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Forsyth Councilman Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charge

Forsyth city council member Desi Hansford pleaded not guilty today to a federal corruption charge.

He was arrested last week by the FBI and accused of taking a bribe from a city contractor.

Arraignment was delayed for Hansford's co-defendant James Calloway, because his lawyer had a conflict.

However, $20,000 bond was set for Calloway with travel restrictions. He can only travel within the state of Georgia. 

The two men left court after the brief hearing. Both declined to comment on Thursday's court appearance. 

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said his office is ready to take the next steps in the case. 

"We feel strongly about the case the grand jury turned an indictment I don't want to comment on the specific facts or the particulars," said Moore. "We're ready to move forward and we believe we can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. "

Court Date Set for Forsyth Councilmen Arrested for Bribery

The two Forsyth city councilmen arrested on federal charges of public corruption will be in court March 21st.


RELATED | Two Forsyth Councilmen Arrested on Federal Charges 

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Crimestoppers Arrest Made at a Forsyth Motel

A suspect recently featured on Crimestoppers has been arrested in Forsyth, according to a police news release.

Robert Ard, 24, was wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for theft by taking, making terroristic threats, criminal trespass and a parole violation when he appeared in the March 13 Macon Regional Crimestoppers video

Forsyth police and Monroe County deputies arrested Ard at the Trade Winds Motel after receiving a tip.

Officers caught Ard returning to the motel in a vehicle he'd stolen from a nearby residence. A gun was also recovered in his possession.

Additional charges are pending.

FBI Arrests Two Forsyth Council Members for Taking Bribes

Two Forsyth city councilmen were arrested Tuesday on federal charges of public corruption.

A news release from the US Attorney's office says councilmen Desi Hansford and James Edward Calloway allegedly solicited a $20,000 bribe from a service provider vying for a city contract.

Calloway, 60, has been a councilman for more than 20 years. Hansford, 35, has been a councilman for six years.

Earlier Tuesday, 13WMAZ's Judy Le obtained a copy of the federal affidavit against Hansford.

According to the affidavit, the alleged corruption started in December when a company's city contract was up for renewal. Hansford and co-defendant asked for $20,000 from the company's president to win the bid.

The FBI does not name the company but says Hansford is chairman of a council committee that oversees city utilities.

Forsyth Police Search for Two After Theft

Forsyth police are looking for two men who allegedly took money from a gas station last month.

According to a news release, the men allegedly entered Shell Oil on Harold G. Clark Parkway in Forsyth. 

One took $190 from a gaming machine by removing screws from the machine's control panel while the other acted as a watch guard.

Contact the Forsyth Police Department if you have any information on the case at 478-994-6022.

Andrew Cook Executed Thursday Night

Convicted killer Andrew Allen Cook died from lethal injection at 11:22 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Diagnostic Center Prison in Jackson.

His death came more than 18 years after he murdered two Mercer University students, Grant Hendrickson and Michelle Cartagena, who were parked at a camping site at Lake Juliette.

Cook's execution was orginally set for 7 p.m. Thursday, but it was delayed three and a half hours while the U.S. Supreme Court considered his final appeal.

He died less than an hour after the high court denied that appeal at 10:35 p.m.

The execution moved forward Thursday after the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a temporary postponement. But the Georgia Supreme Court reinstated it. 

From there, it moved to the U.S. Supreme Court for the final consideration.