• ‘GREEN ACRES’ CHARACTER ACTOR FRANK CADY DIES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Cady, a character actor best known as the general-store owner on the sitcom “Green Acres,” has died. He was 96.
Cady’s daughter Catherine Turk tells said her father died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore. A cause of death wasn’t released.
Cady played Sam Drucker, one of the less loony denizens of Hooterville in “Green Acres.” The show, about a Manhattan couple who left the big city to live in a rundown farm, ran from 1965 to 1971. Cady also played the same character in “Petticoat Junction” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
He also had a recurring role as Doc Williams on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”
• CREFLO DOLLAR DENIES PUNCHING, CHOKING DAUGHTER: COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar staunchly denied Sunday that he punched and choked his 15-year-old daughter in an argument, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but “exaggeration and sensationalism.”
The pastor got an enthusiastic ovation from the packed church as he took the pulpit Sunday at the World Changers Church International in metro Atlanta. He addressed the criminal charges head-on for several minutes before moving on to his sermon.
The 50-year-old Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta, with 30,000 members in the Atlanta area and a ministry of satellite churches across the U.S.
He was arrested after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 at about 1 a.m. Friday and told a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn’t go to a party. A police report says the girl told a deputy her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat, began to punch her and started hitting her with his shoe. The deputy noted a scratch on her neck.