, retired Army Gen. John Coburn, could not be cleared in time, those officials said. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist had nominated Coburn and selected Newton to replace him, officials said. Georgia has 13 military installations that could be closed or revamped in the base-closing process. The state escaped previous rounds of closings unscathed. Bush acted after Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) blocked a vote last month on one of Bush’s nominees to protest the closings. Ga. loses its spot on base panel

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