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Woman Struck After Getting Off MARTA Bus

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A woman stepped off a MARTA bus on January 12 and was killed a short time later. The woman was struck by two vehicles as she crossed a road. According to police reports, the 54-year-old woman was crossing North Point Parkway when she was hit by a pickup truck and then an SUV. The incident occurred just before 7:00 a.m. The woman was an employee at a nearby Verizon store. Because of a lack of light that early in the morning, both drivers thought that they had struck road debris. Each remained on scene, cooperating with investigators. A spokesperson for the police...

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Judge Says Atlanta’s Warrantless Search Policy Is Unconstitutional

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The Constitution protects people from unlawful search and seizure. This means that you don't have to fear driving down the road, pulled over and having your person or your car searched for what amounts to no reason. Right? Maybe not. According to a federal judge, Atlanta had an unconstitutional policy of conducting warrantless searches on commercial properties. The ruling came after a case was presented involving the search of a motorcycle club's meeting space. The judge determined that the amount of damages to be paid to the owner of the motorcycle club would be determined at a jury trial. For its part,...

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Should Atlanta’s Bail System Be Revised?

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Most people are familiar with America's system of bail, even if they haven't had to deal with it personally. When you are arrested, you must pay to be released in many instances. Even for a minor charge, you may be required to post bail before you can go home. If you can't pay, you stay in jail until you get the opportunity to be heard in front of a judge. For some people, this is not an issue. Although no one wants to be set back financially, they are able to secure their way out of custody, go home and appear...

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Parents Held Responsible for Child’s Death

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A grand jury in Henry County has returned indictments against the parents of a 5-month-old infant. The child passed away in September 2017 as the result of a serious brain injury. According to police reports, the child was left in the care of his father while his mother attended a local job fair. While at the fair, the mother received a text from the father, telling her the baby had fallen off of a bed. The mother returned to the residence, only to be handed her unconscious child. Instead of calling 911, the parents took the unconscious infant to a...

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What to Do After Your License Was Suspended for DUI

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When you commit a violation like driving under the influence, you will find that the state takes away your driving privileges. If the Georgia Department of Driver Services suspends or revokes your license, you have to take certain steps to get it back. The state is required to suspend your license if you are convicted of driving under the influence. It will also take your license if you refuse to take the chemical test requested by a law enforcement officer. This is considered a violation of implied consent laws. The exact length of your suspension will depend on specific circumstances pertaining...

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How Jeff Sessions’ Decision on Marijuana Could Affect Georgians

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The federal government has, at least once, claimed that marijuana has no medical benefit. Studies have shown otherwise. A father in Georgia has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, namely Attorney General Jeff Sessions, alleging that the government's classification as marijuana as a Schedule I substance is preventing some who need it from obtaining the "medication." Plaintiffs in the case say that the federal government has classified marijuana in the same category as LSD and heroin, both known to be highly addictive. The government has also failed to recognize that there are medical benefits to marijuana, leaving some who need...

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Man in Accident Suffers Heart Attack

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A victim of a vehicle collision on Memorial Drive on New Year's Eve lost his life, but not because of injuries sustained in the accident. The man passed away after having a heart attack following the crash. Reports indicate that a 64-year-old man was driving on Memorial Drive. The man's fiancée told police that another vehicle turned in front of the truck in such a way they were not able to avoid striking that vehicle. Police responded to the incident and the male driver told police that he did not believe he was injured but did complain of shortness of breath. The...

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What Constitutes “Probably Cause” for an Arrest?

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You've heard it said that a police officer can't arrest a person without probable cause. There must be probable cause in order to conduct a search or seize property. Do you know what probably cause is? The term comes from the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Within that Amendment, it states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or...

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Motorcycle Cops Injured in Crash

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The wicked weather has hit all parts of the United States. From bomb cyclones to major bouts of freezing rain and ice-cold wind, Americans have been struggling to make it through one of the most brutal winters on record. Highways and roadways aren't fairing particularly well, as three motorcycle cops in Cobb County recently discovered. On January 2, three motorcycle officers found themselves on the pavement after slipping over a patch of ice in the roadway. The accident occurred on Kennesaw Due West. The officers involved in the accident were on a funeral detail. They ran across a patch of ice...

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Rules You Should Know for Tailgating at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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The college football national championship game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama will take place on January 8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Whether you’re cheering on the Dawgs or the Tide, if you plan on going early, there are some rules about tailgating you should keep in mind. If you break one of these rules, you may be warned. Break another and you could be kicked out or, worse, arrested. 1. Tailgating Locations Tailgating is permitted but only in designated lots. Tailgating is not permitted in multi-level garages. Tailgaters can enjoy themselves in the Blue Lot,...

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