Reward Being Offered for UGA Student’s Stolen English Bulldog

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A University of Georgia student announced Monday he is offering a $3,000 reward for the return of his pet bulldog, which he says was stolen out of his home July 13. R.L. Bell came home a little after midnight July 13 to discover someone had smashed a windowpane out of his back door and made their way inside, according to an article by FOX 5 News. “I came in the living room and like, nothing seems to be gone and I go in my room …

Mayor, Commission Reviewing Airport Construction Project

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The Athens mayor and commission were set to review construction bids for a new commercial terminal at Athens-Ben Epps Airport Tuesday afternoon. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the project has been on the books since being approved by Athens-Clarke voters in 2004. “Since being included as part of the November 2004 referendum on projects to be funded with proceeds from a 1 percent special-purpose, local-option sales tax (SPLOST), the eventual fate of the new commercial terminal has been tied to changes in …

State Senator From Athens to Vote for Trump

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State Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens), who is a delegate to the GOP national convention, said he will be voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Cowsert writes a syndicated column occasionally and in his latest column, he lets it be known that efforts to deny Trump the nomination are doomed to fail, according to an article in Flagpole Magazine. “Much of the discussion in the media over the past few months has focused on the idea of a contested convention, unbound delegates and potential rules changes. …

UGA Student Found Naked Outside After Taking Drugs

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A University of Georgia student was found naked in public last week after reportedly taking several hits of the drug LSD. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the student told UGA police he took as many as six tabs of the psychedelic drug. The 20-year old was walking on Oak Street with only a baseball cap on and carrying a fake guitar. This is the second time in a month a UGA student was taken to the hospital after being found naked due to drugs, according …

Two Indicted on Federal Meth Charges

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Two Athens residents are facing federal drug charges after unrelated investigations in another county and state landed them in jail. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the man and woman have been charged with possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell. “Nicholas Orlando Lattimore, 37, and Tonya Yvonne Bowens, 40, were indicted in U.S. District Court in Athens on June 15. It took unrelated investigations in another county and state to get them into custody,” the article reads. “According …

Athens Man Facing Peeping Tom Charges

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An Athens man was arrested by Athens-Clarke County police over the weekend for allegedly spying through residents’ windows on East Paces Drive and Reed Street. Multiple incidents over the past six years led to his arrest, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald. Ronald Howard, 23, of Big Oak Circle was arrested Sunday night on warrants charging him with spying on residents on East Paces Drive in March and on Reed Street in April, police said according to the article. “The victim of the …

Athens Man Shot At by Unknown Suspect

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An Athens man reported to police Wednesday that he was shot at by someone he doesn’t know. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, a man who lives at Hawthorne Extension was at the Arbor Ridge Apartments off of Epps Bridge Road on Wednesday when the incident took place. The man who called police, 21-years-old, told Athens-Clarke County Police that he was sitting in his vehicle when the suspect began shooting at him. “The man said he was text messaging in his car at …

Two Injured in Tractor Trailer Crash that Shut Down 1-20

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Two people were injured in a crash involving two tractor-trailers on Friday. The crash, which occurred on I-20 east past Liberty Road, shut down I-20 for more than two hours. According to an article by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the crash occurred about 6:15 a.m. One tractor-trailer ran into the back of another one, then ran into the woods, littering I-20 with debris. David L. Furgerson, Jr., 45, was the driver of a Mack tractor-trailer. The AJC reports that Furgerson was following too closely and …

Commissioners Set to Approve $218 Million Budget

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This Tuesday Athens-Clarke County commissioners plan to approve a $218 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but not everyone is satisfied with the proposed budget. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, before the vote, commissioners are likely to hear again from Athens For Everyone, a progressive activist group that has been pushing the county to pay a “living wage” to all employees, including part-time and seasonal workers. “Tim Denson, the board president of Athens For Everyone, said after the May session at which the agenda …

Missing Athens Woman Found

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An Athens woman who is developmentally disabled and went missing on Friday has been found. According to a news report by the Athens Banner-Herald, the woman, Aimee Lester, 24, went missing from western Athens-Clarke County early Friday morning and was later found in North Carolina. Police issued a public lookout for Lester, who was seen about an hour earlier walking from the area of Hidden Cove Drive and Fowler Mill Road. Authorities expressed concern for Lester’s welfare because they said she has the mind of a 10-year-old …

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 …