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  • Gun Gripes Episode 85: Final Farewell (Barry Elliot of Iraqveteran8888 has passed) (video only)

    04/15/2014 6:08:40 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies ^ | 4-14-2014 | Iraqveteran8888
    Earnest 'Barry' Elliot 3/11/1955 - 4/12/2014
  • These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities

    03/31/2014 6:27:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies ^ | March 26, 2014 | Randy Nelson
    If you’re hoping to escape from big city crime, look elsewhere. These places actually defy the stereotype of smaller cities being safer. When you see small towns on TV and in movies, they’re almost always idyllic places where the American dream is thriving and neighbors all know each other. That, and unless you’re watching a whodunnit, no one’s ever the victim of a crime. In reality, small cities are surprisingly similar to all the others, meaning that there are good ones and bad. While the Movoto Real Estate Blog has been writing lately about America’s safest places, we thought we’d...
  • GA:Gun Reform Bill Passes Legislature, Next to Governor

    03/22/2014 8:15:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    HB60, as the bill finally came to be know after a tortuous trip through the Georgia Legislature, finally passed the house today 112 to 58, and now awaits action from Governor Deal.  The Governor has this to say, on his reelection website: "As governor, Deal has signed every pro-gun rights bill to reach his desk."   He makes the promise that he will continue to do the same.  From, he has these options: A) He may sign the bill and it becomes law on July 1, 2014 B) He may veto the bill and send it back to the...
  • And For Georgia Readers (Gun Mufflers,hunting)

    03/18/2014 3:46:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    No Lawyers Only Guns and Money ^ | 14 | John Richardson
    Daniel Defense is supporting efforts to repeal the ban on suppressors for hunting in the state of Georgia. To this end, they have developed a pre-composed email that will be sent to your local Representative and Senator as well as members of the Game, Fish, and Parks Committee. Georgia is currently the number two state in the number of suppressors registered under the National Firearms Act. If Senate Bill 93 is passed, Georgia will become the 32nd that allows suppressors for hunting. The link to the email is here.
  • Poll shows Broun comfortably at front of GOP Senate field

    03/13/2014 10:56:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 3/12/14 | Jim Thompson
    Georgia Republican Congressman Paul Broun, whose 10th District seat includes much of the Athens area, has a considerable lead in the crowded GOP field seeking their party’s nomination to run for the U.S. Senate, according to a recent survey by left-leaning Public Policy Polling. The survey, commissioned by progressive advocacy group Better Georgia, also shows Broun in a dead heat with Michelle Nunn, Democratic frontrunner for her party’s nomination to seek the Senate seat in the November general election. Broun’s numbers in that matchup are better than the rest of the GOP field. With primary balloting a little more than...
  • Burned Georgia Tech Student Dies From Injuries (Iranian Grad Student Was Making Molotov Firebombs)

    03/12/2014 7:39:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 57 replies ^ | Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Alexis Stevens
    Burned Georgia Tech student dies from injuries The Georgia Tech graduate student burned over 90 percent of his body last month died Thursday, the Institute said. Saamer Akhshabi was burned in a Feb. 4 explosion inside his apartment, where investigators found a suspected Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene. Akhshabi, 26, was transported in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died early Thursday, Georgia Tech shared with the campus. "We have worked closely with other law enforcement agencies during the investigation of this tragic incident," Robert Connolly, interim police chief for Georgia Tech,...
  • GA:Gun Mufflers for Hunting Passes Senate

    02/27/2014 4:04:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Use of Silencers is encouraged in Europe Photo Courtesy Gun World Gun mufflers, also known as suppressors or silencers, have been approved for hunting in Georgia by the Senate. The bill passed the senate 43-10.  SB 93 will be considered by the house next.  A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 1 of Article 1 of Chapter 3 of Title 27 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions regarding hunting, so as to authorize the use of suppressors on hunting firearms under certain circumstances; to provide for suspension of hunting privileges for...
  • Cops: Buford man killed outside Hall Co. bar shot in self defense

    02/26/2014 9:43:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 18 February, 2014 | Tyler Estep
    They offered more insight Monday. #According to Flowery Branch Police Chief David Spillers, Homer resident Dustin Cody Holcombe and a female were walking toward their car that morning when they were “confronted” by Battle. #“Battle was armed with a handgun pointing it at Holcombe and (the female) and talking in a threatening manner,” Spillers said in a news release. “Holcombe retrieved a firearm from his vehicle and stated that in shooting Battle it was his intention to defend himself and (the female).” #Spillers offered no further theories on what might have been said between Battle and Holcombe, or anything else...
  • GA:Gun Reform Passes House 119-56

    02/21/2014 7:48:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, second amendment supporters struggled to push an omnibus gun reform bill in the Georgia legislature.  They struggled.  There were conflicts between groups that claimed similar aims.   The bill stalled and ran out of time in the Senate. This year, a very similar bill, HB 875, has sailed through the house committee and has passed the House by a more than two to one margin.    Here is a list of who voted for or against the bill.  It has been assigned to the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, the same committee it was assigned to last year.  The members of...
  • GA:Woman finds two teens in her home, grabs her gun

    02/14/2014 5:50:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 4 February, 2014 | Alexis Stevens
    When a DeKalb County woman returned home early Tuesday to find two teenagers in her home, she knew she needed to protect herself. She grabbed her gun. The woman, who asked not to be identified, told Channel 2 Action News she walked into her Tucker home as one teen ran out the back door and the other tackled her to the ground.
  • Tea party group backs Broun in Georgia Senate race

    02/11/2014 5:22:21 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 2/11/14 | Aaron Blake
    Rep. Paul Broun has landed the first endorsement from a national tea party group in the crowded Georgia GOP Senate primary, with the nascent Madison Project set to back his candidacy Tuesday. In its endorsement, which was shared early with Post Politics, the group says Broun has been the House's fiercest conservative, bar none. "...few come to the ankles of Paul Broun in terms of a proven commitment to constitutional governance," the group will say in a release. "It is not an exaggeration to say that Congressman Paul Broun has sustained the most conservative voting record over the longest period...
  • Feds deny state bids to tighten voter registration

    02/09/2014 7:39:45 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    Administration Propaganda(AP) ^ | 2-9-14 | Roxana Hegeman
    Feds deny requests from 3 states to require proof-of-citizenship on voter registration forms WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Election Assistance Commission found Friday that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections, handing down a ruling that denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the registration form for their residents. The decision came just hours before a court-imposed deadline in a lawsuit filed in federal court by Kansas and Arizona that seeks to force the commission to modify state-specific requirements for registering to vote in those states. Georgia, which has a similar...
  • GA: Weapons Law Reform Passes Committee (HB 875)

    02/08/2014 7:27:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Georgia's Public Safety and Homeland Security committee has passed HB 875,  a reform of the state's weapon laws.    The bill has been characterized by as removing restrictions on the legal carry of guns in "bars, churches, and some government buildings."   College students who have a permit to carry a weapon, and who violate the ban on carrying on campus, would have the penalty for doing so reduced to a maximum fine of $100.  From The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, said college students have Second Amendment rights, too. However, the bill reforms Georgia weapons law...
  • Judging Jewell - ESPN Films 30 for 30 short [21 minute video link]

    01/30/2014 6:00:29 PM PST · by FlJoePa
    espn ^ | 1-30-14 | n/a
    Video Link - 21 minute video
  • Total chaos: 1-3 inches of snow cripples metro Atlanta

    01/29/2014 5:09:35 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 248 replies
    WSB Radio ^ | 4:46 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | web staff
    The blizzard of '93 brought more snow than most Atlanta natives had ever seen or will see. The floods of 2009 brought an unexpected rush of water that submerged interstates. The winter storm of 2011 took an entire week away from the city. But the Snow Jam of 2014 might be the single craziest weather day in Atlanta in a generation. 1-to-3 inches of snow, mixed in with an afternoon drive that still hasn't ended has brought Atlanta to its knees again. “There are certain things we don’t have control over and one of those is the weather. This came...
  • Students stranded and parents frustrated after school closures (6+ hour commutes in Atlanta)

    01/28/2014 8:00:26 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 85 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | Updated: 7:42 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 | Mark Niesse and Ty Tagami
    Slippery, snowy roads left students stranded in school late Tuesday night as parents waded through paralyzing traffic and buses struggled to arrive, hours after school was dismissed early. Some schools and their employees braced for the possibility that students might have to sleep at school overnight if no one could reach them on slick roads. “We definitely might be pulling an all-nighter here,” said Thomas Algarin, spokesman for Marietta City Schools. “We have been trying to transport students all afternoon, into evening and up to about 30 minutes ago, Cobb school spokesman Jay Dillon said in an e-mail send to...
  • Cantor in a pickle on voting rights

    01/20/2014 3:54:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    The bill also includes a sweetener for Virginians. Under the old provisions shot down by the Supreme Court, the Old Dominion was one of nine states with histories of voter discrimination required to get federal approval before they changed their election procedures. Under the new proposal – which aims to update the formula dictating which states are subject to the extra scrutiny – only four states would be forced to seek such approval. Virginia is not among them. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), a long-time voting rights champion and a lead sponsor of the updated protections, noted Thursday that Rep. Spencer...
  • GA:Atlanta turn in "buy back" has competition from Private Buyers

    01/19/2014 9:31:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The Atlanta gun turn in event by NAACP and local churches had considerable competition from private buyers, as acknowledged by the report Gun collectors and enthusiasts, like David Daum, caught the attention of some people before reaching the Turner Field parking lot where the buyback was taking place. "I personally just collect, restore. My personal preference is antique firearms," explained Daum. He said his reason for being out there based on preservation. "Being a collector, especially trying to keep some of the historical firearms from being melted down and destroyed." From the video, it  appears that Mr. Daum...
  • GA:Cheap Gun Opportunity Planned for Atlanta, Personal Account from College Park

    01/13/2014 8:03:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The NAACP in Atlanta is considering organizing a turn in event (buy back) for the city.   Originally, it was to occur on January 16, 2014.   I have been watching, but have not come up with any confirmation for that date.    There appears to be an ongoing discussion of the possibility.   While researching the event, I found these interesting photos of the guns that were purchased by one private buyer at the College Park, GA Turn in (buyback) in February of 2013.  The firearms in the pictures were reportedly  purchased by a by a private buyer for a total of...
  • Police: East Point homeowner shoots, kills intruder

    01/04/2014 5:08:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 31 December, 2013 | Michelle E. Shaw
    An East Point homeowner said he was protecting his home and family when he shot and killed an intruder Tuesday morning, police said. About 9:30 a.m. the homeowner heard “a commotion, retrieved a firearm and went to investigate,” said Lt. Cliff Chandler, spokesman for East Point police. The shooting happened in the 3600 block of Mount Vernon Drive. The suspected would-be burglar was armed with a shovel and had broken through a patio door in an attempt to enter the home, Chandler said. As the prowler entered the dwelling, the homeowner fired one shot, striking the intruder, police said. The...
  • GA:Would-be robbers chased out of store by man with machete

    12/23/2013 8:00:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 8 December, 2013 | Troy Washington
    "One of the suspects asked for money the clerk then reached under the counter and grabbed a large knife." said Detective Ketorie Sales. "It looked like a machete-type knife and the suspect then fired several shots inside of the store, one striking one of the clerks." The men ran out of the store empty-handed with the machete-packing clerk running after them. The store owner says he's fed up and will do what he has to do in order to protect his employees. "I just bought a gun for my employee to shoot the person if it's left up to them,...
  • GA:Hotel clerk fights off armed robber

    12/23/2013 4:16:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 10 December, 2013 | Staff
    Atlanta police said the armed robber got away on foot and may be hurt. The clerk, who was able to take a gun from the robber, is OK. There's no word on whether anything was taken during the attempted robbery.
  • Ex-police officer indicted for fraudulent U.S. citizenship

    12/19/2013 12:45:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Dec. 18, 2013 | Michelle E. Shaw
    A former Jamaican police officer, who was in the United States illegally, managed to obtain citizenship and get a job in the College Park Police Department, federal authorities said. Devon Campbell, 46, of Ellenwood, who also used the name Wilmott Alvin Livingston, has been arraigned on a number of charges, including making false statements on his citizenship and passport applications. Campbell was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on one count of the following crimes: unlawfully procuring citizenship or naturalization, making false statements in a passport application, misusing evidence of citizenship, and using a passport secured by false statements,...
  • Ringgold residents were wary of neighbor who shot teen during burglary

    11/24/2013 7:05:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies ^ | 14 November, 2013 | Alex Green
    RINGGOLD, Ga. — It's now more clear how 17-year-old Dalton McConathy wound up dead Monday afternoon, shot, police say, by 69-year-old Fred Steven Youngblood outside Youngblood's Post Oak Road home. McConathy and two others -- a 16-year-old male and 18-year-old Ansley Chrnalogar -- were looking for scrap metal at Youngblood's home, said Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk. It was a fatal mistake. And in spite of that shooting -- or maybe because of it -- Youngblood answered his front door Wednesday afternoon, gun in hand. "You need to leave right now," he told a Times Free Press reporter. (snip) "He's...
  • GA:Businessman arrested for loitering, carrying legal gun on own property

    11/24/2013 6:36:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 20 November, 2013 | Rachel Stockman
    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A local businessman is outraged after being thrown in jail for loitering and carrying a gun on his own property. Eric Lee, who owns a furniture story on Covington Highway in Lithonia, says thieves have targeted him several times. “They recommended us have a gun. The police officer said the crime rate is one of the worst,” Lee told Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman. So he bought a gun and also got a concealed carry permit. One night, Lee went outside to check on some people making noise on his property. “They (the police) just pulled in...
  • 300-pound officer felt threatened by 12-pound terrier, killed her

    11/11/2013 12:11:27 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 261 replies ^ | 10/10/2013 |
    A Georgia police officer shot and killed a tiny Jack Russell Terrier that he claims threatened him during a routine probationary checkup on Monday. The officer, Antoine Jones, is over six feet tall and weighs nearly 300 pounds. Patches, the dog he killed, weighs just 12 pounds, according to a local news channel. Jones visited the Albany residence of Cherrie Shelton earlier this week to check on her son, who is serving probation. Upon Jones’s arrival, two-year-old Patches approached the officer and began barking. Shelton claims she told Jones that Patches was no threat, but the officer drew his weapon...
  • UPDATE: Family Demands Answers From Police In Dog Shooting

    10/28/2013 5:20:22 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 55 replies ^ | Oct 25, 2013/Updated: Oct 28, 2013 | Greg Gullberg
    SAVANNAH, GA - A Savannah family is demanding answers from police as to why they shot their beloved dog. New: (photo) Police detail in a report that six rounds were fired at the dog. Officers claim the animal charged at children and officers. The pit bull got out of their house Thursday morning on East 71st Street off of DeRenne Avenue. But police and the family disagree on what happened next. The family says Ziggy was a kind soul to kids and small animals. But police tell a very different story. They say the 100 pound animal was on a...
  • GA:Resident shoots would-be burglar in the face

    09/29/2013 5:03:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies ^ | 26 September, 2013 | Tyler Estep
    <p>NORCROSS — A Norcross-area homeowner shot a would-be burglar in the face Thursday morning.</p>
  • Homeowner shoots alleged home intruder

    09/27/2013 3:52:14 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 26 September, 2013 | Chris Shaw
    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police say a homeowner shot a man trying to break into his house in Norcross on Thursday. According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the homeowner called 911 around 11 a.m. and said that two men were attempting to get inside his house on Greenway Road. The homeowner grabbed his handgun and fired after he said one of the men tried to force his way in through a window. Both suspects then fled the scene, according to police.
  • Police say shooting suspect acted in self-defense

    09/27/2013 3:32:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 23 September, 2013 | Travis Highfield
    Police say that an Augusta teen who had been sought for questioning in a shooting Saturday acted in self-defense. After a “complete and thorough investigation,” Richmond County sheriff’s investigators determined that Anthony Hampton, 17, shot Willie Casey Jr., 47, who later died, Sgt. Shane McDaniel said. Hampton, who cooperated with investigators, was found to have acted in self-defense, and no criminal charges will be filed.
  • GA:Helena Police: Liquor Store Owners Shoots Robber

    08/31/2013 6:55:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 27 August, 2013 | Ashley Minelli
    HELENA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- Helena police say a liquor store owner shot a man who was trying to rob her store. Helena Police Officer Robert Johnson says around 4pm Monday two men attempted to rob the Helena Package Store, and at least one of them was armed. The store owner shot one suspect with a handgun, but the other one got away. The injured suspect is in stable condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
  • GA:Villa Rica store clerk shoots, kills robbery suspect

    07/31/2013 10:48:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 26 July, 2013 | Tony McNary
    VILLA RICA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - Villa Rica police responded to a robbery and shots fired at the Junior Food Store on Dallas Highway around 10 p.m. Tuesday. "They found that the suspect had been shot. He was found dead behind the counter on the floor" said Villa Rica Police Capt. Keith Shaddix. When police arrived, they found Durante Octavious Ashley, 19, shot three times. According to Shaddix, Ashley entered the store wearing a black bandanna covering his face and a green hooded jacket covering his head. "He points the gun at the clerk. The clerk started backing out away...
  • GA:Man fires shot, scares away burglar

    07/23/2013 8:38:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 19 July, 2013 | Asia Ashley
    A man scared of a burglar Saturday morning after he fired off a warning shot. A police report says that an officer was responding to the 900 block of Washington Street at about 3:53 a.m. Saturday for a residential alarm call when he learned that a gun shot had been fired from the residence. Officers arrived at the location where the owner and neighbor of the location was carrying a 12 gauge shotgun. The man told police that when he learned of the alarm going off next door at the area in which he used for storage, he grabbed his...
  • Billboard has eye-popping message on illegals

    07/10/2013 3:42:38 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    A new billboard in Canton, Ga., says South Carolina welcomes illegal aliens. A brand-new Georgia billboard proclaiming South Carolina’s alleged affinity for illegal aliens is raising eyebrows this week. The sign, posted in Canton, Ga., declares: “South Carolina welcomes the undocumented. Sen. Lindsey Graham says his state has a labor shortage and wants more immigrants. For job tips, call his office at (864) 646-4090. Located in Pendleton, S.C. Only 2 hours from Atlanta!”“These people must have been off the planet for the last five years,” said D.A. King, an immigration activist with the Dustin Inman Society who paid for the...
  • $200 million unaccounted for in East Point [Georgia]

    07/03/2013 5:34:45 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    WSAV 3 ^ | Jul 02, 2013 8:13 PM EDT
    EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - An audit has revealed that $200 million in taxpayer money has gone missing in the city of East Point over the past 12 years. ... Felton says all accounts payable documents from the time period are also missing.
  • GA:Gas station clerk shoots, kills robber

    06/26/2013 10:47:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 26 June, 2013 | NA
    VILLA RICA, Ga. — A robbery took a deadly turn Tuesday night. Police said a clerk shot and killed a man trying to steal money. It happened at a gas station on Dallas Highway about 2 miles off Interstate 20 in Carroll County. Channel 2 Action News had the only camera there as Villa Rica police investigated at the Junior Food convenience store. Police said 10 minutes before the clerk was about to close the store, a man walked inside wearing a ski mask and a hooded sweatshirt. The robber pointed a gun at the clerk and went straight for...
  • GA:Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally only lightly attended by supporters (Photos)

    06/25/2013 6:57:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 24 June, 2013 | Claude Werner
    The "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" rally in Atlanta today was more heavily attended by counter-ralliers from by a margin of approximately two to one than by MAIG supporters. The rally was held at the State Capitol. The media covering the event also seemed to outnumber the Mayors Against Illegal Guns attendees. The GeorgiaCarry members were evident by their orange "Guns Save Lives" buttons. The Executive Director of GeorgiaCarry, Jerry Henry was present. View slideshow: MAIG Atlanta Rally photosThe event began with a reading of alleged murder victims killed by guns. However, one counter protestor...
  • GA:Cops: Robber fatally shot in Little Five Points

    06/23/2013 6:27:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies ^ | 22 June, 2013 | Wayne Washington
    Atlanta police said a man was shot and killed in Little Five Points early Saturday morning after he tried to rob a group of people waiting in line to buy the new, $180 sneakers, the Nike LeBron X EXT, which were released today. One man in the line pulled out a gun and shot the would-be robber, witnesses told police, who have charged no one and consider the shooting to be self-defense. The shooter then got back in line, according to Channel 2 Action News.
  • GA:Burglar dead after shootout with homeowner

    06/09/2013 8:43:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 9 June, 2013 | Staff
    JONESBORO, Ga. - Police are trying to determine if the man found shot to death outside of a Clayton County home on Saturday night was the same man that broke into a neighboring home with two other men. According to information obtained by FOX 5 News, a man arrived at his home located in the 9000 block of Sterling Ridge Lane near Jonesboro around 10:30 p.m. to find someone had forced their way inside. The homeowner, who was armed with a handgun, confronted three burglars ransacking his house. Gunfire was exchanged between the homeowner and the burglars and ended up...
  • GA:Warner Robins Homeowner Shoots, Kills Alleged Intruder Early Sunday Morning

    06/04/2013 7:36:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 2 June, 2013 | Chris Horne
    Early Sunday morning, an alleged intruder was shot to death at a Warner Robins home. That's according to a news release from the Warner Robins Police Department. Ronald Lewis Burnett, 36, was found by officers unconscious and lying on the ground outside the house at 205 Thomas Boulevard. He was taken to the Houston Medical Center and pronounced dead, having sustained an apparent gunshot to the chest. Officers were told that Burnett tried to break into the house and was shot by 32-year-old homeowner, Travis Lucas. That happened around 1:25 a.m. Sunday. Neighbor Danielle Haring says she heard at least...
  • GA:Homeowner and intruder exchange gunfire

    06/02/2013 6:54:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 2 June, 2013 | Staff
    Police in Hinesville have made an arrest in a shooting early Sunday morning involving a homeowner and intruder. According to police, a Fort Stewart soldier, living at the Colonial Park Condos, 1100 Pineland Ave., was upstairs with his wife shortly after midnight when he heard someone enter his residence. He then went downstairs and confronted the intruder with a firearm. The two men exchanged gunfire. The homeowner was taken by medical helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center. A man later showed up at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville with a gunshot wound. He said he had been shot...
  • "Do not drink" order for hundreds in North GA, FBI investigating

    04/30/2013 12:54:22 PM PDT · by Fire_on_High · 66 replies
    WRCB ^ | Apr 29, 2013 | Kimberly Barbour
    CHATSWORTH, GA (WRCB) - Hundreds of people in one north Georgia town are not allowed to drink their water. The water treatment plant in Ramhurst is temporarily shut down after someone broke in and changed the chemical settings. It's affecting about 400 Murray County residents. Local, state and federal officials are investigating who's to blame. Officials with Chatsworth Water Works say the source of the problems is at the Carter's Lake Water Treatment Plant in the Ramhurst area. Saturday workers noticed someone had changed some chemical settings. First, officials issued a "boil advisory" but the Environmental Protection Department bumped it...
  • GA-SEN: Dems ‘poised to nominate their own Colbert Busch’

    05/08/2013 8:16:35 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 7 replies ^ | 5/8/13 | David Freddoso
    James Richardson of Georgia Tipsheet has made the best use of Sanford’s win with this item, comparing his opponent to the Democrats’ likely standard-bearer in Georgia’s 2014 Senate race as someone who’s too far left of the electorate, lacking in political skills, and likely to lose: Left to cope without the party’s top possible recruit, conservative Democratic Rep. John Barrow, who announced he would seek reelection to the House over a Senate bid, Georgia Democrats are now poised to nominate their own Colbert Busch: Michelle Nunn, a prominent nonprofit strategist who boasts a gilded surname in these parts.
  • Workers Claim Racial Bias in Farms’ Hiring of Immigrants

    05/06/2013 12:34:05 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 6, 2013 | ETHAN BRONNER
    VIDALIA, Ga. — For years, labor unions and immigrant rights activists have accused large-scale farmers, like those harvesting sweet Vidalia onions here this month, of exploiting Mexican guest workers. Working for hours on end under a punishing sun, the pickers are said to be crowded into squalid camps, driven without a break and even cheated of wages. But as Congress weighs immigration legislation expected to expand the guest worker program, another group is increasingly crying foul — Americans, mostly black, who live near the farms and say they want the field work but can’t get it because it is going...
  • Cobb Co. family finds burning cross, deer meat on lawn

    05/01/2013 5:17:43 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    WSB TV ^ | 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013
    WOODSTOCK, Ga. — A Cobb County family says they’re having a hard time sleeping after someone left a burning cross and bloody deer meat on their front lawn. ... Sunday night around midnight, Louis and his brothers were at their home when they noticed something glowing outside. They were shocked by what they found outside. “We just see a flaming cross right there on the ground and we’re just shocked, like, what?” Louis said. Louis said he was primarily concerned about the safety of his brother’s four children and his pregnant girlfriend inside the home.
  • Wanted Man Locks Himself in House, Makes Demands for Meth

    05/01/2013 5:12:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 21 replies
    The Snellville Patch ^ | May 1, 2013 5:40 AM | Patch Staff
    ... When police arrived, they noticed a window in the garage was smashed, the front door of the house was off its hinges, and the mailbox was dented and bloody. Enix kept yelling "Come on!" from inside the home, according to the report. He leaned out of an upstairs window and yelled that police would either have to shoot or taze him before he would be arrested again. When he realized one of the officers was equipped with a less-lethal shotgun, Enix retreated back inside the house. When asked to negotiate, he told police that all he wanted to do...
  • Georgia Town Passes Law Requiring Residents To Own Guns

    04/02/2013 4:31:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies ^ | April 2,2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A small Georgia town on Monday passed a law requiring the head of each household to own a gun as a way to keep crime down.
  • NRA misleading members about gun bill(Grassroots better informed)

    03/26/2013 7:08:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 26 March 2013 | Ed Stone
    The NRA apparently does not want its members to know what is in a gun related bill pending before the General Assembly. SB 101 was amended to do the following things. The NRA apparently does not want its members to know what is in a gun related bill pending before the General Assembly. SB 101 was amended to do the following things. Campus carry on public colleges, except dorms and athletic events; Campus carry on private colleges if the president adopts a policy permitting it; Government building carry where there is no security screening or courthouse (and permitting a way...
  • Woman charged with prostituting children

    03/16/2013 9:56:52 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    RN-T.Com Rome News Tribune ^ | March 16,2013 | by Kim Sloan, Staff Writer
    A woman arrested in December for allowing men to touch three young children is facing more charges along with her boyfriend, according to jail records and District Attorney Leigh Patterson. Dora Vanessa Gomez, 23, of 84 S. Orchid St., Ellijay, was booked into the Floyd County Jail on a bench warrant charging her with felony pandering a person under the age of 18, felony pimping a person under the age of 18, two felony counts of child molestation and two felony counts of sexual battery. Gomez was arrested on Dec. 7 on two counts of first-degree cruelty to children and...
  • Georgia: Gun Free Zones may be reduced

    03/07/2013 6:36:29 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A reform of the concealed carry law in Georgia passed the house on 7 March. The bill would reduce but not eliminate a number of gun free zones in the State. People with concealed carry permits would be allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights in airports outside of the security zone, on college campuses (but not in dormitories or at sporting events), and in government buildings that do not have security. Churches would be allowed a greater exercise of First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and assembly, if arrangements are made in advance. Previously, guns were banned from...