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Possession of Cotton Candy Got Georgia Woman Three Months in Jail. Now She’s Suing.

A Georgia woman who spent nearly three agonizing months in jail for having a bag of cotton candy that Monroe County sheriff’s deputies mistook for crystal meth is suing the county and a drug kit manufacturer in federal court. On New Year’s Eve in 2016, Monroe County sheriff’s deputies Cody Maples and Allen Henderson stopped Macon resident Dasha Fincher for having car windows that were darkly tinted. The deputies later admitted the windows were legal, according to Macon’s WMAZ Channel 13. But at some point during the traffic stop the deputies noticed a large open plastic bag in Ms. Fincher’s ... Read More

Bodies Recovered From Helicopter Crash in Alabama Lake

The pilot of a Columbus, Georgia law enforcement helicopter that crashed into an Alabama lake Friday, Nov. 16 was identified as David Hall, a recently retired Columbus Police Department officer and part-time reserve pilot. Mr. Hall, 53, and an unidentified passenger, were killed when the Columbus Metro Narcotics Task Force helicopter they were flying in crashed in Lake Mitchell, a section of the Coosa River in Chilton County, Alabama. Authorities said Mr. Hall and the passenger were on their way to Clanton, Alabama, from Columbus, to swap the Bell OH-58 helicopter for another helicopter that had already undergone routine maintenance ... Read More

Toxic Lead Exposure blamed for Sickening Georgia Battery Plant Worker

Federal authorities are investigating a Georgia-based lead battery manufacturer after a woman complained that her husband is being exposed to dangerously high lead levels on the job. Lakecia Demmons told Augusta, Georgia’s WRDW Channel 12 that blood tests showed her husband Timothy Demmons has levels of lead in his system that are considered toxic by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mrs. Demmons told Channel 12’s I-Team that her husband works at the U.S. Battery plant in Augusta, where he routinely lifts and stacks pieces of lead on his work release from prison. OSHA confirms it is investigating ... Read More

Georgia Corrections Officer Wins Whistleblower Retaliation Case

A former Valdosta State Prison Corrections Captain who filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections persuaded a jury that he was wrongfully fired for complaining about orders he claimed were illegal and dangerous. Captain Sherman Maine objected to orders that he provide an inmate working undercover with a cellphone as part of a sting operation Corrections was conducting to identify corrupt guards. According to the Daily Report, the scheme nearly got the informer killed in January 2012 when new prisoners transferred to Valdosta State Prison recognized him from his role in a similar operation at another ... Read More

Train crossing guard killed first day on job

A train crossing guard was struck and killed by a train on his first day on the job, according to Oconee County, South Carolina, Coroner Karl Addis. The unidentified 28-year-old man was from Anderson County and was a temporary employee who worked for a Greenville company. He was struck the afternoon of Oct. 16 at a private train crossing that led to an apartment complex construction site. The man’s job was to be a lookout for oncoming trains and alert vehicles crossing the tracks when the coast was clear. The train was traveling from Greenville to Toccoa, Georgia. According to ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs is over, CDC says

The number of people sickened by Gravel Ridge Farm eggs contaminated with Salmonella has increased to 44, but the outbreak appears over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced. On Sept. 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry inspected Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama, after receiving information to suggest eggs from the farm were the source of reported cases of Salmonella infections. Investigators found that environment and egg samples taken from the farm were genetically related to isolates from people who had become ill. Twenty-six of 32 people interviewed ... Read More

Judge Finds Amazon Not Liable For Hoverboard House Fire

A Georgia man who was severely burned and lost his home to a fire triggered by a Chinese-made hoverboard had his lawsuit against Amazon and several other companies dismissed by a federal judge, who said the plaintiff failed to provide sufficient evidence that Amazon knew the device it sold was unsafe. Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. of the Northern District of Georgia responded favorably to Amazon’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit – a decision that lawyers for plaintiff Irvin Love Jr. said came before any factual discovery could be conducted into what and when Amazon knew about the defective hoverboard ... Read More

Defense Contractor Pays $7.8 Million To Resolve Fraud Allegations

A defense contractor has agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle allegations with the U.S. government that it illegally exploited military contracts set aside for small businesses. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia said that Arena Event Services Inc., which does business as Arena Americas, coordinated with Military Training Solutions LLC (MTS) to obtain the small business contracts. Congress mandates that a certain amount of government contracts go to small businesses as a way to encourage small business growth. These contracts prohibit the small business from being affiliated with a non-small business, while also limiting the ... Read More

Plaintiffs Get $3 Million in Negligent Security Case Against Georgia Apartment Complex

Insurers of the defendants in a negligent security case have paid $3 million to the parents of a teen shot to death and another man critically injured in a January 2016 apartment complex shooting in Decatur, Georgia. Creekside Forest Apartments, its owner Chester Meisels, security provider SMJ Construction Services, and its owner Joe Gonzalez were sued by the parents of 15-year-old Jaylon Henderson and 27-year-old Terrell Sellers, a friend of Jaylon’s older brother. According to the Daily Report, Jaylon and his brother Zerek were visiting Mr. Sellers at the Creekside Forest Apartments on Jan. 6, 2016. Mr. Sellers was a ... Read More

Brain Injury Turns Deadly for Georgia High School Football Player

An undetected brain injury turned deadly for a 16-year-old Georgia high school football player who complained of feeling unusual during a Sept. 28 game before he collapsed on the sidelines. Dylan Thomas, a junior at Pike County High School and linebacker on its home team, the Pirates, took a hit during a play in the second quarter against Peach County High School. Some fellow players said Dylan seemed unfazed until into the third quarter when he said he wasn’t feeling right. Head coach Brad Webber told reporters at an Oct. 1 news conference that the game was stopped in the ... Read More