Oct. 23, 2016 — JaNice VanNess’s father and his business have given $14,500 to her campaigns since 2010. One donation, though, may not have been strictly legal. The business gave her $2,500 in July 2014 for the primary election held two months earlier. In Georgia, candidates may only accept donations for an election after the fact if they’re retiring a debt — a restriction that Van Ness said she was unaware of. She returned the money after losing the 2014 general election.
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.