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BLOG: Will Georgia's 'Slow Poke' law withstand challenge on appeal?

@TeeWee: Thanks for pointing that out. I was thinking Slow Poke when writing but Move Over came out. I guess it's because both laws require moving over. Or maybe I should have had that second cup of coffee this morning.

posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:53

GSP troopers getting ready to enforce 'slowpoke' law

@TeeWee: that's a lot of work!

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:31

Logan's Roadhouse to host fundraiser to benefit the Buddy Christian Foundation

@jtsim: agreed with you right,up to the point of drunk kids

posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 21:58

UGA employees suspected of surplus theft

[quote][b]Hawaii Five O[/b] - And who are they?
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Here's the story I filed. Don't know why names were omitted in the editing process.

Two University of Georgia employees have been charged in connection with the theft of university-owned furniture.
Kenneth Hilton Horton, 49, of Colbert, was charged with misdemeanor theft by taking for stealing a filing cabinet and credenza from UGA’s steam plant on Cedar Street, where he worked, UGA police said.
His supervisor, Robert J. Bartunek, was charged as being a party to the crime for allowing Horton to take the items, according to police.
UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the items were surplus, and that police recovered the credenza, but the filing cabinet was sold to a scrap yard.
An investigation began last Friday when someone phoned in an anonymous tip that Horton stole the items, Williamson said.
“In the course of conducting interviews, investigators found out that the supervisor at the steam plant told the employee he could take those items,” Williamson said. “A witness even saw the supervisor unlock a door to give the employee access.”
Warrants for both employees were obtained by police on Wednesday.
Horton surrendered to authorities later that same day, but Bartunek had not yet been arrested as of Thursday afternoon.
Horton was released from the Clarke County Jail after posting a $1,500 bond.

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:13

UPDATE: South Milledge reopened after portable toilet contents mopped up

@Greg Benson: I didn't want to be redundant, so I went with "trail of slippery entrails" this time

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 20:23

Authorities round up nearly a dozen criminal suspects in Athens sweep

@thelastresort: You don't. You get sent back to prison.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 15:38

Man who allegedly struck Athens parking enforcement officer with SUV indicted

@Used2baFreeCountry: She wasn't injured, just very shaken up (from what I recall in the police report at the time it happened)

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:03

Trial for admitted cop killer Jamie Hood to be held in Athens

@marshalld: The TV cameras will follow this case no matter where the trial is held. Also, I don't see grounds for appeal since the defendant agreed to have the trial in Athens.

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:19

Jennifer Davis: Paramedic responds by ground and air to those in need

Parameds most certainly Rock!

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 17:13

Athens man tries to stab eye of child’s mother

@nowheregirl: A new law took effect July 1 concerning booking photos. The only real change was that publications could not profit from charging people to have their mug shots removed from their websites, which was what some had been doing. The ABH had to submit to each agency we regularly deal with a signed and notarized letter stating that we would not charge to remove mug shots, which we nave did anyway, and that they would be used in the course of normal news gathering.
For some reason, The CCSO took this law change a step further by no longer displaying mug shots on the jail's website. I am not sure what the rationale was.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:47

Athens cyclist complains about red light citation

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: I thought so

posted @ Friday, July 4, 2014 - 18:37

Driver blames turtle, cat, squirrel, tree in wreck

I bet the dog ate his homework too

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 16:22

Police: Drugged man in pickup leaves path of destruction from Nicholson to Athens

@OconeeJoe: and you read about it here in your local daily paper, nowhere else.

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 19:12

Athens man bites boyfriend, get teeth knocked out

@autiger2818: Because there were three people involved, and I do not name victims (of which there were two), that was the only way to refer to him in order for readers to keep track of the involved individuals.
As for the contention it was just a battery and not worthy of a news story, well I'll do a write-up any time a fight involves biting and knocked out teeth.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 16:28

Intoxicated man gored by bull at Athens Arena

@nowheregirl: Commerce Boulevard (off Atlanta Highway)

posted @ Monday, June 23, 2014 - 14:24

Police: Athens woman felt imprisoned while boyfriend beat her over several days

@Humbucker bob: false imprisonment fits in this case and it is a felony.
Unfortunately, it would take using that knife to actually stab her to bring an aggravated assault charge

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 17:00

Police: Athens woman felt imprisoned while boyfriend beat her over several days

@Humbucker bob: You are absolutely correct that was a real crime experience and not a feeling, but to say she was in fact imprisoned in the headline would not have been technically correct. Furthermore, there was no kidnapping because the suspect did not physically move the woman from one location to another. Also, there was nothing in the report that I saw that would have supported an aggravated assault charge

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 13:49

Police: Athens woman felt imprisoned while boyfriend beat her over several days

@Humbucker bob: She was not literally locked up, but the fact she was being followed everywhere with a man holding a knife made her feel as though she was not free to leave.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 11:30

Phillies score 5 in 13th inning, beat Braves 6-1

13 is not the Braves' lucky number

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:24

Urine test pretender arrested

@thelastresort: to give a clean sample for a friend I would imagine

posted @ Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:34

Woman escapes from Athens police car

@TeeWee: Well if it's a company vehicle, the heck with the alignment then!

posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 17:31

Woman escapes from Athens police car

@TeeWee: If you drive over bumps at an angle you will knock your steering out of alignment.

posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 16:39

Ambulance overturns in Bishop, power lines down

@concerned citizen in athens: I once was, and it's no great fun. You just experience a lot of other people's pain and suffering

posted @ Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 17:26

Local, federal authorities nab 'Catch Me If You Can' suspect in Athens

@Oistrakh: As I asked a newsroom coworker who brought that up, what would a genuine mobster be doing living in Jefferson, Georgia, and cashing fake checks?

posted @ Friday, May 23, 2014 - 15:25

Athens woman bites, throws butcher knife at boyfriend

@snarkydude: your username is so apropos

posted @ Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 10:22

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