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January 20, 2005

Albany- Dougherty County Police have three warrants for the arrest of Regina Mitchell, a former language-arts teacher at Radium Springs Middle School.

And she has a criminal record.

Before Christmas, Mitchell pawned a flute and two clarinets at Albany Furniture and Pawn on Broad Avenue. A parent recognized her child's clarinet in the store and contacted police.

Mitchell resigned earlier this month, as the school system was preparing to terminate her. But her case will also be turned over to the Professional Standards Commission, the body that grants teachers their certification.

"Then they will do whatever they think appropriate. Usually that results in the removal and revocation of their license of course and it goes in their file," said Tommy Coleman, school board attorney.

Mitchell's criminal record begins in 2001, when she was arrested for criminal trespassing. In 2002, she was charged with aggravated assault and battery. Mitchell pled guilty to those charges and entered pre-trial intervention.

This time, police charged her with theft by receiving because, at this point, they haven't been able to prove she took the instruments. They just know the instruments were in her possession when she pawned them.

Combined, the three band instruments are worth more than $1,600. There is fourth warrant is pending in this case.

posted at 9:38 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com