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Towns County Sheriff Rudy Eller: 5 years in prison

Towns County Sheriff Rudy Eller: 5 years in prison
October 18, 2009 --

In 2007, Rudy Eller hid a gun fired by his chief deputy in a domestic dispute and lied to GBI investigators about it. A year later, Eller pleaded guilty to making false statements, tampering with evidence, hindering apprehension of a criminal, and violating his oath of office. Eller’s lawyer and the district attorney asked the judge to show mercy on Eller, who suffers from diabetes and emphysema. But Superior Court Judge Lynn Alderman was unmoved: “The court is in the business of justice. Mercy is for the Lord and other parties who are not here today.”

Do direct stimulus jobs really cost $533,000 apiece?

Do direct stimulus jobs really cost $533,000 apiece?
October 18, 2009 --

On Thursday, the government released data claiming $16 billion in stimulus money has saved or created 30,383 jobs. Extrapolating those numbers, the administration’s chief economist estimated total stimulus spending would mean more than 1 million new or saved jobs. But do the 30,000 jobs represent a good return? And since the federal contracts for which data was reported this week represent just a sliver of the overall stimulus package, what do they really say about the impact of the stimulus as a whole?

Oct. 18

October 18, 2009 --

Are drastic swings in CRCT scores valid? EPA investigating fallout from forgotten Atlanta lead smelter Does Atlanta’s firefighter shortage place residents in peril? Imperial Sugar execs mulled over implications of 1996 blast, CFO says

Oct. 17

October 17, 2009 --

Price, Gingrey campaigns receive thousands from doctors & health care lobbyists Barrow rakes in big bucks from health care industry Carroll County Commission chairman appeals recall DOJ rejects Handel’s appeal of voter certification Canton council mulls 600 percent pay hikes

Oct. 16

October 16, 2009 --

Medical records contract will stand despite improper contact by winning bidder Augusta open records policy closes door to those documents Dougherty County grand jury indicted Buie and others Ex-state rep pleads not guilty to not paying taxes

Overseers to probe alleged arrest quotas, ‘extra jobs’ at APD

Overseers to probe alleged arrest quotas, 'extra jobs' at APD
October 16, 2009 --

Atlanta’s police oversight board will study charges that officers implicated in the 2006 Kathryn Johnston shooting, and other officers, had arrest quotas and worked extra jobs while on duty. The Citizen Review Board, created two years ago in response to the Johnston case, will also dig deeper into FBI files that suggest other unindicted officers broke the law or departmental rules

Ethics deals signed for ex-Speaker, 10 current & former lawmakers

Ethics deals signed for ex-Speaker, 10 current & former lawmakers
October 15, 2009 --

Former House Speaker Terry Coleman and 10 current and former lawmakers closed ethics complaints today with the payment of a fine and a promise not to do it again. Coleman agreed to a $2,900 fine for making more than $38,000 in mortgage payments on a condominium that his business was purchasing. The panel also fined Congressman David Scott for failing to report the status of $83,000 left over in his state Senate campaign accounts since 2002.

Possible MARTA conflict could become $45 million headache

Possible MARTA conflict could become $45 million headache
October 15, 2009 --

A potential conflict of interest involving a MARTA vendor and a state legislator could turn out to be a $45 million headache. Or, if it’s not worked out, state Sen. Doug Stoner could be out of a job.

Oct. 15

October 15, 2009 --

Judge Oxendine removed from non-profit board Ethics panel probing further into Oxendine campaign Justices weigh $4.5 million bonus awarded lawyers in Ga. litigation DeKalb pays homeless man $165K for kicking him out State Web site errs in listing places with vaccine Georgia high on list of dropout factories Alford: Clean coal plant no environmental threat Opinion: […]

Ex-Polk County deputy gets 21 months in prison for beating inmate

October 15, 2009 --

A federal judge today sentenced a former Polk County deputy sheriff to nearly two years in prison for beating an inmate in a restraint chair. Ex-Sgt. Joshua David Lowe, 25, will serve 1 year and nine months in prison for the beating, described by a witness as unjustified and “horrible.” Read the news release …

       

Atlanta NAACP accuses former executive, aide of $275K fraud

Atlanta NAACP accuses former executive, aide of $275K fraud
October 14, 2009 --

Atlanta NAACP leaders have accused former executive director Judith Withers-Hanson and an aide of stealing $275,000 over a six-year period, according to a police incident report. The pair allegedly charged personal expenses including tuition, dental work, meals and furniture, then covered their tracks with false entries in the organization’s books, the report said.

Oct. 14

October 14, 2009 --

DeKalb schools’ COO, husband under investigation Former Gwinnett judge forced from non-profit board Cobb sheriff signs new deal with ICE amid ACLU profiling claim Energy for Atlanta, mercury for coast Peachtree City airport chair resigns before removal vote Suit alleges Delta invaded privacy, used hacked e-mail Fired Cobb principal charges board violated Open Meetings Act […]