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Platinum R&B Singer Sentenced In Cobb Court

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A platinum-selling R&B star who sings about making good choices admitted in a Cobb County courtroom that he made a mistake. Singer Lyfe Jennings was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Wednesday. A judge sentenced him for his role in a 2008 fight with the mother of his two children. The fight led to shots being fired and a high-speed chase. “I mean, it did happen and I’m taking full responsibility for it, period. I just wanted an opportunity to come here and apologize to the court,” said Jennings. Jennings’ lawyers asked if he could spend some time with...

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Bishop Eddie Long | Church leader’s attorney makes radio rounds

By Shelia M. Poole The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9:50 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010 Craig Gillen, the Atlanta lawyer representing Bishop Eddie Long, took to the air Thursday morning to defend his client against charges he used his pastoral influence to coerce three men into having sexual relations. Gillen was interviewed by Roland Martin for the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show shortly after 7 a.m. It was the first public interview by Long's attorneys since three lawsuits were filed against the head of the Atlanta mega-church.. "These false allegations are an attack on Bishop Long personally. They are an attack on New Birth and all of...

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B.J. Bernstein a media-savvy courtroom competitor

By Jeremy Redmon The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 12:43 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Editor's note: The two men who are suing Bishop Eddie Long, claiming that he had sexual relationships with them, are represented by Atlanta attorney B.J. Bernstein. Bernstein is perhaps best-known for her successful representation of Genarlow Wilson, a Douglas County teenager who was imprisoned for 10 years for having consensual sex with a minor female. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published this profile of Bernstein in July 2007 as the Wilson case went to the Georgia Supreme Court. Before B.J. Bernstein begins her frequent news conferences, she slowly and clearly spells her name for reporters covering...

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Bishop Eddie Long | Sexual allegations are talk of Atlanta, elsewhere

By Larry Hartstein and Mike Morris The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11:56 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Reaction to the lawsuits alleging sexual coercion against Bishop Eddie Long reverberated both locally and nationally Wednesday morning. CNN and Good Morning America both ran pieces on the lawsuits, as did the local TV news shows. It was a major topic on local urban-themed radio stations. On the "Frank and Wanda Morning Show" on V-103, host Frank Ski held off on discussing the lawsuits until after 8 o'clock because, he said, "we're going to get the kids off to school" first. Ski is a 12-year member of Long's New Birth Missionary...

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Babysitter to be charged in child’s death

By Alexis Stevens The Atlanta Journal-Constitution An 11-year-old babysitter will be charged in the death of a 2-year-old Fulton County girl, Sandy Springs police said Tuesday. The girl died over the weekend as the result of a head injury and blunt force trauma, the medical examiner's officer told the AJC. The case is being investigated as a homicide, Lt. Steve Rose with Sandy Springs police said Tuesday. The Sandy Springs toddler, whose name has not been released, suffered cranial cerebral trauma and blunt force trauma to her torso and buttocks, said Jon Hager with the medical examiner's office. Rose said the injuries occurred at the...

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Plane that landed on I-85 housed in Lawrenceville

A small plane registered to a Lawrenceville-based business and co-owned by a Flowery Branch man made an emergency landing on Interstate 85 in northeast Atlanta around 5 p.m. Monday. There were no injuries reported after the six-passenger 1996 Piper Saratoga landed on the highway near Exit 93, the Shallowford Road exit, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. The airplane’s tail number indicates it is registered to Saratoga Rental Options, which houses the plane in Lawrenceville but has a mailing address in Gainesville, plane co-owner Dominic Ottaviano of Flowery Branch said. Other co-owners reside in Atlanta. Due to engine failure, pilot Matthew Conway...

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Court weighs Bluffton crash liability

The Ohio Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether Bluffton University's insurers are liable for a 2007 crash in Atlanta that killed seven people, including five college baseball players. A chartered bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team plunged from the Northside Drive overpass and landed on I-75 before sunrise on March 2, 2007. The driver of the bus, who along with his wife was killed in the wreck, mistakenly thought an HOV exit ramp was a lane. The bus belonged to Executive Coach Luxury Travel, an Ohio company, and the team was headed to a tournament in Florida at the...

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Driver, 17, charged with hitting teen in road rage incident

By Mike Morris The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2010A 17-year-old driver surrendered to Atlanta police early Wednesday to face charges that she chased a group of children who had yelled at her to slow down, then later returned to the scene and ran over a 15-year-old boy during an apparent fit of road rage. The 15-year-old was critically injured in the incident, which happened about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on Grand Avenue in southwest Atlanta. Atlanta police spokesman Otis Redmond told the AJC that about 6 p.m., an argument erupted between Lynette Walls, 17,  and several children playing in the street when...

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Atlanta Texaco shooting may be result of ongoing dispute, police say

Atlanta police detectives think Monday's shootout at a Texaco station that left one man dead is the result of an ongoing dispute between the victim and the triggerman, Maj. Keith Meadows told the AJC. "That's what we're following right now," Meadows said Tuesday afternoon. Ladeddric Love, 19, died from his gunshot wounds after being shot in what a witness called an unprovoked attack at a Texaco in the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, police said. Tedra Jordan, 19, who is pregnant with twins, was shot in the buttocks and calf, and a 2-year-old was shot in the foot, police said....

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Fort Benning private court-martialed for paying soldier to shoot him

A Fort Benning private accused of paying a fellow solider to shoot him in the leg so he could get out of the Army has been court-martialed. Pvt. Jonne T. Wegley was sentenced to four months' confinement and given a dishonorable discharge after being found guilty Monday of solicitation to commit aggravated assault, maiming, intentionally inflicting self-injury and conspiracy, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports. Wegley and William M. Hudgins carried out the scheme in a wooded area near the firing range during basic training in May 2009, after Wegley offered Hudgins $5,000 and a job, prosecutors said. Wegley was depressed, prosecutors said. His brother...

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