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Elderly man missing in Paulding Matties call alert

22 May 2017

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Elderly man missing in Paulding Matties call alert

(Paulding County, GA)  Johnnie L. Braden left his residence at 343 Helms Drive Powder Springs, GA (Paulding County) at midnight this morning (5/22) to go look for his missing dog and is now missing.

johnniebraiden.JPGMr. Braden left the residence in the family vehicle, a maroon 2006 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van with Georgia tag # WJD 106. 

A 91 year old man, Mr. Braden is 5’07” tall, 140 pounds, with grey hair, and brown eyes.

The PCSO detectives said that Mr. Braden does not have a cell phone with him and his family has not heard from him since he left the residence early this morning.

Detectives also believe that Mr. Braden may suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and that he could easily get lost.

According to his family, Mr. Braden was wearing a blue checkered shirt, a WWII veteran hat, and overalls when he left the residence.

If you see Mr. Braden or know of his whereabouts, please call 911 immediately.


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Blind woman brutally beat; PCSO arrests perp (see last post for update)

12 May 2017

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Blind woman brutally beat; PCSO seeks help finding perp

 Charles Brandon Ayers W-M, age 37The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the United States Marshal Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) are looking for Charles Brandon Ayers (W/M, 37 YOA).

Ayers is wanted in connection to a beating that left the victim, Tammy Usher of Paulding, in very serious condition at a hospital in Cartersville. Usher, who is blind, suffered facial fractures, lacerations, contusions, and severe bruising as a result of the beating.

Usher and Ayers had been lifelong acquaintances up until the beating took place. When they left her Paulding County home on April 26th in the family truck, Usher did not think anything about it.

After being gone three days and enduring days of abuse, Ayers finally dropped Usher off at the Loves Truck Stop in Emerson, GA and asked a friend to take her to the hospital because he had warrants. Ayers has not been seen since April 29th, and the truck they were driving is still missing.

As a result of rigorous Detective work, Ayers was charged with Aggravated Battery (F) and Theft by Conversion (F) out of Paulding County.

Ayers is also wanted out of Douglas County for Aggravated Assault (F) for allegedly beating another woman.

Ayers could be traveling in the truck he stole from the victim’s family which is described as a Silver 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 bearing Georgia tag RFZ 5853.

If you know the whereabouts of Ayers or have any information about this case, please call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-TIPS (8477) or the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division at (770) 443-3049.

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Scientists to march in Atlanta on message that science is your friend

21 Apr 2017

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Scientists to march in Atlanta on message that science is your friend

The above video is from Neil DeGrass Tyson and speaks to the challenge science fact faces in the politicized fake fact world and is worth the listen.

The Atlanta March for Science is an official satellite march organized by volunteers from the state of Georgia. We are committed to supporting the efforts of the Official March for Science movement and providing a platform for your voice to be heard in Georgia. If you cannot make it to the Washington, D.C. march, please consider joining our solidarity effort to support the official movement taking place worldwide on April 22nd, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

To help us keep you connected and stay up to date with the latest march information, please follow us at:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ScienceMarchATL
Facebook: www.fb.com/ScienceMarchATL
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/ScienceMarchATL

he March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely. Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.

The application of science to policy is not a partisan issue. Anti-science agendas and policies have been advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they harm everyone — without exception. Science should neither serve special interests nor be rejected based on personal convictions. At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. It can and should influence policy and guide our long-term decision-making.

The March for Science champions and defends science and scientific integrity, but it is a small step in the process toward encouraging the application of science in policy. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it.

The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. That can only happen through education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and their communities — the paths of communication must go both ways. There has too long been a divide between the scientific community and the public. We encourage scientists to reach out to their communities, sharing their research and its impact on people’s everyday lives.

We encourage them, in turn, to listen to communities and consider their research and future plans from the perspective of the people they serve. We must take science out of the labs and journals and share it with the world.

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Shelton Elementary kindergarten teacher arrested for gun in classroom

30 Mar 2017

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Kindergarten teacher arrested for  a gun in  Shelton Elem classroom

Melanie Bullard (Paulding County, GA) Melanie Bullard, 39, a kindergarten teacher at Shelton Elementary, was arrested for having a gun after a search for alcohol led to the discovery of a loaded semi-automatic pistol in her purse under her desk. Ms. Bullard at present is in the Paulding County Jail with no bond set as of yet.

On March 30, 2017 at approximately 12:00 pm administrators at Shelton Elementary were alerted by a staff member that one of their teachers possibly had alcohol on her breath. 

At that point, Paulding County School District officials contacted the School Resource Officer (SRO) and launched an investigation into the incident. When the SRO administered a portable alco-sensor evaluation to the teacher, she tested positive for alcohol.

Per their policy, an additional evaluation was conducted a short time later which also resulted in a positive outcome. At that point, school district personnel began a search of the classroom and adjacent areas to try and locate any possible open containers of alcohol.

During that search, they discovered that the teacher had a loaded semi-automatic pistol in her purse. The purse was located on the floor underneath the desk which was within her classroom. The SRO then took possession of the pistol and officials continued their investigation.

The teacher has been identified as Melanie Bullard (W/F 39 YOA). Bullard is a Kindergarten teacher at Shelton Elementary and was charged with the following offenses: - Possession of a Weapon on School Property (M) - Reckless Conduct (M) Bullard was booked into the Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and is currently being held without bond.


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Airport remains volatile issue in divided commission

15 Mar 2017

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Paulding BOC explores the sometimes strange past in marathon work session that promises to exacerbate the divisions

This was just posted on Youtube and I've not had an opportunity to view it as of yet.  I will say the chatter in the hall after the meeting suggested that personal lawsuits may insue from the statements of commissioners. 

The justification of the county thwarting the transfer of the 168 acres purchased from the city of Atlanta for the airport is also a point of contention that in one breath is a no-brainer, in another may  ...

Well, let me quote pcom member Glassdogs, who commented on the experience of sitting through this meeting - "It was embarrassing to sit there."  You can read the rest of his comments here or view this meeting and leave your's in this topic.


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Commission votes 4-1 to fire Talley, Richardson and Cable law firm

10 Mar 2017

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Unity strained as commission fires county's long-term law firm in special called meet

Talley, Richardson and Cable law firm was fired by a 4-1 vote in a special called meeting Wednesday and the county then hired as the interim county attorney, Lani Skipper whom the county requested separate from the law firm.

It is unclear how long Ms. Skipper will be in the interim position but Commission Chairman Dave Carmichael said it was important that the county have someone up to speed in the post as the level of activity was high.

The motion separating the firm from the county - the firm has been representing the county close to 30 years if not longer - called for them to deliver the legal documents in the possession of the firm to the county no later than today (March 10.)

Chairman Carmichael, who voted against the resolution firing the firm, opened the meeting with a statement saying he was unaware of the purpose of the called meeting. Citing state law regarding the commission, Carmichael stated that the meeting was called by request of the four post commissioners who raised their hands in the affirmative to acknowledge it was their desire.

The meeting went into an extended closed session for the purpose of 'litigation and personnel matters' and emerged with the two resolutions; one to fire the firm and the second to request that Ms. Skipper resign from the firm and serve as interim legal counsel for the county.

The firm, as a leading institution in the county, has separate contracts with the Industrial Building Authority, School Board, Airport Authority and possibly other boards or commissions associated with local county government.  It does not appear that the firing will include these entities which have independent contractural agreements.

In any case, the public discussion of the firing, which post commissioner Todd Pownall said was not the surprise Chairman Carmichael asserted, did not include discussion of how much of the county's overall business was included.

The four post commissioners, influenced by the anti-airport forces, have long had removal of the law firm in its sights.   


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