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Charges upgraded against Mookie Blaylock in deadly crash

Charges upgraded against Mookie Blaylock in deadly crash


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Charges have been upgraded against a former Atlanta Hawk who caused a deadly accident in Clayton County last year.

Mookie Blaylock has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license, improper lane change, divided highway restriction violation and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The accident happened last May on Tara Boulevard. Prosecutors said Blaylock's Cadillac Escalade slammed head-on into a van carrying 43-year-old Monica Murphy, a mother of five, and her husband Frank.

Monica Murphy was killed in the accident, while Frank suffered a broken leg.

Blaylock's attorney claims his client experienced a medical emergency and blacked out shortly before the crash.

During a court appearance last summer, it was revealed Blaylock had six DUI charges.

Woman gets 10 years for Medicaid fraud

Woman gets 10 years for Medicaid fraud

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of Medicaid fraud and felony theft.

Catherine Pinkard was found guilty Friday in Clayton County Superior Court. She was the owner and operator of Metro Atlanta Counseling Services, which was enrolled in the Georgia Medicaid program as a provider of child, adolescent and mental health counseling.

According to information presented in court, Pinkard submitted claims to Medicaid for services that were not performed or authorized, and had the money deposited into a bank account she controlled. Prosecutors said she received nearly $215,000 from Georgia Medicaid through this scheme.

"Ms. Pinkard thought she could cheat Georgia Medicaid without getting caught. She was sorely mistaken, and her actions have earned her a substantial prison sentence," Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a release.

Metro PCS store robbery suspect arrested

Metro PCS store robbery suspect arrested

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County police have arrested a 22-year-old man accused of robbing a Jonesboro Metro PCS store.

Anthony Paul Smith was taken into custody Wednesday. He is accused of robbing the Metro PCS store on Tara Boulevard on Sunday evening.

Police believe Smith is also responsible for other robberies in Clayton and Henry counties. Henry County Police Sgt. Joey Smith said investigators have charged Smith in the Jan. 7 armed robbry of the Metro PCS store on Hudson Bridge Road in Stockbridge, as well as an additional robbery in the city of McDonough.

Smith has been charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and firearm possession in Sunday's incident.

Police identify Jonesboro rape suspect

Police identify Jonesboro rape suspect

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County Police have identified a suspect they said was involved in burglary and rape in Jonesboro.

Investigators said the suspect is 25-year-old James Arthur Ramsey III. He was identified in part, due to a police sketch released previously.

Police said Ramsey broke into a house in the 500 block of Sycamore Drive at around 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

Police said he sexually assaulted a woman inside the house and then stole a 42-inch television and a Galaxy Metro PCS phone. The victim said Ramsey told her he had a gun, but never displayed one.

Police said Ramsey left the house in a car with keyless entry, according to the victim.

Arrest warrants have been obtained against Ramsey on charges of rape, burglary, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and robbery.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or the Clayton County Sheriff's Office at 678-878-5642.

Sex offender sentenced to federal prison, again

Sex offender sentenced to federal prison, again

ATLANTA -- A convicted sex offender is heading back to prison after being found guilty of trafficking.

Terrance "Scooby" Anderson, 42, was sentenced in federal court to 25 years in prison followed by seven years of supervised released. He must also pay nearly $150,000 in restitution to his victims.

Anderson pleaded guilty to similar charges in August 2001 and served seven years in federal prison.

"Today's sentencing removes a dangerous individual from our streets who has repeatedly shown a callous disregard for the basic human rights of others," Atlanta-based FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Ricky Maxwell said in a statement.

Wendy's worker drops pot in burger, arrested

Wendy's worker drops pot in burger, arrested

ATLANTA -- A Wendy's employee who dropped a partially smoked blunt in a customer's cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.

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Police in Lovejoy, Ga., say a customer drove home with her food on Nov. 1, took a bite out of the burger and noticed a strange smell wafting from it. Police say the woman pulled the bun off and saw a partially smoked blunt inside. A blunt is marijuana rolled into a hollowed-out cigar.

In an incident report released Thursday, police say 32-year-old Amy Elizabeth Seiber admitted the marijuana was hers and that she had misplaced it.

Clayton County court officials did not know if Seiber has an attorney. A telephone number listed for her was out of service.

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A tutor to low-income children has been charged with first-degree forgery and false statements by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

Domonique Scott was charged Nov. 26 with creating false assets and liabilities for her company, A Love of Learning Tutoring.

Court documents show Scott produced false balance sheets, statements of net income, a forged letter showing a non-existent cash line of credit and even a start date for her company.

The fake company was hired in January 2010 by the Georgia Department of Education's Supplemental Education Services program, which provides free tutoring and academic assistance to low-income families. A Love of Learning Tutoring helped children in Bibb, Clayton, DeKalb, Muscogee and Richmond counties, according to information presented in court.