MEGACHURCH PASTOR ARRESTED
ATLANTA (AP) -- A police report says a teenage daughter of Atlanta-area megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar told authorities her father choked and slapped her after an argument.
The report says Dollar claims he tried to restrain his daughter, wrestled her to the floor and spanked her after she became disrespectful.
The father and daughter argued early Friday over whether she could go to a party.
The 15-year-old told a Fayette County sheriff's deputy she went into the kitchen and her father came in and asked why she was crying. She says when she said she didn't want to talk, her father choked her, threw her to the ground and hit her. Her 19-year-old sister corroborated that account.
Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children.
HURRICANE HUNTER SUIT
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- A former on-air forecaster for The Weather Channel is suing the network, claiming it illegally discriminated against her because of her military service.
Nicole Mitchell, a meteorologist, says in the suit that her contract was not renewed by the channel in 2011 because managers were unhappy with her service in the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing.
Mitchell is a captain in the unit, based at Biloxi's Keesler Air Force Base. A unit squadron called the Hurricane Hunters flies into storms to gather weather data.
Mitchell says Weather Channel managers violated a 1994 federal law barring discrimination and retaliation against employees in the military.
The Weather Channel, a unit of NBC Universal, said in a statement the company supports the law and doesn't comment on litigation.
DEKALB-SOAPBOX DERBY TRACK
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- DeKalb County's chief executive is clashing with county commissioners over a proposed soapbox derby track north of Lithonia.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the county has spent nearly $100,000 clearing land for the project even though commissioners haven't signed off on the project.
The commission has approved $585,000 to buy the land and $130,000 to design the track. But commissioners balked when CEO Burrell Ellis asked for approval to begin construction in January. The project's total price tag is expected to come to about $1 million.
The county's chief operating officer says the commission has voted four times this year to delay a construction contract but hasn't specifically voted the project down.
The contract is expected to come before the commission again Tuesday.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Police in Athens are trying to figure out who stole nearly $3,000-worth of toothpicks from the manufacturer.
Police tell the Athens Banner-Herald reports that someone took six cases from Armond's Manufacturing Company Inc. about two weeks ago, and another seven cases went missing last weekend.
Each case contains 288 packages of 100 toothpicks. That brings the total number of stolen toothpicks to 374,400 with a value of about $2,808.
Police say there were no signs of forced entry. The owner believes a current employee or a former employee with a key might be responsible.
Two employees told the owner they saw an unknown man selling containers of Armond toothpicks at a flea market last weekend.
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