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Tim Madison

Tim Madison
May 31, 2009 --

Madison built a reputation as a tough guy over 24 years as Piedmont Circuit district attorney (Jackson, Banks and Barrow counties). He got caught billing Banks County for salary expenses that the state was already paying and helping his wife double-dip on two jobs in his office. He kept about $40,000 for himself, buying a […]

Arthur J. Stein & Linda Dozoretz, Children’s Wish Foundation executives: $520,000

May 31, 2009 --

This couple (husband and wife) made this much as CEO & executive director of the Atlanta-based Children’s Wish Foundation International. The charity in 2007 spent 60 percent of its income on fund-raising and 20 percent on granting wishes.

City Council to debate powers of police oversight board

May 29, 2009 --

Today, Atlanta City Council members may decide just how far they want to go with independent oversight of their police force. It’s only a work session. But the council’s Public Safety Committee has set aside two whole hours to address a standoff between police officials and a civilian review board that wants access to internal […]

MARTA Begins Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Approval Process

May 28, 2009 --

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 28, 2009   CONTACT:   Andrea Coleman,  404.848.3982 or Cara Hodgson 404.848.5157 MARTA BEGINS Fiscal Year 2010 BUDGET APPROVAL PROCESS Staff to Present Budget Recommendations to Board of Directors’ Business Management Committee Meeting Today MARTA staff will present its recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2010 budget proposal to its board of […]

APD still investigating police ‘protection’ ring, drug squad

May 28, 2009 --

The 2006 shooting death of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston exposed corruption on the Atlanta police force and sent three officers to federal prison. But, 30 months after the Atlanta woman’s death, the Atlanta police internal affairs unit and a citizen review panel are still looking for answers. Johnston was gunned down in the living room of […]

TitleMax Update: $296,000

May 26, 2009 --

TitleMax of Georgia, one of the state’s largest car title pawn companies, filed five more campaign disclosures after our report last week. With those filings, TitleMax has now disclosed — for the first time — $296,000 in political contributions since July 1, 2006. There were 195 donations in that period; in each case, failure to […]

Fayette politician asked to resolve pot charge at scene, deputy reports

Fayette politician asked to resolve pot charge at scene, deputy reports
May 26, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 26, 2009 — Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan (right) looked flushed, pale and “extremely nervous” when a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over Saturday. “Horgan’s hands began to shake, and his voice began to tremble in conversation,” Deputy Justin Storm reported. Not surprising, it would seem, since the deputy found marijuana and […]

BankTracker uses public data to sort out troubled banks

May 26, 2009 --

Georgia leads the nation in bank failures. What better time to chat up a Web site that uses public records to analyze the strength of every bank in America? BankTracker calculates and publishes a “troubled asset ratio” for every bank, as well as other key financial information, all derived from public filings with the Federal […]

No written report in DeKalb’s $325-an-hour suicide inquiry

No written report in DeKalb's $325-an-hour suicide inquiry
May 22, 2009 --

DeKalb County school officials have no written record of the investigation that exonerates school employees in the April 16 suicide of a Dunaire Elementary fifth-grader. Retired judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore (right) said Wednesday that she found “no evidence of bullying” after interviewing dozens of teachers, parents and students at Dunaire. The mother of 11-year-old […]

GBI Report: Witness protection files left unprotected

GBI Report: Witness protection files left unprotected
May 22, 2009 --

The head of Georgia’s Vital Records unit was fired after co-workers found unsecured files from the federal witness protection program in his office. State officials had said Richard Wheat (right), 43, was let go last month for “gross mismanagement.” They provided no specific explanation for his dismissal. Wheat was on leave in April when other […]

TitleMax gave $192K to pols; no disclosure

TitleMax gave $192K to pols; no disclosure
May 19, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 9, 2009 — One of the state’s largest title pawn companies poured $192,000 into Georgia political campaigns, primarily those of state lawmakers, in 2007 and 2008. Nobody really knew that during the 2008 election season, though. Nor was it public knowledge during the 2009 legislative session (which preserved the status quo […]

ATL auditors: Too many cops downtown?

May 15, 2009 --

Atlanta police may be overstaffed on downtown patrol beats and understaffed in south and west Atlanta, a recent city audit suggests. Auditors looked at patrols in each of the department’s six zones and compared the length of “blackout” periods — the times when all patrol officers are tied up on a call — to assess […]