Athens Police Release Sketch of Suspect

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Athens police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault that occurred near a secluded business establishment in downtown Athens on May 15. According to an article on the CBS website, Wednesday police released a sketch of the man they believe to be the rapist. The victim is a woman in her 20s and she worked with a forensic artist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to create a sketch of the man. Police said the man is somewhere between the …

Man Accused of Student Attack to Undergo Mental Competency Trial

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A man accused of attacking a University of Georgia student last September will undergo a mental competency trial this June. The Athens Banner-Herald reports a Clarke County Superior Court judge ordered the mental competency trial last month based on a request made by the suspect’s defense attorney. Pedro Alvarado-Valle, 43, is accused by police of attacking a 19-year-old UGA student on Sept. 20. “After completing a run on the Athens Greenway, the student reportedly was walking on the trail near College Avenue [on the North …

Athens Police Eliminate Nearly 200 Rape Kits From Backlog

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The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has been busy catching up on a backlog of rape kits. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the ACCPD eliminated nearly 200 rape kits and recently sent them for testing at the state crime lab. The department began working on the evidence last year, at a time when the topic was rampant in national news. “The audit identified 177 kits as backlogged. Of that number, 163 were sent to the Georgia Bureau of investigation State Crime Lab for …

Athens Police Searching for Assault Suspect

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Athens-Clarke County Police are searching for a man who they say broke into a woman’s home and then sexually assaulted her. Media reports show that on April 12, Athens-Clarke County police officers met with the victim. She told police that she was approached by a man she had previously seen at The Grill on College Avenue. Investigators are hoping the public can help identify the suspect in the sexual assault case that occurred in the downtown area. CBS46 reports the suspect followed the victim home from …

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What’s The Deal With Estate Taxes?

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By Attorney Bob Prior One of the most frequently asked questions I get relates to taxes at death. How is my estate taxed? Will my heirs have to pay tax on anything they inherit from me? What about life insurance? When it comes to death and taxes, there is good news: there is no income tax on any inheritance you leave to your heirs. You can die and leave your spouse or children a modest estate or a huge one, and the government does not …

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Retirement Plans: The Overlooked Component of an Estate Plan

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By Attorney Bob Prior Estate planning covers a wide range of issues, including leaving proper instructions on how to leave your assets to your loved ones when you die. Individuals often spend a lot of time and effort planning how to distribute their assets under their will or trust. They may take care to plan for the needs of a surviving spouse, or take steps so that their children’s inheritance is protected from potential lawsuits or divorce. However, it is not unusual in planning to …

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Death & Taxes

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By Attorney Bob Prior Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Even in the face of this certainty, many individuals choose not to plan for their death. They think they don’t own enough, they’re not old enough, they’re busy, they have plenty of time or they’re confused and don’t know who can help them. Then, when something happens to them, their families are left in emotional and financial chaos. Too often, feuds among family …

Police Release Video Footage of Shooting

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Clarke County Police recently released video footage of a traffic stop that escalated to an officer-involved shooting. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Clarke County police chief told Channel 2 Action News his officer did nothing wrong while attempting to stop someone for a liquor violation early Saturday morning. “Athens officer David Kelley stopped at a Golden Pantry store on Barnett Shoals Road while on routine patrol at about 3 a.m., The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. There, he encountered two men in a car, pouring liquor …

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Who Do You Trust?

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By Attorney Bob Prior My spouse is not a good money manager. How do I protect him or her financially after I pass away? I have a child with a substance abuse problem. How can I leave them an inheritance without enabling their substance abuse? How do I protect my children’s inheritance from lawsuits or divorce? I am remarried. How do I provide for my new spouse and still protect an inheritance for my children of my prior marriage? The answer to all of these …

Athens Woman Arrested for Speeding Facing Federal Charges in Connection with Drug Case

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A 20-year-old Athens woman who was arrested for speeding last week is now being handed over to federal authorities on a pending drug case. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, Toni Yolanda Riden was arrested last Tuesday for going 78 mph on Hull Road in Athens. A report filed by the officer indicates that Riden initially began to speed away when the officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, but then she pulled into a driveway before a chase began. Riden reportedly admitted …

Athens Woman Faces Charges After Repeatedly Ramming Car into Parked Vehicle

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An Athens woman is facing charges after she allegedly got drunk and rammed her car into a parked car repeatedly and then tried to flee from police. The Athens Banner-Herald reports Erin Kathleen Jammoul has been charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing and attempting to elude police in connection with the incident, which happened Thursday afternoon. Jammoul was arrested immediately following the ordeal. According to the ABH, the incident took place at the Green Acres Shopping Center on Barnett Shoals …

The Litigation Process and Legal Expenses

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Article by:  Attorney Michael C. Daniel / Partner at Prior, Daniel, & Wiltshire Having practiced in the litigation arena for 32 years, I have found the two most important aspects that clients desire in an attorney are value and access. At Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC, our attorneys and skilled legal staff strive to provide both.   This article is intended to provide a succinct analysis of the litigation process, so those seeking an attorney may better understand how litigation expenses are managed. An Attorney is …

Investigators Looking into Atlanta House Fire Where Body was Found

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A body was found severely burned at the bottom of a pool in southwest Atlanta on Saturday. According to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, investigators returned to the scene on Monday to conduct their investigation into the incident. The house fire is being investigated as arson. The fire occurred at a ranch-style home in the 900 block of Oriole drive. Officials arrived on scene about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday and when they arrived the house was engulfed in fast-moving flames. According to the …

Teens Arrested in Daytime Burglary

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Three teenagers in Athens are facing charges after they were allegedly caught trying to burglarize a home in the middle of the day. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, a police report indicates a resident of Hidden Pines off Commerce Road called 911 about 1:15 p.m. Friday to say they witnessed two teens trying to enter the back of a duplex and then a third teen arrive on a bicycle and join them. Both a police officer and a Georgia State Patrol trooper were the first …

Man Who Shot, Killed Alleged Car Thief in Atlanta Faces Charges

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A man who allegedly shot a suspected car thief at an Atlanta gas station Saturday night is facing murder charges. According to the AJC, Atlanta police were securing murder warrants Sunday against the man, who is said to of shot the suspected car thief at least five times in Southwest Atlanta. Witnesses told Channel 2 Action News they watched a man open fire on a man who climbed into a black sedan that was left running on the side of the store outside an Atlanta …

Athens Man Indicted for Attempted Murder

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An Athens man was recently indicted with attempted murder in connection with a New Year’s Eve shooting. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, a Clarke County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Travoine Demario Gary, who allegedly shot his 39-year-old friend in the stomach and chest on New Year’s Eve at an Athens home. ABH reporter Joe Johnson reports the two were at the home with numerous other people to ring in the New Year. According to the article, the victim admitted to consuming alcohol …

Baby Found Safe After Man Steals Vehicle in Atlanta

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Police in Atlanta are looking for a man who stole a vehicle parked outside a Burger King restaurant with a baby inside. The incident occurred Monday morning at the Burger King in the 300 block of North Avenue, according to the AJC. The vehicle was later found with the 1-year-old child still in the back seat at Durant Place and 4th Street, Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said in the article. Police were able to find the vehicle because the leasing company was tracking it. …

Former Athens Teacher Convicted of Sexual Exploitation Back Behind Bars

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A former teacher out of Athens, Ga. who was granted parole after serving two years of a 10-year prison sentence for sexually exploiting children is back behind bars, according to an article by Joe Johnson of the Athens Banner Herald. Ronald Malcus James, 65, is currently behind bars at Clarke County Jail for a possible parole violation and if convicted, he could be headed back to prison. According to the article, the details of the alleged violation are not known at this time. James is …

Midnight Rider: New Safety Initiatives After Sarah Jones Accident

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Two years have gone by since the train accident that killed Sarah Jones and injured several members of the crew for the Midnight Rider film. Because of the tragedy a campaign has been launched on social media to create safety initiatives for the film industry. We have seen two documentaries started as a result of the February 20, 2014, accident that claimed the life of Sarah Jones’s and led to multiple personal injury lawsuits. As a result of this tragedy, many of the crew members …

Georgia Mayor Charged with DUI and Impersonating Police Officer

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Police have arrested the mayor of Jacksonville, Georgia, on charges of dui and police impersonation. When a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over for driving a police cruiser, John Dopson, the mayor of 140 residents, declined to submit to a urine or blood-alcohol test after his arrest. They charged him because he refused the test, and he indicated that he did not want to take the test because of the “weed” in his system. That is what he told the officer of criminal law. Sheriff Chris …

Bonnie and Clyde Couple Crime Spree Ends in Shootout with One Dead

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A crime spree across the south with a couple from Missouri, suspected in a series of abductions and robberies, ended in a shootout on the Florida Panhandle. According to investigators of criminal law, it left Blake Fitzgerald, 30, dead and Brittany Nicole Harper, 30, wounded with a bullet to the ankle and the leg. This multi-state crime spree included armed robbery charges and kidnappings. The media has compared them to a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde when they led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that …

51 Inmates and Officers Indicted in Georgia Cellphone Scam

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Dozens of past and current corrections officers and prisoners have been charged with smuggling cell phones into the prison to extort and rob civilians on the outside, who believed that they had been in trouble for not reporting to jury duty. In an NBC News Investigation, reporters looked at the soaring number of phones in prison and how they had the potential for uses in extortion and fraud. Between 2014 to 2015, Georgia prison authorities had seized over 23,500 cellphones. Many of the phones found …

Lottery Winner Shot and Killed During Home Invasion

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Police in Georgia are seeking three armed men who shot and killed a man during a home invasion. Friends and family have said that the criminals targeted Craigory Burch Jr., 20, a resident of Fitzgerald, Georgia, because of his recent winning of the lottery. Jasmine Hendricks, Craigory’s girlfriend, said that the suspects blew the door open with a shotgun blast. When the three masked men entered, Burch was heard saying, “Don’t do it bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids.” When Burch handed …

Georgia Doctor Arrested After 36 Patients Die

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Arrested after 36 patients died, Narendra Nagareddy had been handcuffed and held at his office, following a raid from DEA agents. Around 12 of the 36 patients died from an overdose. Almost 40 federal and local agents raided his Jonesboro office as they seized even more assets at his home. As a psychiatrist of Jonesboro, Nagareddy has been over prescribing benzodiazepine and opiates for the last several years, which has led to multiple overdoses and deaths. People have come to Nagareddy for help, but instead …

11 Children Held Hostage at an Atlanta Hotel

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In a standoff that took place in a motel with 11 children, the incident ended when the perpetrator stabbed himself in the neck, but he did not injure anyone else. The police brought the suspect to the hospital, and everyone in the case was safe other than the perpetrator. Police Major Tonya Dedrick of DeKalb County said that two adults and 11 children were inside when the incident started at 2 am. The man carried a knife. He refused to allow the 11 children and …

Judge refuses to block Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America

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Should a mall be treated as public property or private property for free speech?  Recently a Minnesota Judge denied an injunction against a black lives matter rally at the Mall of America on jurisdictional grounds.  Georgia addressed this issue in 1999 holding that the Georgia Constitution does not create a constitutional right to access to private property.  Cahill v. Cobb Place. – Michael C. Daniel. POSTED DEC 23, 2015 07:28 AM CST  BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS A Minnesota judge has refused to block a Mall of America …

Atlanta Socialite Targeted for Third Time in Month in Home Invasion

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An Atlanta socialite has narrowly escaped yet another home invasion attempt. It occurred as the third incident in less than 30 days. A security guard scared off suspects who dropped bags containing pepper spray, duct tape, rubber gloves and a gun. Danielle Rollins, the heir of Rollins Inc., a $6 billion parent company to Orkin, is a popular lifestyle writer of magazines. She has been left terrified since the incident, but she says that she will not let robbers scare her from her home. Luckily, …

Taylor Swift to 1989: “You Belong With Me” (as a Trademark)

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Can a person trademark a year?  Taylor Swift is attempting to gain trademark protection on “1989.”  Though the mark would have protection in limited circumstances, Swift’s attempt at trademark protection raise questions about the government interfering with the public’s freedom of commercial communication.  – Michael C. Daniel By: Lisa Shuchman, Corporate Counsel December 21, 2015 Taylor Swift has made a mark on the world with her music, but she’s also making waves with her trademarks. The pop megastar has been on a trademarking tear, most recently applying for protection for …

Reverse Discrimination Suit Filed Against FAA, Hiring Fallout Continues

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    In Grutter v. Bollinger (University of Michigan Law School Case) the Supreme Court allowed the School to give greater weight to  factors other than testing. on an individual basis, to increase diversity.  This is yet another example of institutions moving away from testing and performance measurements.   – Michael C. Daniel. By Adam Shapiro Published December 30, 2015 A lawsuit filed this morning in Arizona federal district court seeks class action status to represent thousands of men and women who claim the Federal Aviation Administration …

On #OregonUnderAttack and #YallQaeda: Stop Calling Everyone a Terrorist

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Labelling everything as “terrorism” only serves to harm any meaningful effort to solve the terrorism problem. Nothing an overbearing government likes more than categorizing opposition as “other” and “extreme”. Demonizing the citizens trying to convert them to subjects is an a favorite page in the statist play book. -Mo Wiltshire A self-proclaimed militia group led by members of the Cliven Bundy family has occupied a federal outpost in the Melheur National Wildlife Refuge and vowed to stay put until their demands are met. As Ed …