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Jefferson wrestler indicted for injuring Athens bicyclist in DUI hit-and-run

[quote][b]Okra[/b] - Was the bicyclist cited for riding on the sidewalk?
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Riding on the sidewalk is legal in most parts of Clarke County, so no.

posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 19:31

Athens woman attacks teen girls

[quote][b]Hawaii Five O[/b] -
wonder where are the daddies?????
Probably ALREADY in jail
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That would only be true if they were prosecuted somewhere other than Clarke County.

posted @ Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 09:23

Fire that damaged home on Athens' east side ruled accidental

@wearedoomed: If you check the time-stamp on the other two comments you'll see that they were made yesterday. This is an updated version of yesterday's story that now includes information regarding the fire's cause.

posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 07:30

Man asked to clean up after dog pulls gun

If a dog pulled a gun on me I'd need a clean-up too.

posted @ Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 11:40

Illinois man repays insurance money with 4 tons of coins

I once paid a traffic fine in pennies as a form of protest. I was guilty of the infraction, but so were several other drivers (my guess is that I was singled out since I was the long-haired teenager in a sporty red car). I was asked to count the pennies out, which I gladly did since it created a decent sized line behind me by the time I was done. Needless to say I avoided that particulary municipality like the plague fo the next few years.

posted @ Friday, August 2, 2013 - 09:48

Man drives on wrong side of highway from Arcade to Athens

Deleting double post

posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 11:12

Man drives on wrong side of highway from Arcade to Athens

[quote][b]GroversMill[/b] - @avenger:

No sir, it most certainly is not. It is never OK to presume the worst in situations where observational skills, cool-headedness and common sense are better tools to employ. Testosterone, stress and adrenaline cannot be given the benefit of the doubt when others' lives are at stake. The officer had neither a gun nor a vehicle aimed at him: the ill, unarmed citizen did. [/quote]

On the day that Jamie Hood shot two ACC police officers, the first shots were fired during what seemed like a compliant traffic stop. Jamie Hood's brother was driving the car that pulled over in response to SPO Howard's blue lights. Everything was going according to plan until Jamie Hood jumped out of the vehicle and started firing. You'd be crazy to suggest that every officer in the region doesn't think about that at every traffic stop. At least those are the details as I remember them from the reports.
Now put yourself in the shoes of this officer. He's attempting to stop a driver that is not responding to lights or commands, and only stopped after striking another vehicle. In this situation the officer has no idea what he may be dealing with, regardless of whether excessive speed or evavsive action was taken. He also has no way of knowing if this seemingly disoriented driver is armed. I'm sure that the officer had no desire to shoot anyone (and I'm glad that he didn't have to), but when you don't obey a lawful order to stop a vehicle you are treated as a perceived threat until it's determined that you are not one.

A friend of mine that is a police officer once told me a saying that he learned as a young officer: "I'd rather be tried 12 than carried by 6." My point is, if your actions give a police officer reason to fear being able to return home safely, then you're likely to see the business end of his/her weapon. And I, for one, don't have a problem with that.

posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 11:12

Pedestrian killed trying to cross Interstate 75

@Aredman: I have to agree with @Realist. Even when there are viable walking options, there are some that choose not to take the safe route. A local example would be right here at exit 8 on Loop 10. There are sidewalks with crosswalks and signals available to pedestrians, yet there is a very worn path 100 yards away where folks cross over both the exit and entrance ramps on foot. They then cross all 4 lanes of the loop rather than utilizing the sidewalks under the bridge. Sure, the walk along sidewalks may involve more distance, but many people choose convenience over safety. I don't know if this was a similar situation at I-75, I'm simply pointing out walking routes are not always utilized when available.

That said, this is still a tragedy and I'm saddened that it happened.

posted @ Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:15

Athens teen released from brain injury program, man who struck her with Jeep sentenced

@justreadinginathens: No worries!

posted @ Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:24

Athens teen released from brain injury program, man who struck her with Jeep sentenced

I have to respectfully disagree with everyone that thinks the driver was not punished harshly enough. Don't get me wrong, this is a terrible tragedy that could have been a lot worse and he's completely at fault. I have to believe that a better solution would be for the driver to somehow be held financially responsible for every penny of the victim's medical bills, lost wages, etc. I also think that his wages should be garnished until every financial obligation is met, which can't happen if he is behind bars. That may not seem as punitive as serious jail time, but I bet it would help the victim and her family out a lot more.

posted @ Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:19

Athens teen released from brain injury program, man who struck her with Jeep sentenced

@justreadinginathens: Thanks for setting me straight. I certainly join everyone else in praying for continued recovery.

posted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 20:57

Athens teen released from brain injury program, man who struck her with Jeep sentenced

I'm sure his sentence was a stiff as they could make it considering that there was no malicious intent or impairment, just moving violations with horrible consequences. I think it's safe to say that the young lady's health insurer has already begun the process of getting every dime possible from his auto insurance to offset their portion of her medical bills. There is also nothing stopping the victim from seeking damages in civil court.

posted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 19:10

Use of deadly force justified in death of Gwinnett Co. teen

@tucker:
I'm very much in favor of less-lethal options like tasers or bean bag rounds for use by law enforcement, but my impression is that those things are used on agitated persons that are not necessarily armed. Hitting a moving target with a pistol, particularly under pressure, is not an easy thing to do, despite what we see in movies and on TV. For that reason, when an officer deems it necessary to use a weapon they aim at the largest area possible, which would be the torso. The bottom line in any case is that if you don't want to be shot by police then obey their instructions and don't charge them with weapons!

posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 - 18:20

Economist says Athens jobs growth to slow

@skull:
Yep, that's what I get for trying to be a grammar Nazi (a job for which I am woefully unqualified). Thanks for setting me straight. Smile

posted @ Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 19:08

Economist says Athens jobs growth to slow

Shouldn't it be "Too slow" in the title?

posted @ Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 16:30

Former Georgia player Alec Ogletree arrested for DUI, agent says

@munsondawg:
As a fan (and a human being) I hope that he, and others like him, get good advice about their finances and follow that advice. It's hard to feel sorry for million dollar athletes that are broke as soon as they're done playing, but you still hate to see it happen.

posted @ Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 07:56

Former Georgia player Alec Ogletree arrested for DUI, agent says

[quote][b]Billy[/b] - A multi million dollar mistake!
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Yep. Justin Houston failed a drug test at the combine and fell from a projected 1st rounder to the third round, also a mulit-million dollar mistake. When you consider the hazards of playing football, that rookie contract could be the only one a player ever gets. It just makes you wonder what goes through a player's head?

posted @ Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 07:46

Maggie Smith: I haven't seen 'Downton'

@Tewise: It's a drama set in the early part of the 20th century that tells the story of the fictional Crawley family and their servants. It's in the third season on PBS on Sunday nights, but you can also stream it on Netflix or Amazon Prime,

posted @ Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 19:26

Oconee St. park and ride opens to the public

@nowheregirl: Very good question. Since taxpayers are paying for the lot, the University better not be getting the (admittedly small) benefit of football parking revenue.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 - 08:54

Oconee St. park and ride opens to the public

[quote][b]fmrclarketchr[/b] -
Also, does anyone know what's happening at Peter Street/Olympic Drive? I missed that one.
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I was wondering about that myself.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 - 07:03

Oconee St. park and ride opens to the public

I'm betting it will only be full 6 days a year

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 - 06:56

Oconee St. park and ride opens to the public

[quote][b]fixit[/b] - $2.30 million for 223 parking places. $10,000 per space. Incredible.
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Yes, but didn't you see all the "green" enhancements that it has? Wink

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 - 06:49

Oconee St. park and ride opens to the public

I would think that locking a bike up in that lot would be an almost certain way to ensure that your bike will be gone when you come back.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 - 06:38

Feds: 12 indicted in Southeast sex trafficking case

Sometimes maybe the only thing that can/should be said is that this is a very sad reality for some, and more should be done to stop it.

posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 22:05

PSY's 'Gangnam Style' wins Korean top song award

I'm pretty sure PSY's 15 minutes are just about up (at least here in the U.S.)

posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 15:40

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