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DeKalb legislator, accused of malpractice, back in court

April 29, 2009 --

A DeKalb County legislator gets his day in court today to defend against a legal malpractice claim that has lingered since 2004. Or not. State Rep. Randal Mangham lost a 2005 trial in the case and was ordered to pay $293,000 to a client who had been injured in an auto accident. Mangham won a […]

Investigators: DeKalb chief took 56 unapproved comp days

Investigators: DeKalb chief took 56 unapproved comp days
April 28, 2009 --

DeKalb County’s top cop took more than $35,000 in comp days even after his supervisor refused to sign off on them, investigative records show. Terrell Bolton was fired as police chief in February for, among other things, abusing comp time. Although DeKalb’s police manual forbids executives from accruing comp time or overtime pay, the chief […]

DeKalb vows ‘transparent’ probe of bullying response

April 27, 2009 --

DeKalb School Superintendent Crawford Lewis today promised a thorough and transparent investigation to see how the system handled bullying complaints that led to the suicide of a Dunaire Elementary student. Although the system’s investigation is continuing, Lewis said the mother of Jaheem Herrera, 11, clearly had visited Dunaire to complain about bullies harassing her son. […]

DeKalb chief’s comp time: Dinner … and a movie!

DeKalb chief's comp time: Dinner ... and a movie!
April 27, 2009 --

One Sunday last April, then-DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton suited up for a three-hour Buckhead dinner honoring two slain officers. On a Saturday night several weeks earlier, the chief spent three hours at the Atlanta premiere of the new movie by Tyler Perry, “Meet the Browns.” And, for the 2007 holiday season, Bolton took […]

Unopposed speaker raised $953,000

Unopposed speaker raised $953,000
April 27, 2009 --

House Speaker Glenn Richardson has 54,000 constituents in his legislative district in eastern Paulding County. Just two of them donated money to the speaker’s 2007-08 election fund. Three businesses in the 19th District also gave to the speaker’s campaign, as did the Paulding Chamber of Commerce. Together, the six donations — totaling $5,840 – added […]

DeKalb may still owe fired police chief thousands of $$$$

DeKalb may still owe fired police chief thousands of $$$$
April 26, 2009 --

DeKalb County may still owe fired Police Chief Terrell Bolton (right) several thousand dollars, even if his dismissal is upheld at a civil service hearing. The county’s new CEO, Burrell Ellis, fired Bolton in February for comp time abuses and other infractions. Bolton took about $35,000 in unauthorized comp time in late 2007 and 2008, […]

Two Fulton County sheriff’s lieutenants arrested

April 23, 2009 --

The news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, sent at 1:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 23: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACT:  Patrick Crosby 4/23/09 (404) 581-6016 http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan/ FAX (404)581-6160 TWO FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S LIEUTENANTS ARRESTED Two Lieutenants Indicted for Civil Rights Violations and Obstruction of Justice for Incidents at Fulton County Jail   Atlanta, GA – […]

Warrants: Execs transferred $23 million from electric co-op

April 23, 2009 --

Cobb County authorities allege that executives of a non-profit electric cooperative illegally transferred at least $23 million from the co-op to a business in which they had a financial interest. Cobb sheriff’s deputies and the GBI served search warrants Wednesday at the EMC offices and the homes of three co-op executives – CEO Dwight Brown […]

Investigators: DeKalb chief falsified records to hide cars

Investigators: DeKalb chief falsified records to hide cars
April 21, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS April 21, 2009 — Former DeKalb Police Chief Terrell Bolton told a subordinate to falsify police records to hide two luxury cars that the chief took home for personal use, investigative records show. Bolton kept the cars – a $32,000 Range Rover and a $55,000 Mercedes Benz – at home for much […]

Cash-strapped MARTA awarded 114 pay raises topping 10%

Cash-strapped MARTA awarded 114 pay raises topping 10%
April 19, 2009 --

Atlanta’s rapid-transit agency, which warns of drastic service cuts on the horizon, approved at least 114 pay raises ranging from 10 to 40 percent for 2007-08, according to a legislative oversight committee. More than half went to managers. MARTA is asking the General Assembly for permission to tap into $65 million reserved for capital projects […]

Atlanta schools plan to renegotiate BeltLine deal

April 14, 2009 --

Atlanta school officials took action Monday to keep some or all of an $18 million pot collected for the city’s BeltLine project. The Board of Education voted to change the effective date of its decision to allow school tax money to be spent on the BeltLine. The board first OK’d the funding in 2005. Under […]

Judge fines Atlanta’s Jim Maddox $6,650

Judge fines Atlanta's Jim Maddox $6,650
April 13, 2009 --

A judge has ordered Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox (right) to pay a $6,650 fine for failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in campaign expenditures. Maddox, a councilman for 32 years, filed three reports indicating his campaign spent no money during the last six months of 2005. He amended the reports several months […]