News Briefs: Commissioner wants results for Democratic Primary race thrown out
Edited by Stan Washington | 6/13/2014, 9:35 a.m.
Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts is requesting a court to disqualify the results of last month’s election results because of a design err in the ballot. Pitts who lost a close race against Chairman John Eaves for the position said the ballot listed their race for chairman as “District No. 7 at large leading to “voter confusion and voter disenfranchisement. He wants the court to order a new election for the Democratic primary for commission chairman. Eaves called the lawsuit frivolous, self-serving and a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Judge dismisses tuition lawsuit for immigrants
Although he was sympathetic to their causes, Fulton Superior Judge John Goger dismissed a lawsuit filed by immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children seeking state college tuition. In his ruling, Goger wrote that Georgia law bars such lawsuit through sovereign immunity. A lawyer for the 39 complaints said they would appeal the ruling.
Parents of baby injured in a police raid lash out
The parents of a 19-month-old boy who was severely injured when a flash band device landed in his crib during a drug raid, said they would never put their children in harm’s way. They said they never noticed any drugs in the house or any drug transaction taking place at their relative’s home in Cornelia. Bounkam and Alexcia Phonesavanh said when they inquired why their son Bou Bou was giving off agonizing screams, a Habersham County Special Response Team deputy told them that the child had lost a tooth. The couple met with investigators from the GBI and the FBI for three hours on Tuesday.
DeKalb delays buying YMCA building for millions
The DeKalb County Commission delayed a vote on whether to spend $5 million to purchased a YMCA building. The vote was postponed because it lack four votes needed for approval. The funds would come from voter-approved green space bonds.
Atlanta Streetcar testing coming soon
With the delivery Wednesday of the last two Atlanta Streetcar vehicles, testing on the line should begin the coming weeks, said a spokesperson. The Siemen’s S70 vehicles are 80 feet long and can carry 200 passengers. They can also accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and bicycles.
Reality TV star owes more than $1 million in back support
“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Steven “Stevie J” Jordan overs $1,107,412 in back child support, according to New York court records. Jordan fathered a child in 1997 and again in 1998. In 1999, the court ordered him to pay about $6,600 a month in child support. The court later raised the amount to $8,500 a month. The complaint states that Jordan stopped paying child support in 2001. He was arrested in Georgia on Monday but will face criminal charges in New York.
Police: SUV deliberately struck bike in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators are searching for a driver of an SUV who is accused of deliberately running down a bicyclist. Witnesses told WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/1qmyg4A ) that the driver appeared to intentionally run down the man on Monday evening, dragging him about 50 feet. The bicyclist was wedged under a parked vehicle. Atlanta Police Officer John Chafee said the incident came after an argument between the men. Authorities said the cyclist was reported in serious but stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.