Georgia residents may be able to rest a little easier now that two men who were suspected of committing a variety of robberies in three counties have been arrested in Conyers. In addition to other crimes, the two men are suspected of robbing two customers at gunpoint by a Wells Fargo ATM machine, making it a dangerous property for bank customers. Atlanta Police, Conyers Police and Georgia Pardons and Paroles collaborated to investigate and arrest the two suspects. Identifying the suspect's vehicle as a stolen vehicle when the robberies occurred helped the Morgan County Sheriff's Office to identify the suspect. Police arrested the 21-year-old suspect without incident on April 25, 2013 while he was in a stolen vehicle and in the possession of a stolen weapon.
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.
Georgia residents may have heard of a recent fire that took lives of several children. A potential claim for premises liability could arise after a tragic house fire caused four children to die in a duplex. While ownership of the unit is not yet clear based on news reports, a landlord could potentially be held liable for keeping the unit in a dangerous condition because investigators found no working smoke detectors in the property. The property that was engulfed in flames was a two-story, duplex unit. Investigators did not find any smoke detectors on the upper level where the family lived. Although one smoke detector was on the bottom level, it reportedly did not contain a battery in it. Additionally, there were no sprinklers. The children who died were 9 years old and under, including an 8-month-old baby. Another child and an adult were also injured in the fire. The family consisted of a grandmother, mother and grandchildren.