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UGA picks up Gurley’s legal bill of over $43k

Posted by on December 18, 2014

Georgia picked up the tab of $43,301.36 for Todd Gurley’s legal representation when the star running back sought to be reinstated by the NCAA for taking money for autographs. The payment from UGA to Alabama-based attorney William King, details of which were obtained via an open records, is permitted by the NCAA. “We had the… Continue Reading

Fatal Accident on South Milledge in Athens

Posted by on December 17, 2014

Details are pending, but Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson says there was one fatality in an overnight accident on South Milledge Avenue. It was a single-vehicle accident. Wilson says the victim was a white male in his mid 30s and was from Athens. Athens-Clarke County Police are investigating. Lucas Gibson, 35, was driving near Davis… Continue Reading

Case moves forward against Georgia man and daughter accused of starving-abusing baby.

Posted by on December 14, 2014

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A judge in suburban Atlanta on Friday ruled there is enough evidence against a man and his 23-year-old daughter accused in the starvation death of the man’s baby daughter to allow them to be prosecuted. The case will be transferred to Gwinnett County Superior Court, where the pair will be able… Continue Reading

Statham girl, 6, killed in wreck on Ga Hwy 316 near Bethlehem

Posted by on December 13, 2014

A two-vehicle collision on Georgia Highway 316 claimed the life of a 6-year-old Statham girl on Wednesday. Gracelynn Perry was a passenger in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Mary Kathleen Perry, 50, of Statham, who was transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The… Continue Reading

Family of Sarah Jones Reaches Settlement over Midnight Rider Accident

Posted by on December 12, 2014

While the director and producer settled with the family of camera assistant Sarah Jones, they are still attempting to escape the sights of CSX. Jody Savin and Randall Miller requested a Georgia court dismiss the CSX cross-claim. In the case, intentional trespassing for the Midnight Rider film led to the wrongful death of Sarah Jones… Continue Reading

Georgia man shoplifts while riding mobility scooter then brandishes knife to attempt escape

Posted by on December 12, 2014

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Milton police say a shoplifter got violent with store employees and is now facing serious charges. Police say Michael Durkin drove through a Walmart on a motorized scooter stealing several items, and then tried to escape on his walker, but not before pulling a knife on store employees. Shoppers at… Continue Reading

Criminal probe launched in furry convention gas release

Posted by on December 11, 2014

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Investigators were looking into the release of a gas that sickened several hotel guests and forced thousands of people — many dressed as cartoon animals for a convention — to temporarily leave the building. Although some participants at the Midwest FurFest convention thought the mass evacuation was just part of the… Continue Reading

Georgia Buick involved in wreck that injured NFL QB Cam Newton.

Posted by on December 10, 2014

Quarterback Cam Newton has two fractures in his back after his truck crashed and overturned Tuesday in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the Carolina Panthers said. The Panthers said Newton has two transverse process fractures in his lower back but no further internal or apparent head injuries, the team said at a news conference. A transverse process… Continue Reading

Braselton, GA Police seek Dollar General Store Robber

Posted by on December 9, 2014

A man, who threatened the clerk at the Braselton Dollar General on Jackson Avenue during an 8:45 p.m. armed robbery on Dec. 2, left the store with $410.33 from the cash registers. According to reports filed by the Braselton Police Department, the clerk said when she came out of the back employee room, the man,… Continue Reading

Fitbit Being Used in the Courtroom

Posted by on December 8, 2014

In personal injury cases, how do you know if someone who has been in a car accident cannot do their job? Until recently, lawyers trusted the careful examination of doctors to give an unbiased opinion. However, Fitbit could soon revolutionize the manner of tracking personal injury cases. Using the activity data from Fitbit, the courtroom… Continue Reading

Apple deleted users non-iTunes songs from their accounts without telling users.

Posted by on December 8, 2014

Long before Apple was shoehorning the latest from U2 into your iTunes account, it was deleting songs originating from rival services. Tell us if this sounds familiar: You grabbed Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster from Amazon MP3 in 2009, threw it in your iTunes library, went to sync your 160GB iPod classic and got an… Continue Reading

Georgia Supreme Court ruling invalidates thousands of probation warrants

Posted by on December 6, 2014

Judges across Georgia are cancelling tens of thousands of arrest warrants tied to misdemeanor probation cases, the result of a new Supreme Court decision that has upended the way courts handle low-level offenders accused of skipping out on probation requirements. The Supreme Court stunned Georgia judges and probation companies last week with its ruling, which… Continue Reading

Former Oglethorpe County, GA Deputy convicted of keeping found gun

Posted by on December 5, 2014

A former sergeant with the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office recently was convicted of taking home a found gun given to him to turn in to the sheriff’s office. Following a two-day trial this week in Oglethorpe County Superior Court, a jury found Randall McElhannon guilty of felony violation of oath of office. The jury acquitted… Continue Reading

The radar guns used by cops in the near future will be checking more than just your speed.

Posted by on December 4, 2014

If you’re driving down the road in the future and you see a cop pointing what appears to be a radar gun your way, stepping on the brake to slow down might not help you out, because speeding might not be what he’s looking for. A company is working on a detection gun for law… Continue Reading

Victim vomits on attacker and thwarts Athens purse snatch robber.

Posted by on December 3, 2014

An attempt to snatch a Watkinsville woman’s purse in the parking lot of the Georgia Square Mall ended suddenly when she apparently vomited on the robber. The Athens-Clarke Police said in a media release that the woman was walking to her vehicle around 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, when a male jumped her and attempted… Continue Reading

Ferguson Shooting Brings out the Best and Worst across America

Posted by on December 2, 2014

After a long-awaited decision, the grand jury in the summer shooting of a black teenager has brought out the best and the worst across America. On the positive side, the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, 28, for the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown, 18, has affirmed the realization that the… Continue Reading

26 nominated for Judge vacancies in the Ocmulgee Circuit.

Posted by on December 2, 2014

There are 26 people nominated for two judgeship vacancies in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court after current circuit Chief District Attorney Stephen A. Bradley removed his name from the running Tuesday. The 20-year veteran of the District Attorney’s office sent a letter to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. Bradley… Continue Reading

False Wall in their house: abduction scheme couple held without bond in Clayton County, Ga.

Posted by on November 30, 2014

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Clayton County judge denied bond Sunday morning for a couple accused of hiding a missing teenage boy behind a false wall in their home. Clayton County police say they rescued the 13-year-old boy, who has been reported missing for four years, Saturday morning. Clayton County police Sgt. Kevin Hughes said… Continue Reading

Hart County Georgia: DUI fatal holiday crash claims 3 lives

Posted by on November 29, 2014

HART COUNTY, Ga. —Three people, including a 6-year-old child, were killed in a crash Friday afternoon, according to the Hart County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Mike Cleveland said the accident happened on Lavonia Highway, near the Lavonia Speedway at 3:30 p.m. Witnesses told investigators that a man driving a van crossed the center line, hitting the… Continue Reading

Wisconsin City sued over man’s arrest for FB post about police.

Posted by on November 28, 2014

A federal lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin man alleges that Arena police violated his civil rights by charging him for calling officers racists on Facebook. In 2012, Thomas G. Smith had seen an Arena Police Department Facebook post thanking community members for helping to detain two black children. Smith responded with a profanity-laced message about… Continue Reading

Ferguson Protestors in Atlanta, GA

Posted by on November 27, 2014

During a news conference Wednesday morning to discuss Tuesday’s protests and arrests, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed thanked the peaceful participants and issued a stern warning to potential troublemakers. “I want to start by thanking the protesters who made the decision to protest peacefully,” Reed told reporters. “More than 1,000 people participated in the protests yesterday… Continue Reading

Ferguson: Brown family blasts prosecutor, Officer Wilson speaks

Posted by on November 26, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Meanwhile, officer Darren Wilson broke his long public… Continue Reading

Bail Agents arrested for kidnapping after breaking into GA home.

Posted by on November 25, 2014

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Two Tennessee bail bondsmen are behind bars after police say they broke into a Gwinnett County home and took a woman inside into custody at gunpoint. It was an incident caught on camera. “I still had no idea if they were coming in to rob me, who they were, because they… Continue Reading

Athens man stopped with 50 lbs of pot in California is going to Federal Court

Posted by on November 24, 2014

A federal grand jury on Friday returned an indictment against an Athens man arrested at a California airport last month with 50 pounds of pot. Aljamario Willoughby, 22, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. According to indictment,… Continue Reading

Ex-Falcon Super Bowl Running back arrested for DUI

Posted by on November 23, 2014

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Former Falcons player Jamal Anderson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Friday. Channel 2’s Tony Thomas obtained a mugshot of Anderson, who was pulled over in Gwinnett County for making an illegal stop, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The stop led to the DUI arrest. Anderson was… Continue Reading

Hot car mom still a train wreck despite receiving $110,000.00 in donations.

Posted by on November 22, 2014

What had been called a “beautiful resolution” in the case of an Arizona woman — arrested after leaving her two children in a hot car while interviewing for a job — is now in doubt, after prosecutors moved to again charge her with felony child abuse following her failure to comply with the terms of… Continue Reading

Elder Abuse Case in Garden City

Posted by on November 21, 2014

Police arrested three residents of Garden City in connection with an elderly abuse case. Officials say it is one of the cruelest cases ever witnessed in Garden City. Police arrested Georgia S. Backman, 20, Georgette Denise Backman, 43, and Steven Raymond Backman, 45, when they discovered a terrible scene at 8 Lynn Drive. Upon arrival,… Continue Reading

Honor killing in Pakistan as pregnant woman slain by her family

Posted by on November 21, 2014

Parter’s Note: The convicted murderers in this case were sentenced to Death and fined $1,000. If anyone can make sense of the death penalty plus a fine please contact us to explain it. None of this makes much sense. 12th century morals Four relatives of a pregnant woman who bludgeoned her to death outside one… Continue Reading

Massachusettes 5th grader suspended for imaginary ray gun possession

Posted by on November 20, 2014

MILFORD, Mass. —A Milford parent is questioning the two-day suspension of his 10-year-old son from Stacy Middle School, our news partners at the Milford Daily News reported. Nickolas Taylor, a fifth-grader, was suspended after pointing an imaginary ray gun – his finger – and mouthing laser sounds in the school’s cafeteria last Friday, said Brian… Continue Reading

Bill Cowsert selected as Ga State Senate Majority Leader

Posted by on November 19, 2014

ATLANTA | Athens Republican Bill Cowsert won election as Senate majority leader, and David Shafer overcame a challenge to hold his post as president pro tempore when the Republican Caucus held elections Monday. Cowsert, brother-in-law to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, is an attorney with Cowsert & Avery who was elected to Kemp’s Senate seat… Continue Reading