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Atlanta Officer Facing Charges in Crash

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An off-duty police officer in Atlanta stands accused of causing an accident in September. The officer was injured in the crash and a person was killed, but attorneys for the officer are saying that the very injury he suffered requires treatment that could affect his recall of the night's events. According to reports, the officer was driving with a 20-year-old passenger in his vehicle. In an apparent road-racing incident, the officer was traveling at a high rate of speed when he strayed from his lane and hit a curb. He then went through an intersection and hit a building. A second...

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Atlanta DUIs Dropping for the Wrong Reason

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A recent report says that DUIs in Atlanta are on the decline. This seems like good news, especially when you hear the numbers: DUIs have declined over the past 10 years across the state by 50 percent. That news is amazing, until you find out the alleged reason behind the massive drop. Many people believe that DUIs may be dropping because people are drinking less. Some may think that the reason drunk driving rates are dropping could be thanks to the popularity of ride sharing businesses like Uber and Lyft. Our own Mike Hawkins sat down with a local reporter recently...

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Bus Driver Charged in Crash

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A bus driver involved in a fatal accident has officially been charged. The man who was driving the bus at the time of the crash has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and failure to yield. Each of the charges is a misdemeanor. According to reports, the man was driving a bus when he crashed into a car. The bus driver pulled out in front of the car, carrying two brothers on their way to the dentist, and caused the accident. The accident occurred on April 24, 2017. The bus driver has been said to be "devastated" over the...

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Drugged Driving Overtakes Drunk Driving for First Time

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Drugged driving has been dominating the news recently, in part due to more and more states legalizing marijuana. Officials have touted the dangers of drugged driving in hopes of deterring people from the practice. Unfortunately, the efforts may have been in vain. Drugged driving has taken over drunk driving for the first time in history. According to a report, there were more roadway deaths associated with drugged driving than drunk driving in 2015. Of those fatally injured drivers who underwent testing, more had drugs in their system than alcohol. Of the people tested, drugs were located in 43 percent of bodies,...

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Mother Sues School for Wrongful Death

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Field trips are a part of growing up. Whether they are taken with classmates or fellow members of a troop or club, field trips are something every child looks forward to. This was true of a teenager who went on a trip overseas last year. According to reports released to the news, a mother sent her teenage son to the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize. The 14-year-old boy went on the trip with 30 of his classmates and nine chaperones. The trip was sponsored by a school in the Cobb County school district. Tragically, the student died while on the...

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Should I Tell My Lawyer I Did It?

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When people are arrested and accused of a crime, their first step is typically to hire an attorney. People know that there is a lot on the line when they are facing a conviction, and they also know that an attorney can help to mitigate the consequences of their crime. Unfortunately, some people believe that they should only tell their attorney the facts if they are innocent of the crime. The truth of the matter is that people should disclose everything to their attorney, even if they committed the crime of which they stand accused. The State Has to Prove Their...

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Boy Dies in Tragic Accident at Sun Dial Restaurant

Downtown Atlanta, Georgia Skyline including the famous round Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

The Sun Dial Restaurant, one of the most well-known restaurants in Atlanta, offers diners a 360 degree view of the city as it slowly rotates clockwise atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. However, that rotating feature was recently the cause of tragedy. A 5-year-old boy became trapped between a table and the rotating wall, causing a fatal head injury. The boy’s family was visiting Atlanta from North Carolina. The little boy wandered away from his family as they were eating lunch, and became lodged between a table and the wall. The space in which he was caught was only about...

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Can Officers Forcibly Take Urine Samples?

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An incident in South Dakota has raised an interesting legal question: Can a person suspected of driving under the influence (or any other crime) be forced to give a urine sample? While it is commonly known that a judge may sign a warrant that forces a suspect to submit to a blood test to determine the level of alcohol in a person's system, very few have heard of someone being forcibly subjected to catheterization in order to collect a urine sample. Here's what happened. A man in Pierre, South Dakota was being detained for a domestic dispute in his home. Police...

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1 Killed, Others Injured in Car Wreck

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Life truly can change in an instant, as the old saying goes. A group of young people learned this lesson in a tragic way earlier this month. A car with four people inside ran a stop sign in Bartow County. The 17-year-old driver sped through the intersection at GA 20 and Burnt Hickory Connector, smashing into an SUV. While most of the passengers suffered some level of injury, the passenger in the seat behind the driver was killed. Witnesses to the accident stopped to help all six people involved. The first went to the SUV, but the couple only seemed to...

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Are Drones the Police of the Future?

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Most people have heard of drones. In fact, the small flying machines have become so popular over recent years that some Atlantans even have their own. From private citizens to companies like Amazon, drones have found their way into today's society for a wide variety of uses. We use the machines for entertainment and are slated to possibly start using them as delivery systems, so the next step may seem logical: police work. Connecticut is set to become the first state in the country to allow drones in their police department. These will be no ordinary drones, however. They will be...

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