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No ‘magic shield’ protects agencies targeted by investigators

No 'magic shield' protects agencies targeted by investigators
January 5, 2012 --

Exactly three years ago today, I requested records of credit card statements for former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. A week or two later, after someone let it slip that the sheriff’s office had a bank account that other county officials didn’t know about, I asked for those records too.

I’m still waiting. Legally, though, there’s no valid reason that I should be.

July 2

July 2, 2010 --

Trooper: UGA athletic director tried to bargain way out of DUI arrest Bannister cleared of DUI; Gwinnett sheriff on defensive Teens in non-profit campaigned for Oxendine Columbus mayor axes $500K program amid Parks & Rec probe Judge to Oxendine in ’91: You’re an abomination Court revives lawsuit against ex-Clayton County DA Cobb orders candidate to […]

June 15

June 15, 2010 --

Airport going-away party cost $22K, draws ethics review Probe of Fayette judge leaves big questions unanswered Georgia still #1 in guns showing up at other states’ crime scenes Clayton County school board member censured Punishment imminent in Clayton County inmate-release mishap Guidelines review requested after traffic stop of Bibb DA

March 8

March 8, 2010 --

Toxins threaten Ga. dolphins Four Clayton County officers fired amid sex, drug claims State may move more public defender costs back to counties Lawyers, ATL to meet over airport billboards dispute Marietta judge facing 21 misdemeanor charges resigns

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools
February 10, 2010 --

One in 10 Georgia public schools showed a suspicious number of changed answers on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state Board of Education may order local investigations and monitoring of the 2010 CRCTs to “eliminate future problems and help students who have been adversely affected by test tampering,” said Kathleen Mathers, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. We’ve got the list of schools.

John Thompson, fired Clayton County school sup’t: $367,371

January 8, 2010 --

John Thompson, fired after just 11 months from his Clayton County post, ranked as the third-best-paid school superintendent in Georgia for 2009. Thompson pocketed about $367,000 in the fiscal year ending June 30. He lost his job in March, less than a year after he’d been hired to turn the school system around and lead it back to accreditation. Check out the rest of the state’s 10 highest-paid superintendents.

Ponzi schemes: McDonough lawyer to prison, Hoschton broker pleads guilty

November 5, 2009 --

Federal prosecutors announced action in two unrelated Ponzi schemes this afternoon: Former McDonough attorney Steven H. Ballard, 53, was sent to prison for five-plus years for a scam that netted more than $1 million, and former Hoschton mortgage broker Edward William Farley, 47, pleaded guilty to fraud charges involving more than 150 victims and $20 million in losses. Farley will be sentenced in February. Read the news releases…

Oct. 7

October 7, 2009 --

Gwinnett judge who signed land deal vacates office Football Hall of Fame deal includes $1 million ‘break-up’ fee Deal opts out of business with the state Tort reform challenged over emergency room care Gas line project, surcharges OK’d for Atlanta Gas Light Carroll County rents FEMA office space from Carrollton mayor Corps outlines remedies for […]

Sept. 30

September 30, 2009 --

Vick to repay $416K to pension plan Clayton County Commission chairman accused of inappropriate touching Millions of gallons of sewage going into Ocmulgee

Sept. 25

September 25, 2009 --

Victims, families respond to Imperial Sugar investigation Clayton County principal shakeup over cellphone sex video Corps denies Lake Lanier water releases added to flooding … GDOT to pay for $1,500 road signs from federal stimulus funds … Bookman: Reserving interstate lanes for the affluent … Watchdog tells Atlanta candidates to stop e-mailing city employees …

Sept. 19

September 19, 2009 --

Lawmaker tried to block U.S. attorney pick 5 executives out in Facility Group housecleaning N.J.: No care for Grady dialysis patients Man claims he was held in Floyd County Jail 6 months after release date Clayton County principal loses certification, still working

Aug. 5

August 5, 2009 --

Feds freeze GDOT’s transit grants over financial management problems Think tank, state agency at odds on lending practices Eldrin Bell accused of ‘inappropriate behavior’ by Clayton County employee Opinion: Let’s examine hospital tax breaks Nepotism law could derail Gainesville school board campaign