@barryhollander: That was referring to the malice murder charge, not felony murder. To convict on malice murder there needs to be proof beyond reasonable doubt that there was some degree of premeditation. The prosecution never attempted to prove that the driver in the burglary had prior knowledge that someone might be shot. In fact the evidence included a videotaped interview in which the defendant said he didn't know his accomplices were armed when they went into the house.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 17:36
@grove600: Once again, Grove, no need to be snarky. Simply point out an error and it will be promptly corrected.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 16:08
@Lets Get It Together: I love some Pepsi!posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 - 17:50
@snarkydude: I got up to speed 10 years ago, haven't you been following my columns?posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 14:52
@Meet_Joey_Black: It's always prudent to have the proper safety equipment, but the investigation of this tragedy hasn't yet been concluded so it would be best to not rush to judgement.posted @ Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 15:14
@NewYearNewBeer: The complete article has been recovered and posted.posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:38
@NewYearNewBeer: The complete story appears in the print edition. I don't know what happened online but we're getting it fixed right now.posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:22
[quote][b]StarDragon59[/b] - yea joe ya hurt my feelings... [/quote]
Please accept my heartfelt apologies. I will continue to write stories guaranteed to garner the comments so many seem to enjoy reading and often sparking conversation and debateposted @ Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 12:03
[quote][b]StarDragon59[/b] - looks like a tat to me [/quote]
Well that is what the story says. Do people jump straight to comments without reading stories?posted @ Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 00:14
@theold33: I'm thinking it's more than just a paintball gun. Why else would the police consider him to be armed and dangerous and warning people not to approach? I'm hoping someone with the police department will answer my questions.posted @ Friday, February 14, 2014 - 16:08
[quote][b]d.alewine[/b] - Not much good ever comes from Sycamore Dr.
That's where SPO Christian ended his watchposted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 16:51
@Walholler: Nothing major, no arrests. Info other than the officers responded there was not available when I posted the story.posted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:17
@NewYearNewBeer: Unfortunately a description wasn't provided in the police report. Can't really tell from the booking photo. The report also didn't mention that Jackson County placed a hold on him at the Clarke County Jail.
posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 13:19
@Humbucker bob: BTW, FYI & BYOB: I like your handle. My SG Deluxe and ES-125 both have Humbuckers.posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 15:58
@Humbucker bob: Cool man. The witness I spoke to is a relative of the guy who was with the victim at the time he was murdered on Lombardy Circle. She told me what her relative told her when he showed up at her home with a gunshot wound. It was not the same story police said she gave to them.posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 15:49
@Humbucker bob: The FYI was for the edification of yourself and anyone else who may have had a similar question. The info I passed on was not corroborated by the police and I'm not going to publish hearsay and personal speculation in a news article. Next time, I might not bother trying to be helpful.posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 13:30
I'm glad I split that extra wood last weekend!posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:43
@Humbucker bob: FYI: This "club" is in the same building as the 106 Pool Hall, where a witness told me a possible argument over gambling last week resulted in murder when someone chased a victim from the club and shot into the victim's car on Lombardy Circle. There must have been a good reason for the patrol supervisor to direct the officer to conduct proactive policing at this location.posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:24
@whatsthepoint: I didn't force anything on anyone WTP. Personally speaking while comments are down on my stories as they are for all Ive seen a neglgibe drop in traffic with just a 2-percent drop in unique visitors to my stories. I had about 400.000 page views last month which is about the norm. I can't speak for onlineathens as a whole but those are the #'s for my bylines according to Google Analyticsposted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 14:00
I once took the plunge in the Long Island Sound with the Polar Bear Club. It was on a New Year's Day when the air temp was 14 degrees. I learned what the term chilled to the bone meant because I still was shivering violently more than an hour later after I'd returned to the newsroom to write a first-person account of the experience. And I didn't wear a wetsuit!posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 11:28
@theold33: Over the past couple of weeks we did ban a few people, but the overall decrease in the number of commenters does seem due to people choosing to not subscribe. They quickly use up their monthly allotment of 5 free page views then disappear until the following month.posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 11:22
@StarDragon59: commenters haven't been banned. It's been of their own choosing to not to be here by not subscribing to the product I and my colleagues produce every day.
Anyone who cares enough to subscribe so they can have unlimited access to onlineathens and post as many comments they wish can do so at a very reasonable cost of what amounts to little more than 30 cents a day.
Congrats Chris White! This was a great choice to fill a key role as the Banner-Herald writes a new chapter in its long history as the premier source of local news and information for the Athens community.posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:12
@OCCountry: I wouldn't remember because I only arrived in Athens in 2003. Thanks for the info though!posted @ Friday, February 7, 2014 - 11:37
Way to go Theron -- and Yashi and Alex too!posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 23:05
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more