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October 2012 Archives

Actress and R&B singer Natina Reed died Friday under mysterious circumstances. Reed, formerly of the group Blaque, was walking on Lawrenceville Highway, miles from anything, when she was hit by a car.

At this point, police don't expect there to be any charges filed in the case, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In lieu of criminal charges, Reed's family may want to file a civil suit against the driver.

While Halloween is a blast for kids, it can be a nightmare for parents. Food allergies, questionable treats, and toxic costumes can make Halloween scarier for a parent than all 12 of the "Friday the 13th" movies combined.

Fear not. We've got you covered. Below, we've included everything you need to know to keep your kids safe on All Hollow's Eve.

After a faulty design caused a couple of toddlers to fall out of their booster seats, Unique Baby Products USA has announced a recall of the defective stroller attachments, according to CBS News.

The company, which does business under the name ValcoBaby, is cooperating with the U.S. Product Safety Commission by voluntarily recalling around 975 ValcoBaby “Joey” booster seats. The seats were made to attach to a stroller. However, a spring button mechanism caused the seats to easily become detached, sending toddlers tumbling to the ground.

The Boy Scouts of America have released new documents that implicate many Georgia scout leaders in child sexual abuse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to the “perversion files,” 97 Georgia Boy Scout leaders have been accused of sexually abusing their scouts over the years. Out of the accused scout leaders, 44 led troops in metro Atlanta.

On Wednesday, Paulding County drug task force agents shot and killed a man who was armed with just a can of pepper spray, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office argues that the use of force was reasonable because 60-year-old Danny Hammett ignored the agents’ instructions and appeared to be armed and dangerous. However, Hammett’s family claims that the officers used excessive force against an innocent man.

Last week, we wrote about a Smyrna woman who was arrested after cursing in a town hall meeting. Mary Kirkendoll ended up suing the city for violating her right to free speech. Smyrna’s insurance carrier ended up settling the suit for $85,000.

Amy Barnes, a member of the Occupy movement, was recently arrested after she flipped off and cussed at police who were questioning a group of teenagers, Fox News reports. She now plans to sue Cobb County for violations of her constitutional rights.

In 2010, an Acworth teen bought the powerful drug phenazepam on eBay. The teen later died after injecting a mixture of the drug and alcohol.

On Wednesday, Matthew Schroeder, a New York registered nurse, was sentenced to three years in prison for selling the drug to the 18-year-old and others around the country, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. On top of the criminal charges, the teen’s family may want to file a civil suit against Schroeder to receive compensation for their loss.

Who knew dropping an expletive at a town hall meeting could net you $85,000?

Community activist Mary Kirkendoll was so fed up with a Smyrna town hall question-and-answer session that she let out a curse word before walking out. Kirkendoll was promptly arrested, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. She later sued the city for violating her right to free speech. Now the Smyrna has settled that suit for $85,000.

Ariston Waiters was shot and killed by Union City police officer Luther Lewis while lying face down on the ground, according to a new lawsuit.

Waiters’ mom, Freda Waiters, filed a wrongful death suit against Union City in Fulton County State Court on Wednesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It’s the second lawsuit against the city that’s been filed on Ariston’s behalf.

Steroid injections that have been linked to a meningitis outbreak were distributed in Georgia, Channel 2 Action News reports.

The steroid injections, used to alleviate back pain, have now been linked to more than 100 cases of fungal meningitis in at least nine states. According to health officials, the Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surgery Center in Macon received the potentially tainted steroids and administered them to its patients.

Former Buford High School football star Devin Durden died Thursday from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash last month.

Caylie Edge of Lawrenceville, the teen driver who caused the accident, has been charged with vehicular homicide, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. On top of the criminal charges, Durden's family may want to file a wrongful death suit against Edge in order to receive compensation for their loss.

A Lithonia mom got more than she bargained for when she bought two phones from Radio Shack.

When Marcia Jones' 13-year-old daughter went to activate the phones she found adult and child pornography on them, Channel 2 Action News reports. Now Jones is suing Radio Shack, claiming her daughter suffered emotional injury from the incident.

Daniel Tudela likes gadgets. So much so that Tudela, 30, of Stone Mountain, walks around with MP3 players, cell phones, and other electronic devices hanging from his body like jewelry.

The only problem is that, to most people, a man with wires strapped to his chest means "terrorist." That's why Gwinnett County police arrested Tudela at Discover Mills mall, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Tudela's lawyer insists her client didn't mean any harm, and that the gadgets were simply a fashion statement. Does Tudela have a case for wrongful arrest?