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Firefighters left without knocking on door at fatal Dunwoody blaze

January 28, 2010 --

DeKalb fire officials left the scene of a fatal Dunwoody house fire Sunday without knocking on the door to check the address, investigators say in a report released today. Investigators said the address for Ann Bartlett’s home was not visible from the street. House numbers on either side were visible, which “should have provided a clue of the location of 1687 Houghton Court North.” But no one walked up Bartlett’s driveway to check.

6 unfilled bank examiner jobs: $276,461

January 28, 2010 --

Gov. Sonny Perdue says Georgia can save that much next year by keeping six bank examiner jobs vacant. Maybe the thinking is that Georgia doesn’t need as many bank examiners because Georgia doesn’t have as many banks as it used to. Or, on the other hand, maybe we’d have more banks if it had more bank examiners.

Jan. 28

January 28, 2010 --

Perdue yanks bonds over DOT accounting flap AG candidate in federal court — as the defendant DeKalb board member wants school investigation ATL man arrested for catching cop on Facebook? UGA’s last-place ranking in minority enrollment inaccurate Board member, superintendent finalist in Dougherty have undisclosed business tie Opinion: Dougherty school chief choice tainted Family blames […]

Embattled mid-GA judge: ‘I was just as lost as I could be’

January 28, 2010 --

A middle Georgia  judge belittled and argued with defendants, misstated points of law and improperly ordered jailers not to shorten inmates’ sentences for good behavior, witnesses told a judicial oversight panel in Atlanta today. Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler and his lawyer blamed much of the alleged misconduct on his lack of legal training. “When I first took office, I was just as lost as I could be,” Fowler testified.

Debt-ridden DK official says she spent $69K out of pocket on campaign

Debt-ridden DK official says she spent $69K out of pocket on campaign
January 28, 2010 --

Sharon Barnes Sutton’s paycheck was garnisheed in 2008 after she missed payments on her Lexus. Gwinnett County issued four arrest warrants for her over $1,000 in bounced checks in 2007. And she lost her $162,000 Stone Mountain home a few months ago when she couldn’t keep up with the mortgage. Still, Sutton reported spending $69,000 of her own money to run for the DeKalb County Commission, campaign records show. All this on a $43,000 schoolteacher’s salary.