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September 2012 Archives

In 2010, 18-year-old Bobby Tillman was beaten to death outside of a house party for no apparent reason.

Four men have been charged with the attack. On Friday morning, Tracen Franklin, one of Tillman's assailants, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in the beating, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Here's what led up to the attack:

In May, 28-year-old Clifton Hightower was killed when a police car hit him as he was crossing the street.

DeKalb County Police Officer Jason Cooper, who drove the cruiser, was reportedly speeding without his lights on when the accident occurred. He's since been fired from his position, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hightower's relatives may want to pursue legal action against the former officer to receive compensation for their loss.

Federal health officials have issued a recall of Trader Joe's peanut butter after a suspected outbreak of Salmonella, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

If you have a jar of TJ's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter, you should toss it or bring it into any Trader Joe's store for a full refund. There are two Trader Joe's locations in Atlanta, in Midtown and Buckhead; there are also stores in Marietta, Norcross, Roswell, and Sandy Springs.

At least 29 cases of food poisoning have been reported so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.

Soulja Boy has had a rough month. Last week, he was sued for allegedly using a beat without compensating the producer. Now he’s facing another lawsuit, his second in the past seven days, according to AllHipHop News. This time it’s for defamation of character.

Bobbiye Sullinger and Herman Flowers claim that the rapper crashed his Bentley into their Chevy Impala while Sullinger was pregnant. According to the suit, Soulja Boy then made a YouTube video accusing the two of lying about the incident and being racists.

Robby King is grieving over the loss of his best friend, Luke.

Luke, a 6-year-old chocolate Lab, was shot by police when Cobb officers reported to King's home in Smyrna after he accidentally set off a burglar alarm, Channel 2 Action News reports. King now plans to file a complaint against the Cobb County Police Department.

Spinach and lettuce always seem to be getting recalled. That's probably because leafy greens grow close to the ground and have a veiny texture that make them hard to clean.

Well for the umpteenth time, bagged spinach is being recalled. Kroger is recalling its "Fresh Selections Tender Spinach" in Georgia and 14 other states, The Associated Press reports. So if you have a bag of the stuff in the fridge, you should probably toss it. Better yet, take it back to the store for a full refund.

Earlier in the month, an 18-year-old drunken driver hit Paula Holden head-on in Gwinnett County. As a result, Holden may have to have her right leg amputated.

According to Holden's family, she faces close to $1 million in medical costs, Channel 2 Action News reports. Holden may be able to recover compensation for her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages, by filing a personal injury suit against the driver who caused the accident.

Former Chattahoochee Hills Police Lt. James Melton was fired in September 2010. Now he's suing the city for sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

According to the federal lawsuit, Melton was sexually harassed by his boss, former City Manager Carol Wolfe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Melton also says he was fired because he refused to lie for former Police Chief Damon Jones.

Most people don't consider sodomy to be a criminal act. That's because it generally isn't when consenting adults are involved. However, forced or aggravated sodomy can be prosecuted as a crime in Georgia.

A University of Georgia police officer may soon be charged under Georgia's law. Athens-Clarke police are investigating the 28-year-old officer for possible aggravated sodomy, after a woman filed a complaint claiming the officer forced her to have anal sex, the Athens Banner-Herald reports.

Gucci Mane paid the price last year for pushing a woman out of a moving Hummer: He was sentenced to six months in jail for the incident. Now the Brick Squad rapper will be paying out of his own pocket.

The woman he shoved, Diana Graham, filed a civil suit, claiming that Gucci pushed her out of his SUV when she refused to go to a hotel room with him. After the rapper failed to show up in court, an Atlanta judge recently awarded Graham nearly $60,000 in damages, TMZ reports.

Sometimes you catch the bus, and sometimes the bus catches you.

Mira Burton says that a MARTA bus driver drove off while she was halfway in the bus, dragging her about six feet on the pavement, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. While the incident is still under investigation, Burton probably has a viable claim if she was injured in the incident.

A Clayton County man has been accused of exposing two women to HIV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

An Atlanta woman and a Union City woman claim Craig Lamar Davis failed to disclose he was HIV positive before he had sex with them. The Atlanta woman says she's tested positive for the virus. Now Davis has been charged with reckless-HIV and could potentially face civil suits as well.