News Nearby: Commissioner Gets Prison; Prosecutor Arrested

Top Patch headlines from around Cartersville, metro Atlanta and Georgia include an end to an investigation into a fetus discovered in a freezer in an Alpharetta townhome and video of a police chase that ends in a crash.

Shirley Lasseter Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison For Accepting Bribes

Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison without parole on Wednesday for accepting bribes.

Sentencing was delayed until Sept. 18 for Lasseter’s son, John Fanning, and another defendant, Carl “Skip” Cain.

Police Chase Ends in Rollover Crash

Douglasville Police officers chased a stolen car allegedly used in a felony shoplifting.

and face stolen vehicle and other charges after they allegedly attempted to elude the , ensuing in a chase and crash near Fairburn Road.

Former Gwinnett Planning Commissioner Charged With Bribery

Former Gwinnett Planning Commissioner Mark Gary has been charged by federal authorities in Atlanta with bribery in connection with a payment made to then-Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, according to media reports.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Gary, who is part of Gary Holding Group in Johns Creek, paid $30,000 in casino chips to influence Lasseter's vote on a solid waste transfer station in Norcross.

DA Reviewing Report of Prosecutor's Atlantic Station Arrest

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement Tuesday indicating he is reviewing the incident report surrounding the weekend arrest of Assistant District Attorney Miya Griggs.

Griggs, 29, was charged with three misdemeanors - disorderly conduct, obstruction and simple battery – after Atlanta Police said she interfered with an arrest outside the Yard House restaurant at Atlantic Station last Friday night.

Police End Investigation Into Fetus Found in Freezer

Authorities have completed an investigation into a fetus discovered in a freezer in an Alpharetta townhome this summer.

"Based upon the findings of the investigation, no charges will be filed against anyone involved in this case," said George Gordon, spokesperson for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.

In his news release, Gordon said that after an exhaustive investigation, police determined the mother had a miscarriage in the second trimester of the pregnancy. A lack of money caused her next action.


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