85 year old Jewelry Thief Doris Payne Strikes Again

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In a similar plot of a James Bond movie, an international jewelry thief is police custody in Atlanta, GA.Police believe 85-year-old Doris Payne has been stealing high end jewelry for more than 50 years. She has  been stealing high-end jewelry for more than 50 years.   Her crimes have been traced to Greece, Britain, France, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, and the United States.

July 11, Payne took a $33,000 diamond engagement ring from David Yurman jewelers at South Park Mall, reported by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Atlanta police say they caught her this time after she slipped a pair of earrings costing $690 into her pocket at the Christian Dior store inside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. A loss prevention specialist reported that he observed her on surveillance video, according to a police report.

“I think these officers just thought it was a run of the mill shoplifting. They took the woman into custody and short time there after they get notice that another jurisdiction had a warrant for her and she was an international thief,” said Sgt. Warren Pickard, with the Atlanta Police Department.

“She put them in her pocket and politely walked out of the store,” Pickard said.

Doris Payne is known internationally for stealing high-end jewelry around the world. She was even featured in a 2013 documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne .”

“According to my research, when she was 20 year old, she started committing crimes,” Pickard said.

Police say she has made a lifelong career out of stealing, mugshots of her arrests date back to the 1960’s.

Atlanta police say she is also wanted for crimes out of North Carolina.

Her attorney said Ms. Payne is in good spirits, but having some health issues.

 Source WSBTV Atlanta

 

TI Owes 4.5 Million to IRS

TI Owes 4.5 million in taxes

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T.I., aka Clifford Harris, and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle Harris accumulated $1,397,283.47 in unpaid taxes in 2012 and neglected to pay $3,173,476.39 from his personal income taxes in 2013,

Daily Mail reported. The self-professed “Rubber Band Man” reportedly owes $4.5 million in unpaid taxes, and a lien has been issued on his property, including his $4 million Georgia home and his luxury cars priced in the six figure range, such as his Ferrari F430 Spider and Bentley Mulsanne, according to the publication.

He is worth an estimated $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and he is involved in several business ventures that appear to be successful.

In May of this year, T.I. opened his new soul food and fine dining restaurant, Scales 925, in downtown Atlanta, which has garnered mixed reviews. He also continues to star in television shows, such as his reality show, “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” and movies like this year’s Ant-Man.

The Alvin Ailey Experience

 

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The 2015 Alvin Ailey North American Tour, rolled into Atlanta Georgia Valentines weekend. Artistic Director Robert Battle brought the excitement and creativity of modern dance to life . This year’s production hosted over 1,000 guests nightly, and was a sensational, eye popping kaleidoscope of creativity.  The music transcends the global influences of the choreographers and dancers. Each production number ended with a standing ovation by the viewing audience, whom were delighted by every  masterpiece including the appropriate costumes and musical selection.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by the dancer, choreographer and visionary Alvin Ailey. Mr. Ailey established a multi-racial repertory company dedicated to presenting works by a variety of choreographers from the past and present. In 2008, after fifty years of performing around the globe, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” one that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage

This is a must-see show, which doesn’t disappoint at any given time.  The following dates are the 2015 remaining tour dates. See You There!

2015

February 24-25
Chapel Hill, NC
Memorial Hall / University of North Carolina

February 27-28
Brookville, NY
Tilles Center for Performing Arts

March 3-4
Cincinnati, OH
Aronoff Center for the Arts / Procter & Gamble Hall

March 19-22
Detroit, MI
Detroit Opera House
March 24
Hartford, CT
The Bushnell
March 26-29
Boston, MA
Citi Wang Theatre
April 10-11
Mesa, AZ
Mesa Arts Center

April 12
Tucson, AZ
Centennial Hall

April 15-19
Los Angeles, CA
Music Center
April 21-26 
Berkeley, CA
Zellerbach HallMay 2-3
Baltimore, MD
Lyric Opera HouseMay 8-10
Newark, NJ
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VIACOM being sued because of TI

TI Owes 4.5 million in taxes

Viacom is being sued by a Georgia family for showing the dead body of their loved one during an episode of T.I.’s MTV show “Road To Redemption.”

In 2009, MTV aired an episode in which T.I. accompanied a young man to the Haugabrooks Funeral Home in downtown Atlanta to pay respects to his recently deceased friend, Joseph Williams. It appears that no one cleared the filming with Williams’ family and shortly thereafter a suit was filed with a number of claims including violation of likeness, negligent misrepresentations of the deceased, and invasion of privacy.

After being stuck in red tape and years of litigation, the case has finally come to see the light of day.

On June 29, Viacom rejected a settlement that called “for an amount that, even after deducting from the $5 million policy limit the extensive defense costs incurred during more than three years of litigation, was within the $5 million policy limit of the Insurance Policy,” according to a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Though having an insurance policy in place to cover up to $3 million for “Each Loss,” Viacom says that the Williams’ family filed multiple charges and the company in turn suffered repeated losses, with each having high costs.

Ironically, T.I. and his affiliated companies were not mentioned in the suit despite starring in the show and serving as an executive producer.

Largest Food Stamps Fraud Bust in History

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Rolling Out Reports: Record breaking arrests have been made in what is being called the largest case of food stamp fraud ever seen in the history of the program. Federal and state authorities have arrested a husband and wife team, Brandon and Kimberly Sapp, and charged them with being the ringleaders of the crime spree. The couple set up at least 18 fake grocery stores throughout the state of Georgia in Atlanta, Macon, Marietta, Lithonia, LaGrange, Stone Mountain, Riverdale and Savannah in predominately black neighborhoods. The scheme involved the alleged illegal purchase of more than $18 million worth of benefits between December 2009 and December 2012.

Once the fake stores were set up, it was then that the couple had their team go door to door asking people if they wanted to trade their food stamps and WIC vouchers for cash. Federal and state authorities opened an investigation that lasted longer than two years because of the scope of the food stamp fraud operation. U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver said “When you steal from the federal government, it’s theft. These are programs that were provided by Congress to provide nutritional food assistance to the most needy in our society.”

Now more than 70 arrests have been made in the investigation. These arrests include 30 people indicted for selling their food stamps and WIC vouchers. Georgia’s public health commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald stated “This is a huge deal for Georgia … this is unacceptable behavior. This will not be tolerated in Georgia.”

Man Arrested for Choking a Kitten

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A Conyers man has been arrested after he allegedly choked his daughter’s kitten in retaliation for her striking him while he was arguing with her mother.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chad Edward Stuarte responded to a report of domestic violence at a home on Lakeshore Drive Friday around 10 p.m. When he arrived, he noticed that the victim had numerous injuries to her legs and chest area and had a mark under her left eye.

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According to the victim, she and her husband, Timothy Lytle, began arguing when it turned to a physical altercation. At one point, as she approached the door, he threw her outside, which caused her to fall and injure her knees, the incident report states. Lytle also reportedly grabbed her and banged her head against the wall.

During the fight, the couple’s 8-year-old daughter got between them and she hit Lytle in the head with a cast on her arm, the Sheriff’s Office reported. According to the application for an arrest warrant, Lytle then hurt the family pet by “physically choking his daughter’s kitten by its neck in front of her after she hit him in the head with her cast trying to protect her mother.”

Witnesses at the scene indicated that both Lytle and the victim were involved in the physical altercation, but further investigation revealed that Lytle was the primary aggressor, said RCSO Investigator Michael Camp.

Lytle, 37, was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated battery, cruelty to children, criminal trespass and cruelty to animals.

Source Rockdale Citizen 

Baby Born on Icy Atlanta Interstate (Snow Day Gone Wrong)

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SNOW DAY GONE WRONG   has impacted everyone, even the unborn Atlanta citizens. While  couple inches of snow and ice have brought Atlanta commuters to a halt, one baby girl decided she just couldn’t wait.

 The AJC  reports: Her parents were on the way to the hospital, but couldn’t make it fast enough due to treacherous road conditions, according to the Sandy Springs Police Department.

Instead, the baby’s father and a traffic officer helped the mother deliver the baby — inside a car on I-285.

Mom and baby were fine, and paramedics were dispatched to the area to take the family to the hospital, police said.

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SNOW DAY GONE WRONG IN GEORGIA

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It seems like De Ja Vu  for Atlanta,Georgia, in 2011 the city was shut down for a week. Now, less than five years later, the highways are in gridlock for almost 24 hours,, children  are stranded in school, drivers sleeping in stores, cars pile up on the side of the road, and social media is a buzz about the lack of preparation by the Governor of Georgia and DOT. Winter Storm Leon brought Atlanta to a virtual standstill , as thousands of commuters clogged snowy roadways desperately trying to get home.

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When a dusting of snow triggers an epic traffic jam, stranding motorists and school kids on interstates for hours, there’s something very wrong with this picture.

Two inches of snow isn’t supposed to turn highways into campsites. Backups aren’t supposed to last all day, through the night, and into the following morning.

And yet, here they we are — hundreds of motorists across Georgia — still hunched over in their cars Wednesday morning, feeling the aftereffects of a snow shower that hit the states more than 12 hours earlier (Fox 8 Cleveland)

The traffic delays were a shock to many – one WSB-TV anchor called the situation “bizarre” – because the city’s schools and government offices chose not to close early in advance of the storm.

After thousands of commuters flooded the highways at once, many Atlanta motorists spent hours stranded in their cars on the interstate and some even ditched their vehicles on the side of the road and walked.

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At least 50 shelters have opened across the state to provide shelter for people stranded or gridlocked on the roads. Home Depot stores also announced that they are staying open Tuesday night to provide shelter for stranded motorists.  A Facebook group dubbed SnowedOutAtlanta, meant to connect stranded motorists with people willing to put them up for the night, had thousands of members by Tuesday night. While sub groups for various parts of the city was created by Wednesday morning.

Some Facebook Posts from the group is dishearting ..

6:30 a.m. “Anyone near six flags parkway on I-20 have food or water? My 1 1/2 year old twins just woke up, and we will have to figure something out with that!”-April Burgess

Politicians actually have the nerve to try to delete posts from stranded drivers, complaining about the poor response…
ADMINS be aware that the politicians are trying to become admins in this group so that they can “delete unneeded posts”.
Do NOT allow them to-Michelle Sollicito

 

With a high of only 36 degrees forecasted for Metro Atlanta today, abandoned vehicles and icy roadways will continue to snag travel Wednesday and  make it difficult for stranded motorists to get home.

“I’m eight months pregnant and have my 3-year-old with me,” Atlanta-area resident Katie Norman Horne said on “SnowedOutAtlanta,” a Facebook page set up to help stranded motorists.

“We’ve been in the car for over 12 hours. We are fine on gas but is anyone near on the road and might happen to have any food or some water?

There have been 940 confirmed accidents in Atlanta, more than 100 of them involving injuries, the Georgia public safety commissioner said.

Everyone had been warned. Atlanta was expecting 1-2 inches. But people did not heed the forecast.

In the morning, when the snow had not arrived, people went to work and school, like nothing was coming.

Then it did….

Motorists panicked at around the same time in the afternoon. They clogged the streets en masse just as they began icing over.

In the end 2-3.5 inches hit central Georgia. That may not sound like much, but it’s usually how much snow falls in the region in a whole year, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

Motorists thought they could deal with it. They couldn’t. The spin-outs began. (Fox 8 Cleveland)