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November 9, 2011 --

Fulton school board prez didn’t know of abuse because she didn’t read investigative report Three more Eagle Raid officers appeal punishment Audit: “Manipulated’ records at Columbus real estate law firm American Cancer Society: Where does your money go? Former Gwinnett judge surrenders law license Fulton jail ex-deputy pleads guilty over bribes Prosecutor clears Greene Co. […]

Inspector General pries into conflicts in prison contracts

Inspector General pries into conflicts in prison contracts
October 4, 2011 --

Consultant Michael Lovelady leased offices to a contractor while monitoring his installation of new locks at a south Georgia prison. Lovelady named his son’s business as one of three acceptable suppliers for the $638,000 job. Lovelady’s son owned half of the contractor’s company. But prison officials never noticed anything amiss, Inspector General Deron R. Hicks reported Monday.

Did Univ of W.Ga. fire fund-raiser for complaints about gouging donors?

Did Univ of W.Ga. fire fund-raiser for complaints about gouging donors?
May 6, 2011 --

The University of West Georgia may have broken whistleblower protection and open records laws, as well as state purchasing rules, a state investigation suggests. James Naughton thinks so too. He’s filed suit alleging his boss, Michael Ruffner, fired him for questioning the unauthorized hiring of a Washington lobbyist and misleading the school’s foundation in order to jack up fees charged to donors.

2nd ethics panel attorney resigns after OIG probe

2nd ethics panel attorney resigns after OIG probe
August 4, 2010 --

The other shoe dropped Tuesday at the State Ethics Commission, as the agency’s lone remaining full-time attorney resigned. Tom Plank, a lawyer there since 2007 and the agency’s top administrator earlier this year, quit to take another job. Colleagues said Plank dropped off his resignation letter and left without saying what that job would be.

APD ignored key Kathryn Johnston witness for 9 days

APD ignored key Kathryn Johnston witness for 9 days
May 23, 2010 --

Atlanta police inexplicably waited nine days to question a key witness to officers’ misconduct in the 2006 killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston, according to a new investigative report. Instead, they put on a full-court press to track down an informant who corrupt officers wanted to use as their alibi. Cris Beamud, director of a city oversight panel created after the Johnston shooting, says police should find out why it took so long.

Investigation: 2 more APD cops should be fired

May 23, 2010 --

The report says Atlanta should fire two more cops over truthiness issues.

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.

Ex-APD major charged with sneaking cellphone to inmate son

Ex-APD major charged with sneaking cellphone to inmate son
October 27, 2009 --

(UPDATE: The indictment says the contraband was a cellphone and battery. Williams is free on a $5,000 signature bond.)

Former Atlanta police Maj. Pearlene Williams, once Chief Richard Pennington’s chief of staff, was indicted today in DeKalb County on two felony counts. Williams, a 28-year APD veteran, was charged with violating her oath and furnishing prohibited items to an inmate. Her son, Muhammad Kareem, 22, was jailed until recently in DeKalb for a 2007 pawn shop killing. He is now serving a life sentence in a state prison for murder.

Report: Family violence, loved one’s death affected 5th-grader before suicide

August 26, 2009 --

Domestic violence and the death last year of a beloved grandmother may have played a role in the suicide of a DeKalb County fifth-grader, an investigative report released Wednesday says. Retired Fulton County judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore found “no evidence” that school officials were told of alleged bullying of Jaheem Herrera, 11, before he took his life. But the judge suggested Jaheem was affected by domestic violence directed against his mother and by the death six months earlier of the grandmother who raised him.

APS: No ‘concrete’ evidence of cheating on 5th-grade tests at Deerwood

August 21, 2009 --

Atlanta’s public school system has found no “concrete, non-statistical evidence” of cheating on fifth-grade CRCT tests last year at Deerwood Academy. State officials in June said a disproportionate number of erasures suggested Deerwood students’ answers had been changed improperly. But attorney Penn Payne, hired to investigate the case for APS, blamed the discrepancies today on “negligence in record keeping, lack of energy and diligence in following the rules, and supervisory failure.” Read on to download the full report.

ATL police major investigated for felony in DeKalb

ATL police major investigated for felony in DeKalb
July 24, 2009 --

Maj. Pearlene Williams, chief of staff for Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington, is under investigation in DeKalb County, where her son has been serving time for a 2007 pawn shop killing. Court records show the DeKalb district attorney opened a file Wednesday on an allegation that Williams violated her oath of office, a felony, after the DeKalb sheriff forwarded an investigative report. Neither office would discuss the case. But, a spokesman cautioned, “She hasn’t been charged. She hasn’t been indicted.”


Vital Records chief ‘paranoid’ about job — here’s why

Vital Records chief 'paranoid' about job -- here's why
June 3, 2009 --

Georgia’s $96,000-a-year vital records director was “very paranoid about his job and was always afraid that he was going to lose it,” a GBI investigative report says. Now we know why. The GBI file, released Tuesday, shows co-workers found six boxes of unprocessed paperwork in director Richard Wheat’s office over spring break, and even more […]