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March 2013 Archives

2013 Crime Victims' Memorial Service

The 23rd Annual Crime Victims' Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030 on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  The Service kicks off the beginning of National Crime Victims' Rights Week and is designed to be a healing event for victims and survivors of crime.  During the service, the names of murdered loved ones will be read and candles lit in their memory.  For more information about these events and services the Crime Victims Advocacy Council offers, please call 770-333-9254 / askcvac@gmail.com / www.cvaconline.org

A Day At The Capitol 2013 - A Huge Success!

The Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA) hosted the 24th Annual Community Banking Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 20.  Starting in 1990, the annual event honors community bankers and state elected officials, as well as emphasizes the important role Georgia's community banks play in their communities.

Slip and fall case against Target settled

A man who allegedly slipped and fell in a Target store in 2010 has settled his claim against the national conglomerate, which has numerous stores in Georgia. The slip and fall claim arose after the man stated that he fell on soda that had been left on the floor in a Target store. According to his claim, the staff at Target failed to properly maintain, regularly inspect and clean the store's aisles. Because of this failure to maintain the premises, the suit alleged, the plaintiff sustained a slip-and-fall injury due to a soda spill. His attorneys stated that he sustained a serious injury to a shoulder that required surgery to treat.

Improvements in laws regarding dangerous Gainesville structures

The Gainesville City Council recently adopted several amendments during their second reading regarding structures that are deemed to be "dangerous to public health." The amendments were recommended by the city attorney and make important changes to the city's existing ordinance.Although one of the amendments allows the city to use revenues, grants and donations within the city budget to demolish existing buildings that are considered to be "unfit," the City Manager stated that the city is also interested in working with the owners of some buildings in question. The City Manager said that building owners who have been found to be failing to maintain certain structures may be able to come to a mutual remedy with the city to avoid demolition of the buildings. However, the official proclaimed that the city will have to see how the condition of the properties have progressed. He also said that the first step that the city wants to take is to work with the property owners to improve the "community's health, wealth, safety and welfare."

National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 21-27, 2013

National Crime Victims' Rights Week provides an opportunity to intensify awareness about the challenges faced by crime victims and to highlight the long struggle to establish victims' rights.  This year's theme New Challenges, New Solutions summons our nation to confront and remove obstacles to achieving those rights.

Rushing the court presents potential hazards

After Cavelier fans rushed the court following their team's victory over Duke, Duke's coach spoke out about the potential risk of personal injury during such celebrations. This incident represented the eighth time that a court was stormed in an ACC home game this year. Duke's coach argued that a dangerous situation could arise when players, coaches and fans are all pushed together. These comments reflect an argument made last year by the University of North Carolina's head coach when he removed most of his team from the court before the end of a big loss. Reviews of security footage show the difficult time that Duke players and coaches had in exiting the court. A security team of about 24 individuals helped to form a path for the Duke and Virginia players and coaches to shake hands, but when the court was rushed, the security team prevented the Duke players from escaping while more individuals came on to the court. Footage also shows the Duke coach trying to convince a police officer to get his players off the court.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 21-27, 2013

Since 1981, National Crime Victims' Rights Week has challenged the nation to extend its vision of crime victims' rights and services to reach every victim of crime.  Each year, communities across the country celebrate decades of hard-earned progress in securing the rights, resources and protections that crime victims need to rebuild their lives.

Harriet Isenberg Argues With GA House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

Harriet Isenberg again argued to the Georgia House of Representatives Judiciary Committee this morning on behalf of Creditors of the State of Georgia and other states that have loaned money or extended credit to debtors.  The proposed legislation to allow debtors to make "charitable contributions" rather than pay their debts without consequence to either the donor or charity would only encourage fraudulent transfers to charities and side deals benefiting the debtor in some way and leaving the Creditors without remedy to undo the transfer as the current law allows.

Georgia peanut factory linked to numerous deaths and illnesses

A 2009 salmonella outbreak that resulted in the death of nine individuals and afflicted 700 more has finally been linked to a Georgia peanut company. A federal indictment has been issued that charges the head of the Peanut Corporation of America and four other individuals with multiple federal crimes, including fraud, conspiracy, introducing adulterated and misbranded food into interstate commerce and obstruction of justice. In addition, a series of lawsuits, including wrongful death claims, have been filed against the company.According to the indictment, officials were aware of the dangerous conditions of the products that the plant was manufacturing but continued to sell them. Prosecutors are charging the president of the company, an operations manager, a quality assurance manager and the food broker for the company. Another operations manager has already pleaded guilty to a variety of charges, including fraud, conspiracy and the introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce. In addition to these criminal charges, individuals who lost family members have filed wrongful death claims against the company to impose civil liability on the company.

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