Chattahoochee Chatter: Judge Cohn to be honored at museum

August 15, 2012 

The late Judge Aaron Cohn will be remembered Aug. 26 when the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus unveils a new exhibit on the Holocaust.

The 2 p.m. event will be dedicated to Cohn, who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camp at Ebensee, Austria, while he served as an officer with Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army in May 1945. Cohn, 96, died July 4.

Cohn's passion was to preserve the legacy of his Jewish heritage.

That was cemented by the horror he saw at Ebensee and the human spirit of the survivors.

Attending the exhibit will be Cohn's family and Consul Shahar Azani of the Consulate General of Israel office in New York City.

Although the museum closes at 1:30 p.m., the event is still open to the public.

On Monday during a meeting of the Muscogee County School Board, the panel is expected to name a new middle school to honor Cohn.

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Supplemental insurance company Aflac pays you cash if you're a policyholder who is ill or injured.

What the Columbus-based firm doesn't do is show up unannounced at a workplace and pass out applications that look like they were photo-copied poorly, and without the Aflac logo on them.

But that apparently was the case in Atlanta, with two young women allegedly having the audacity to solicit police officers in their precinct offices -- presumably an attempt to gather personal information for an identity-theft scheme.

Atlanta station WSB reported Tuesday the women, dressed in "skimpy clothes," entered several police stations and went as far as to request that they be allowed to talk with officers during roll call and tell them about benefits packages available to them.

But the lack of proper identification and no paperwork indicating Aflac was actually part of the solicitation -- along with the appearance of the women -- tipped Lt. Gary Harper at a northwest Atlanta police precinct that something just didn't smell right.

They were later charged with identity theft and attempting to defraud the officers, WSB reported.

"Obviously, it's pretty bold to go into a police precinct and target police officers for this," said another Atlanta police officer, Sgt. Paul Cooper.

An investigation continues to determine if the women also may have had contact with Marta cops and Atlanta firefighters.

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At a parenting workshop started by Sheriff John Darr in the Muscogee County Jail, Lyn Seaman and Sarah Spence of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries recently asked the prisoners if they had any favorite books from their childhood.

According to a library report made to the Muscogee County School Board, initially a few books were mentioned by the men.

After the workshop, Spence asked if anyone remembered any more titles. The men were told if the library had a copy of a favorite book it would be brought to them next week to look at during the workshop. Before Spence and Seaman left the dorm, 14 of the 16 men had put in a request.

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