Winslow - who was recently re-elected to represent parts of Castleberry Hill, Mechanicsville, and West End - is scheduled to appear before Fulton County State Court Judge Susan Edlein tomorrow morning. She has previously pled not guilty to charges stemming from her DUI arrest last May.
State Court of Fulton County records show that the veteran councilwoman faces five misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to obey stop sign, failure to obey signs or control devices, and driving on the wrong side of road. CL reached out today to both the councilwoman and her DUI lawyer Antavius Weems for comment, but neither returned our calls.
Atlanta Police last May stopped Winslow's gray Honda Accord a couple blocks away from her West End home. The APD officer who pulled her over said the councilwoman had broke several traffic laws, admitted to imbibing "two dirty martinis" at Elliott Street Pub, appeared intoxicated, and refused a sobriety test. She was arrested and released the following morning on a $3,355 bond.
"She admitted that she was drinking and driving," attorney Jackie Patterson told reporters following her arrest. "That is not against the law in Georgia. It is only against the law if you're an impaired driver. We're asserting she's not an impaired driver."
Winslow has run into a series of troubles at City Hall in 2013. Atlanta's ethics board last month found the councilwoman in violation of the city's ethics code after she spent public funds to shuttle senior citizens to a campaign event. She was smacked with a $2,000 fine for her second election-related ethics violation in four years.
In addition, Winslow caught flak from District 4 challenger Torry Lewis for allegedly making inappropriate reimbursements, which she deemed a campaign attack. She also improperly voted to appoint Weems to a city-appointed position, but acknowledged her wrongdoing at a public meeting where she explained how she had missed the item on Council's consent agenda.
Winslow's jury trial is scheduled to start around 9:00 a.m at the Justice Center Tower.
UPDATE, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.: Judge Edlein said today in court that Winslow's trial will be reset after her attorney filed an emergency leave of absence. It'll appear on the court's January docket.
Around 6:45 a.m., APD arrived at the Norfolk Southern offices, located at 1230 Peachtree Street near the Woodruff Arts Center, and found a woman who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, later identified as Bridgette Holt, a 47-year-old Hampton resident, was quickly transported Grady Memorial Hospital. She later died from her injuries.
The AJC reports that the shooting might have been a "domestic-related" crime. According to APD spokeswoman Kim Jones, both the male suspect and the female victim worked at the Midtown building.
"Witnesses stated that the victim and the male spoke for a moment before he produced a pistol and shot her several times," Jones tells CL. "The male then fled the scene."
APD's homicide team are currently on the lookout for the suspected shooter. We'll post an update when we learn more details.
UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: APD Spokesman Gregory Lyon says that the alleged gunman was found dead in Clayton County with a gunshot wound that "appears consistent with a suicide."
Around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, two APD Path Force officers were headed to their parked squad car after grabbing lunch at Picnic!, a restaurant inside Irwin Street Market. As they left the building, the officers realized they were under fire.
According to APD spokesman Greg Lyons, 28-year-old Decatur resident Derrick Byron shot "three to four" rounds at the two officers from a small townhouse complex across Sampson Street close to the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail. Neither officer was injured in the incident.
The policemen, who are members of the special unit that patrols the 22-mile loop of parks, trails, and transit, pursued Byron and caught him several blocks to the north. "[When he saw the police], he immediately threw the weapon down and surrendered," Lyons tells CL.
APD spokesman John Chafee says Bryon's gunfire hit several buildings. Jake Rothschild, CEO of Irwin Street Market's parent company, tells CL that the shooting didn't injure anyone or cause damage to his building. The incident, he says, piqued some customers' interest and attracted news trucks to the scene.
"They just had lunch with us," Rothschild says. "They were getting into their car to continue patrol. A guy was in the bushes across the street."
The officers, Lyons says, didn't respond to a 911 call or make a self-initiated traffic stop - and seemed baffled by the unprompted incident.
According to Fulton County Jail, Byron faces two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless conduct, and violating parole.
An Atlanta photographer found himself in a shootout after a Buckhead photo shoot turned into a carjacking attempt.
Robert Oliver, whose recent nude photo shoot with model Gabrielle Mirville sparked a legal controversy, was working on another photography project near 2829 Peachtree Road early this morning when the trouble started.
Atlanta Police tell CL two men approached Oliver close to where he parked his car and started asking him about his photography. According to the photographer, one of the two suspects eventually pulled a gun from his sweatpants and told the photographer, "Give me the keys." But Oliver didn't follow the suspect's instructions and instead fired in their direction.
"As the suspect pulled out his handgun and demanded [Oliver's] keys, [he] produced his own handgun and shot several rounds at the suspect who at that point retreated," APD spokeswoman Kim Jones says. "As the suspect and his accomplice retreated they both fired shots at [Oliver], who jumped into his car, leaving his camera and tripod and fled the area."
As Oliver sought shelter inside a nearby Fellini's Pizza, Jones says the suspects also left the scene in what the photographer described as a dark-colored "two-tone Camry with body damage."
Around 1:15 a.m., he waved down a Georgia State Patrol trooper and told him what happened. Multiple witnesses confirmed Oliver's accounts. After APD documented his weapon's serial number, they determined there was no probable cause and allowed him to leave with his weapon.
We've reached out to the photographer to find out more about what happened. We'll post an update if we hear back.
A pack of fools last night defaced Charis Books & More, one of the country's oldest and last remaining feminist bookstores, with anti-gay graffiti.
According to the Georgia Voice, the first to report the news, the misspelled scribblings and spray-painted penis appeared on the side of the lesbian-owned bookstore in Little Five Points after it hosted a literary event.
An anonymous person called the Atlanta Police Department at approximately 11:14 p.m. to report seeing men loitering and painting the walls of the "bookstore behind the Brewhouse pub."
"On the west-facing wall, open to the parking lot, I observed four pieces of graffiti which contained anti-lesbian messages," the police report states.
Charis' Thursday literary event finished about 10 p.m. and everyone was out of the store by 10:15 p.m., so the vandalism occurred right after everyone was gone, said co-owner Sara Luce Look.
"We've gotten threatening phone calls, mostly about being race traitors during the HB 87 debate [Charis was opposed to the anti-immigration bill passed in the General Assembly and offered its store as a safe space for undocumented people], bible tracts being left in our store," Anderson said. "But no, we've been blessedly free of foolishness throughout our many years."
Officer Brian Sharpe, the APD's LGBT liaison, reportedly responded to the incident. Elizabeth Anderson, the executive director of Charis' nonprofit arm, told Bagby that she doesn't know if the vandalism was related to last night's event and that other L5P businesses were also hit with graffiti last night.
The bookstore wrote on its Facebook page earlier today that it planned to prime the defaced wall this afternoon in anticipation for a community mural. If you have any information about the vandalism, call the APD.
A Clayton County teenager who was abducted from her home yesterday morning was safely recovered, authorities announced this afternoon.
Clayton County Sheriff's Office reports 14-year-old Ayvani Perez, who had been taken from her home in Ellenwood, Ga., around 2 a.m. Tuesday, was found in Conyers. According to Police Chief Greg Porter, Perez has been reunited with her family and was undergoing precautionary health evaluations at a local hospital.
Porter added "more than 150" law enforcement personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, and Clayton County Sheriff's Office participated in the case. An FBI agent involved in the case said that two suspects are currently in custody. Those include Juan Alberto Rodriguez, a 40-year-old Mexican national being held on immigration charges, and Wildrego Jackson, a 29-year-old Atlanta resident who's been charged with conspiracy to kidnap. WSB-TV reported that Jackson was career felon that had currently been on probation.
Early this morning, an APD spokeswoman told CL that officers had connected 25-year-old Stone Mountain resident Brandon Barnes to the shooting that happened yesterday around 4 p.m. at 65 Alabama Street. Authorities found an unidentified male victim outside Underground Atlanta who appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
APD spokesman John Chaffee tells CL that the victim "appear[ed] to be in his early twenties" and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The APD's homicide unit continues to investigate the shooting, but have yet to make public the exact motive.
"[T]he incident may have started as a dispute inside Underground Atlanta and escalated to gunfire once outside," Chaffee says.
The arrest followed an afternoon where authorities talked to eye witnesses about the shooting. Decatur resident Lakita Evans told multiple outlets that a fight led to the incident.
"When I (came) back out, I heard five shots," Evans told WSB-TV. "So I was like 'Oh, that's five shots in the air.' I thought they killed somebody. I (went) outside and he's laying on the stairs. They're trying to pump his air and make him breathe."
Barnes - who the AJC says has a prior arrest record of theft, burglary, and weapons possession on school property - was later transported to Fulton County Jail. As of this morning, he has yet to be released.
According to APD, the man was shot and killed around 12:10 p.m. near the corner of Northside Drive and Markham Street, one block away from Friendship Baptist Church. Authorities found the victim, who has not yet been identified, dead in a Chevron station parking lot outside an adjacent Subway restaurant.
Fox 5 reports that the victim is "believed to be in his 20's" and tweeted an aerial photo that showed more than a half dozen cars on the scene:
Update: @Atlanta_Police on-scene of fatal shooting at Northside Dr. & Markham St. in SW Atl. http://t.co/OAf3L79ZS8 pic.twitter.com/7Rcbrxu4tV
- FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) August 12, 2013
APD spokeswoman Kim Jones tells CL the victim was "not a random target" and that the Homicide Unit has started an investigation.
"Witnesses stated that the victim was pumping gas when he was shot by a black male who walked up from the street," she says.
While no information about the gunman has been released, CBS Atlanta reporter Bernard Watson tweeted that the crime appeared to be an "execution style" shooting:
Homicide @ Chevron Northside Dr near Georgia Dome looks like execution style shooting details @cbsatl @4&5 pic.twitter.com/GsOlmunD6U
- Bernard Watson (@BernardWatsonTV) August 12, 2013
This story is developing and we'll post more information once we learn more.
Atlanta Police arrested Farhana Sultan last Friday in connection to a string of silver and jewelry burglaries in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Cobb County, and Alabama. According to the Fulton County Jail, Sultan faces five counts of theft by receiving stolen property and one count for possession of methamphetamine. She was released from jail yesterday on $35,000 bonds.
APD spokeswoman Kim Jones tells CL that more than $100,000 in stolen items have since been recovered from Sultan's Downtown Atlanta apartment. While the department had directly been involved in three cases, she says the case also "involves at least [four] metro jurisdictions and spans across two states." At a press conference earlier today, APD Lt. Rod Woody told reporters that stolen goods - which also include a MacBook Pro, desktop computer, and flat-screen television - were also found during a search of Sultan's residence.
Woody also indicated that more arrests could follow in the near future, but for now officers are contacting victims so they can reclaim their property.
Monday, August 5, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Drew Charter School
301 E. Lake Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30317
Saturday, August 10, 2013
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church
1071 Delaware Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Adamsville Recreation Center
3201 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Atlanta, GA 30311
The three meetings are the first of what the city says are a series of summits that will also include talks in the central and northern sections of Atlanta. Those events will be scheduled at a later date.
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