Clayton Co. vs. DeKalb Co.

Clayton County vs. DeKalb County: A scandal scorecard

Not long ago, Clayton County was metro Atlanta’s cautionary example of municipal dysfunction. Then came DeKalb. We rank each venality out of 10.
Learn before you burn

Learn before you burn: What to know about Atlanta’s new marijuana law

Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to pass legislation that will decrease penalties for less than an ounce of marijuana possession. But misinformation about the law started spreading as soon as the vote was passed. Here's every question you have about the new ordinance, answered.

At Hartsfield-Jackson airport, it’s not always the travelers who pose the safety risk

“That kind of trafficking—whether it’s money or guns—within the airport, it creates an additional layer of harm to the community,” says John Horn, U.S. attorney in Atlanta. “The airport is such a huge institution to [Atlanta]; we have the obligation to make sure that it’s safe.”

Teen who says Dekalb cop beat him talks

Antwan Wheeler remembers that he and two of his friends were walking along a residential street to a nightclub for teens in South Dekalb when he first spotted the police car slowing as it came over the hill. It was December 23, 2010, just after 8 p.m. A fifteen-year-old with an extensive criminal background, including two felony convictions, Wheeler had had run-ins with this particular cop before. And even though he says he wasn’t breaking the law at this moment, he was bracing himself for the usual hassle and interrogation.

Norcross police roll out crime-predicting technology; make arrests on day one

It was more than intuition that drew a Norcross police officer to an extended-stay hotel. A computer program in her police cruiser had advised her to scope out that very hotel, at that very hour. When she arrived, she spotted a suspicious-looking man.

Mayor: Guns will not be everywhere in the City of Atlanta

In all of yesterday’s excitement over soccer and waffles, it might have slipped your mind that July 1 also marked the start of Georgia’s new gun law. The so-called “Guns Everywhere” law increases the public places where firearms can be carried—including bars, nightclubs, and some government facilities.

Twins sentenced in case of murdered, buried journalist

Taking the stand at his own murder trial, a tearful William Cormier III implied that it was not him, but his twin brother, Christopher, who [killed former journalist Sean Dugas in his Pensacola, Florida home][1] in 2012. But the Escambia County jury was unmoved, convicting William of murder and sentencing him to life in prison without parole.

Why is Michael Lake still in a Cobb County jail?

A mentally ill Smyrna man has been sitting in Cobb County jail for nineteen months without bond for essentially mailing legal papers to a junior-high crush he hadn’t seen for fifteen years. Why?
Up all night: Atlanta Police Officer Son Tran

An Atlanta cop, truck driver, and sleep specialist tell us how to cope with working all night

How $4,000 mattresses and blue-light boxes help Atlanta’s small army of night owls get a good day’s rest.
Tex McIver

We’ll know next week whether Tex McIver will accept a plea bargain

If no plea deal is reached, Tex McIver’s trial is slated to begin October 30. In court today, chief prosecutor Clint Rucker also argued that a 1990 incident in which McIver set loose his two German Shepherds on a red Mustang near his house on Cravey Trail in northeast Atlanta, then fired his gun at the car, would be relevant for a jury to hear.

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