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Two men indicted for child molestation
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Two men were indicted on child molestation charges in two separate cases before a Douglas County grand jury.

Hector Santos, 22, of Douglasville, and Abraham Hardy, 39, of York, S.C., were indicted on child molestation charges by the grand jury.

In addition, the grand jury returned true bills of indictments in 21 criminal cases on Friday.

Santos is accused of standing over a child under the age of 16 years old while she was asleep, and touching himself, according to an arrest warrant.

The alleged incidents happened between July 1 and July 31, 2021 at a McIntosh Road address, according to the warrant.

Santos has remained in jail since his Oct. 15, 2021, arrest, according to jail records.

He was denied bond on Oct. 18, 2021, with the judge citing the fact that he was a “significant danger to the victim,” according to court documents.

Hardy was arrested on Jan. 22, 2020 on seven counts of child molestation, four counts of aggravated sexual battery and an enticing child for indecent purposes charges, according to jail records.

He posted a $50,900 bond on May 14, 2020, according to jail records.

Other indictment includes

• Michele Aiken, identity fraud

• Crystal Mote, criminal damage to property in the second degree

• Marcel Brantley and Chantille Brantley, aggravated assault

• Marcel Brantley, obstruction of an officer

• Jayden Spivey and Jeremiah Watts, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

• Jon Dyer, burglary in the two counts of second degree burglary, aggravated assault

• Rebecca Cleveland, theft by taking

• Frank Tolbert, III, aggravated battery

• Jerry Williams, aggravated assault

• Deerie Lewis and Allijah Noel, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

• Hector Santos, child molestation

• Jason McDuffy, Tina Person and Lance Penny, theft by shoplifting

• William Houston, terroristic threats and acts

• Wallace Scott, aggravated assault

• Turan Melton, criminal attempt to commit a felony

• Brandon Belli and Rachel Rogers, trafficking meth or amphetamine

• Brandon Belli, sale of meth

• Abraham Hardy, child molestation

BOC approves new district map; City Council, BOE wrapping up reapportionment process
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Districts were redrawn late last year by the General Assembly for Georgia’s 14 seats in congress as well as all 56 state Senate and 180 state House districts.

At the local level, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglasville City Council and Douglas County Board of Education must also redraw their districts to reflect the growth in population from the 2020 Census.

The BOC approved its proposed map last week by a 5-0 vote. The BOC’s map will be introduced in the General Assembly now and must be approved there to be finalized.

The county’s population grew 8.9% from 132,403 in the 2010 census to 144,237 in the 2020 census. The county sought to distribute the additional 11,834 people evenly over the four district commission seats.

Under the new map approved by the BOC, the four commission seats saw very little change. District 1 was not impacted at all and will stay the same. The Ashton Heights neighborhood off Berea Road in Winston moves from District 3 under the old map to District 4 under the new one. And the Carmel Chase neighborhood, Villa Lane and Lake Monroe Road south of Pope Road all move from District 2 to District 3 under the map.

The Douglasville City Council was set to vote on its new ward map for the first time Monday evening after Sentinel press time. The ward maps are considered changes to the city’s charter. Changes to the city charter can be approved with votes at consecutive meetings. The second vote to finalize the city ward maps would be Tuesday, Jan. 18. A vote by the General Assembly is not required.

The big changes in the city’s five wards include a portion of the Chapel Hills Golf Club neighborhood off Stewart Mill Road moving from Ward 4 to Ward 1; the area north of Interstate 20 and west of Highway 5 moving from Wards 1 and 3 into Ward 2; and a small area at Lee Road and I-20 moving from Ward 2 to Ward 5.

The Board of Education, meanwhile, expects to have its map ready later this week, according to Superintendent Trent North.

North said there were different ways each government body had that they could use to redraw their maps and that the BOE had decided to let the state reapportionment office draw the new maps with school board Chair Tracy Rookard acting as a liaison.

North said that the state reapportionment office redrew the lines for the five school board districts in a process that “took about 30 minutes.”

Once a new map was ready, North said the board agreed that each member would come to the central office, look at the map, and initial it to give their consent to move forward. He said all five board members signed off on the new map.

North said county Elections Director Milton Kidd on Monday added the polling precincts to the map. North said the school board will have the final map with all details on it by later this week and that the map will be presented to the General Assembly for final approval.

Parra throws hat in ring for HD64 seat
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A 20-year-old from Villa Rica has thrown his hat in the ring for the newly redrawn state House District 64 seat that covers the western third of Douglas County and a portion of southeastern Paulding.

Preston Parra filed his Declaration of Intent with the state to collect campaign contributions on Dec. 28. Parra will compete in the Republican primary for the seat, which was redrawn during last year’s redistricting and now includes most of the old House District 67.

House District 67 incumbent Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, told the Sentinel last week he will not seek a sixth term in the General Assembly, meaning the 2022 session that started Monday will be his last.

Parra said he just turned 20 last month. State law requires Georgia House members to be 21 before being sworn in. Parra said he would turn 21 in time to meet requirements set by law, and if elected, he said he would be the “youngest legislator to hold office in Georgia history.”

“After a lot of thought, prayer, and encouragement from a number of local residents and conservative leaders, I feel called to enter this House race. I would offer hard work, dedication, and my time to the great people of the 64th district,” Parra said in a press release. “The communities of this district have accomplished great things, but I believe it is time for me to step up to ensure this can continue. I hope to assure voters they have someone whom they can trust as the General Assembly of Georgia tackles issues that are so detrimental if not acted upon.”

Parra said in the release he spoke with Gravley “about my passions to really fight against the rapidly increasing deterioration of our constitutional principles in our state and our country. …” Gravley told Parra he didn’t plan to run again, and Parra said, “From that moment on I felt like God was truly lining me up to run for this seat.”

When asked by the Sentinel if he is endorsing Parra, Gravley said he doesn’t plan to endorse anyone for the House District 64 seat this early in the election cycle.

The general election primary election is May 24 and includes Georgia’s governor’s race and other statewide seats, one U.S. Senate seat, all state legislators and several local offices including county commission and school board seats. The general election will take place Nov. 8.

Parra said in the release he is “outspoken concerning his faith and believes Christ to be the center of his life.” He said he will “hold Christian values above all else.”

Issues Parra said he believes are “most pressing” include: election integrity, education, economic development, outlawing abortion, Second Amendment rights and effective local government.

“I think our state’s most significant problem is division,” Parra said. “We have career politicians from both sides, standing on the national stage, who want nothing more than to see the breakdown of America First values and fundamentals. The point is, if we don’t elect safeguards to protect American values and derail the liberal agenda, you won’t only be hurting your fellow Georgian, but your fellow American as well.”

Winston woman charged with vehicular homicide
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A Winston woman has been charged with second degree vehicular homicide for an accident that left two dead over the Labor Day Weekend.

Megan Tomei, 34, was arrested on Dec. 20 in connection with a fatal accident that happened Sept. 4 in south Douglas County, according to an arrest warrant.

Tomei’s 2014 Honda Pilot was traveling westbound and crossed the centerline and struck a 2019 Nissan Versa, according to the arrest warrant.

The driver of the Nissan, Crystal Blalock, 43, and a passenger, Jasmine Hudgins, 22, both died at the scene, according to a Georgia State Patrol crash report.

A 7-year-old passenger in the Honda was injured but not transported, the GSP report stated.

Both women who were killed had Carrollton addresses listed in the GSP report.

In addition to the vehicular homicide charges, Tomei was also charged with failure to maintain lane, according to jail records.

According to the GSP report, the Nissan went off the south shoulder of the road and landed on its side.

Tomei’s car remained on the roadway, the GSP stated.

A third passenger in the Nissan, one-year-old was injured and transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, according to the GSP report.

Tomei was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for injuries, according to the GSP report.

Tomei had just left her father’s house, according the GSP report.

Tomei posted an $18,000 bond on Dec. 21.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported 16 traffic fatalities over the 2021 Labor Day Weekend.