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News Nearby: Businessman Pleads Guilty to Corruption; Woman Takes Teens to Buy Pot

Top Patch headlines from around Cartersville, metro Atlanta and Georgia include a vehicular homicide charge against a teen driver and a man removed from the sex offender registry.

Mark Gary Pleads Guilty to Bribing Shirley Lasseter

Gwinnett developer Mark Gary, 39, of Duluth, pleaded guilty Monday (Oct. 1) in federal district court in Atlanta to a charge of bribing then Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter in 2009 to secure approval of a proposed waste transfer station in which he held a personal stake.

"Today’s guilty plea shows that paying off a public official is a losing bet," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a press release issued by her office. "Gwinnett County’s approval of competing real estate developments is not a game in which votes are for sale to the highest bidder. We will continue to aggressively pursue business people who corrupt the system by bribing public officials."

Read more about it on Duluth Patch.

NAACP to Olens: Don't Appeal Ruling in Kennesaw 'Self-Defense' Killing

Supporters of a Kennesaw man convicted of killing an armed trespasser in 2005 are claiming a small victory after a Georgia Superior Court judge recently issued a ruling that could free the man.

Kennesaw Patch has more on the story.

Charges Filed Against Juvenile Driver in Loganville Bicycle Fatality

A Georgia State Patrol spokesman confirmed that charges have been filed against the juvenile driver involved in a wreck on

Logaville-Grayson Patch has the full story.

Norcross Woman Arrested for Taking Teens to Buy Pot

A Norcross woman was arrested for allegedly taking teenagers to get drugs, according to the Johns Creek Police Department.

Here's what happened, based on the police incident report:

On Sept. 7, a Johns Creek Police officer patrolling the Rivermont neighborhood noted three individuals standing at the rear of a car parked in front of a building where multiple narcotics arrests had been made in the past.

Get the full story on Gwinnett Patch.

Attorneys Successful in Removing Barrow County Man from Sex Offender Registry

Monroe attorneys Crawford and Boyle reported that last week their law offices were successful in getting the name of a Barrow County man removed from the sex offender registry.

Although attempts to do so are not uncommon, the difference in this case was the man had ended up on the registry despite never having been convicted of any sexual or felony offense. According to a newsletter from the law firm, their client ended up on the registry as a result of a decision he made when he was young to have sex with someone under the age of consent.

Find more information at Barrow Patch.

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