Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The home city of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is asking a funeral home director not to request a burial there. Should cities be allowed to turn down burial requests?
It’s been nearly three weeks since his death, but it remains unclear where the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev will be buried. The Associated Press reports that while Tsarnaev's mother says she wants the body returned to Russia, the funeral director in charge of Tsarnaev’s body believes the country will not accept the body. The funeral home director, Peter Stefan, said he plans to ask for a burial in the city where Tsarnaev lived, but officials in Cambridge, Mass., are urging him not to do so. "The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment," Cambridge…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Mark Young first came to law enforcement's attention in January 2012 when an undercover officer received information that Young had manufactured his own C-4, which is a type of plastic explosive.
A 46-year-old Cobb man who sold a bomb to an undercover officer will spend the next five years and three months in federal prison. United States District Judge Steven C. Jones today sentenced Mark Young on charges of possessing a destructive device. “The recent tragedy in Boston underscores the havoc a homemade bomb can wreak,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said this afternoon in a news release. “We are committed to aggressively prosecuting those who put the safety and security of our citizens at risk by constructing explosives devices.” Mark Young first came to law ennforcement's attention in January 2012 when an undercover officer received information that Young had manufactured his own C-4, which is a type of plastic …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The new law also increases penalties for those caught boating while intoxicated.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed SB 136, a bill to strengthen public safety on Georgia's waterways, last week at the Holiday Marina at Lake Lanier. The legislation, a portion of which is known as the Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law, lowers the legal blood-alcohol content for boaters from a .10 to .08. The new law also increases penalties for those found to be boating while intoxicated. “Far too many tragedies have occurred as a result of boating under the influence and inadequate boater education,” Deal said in a released statement. “Last June, I vowed to work with the General Assembly to pass legislation in honor of Jake and Griffin Prince, who lost their lives last summer in a tragic accident. As I have said, if you are too drunk to drive an …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
It is next Tuesday.
Commissioner Lisa Cupid, whose district includes South Cobb, wants to hear from you. Cupid will host a town hall at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Cobb County Safety Village, 1220 Al Bishop Dr. For more information, call 770-528-3312 or visit cobbcounty.org/cupid. If you can't make Cupid's town-hall, there are two more opportunities to meet with Cobb commissioners.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Cobb officials recently participated in firefighter exercises.
A group of Cobb County government officials got to experience what it's like to be a firefighter. District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott, Cobb Public Safety Director Jack Forsythe and 911 Director Ann Flynn took part in firefighter training exercises last week at the Public Safety Training Center in Marietta. The experience included a ladder climb as well as interior smoke and fire simulations. More than 650 sworn firefighters and 32 civilian employees make up the team at Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services. The department covers 305 square miles of the unincorporated areas of Cobb as well as three incorporated cities including Kennesaw, Acworth and Powder Springs. The team responded to more than 48,000 calls last year.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A new law will allow it.
Certified employees of the Department of Corrections and Pardons & Paroles will be able to keep their department-issued firearms upon retirement. House Bill 482 will extend that courtesy to employees who have at least 20 years of service when the new law goes into effect on July 1. “This legislation provides an opportunity to reward men and women who have served our state honorably and dutifully,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, who signed HB 482 on Thursday at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. “These two agencies will now have the same privileges as the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when it comes to department-issued weapon retention.”
Friday, April 26, 2013
During the breakfast at Cobb Galleria Centre, the chamber will hand out the Cobb Executive Women Glass Ceiling Award.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) will be the featured speaker at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce's First Monday Breakfast, which is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on May 6 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. During the breakfast, the chamber will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cumberland Community Improvement District and hand out the Cobb Executive Women Glass Ceiling Award. Admission is $40 for chamber members and $60 for non-members. Members get a $15 discount if they register online. Online registration will close at noon Wednesday, May 1. That's also the last day that people will be able to receive an online refund.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A Sandy Springs man accused of helping the applicant was arrested.
A 29-year-old man allegedly changed the grade of a Cobb applicant who failed the state's driving test. The applicant received a 10 on the exam, according to a Cobb County criminal warrant. But Danlami Olugbenga Sanya of Sandy Springs allegedly changed the score to a 90, wrote "Pass" by the score and gave the altered test to a Georgia Department of Driver Services employee at the Northeast Cobb satellite office on Canton Road. Sanya was arrested Friday on a charge of false statements or writings, conceal facts or fraudulent documents in matters of government. It is a felony offense. Sanya was released Saturday from the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cobb Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to accept a state grant to establish the county's first mental health court.
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners gave the green light to funding the county’s first mental health court at Tuesday's meeting. The board voted 3-2 to accept a state grant to create the mental health court, with commissioners Helen Goreham and Bob Ott opposed. The new court will be overseen by Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley, using a $53,615 state grant commissioners accepted for the remainder of the fiscal year through June 30, said county chairman Tim Lee. The mental health court will serve as a problem-solving court similar to drug courts and domestic violence courts, where offenders are offered long-term community-based treatment instead of being prison-bound. Lee said the current grant can pay for 10 participants, but it is …
Friday, April 19, 2013
More jobs and fewer layoffs in most metro Atlanta counties helped push the state's unemployment rate down to 8.4 percent, it's lowest since December 2008.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 8.4 percent in March, the lowest rate since December 2008. The rate declined from 8.6 percent in February because of an increase in the number of jobs and fewer new layoffs. The rate was down from 9.1 percent in March a year ago. “Georgia employers created 23,700 jobs last month, which is one of the best job growth numbers we’ve had in March for almost a decade,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The growth was in several industries, led by leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.” Additional growth came in trade, transportation and warehousing, construction and local government. The March …