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Are you kidding me? The man was in his own car and after being noticed drove off. He did not knowingly and willingly expose himself to this person. Sounds like this woman is a closet peeper herself... I would think law enforcement would have better things to do.

INDECENT EXPOSURE: On June 25, deputies were dispatched about 7:20 p.m. to the parking lot of Kroger’s off Epps Bridge Parkway, where a 28-year-old woman reported she had returned to her car and observed a man in an adjacent car who appeared to be masturbating while watching pornographic material on his cellphone. When the man saw that he was being watched, he quickly drove off in a silver Honda Accord. The next day, deputies received word the suspect was at Region’s Bank on Prince Avenue. A deputy arrived and served a warrant on Michael Hagood Townsend, 30, of Westpark Drive, Athens. He was charged with indecent exposure and taken to jail.

posted @ Friday, July 4, 2014 - 09:02

Elderly Athens woman victimized in fake sweepstakes

I just don't understand it. This is the greatest generation, after all. These are the parents that didn't spend a dime on frivolity and paid cash for houses, cars and the like. I can't wrap my head around the fact that these fiscally careful people fall for these scams - even fall for the scams where someone claims to be their grandson in jail -
I wish someone who had been a victim would allow the media to interview them in depth to provide insight on how the thought process works in a case like this. Seriously, I am of the generation that if I asked my mother for $500.00 she would have to be revived with smelling salts. She would think it preposterous.
With that said, I would like to find out more as to why this keeps on happening.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 07:36

Athens Academy football coach Michael Gunn resigns

I don't blame him. He is one of the best and he just couldn't take the bull----

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 22:12

Virginia man facing felony charges for obtaining in-state tuition for daughter to attend UGA

This is "you've got to be kidding..." While I do not condone what this man did, I would think the full restitution would be enough. Perhaps they are trying to make an example of him but he only did what people have been doing for decades and decades. Actually, I think the prosecutor is going to be targeted for selective prosecution if he goes forward with this. Perhaps a case of this type should be prosecuted, but this is the wrong one to "make an example." The efficiency apartment is more proof that some people use to prove residency.

posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 21:21

Athens man who shot stepfather in eye extradited from California

It's a shame he shot the one person who ever tried to do anything constructive for him. And, for all of you that say that he was a soldier and the war made him do it, never saw his antics when he was 12... An explosive time bomb all along.

posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 21:17

Jury finds Donnan not guilty on fraud charges

@Tripollo: I'm with you 100%. I knew a couple of the local investors and they had a small fortune in their own right. I also know someone who put in
$250,000 and had second thoughts and got it back a few days later.

I had this same feeling when I was watching the Bernard Madoff scandel.
In the Palm Beach circles, where people had a fortune already, it was a badge of honor and class pride to say, "My money is with Madoff..."

Those of us who have saved conservatively and who are "off the radar" as far as portfolios are concerned have learned to be content with Fidelity or Vanguard funds and sleep much better at night.

posted @ Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 08:09

Rep. Paul Broun’s son arrested on drug charge in Athens

@mpd0.59: Oh dear God in heaven. There are those of us who breast-fed, were stay at home moms, went to every storytime, soccer practice, T-Ball game, had family dinners, read to our children, had stable marriages, etc. etc. etc. and they can still break your heart. I am not a fan of Paul Broun but I hurt with him that the son that is the same age as my son keeps making these bad choices.
I'm glad I'm not running for political office.

posted @ Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 19:46

NBA probing alleged recording of Clippers owner making racist statements

OK, folks - this is what I am not getting. How did it come to be that a 70 something and his 25 year old girlfriend's argument got recorded? While I think his previous actions with regard to his leasing practices are repugnant, the recording sounded like a trashy argument between two nasty people.
When did these types of private conversations become punishable offenses?

posted @ Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 18:10

Athens man worried about missing daughter

Give the guy a break. He has probably been used to her dropping in and out of his life and at 79, perhaps loses track of time. My heart breaks for this guy and I pray that I am not him in 20 years.

posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 - 07:20

Hood files first motions as own attorney, asking cop-killing and drug murder cases be tried separately

@dahreese: Not so sure that Mr. Wray's family would think of it as a "waste." They probably want justice for their loved one as much as the Christian family wants justice for their loved one. Just sayin'

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 13:40

UGA swim coach Bauerle suspended from coaching duties as NCAA levies allegations

I must be missing something here. While this was a horrible breach, what about giving people second chances? Bauerle has already been suspended for an entire season. He soon will be fired. Thugs in Athens get better treatment.
Where's the double secret probation here?? I think Bauerle should be given a second chance and some arena to do the good he is capable of doing before he is given the ax for a first offense.

posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 08:15

Man indicted for knife attack on Athens psychiatrist

Why are they withholding the name of the doctor? Is it just to preserve this POS's privacy? I can't think of another reason. Don't think HIPPA laws protect attempted murder.

posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:29

Student housing development proposed for tract near downtown Athens

@scarborj: Student housing brings in taxes - I own a house at The Retreat and the taxes I pay on that one unit are no where in line as to the depreciated value of what I paid years ago.

posted @ Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 08:55

Arrest warrants issued against UGA prof, allegedly asked student to buy drugs in Mexico

Oh for goodness sakes, that is Wellbutrin. Mr. Professor can't afford the $15.00 co-pay with UGA's generous insurance plan?
And it does not make you "horny" - it is one of the antidepressants that does not have sexual side effects.
What an idiot.

posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 - 11:54

Steve Brooks steps down at Athens Christian

A Godly man - nah - just a little man with a bad temper...

posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 08:57

Human remains recovered in Banks County

Pray that it is either Justin Gaines or Josh Adams. These two young men have been missing for so long.

posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 08:14

UPDATE: Autopsy inconclusive in death of UGA student

I'm not going to speculate at all but wonder what this world is coming to when a locked door of a roommate does not open for 3 days and no one calls a parent, no one calls the resident assistant, no one notices on social media...

Perhaps he did not die instantly but was in a coma part of the time and could have been helped. Not judging - just trying to comprehend.

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 21:08

He's back: Wilkins to lead Cedar Shoals football program again

Athens Academy will miss him. He has been a wonderful mentor to teens in the short time he has been there.

posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 20:11

Missing Georgia bank director arrested in Brunswick

Looks like it was just a traffic stop - with all of that money, he was either too stupid or arrogant to create another identity for himself. I'm sure he was not recognized by the Brunswick police - they put either his tag number or his driver's license into the system and VOILA - he is using the same name as he did when he absconded. Probably on his way to the Gator Bowl...

posted @ Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 20:48

Danielsville man caught with stolen gun, meth at Athens mall

@athena01: Oh puh-lease - I used to say that about my son too. He has found oxy in every large and small town he has ever lived in. He has stolen from his family, from a little old lady whose farm he worked on, - there is not a "better crowd of folks" that will keep an addict clean. My son and the rest of the people like Mr. Poore ARE the bad crowd of people.... This is truly an example of magical thinking - "if only he had stayed in Madison County..."

posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 - 21:10

Danielsville man caught with stolen gun, meth at Athens mall

@athena01: Oh puh-lease - I used to say that about my son too. He has found oxy in every large and small town he has ever lived in. He has stolen from his family, from a little old lady whose farm he worked on, - there is not a "better crowd of folks" that will keep an addict clean. My son and the rest of the people like Mr. Poore ARE the bad crowd of people.... This is truly an example of magical thinking - "if only he had stayed in Madison County..."

posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 - 21:10

Danielsville man caught with stolen gun, meth at Athens mall

Wasn't he just arrested a couple of weeks ago on similar charges?

posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:23

Athens woman charged with threatening son with gun

All I can say is HELL YES, she is on something. I hope she is on a strong anti-depressant. As a mother of an addict, you get so beat down from being stolen from, lied to and in being in fear of your life. Her eyes look dead, death from a thousand paper cuts - and in this case, probably more.
She looks like what I did when I looked in a drawer and realized that all of my jewelry was gone, my credit cards were gone (only to be run up buying gift cards for Bernard, Dennis, or any of the numerous drug dealers in this town...)
She looks like I did after no sleep trying to keep myself locked in my own bedroom thinking this can't be possibly true - I breast fed him, took him to story time at the library, took him to Little League, read to him, played ball with him outside, sent him to the best schools, volunteered with the PTA, did all the Mommy and Me crap that doesn't mean a thing, really... - and he has a father that I have been with over 30 years who has been a strong father figure, engaged in his life, etc. I'm not trying to make this news story about me but I'm telling you people, it could have been me or any of you out there. This is EPIDEMIC in this town and I hope the mother, instead of being charged with a crime, gets this POS son of hers out of her house before she is the one at the morgue. I never had to point a gun at my son, probably because I don't own one, but I can imagine the sadness and despair of having to arm oneself against the child you birthed.

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 11:43

Urban Outfitters logo shown on downtown storefront plans

@makeitso: Are you kidding me? Do you go downtown on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and see all the sorority girls with their Mama's credit cards? All of those stores charge full price retail and no one looks at the price tag. I think this store will make a fortune. And the overhead - me thinks it's better than Lenox Square square footage rental. I welcome them to downtown and hope they do well.

posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 20:02

Police, GBI investigation closes The Plaza in west Athens

@georgiamom: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I was here in the 1970's when the Sunset rapist struck (very close to The Plaza/Indale St. area). I wouldn't walk by myself from the Brumby parking lot to my room at night. Ask one of my good friends that was raped in the sorority parking lot on Milledge... Person never caught.
Please, please, please - small town or no small town. You just can't walk by yourself anywhere at night unless you are in your own house, armed with Ackerman or a Smith and Wesson.
I pray that this family gets resolution soon.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 20:03

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