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Atlanta Commission on Women to host free Women's Health & Safety Forum Wed. 8/22

Atlanta Commission on Women to host free Women's Health & Safety Forum Wed. 8/22

The Atlanta Commission on Women (ACW), in partnership with various organizations including self-defense/protection company Practical Combat Applications, Atlanta Police Dept., and Health, Fitness & Life Coaching--will host a free Women's Health and Safety Forum, Wed. Aug. 28, 12PM noon at Atlanta City Hall.

Focusing on the topics: self-defense, diabetes, heart disease, fitness/nutrition, HIV/AIDS, obesity and preventive care; the free forum will take place in the old city hall chambers (3rd floor, city hall tower) on 68 Mitchell St, Atlanta. The public is invited.

The event will also feature: the Atlanta Fire Dept, AID Atlanta, Cynthia Jameson, Independent agent for health insurance and durable medical equipment, Pulse by Kayt Wolfe, and Sonali Sadeqee Nutrition and Lifestyle consultant.

Man's conviction in wife's death reinstated

Man's conviction in wife's death reinstated

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court has reversed a lower court's ruling and reinstated convictions of a man found guilty in his wife's death.

The lower court had said the state suppressed evidence and committed errors that compromised the trial for Christopher Lewis, accused of fatally stabbing his wife Cheryl in December 1996.

In a unanimous opinion released Monday, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Hugh Thompson wrote that there was no reasonable probability that the result of the trial would have been different if the evidence in question had been disclosed to the defense.

The high court also found that the lowest court was wrong to grant Lewis relief on claims of misconduct by the prosecutor, including a reference to O.J. Simpson.

This was the fourth time Lewis' case had come before the Georgia Supreme Court.

Deal to sign overhaul of criminal justice system

Deal to sign overhaul of criminal justice system

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation that will bring sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice system, a priority he set earl in his administration.

Lawmakers spent months hammering out the proposal, which passed in the General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Some changes will start as early as July 1.

"With this bold new direction in criminal justice, we will bolster public safety, increase our chances of rehabilitating lives and bend the unsustainable cost curve we face in our prison system," Deal said in a statement. "We spend $1.2 billion a year on our prison system and those costs were set to soar far beyond what we can afford. That makes no sense for taxpayers when there are most cost-effective means that have better outcomes."

Teen sentenced in toe typing robbery

Teen sentenced in toe typing robbery

ATLANTA -- A teen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for an armed robbery in which the victim used her toes to type messages for help.

A Fulton County judge Tuesday sentenced 19-year-old Dontavius Jackson in the 2010 attack. He was found guilty of armed robbery, aggravated battery and other charges.

Authorities say Jackson broke into Amy Windom's home, beat her and forced her from room to room as he stole electronics, money and her ATM card. Authorities say he tied her to her bed, stole her car and fled.

Man sentenced to life for shooting college student

Man sentenced to life for shooting college student

ATLANTA -- A 24-year-old Atlanta man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and shooting a University of West Georgia student.

Tremaine Leigh was convicted Thursday of aggravated assault, theft and firearm possession in the March 31, 2011 shooting of then-20-year-old Brandon Griffith.

Court records showed that Griffith was shopping for snacks at the Texaco Food Mart on Northside Drive near Atlanta University Center when Leigh, who was armed with a gun, approached him and demanded money.

When Griffith didn't give up his money quickly enough, authorities said Leigh shot him in the chest, took his wallet and cell phone, and drove away in his car.

Leigh was captured two months later and will now spend life plus 35 years in prison.

Griffith survived the attack and is currently completing his senior year of college.

APD request help identifying armed robbery suspect

APD request help identifying armed robbery suspect

 

ATLANTA – Police need your help in identifying a man wanted for the armed robbery of a convenience store at 647 Dill Avenue in Atlanta. According to police, the man approached the store clerk brandishing a handgun; he then aimed the gun at the clerks head and demanded cash. During the robbery, witnesses say the gun was discharged, however, the clerk escaped unharmed. 

The suspect got away with $200 in cash and an unknown amount of Georgia Lottery Tickets. Witnesses say the suspect fled toward Metropolitan Parkway on foot.

During the robbery, the suspect was dressed in a dark colored “Timberland” hoodie and he wore a black skull cap. The suspect, also, wore gloves during the robbery so detectives were unable to retrieve prints from the scene.

If you have any information about this robbery, call Crime Stoppers at 404-557-TIPS (8477). 

Fulton County Police Partners with Federal DEA to kick off Prescription Drug Take Back

The Fulton County Police Department has partnered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to announce a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative.  The initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds - 121 tons - of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including the Fulton County Police Department.

The Fulton County Police Department will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused,

and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, October 29, 2011  from

10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.