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Filename: E1-METRO-AJCD1208-5Star Date/Time created: Dec 8 2005 1:12:26:100AM Username: SPEED2 AJCD1208-5STR Thursday, Dec 08, 2005 METRO 1 E 5STR 1 E Cyan Magenta Yellow Black *SUZ21OA001KB* $EGL+*A3))*=4$ 1 E Cyan Magenta Yellow Black 5STR METRO Filename: E1-METRO-AJCD1208-5Star Date/Time created: Dec 8 2005 1:12:26:103AM Username: SPEED2 E THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2005 ★★★★★ Group insurance salesman Gene Marsh built log cabins and played a mean game of golf and tennis. OBITUARIES INSIDE ajc E14 THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION CHECK FOR BREAKING NEWS UPDATES AT AJC.COM Tie Atlanta Journal-Constitution CONTACT US: Bert Roughton Jr., Metro editor / broughton@ajc.com / 404-526-5342 AJC.COM ➤ Get schooled! Join the fray in our education blog. ➤ Christmas, in the form of an $8 million YMCA facility, comes early in Canton. ajc.com/metro Woodworker Metro ➤ April 15, 2004: Patrice Endres, 38, disappears from her hair salon (above) in Matt, a one- intersection community in rural northwest Forsyth County. She was working alone. ➤ April 20, 2004: Forsyth authorities call off active search for Endres; $5,000 reward offer brings tips; witness reports seeing a man with a white van near the salon, but the report is later found to be false. ➤ June 2004: Reward fund for information about Endres grows above $12,000 with donations from family and friends. ➤ October 2004: The case draws the attention of the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” which tapes a show in Forsyth for airing later. ➤ March 2005: Forsyth Sheriff Ted Paxton identifies suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones as a suspect in Endres’ disappearance; deputies and dogs search Sweetwater Creek in Douglas County but find no body. ➤ Tuesday: Workers at the Lebanon Baptist Church in Dawson County find human remains in the woods behind the church. ➤ Wednesday: Dental records confirm the remains are those of Patrice Endres. KEY DATES JOHN SPINK / Staff GBI forensic anthropologist Rick Snow (right) and members of the Dawson and Forsyth county sheriff’s departments converge Wednesday morning on the grounds of Lebanon Baptist Church, where Endres’ remains were found Tuesday. Patrice Endres, who would have turned 40 last week, disappeared from her Forsyth County salon April 15, 2004. Remains conrmed as missing woman’s By MARCIA LANGHENRY mlanghenry@ajc.com and MICHAEL PEARSON mpearson@ajc.com It was news her family, her friends and a whole community dreaded, but still wanted to hear. The remains of Patrice Endres, missing from her salon in northwest Forsyth County for almost 20 months and the subject of a national search, had been found just a few miles away across the county line at the bottom of a heavily wooded ravine. About the time investigators confirmed Endres’ identity, M.J. Luter’s co-workers at Coal Mountain Animal Hospital were opening a Christmas card from Patrice Endres and her husband, Rob. He had signed both of their names, as always, and mailed it before the discovery was made. “It’s a bad day, but it’s also a good day,” Luter said, opening the red and gold card with a white poinsettia on the front. “Now maybe they can solve the case.” Earlier in the day, 45 investigators from Dawson and Forsyth counties and the GBI combed the woods behind Bones found behind Dawson County church Alleged serial killer Jeremy Jones reportedly confessed to killing Endres, but gave a different site for her body. Bumper magnets give teen drivers a brake By CHRIS REINOLDS creinolds@ajc.com Caution. Warning. Be nice. Woodstock mom Lynn Riley wanted to plaster those words all over her teen daughter’s car when she first got behind the wheel last January. Riley did the next best thing. She designed a “New Driver” magnet to help her 15-year-old daughter Bree and other neophytes of the road stay safer. Though designed with teens in mind, the bumper sticker-sized magnet can be used by new drivers of any age. “She’s doing the best she can and she’s a pretty good driver,” said Riley. “It helps [other drivers] to expect the unexpected.” So far Riley has sold about 70 of the $5 magnets by word-of- mouth and at local businesses. A portion of the proceeds will go to the PTSA at Etowah High School, where Bree attends, and to BridgePointe Community Church in Woodstock. “I’ve had a huge, positive response to these from just people in the street and tons of e-mail,” said Riley. Now Riley plans to lobby Gov. Sonny Perdue to make the mag - ➤ Please see MAGNET, E 1 2 Fulton tough on new city By D.L. BENNETT dbennett@ajc.com Maybe it was unrealistic to think Sandy Springs’ transition to cityhood would be any easier than the 30-year campaign to create metro Atlanta’s second-largest city. After all, Fulton County opposed the city for years. And, county officials continue to appeal a failed lawsuit challenging parts of the laws that created the city. Wednesday, commissioners continued their hard-line stance on the city of 86,000 with proposals to sell parks now in the city at fair market value. They also plan to shut down park programs Jan. 1 and are considering charging the city as much for six months’ police and fire service as it costs for a full year. “This board of commissioners has ulterior motives in their head to do everything they can to damage Sandy Springs,” said Tom Lowe, the lone commissioner who resides in the new city. Fulton officials noted they can’t run parks inside the city, so they have to stop maintaining them. And, the city can’t offer recreation service on county land without a lease agreement or buying the property. Sandy Springs Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins said the city plans to take over parks on Jan. 1. She felt a deal would be reached with the county over the next three weeks. “Nobody is going to just shut everything down,” Jen - Sandy Springs parks, protection at issue ➤ Please see CITY, E13 Tiny town’s election stretches into 2006 By PAUL KAPLAN pkaplan@ajc.com A day after the impossible happened in Mountain Park, stunned residents in this tiny town on a lake were quietly searching for answers. “Everything seems relatively calm,” Mayor Jim Wright said with a measure of pride. Mountain Park’s 500 residents will have to trudge to the polls for a third time next month to choose between two of their neighbors running for City Council. Last month’s general election ended in a tie between Frank Baia and Jay Barnet, and, amazingly, Tuesday’s runoff did, too. “I’ve never seen a double runoff,” said John Sullivan, the head of registration for the Fulton elections department and a 41-year veteran of the voting wars. Sullivan came here from Florida, where tie votes were settled by a coin flip — even if it was the governor’s race. But this here is Georgia, and Mountain Park is a fit - tingly quirky place for the amazing to occur. It’s a hideaway on Roswell’s northwestern tip, with modest cabins built on wooded hills that drop dramatically down to a large lake. The next runoff is Jan. 3, and “something’ll be really fishy if it happens a third time,” Tracey Blankenship said as she waited Wednesday for her kids’ school bus near City Hall. It also would be expensive. Mountain Park’s budget for 2005 is $371,000, and it will spend nearly 2 percent of that — roughly $7,000 — on the three elections alone. Tom Lowe accused fellow Fulton County commission ers of trying to harm Sandy Springs. Politically corrected: Miscues cost mayor his job 1 The Grand tree: Brown said the city was calling its new 27-foot-tall tree a grand tree to denote its importance. But some voters thought the city was dissing Christmas. Motorists yelled to Brown: “It’s a Christmas tree!” And friends told Brown they would vote for Logsdon. Brown said the tree turmoil turned his loss into a defeat of grand proportions. 2 A debate of one: After finishing a distant second in last month’s general election, Brown challenged Logsdon to a debate. Logsdon refused the offer, so Brown stood alone on a high school stage and fielded questions. 3 Check, please: At a lunch meeting, former Mayor Bob Lenox threatened to spit in Brown’s face after Brown implied a well-respected banker profited unduly while Lenox was in office. 4 Read my lips: Brown appeared on a cable public-access channel to speak against a special purpose 1 percent sales tax that voters eventually approved. He said he was acting as a private citizen, but critics filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission. 5 Match to Brown: Brown accused the former development authority of mismanaging funds when it oversaw the city’s vaunted tennis center. Authority members quit and relinquished control of the facility to the city. Tournaments, teachers and members left as the city changed how the tennis center was run. And a local bank sued the city over unpaid loans made to the development authority. It’s painful losing an election. But to be painted as a politically correct grinch — that really hurts. “Do you know of a more nonpolitically correct person than me?” asked Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown, who was trounced by Harold Logsdon in Tuesday’s election. Controversy has followed Brown during his four years as mayor: ➤ Please see BODY, E13 N 75 57 5 85 85 985 36 9 Mile 1 0 [Xc\!\E![f[jfe!F!j‹x} } A tlanta Atlanta Area o f detail N h Dr . Bramblett Rd . Sexto n Rd . Site o f disappearanc e Body f ound FORSYTH DAWS ON Dawson County Forsyt h County 400

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