Ex-Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom Indicted for Shooting Ex-Wife

Ex-Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom Facing Reckless Conduct Charge

Ex-Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom Facing Reckless Conduct Charge (Photo Credit: WSBTV Video Screengrab)

Former Peachtree City police chief William McCollom will be charged with reckless conduct after shooting his ex-wife, Margaret McCollom, in their home as she slept.

McCollom was indicted by a grand jury on the reckless conduct charge.

Maggie McCollom was left paralyzed from the waist down from the shooting. William McCollom resigned from the force shortly after the shooting.

Doris Beardsley, Wife of Brookhaven Official, Found Shot to Death

Doris Beardsley, Wife of Brookhaven Official, Found Shot to Death

Doris Beardsley, Wife of Brookhaven Official, Found Shot to Death (Photo Credit: Baker Donelson.com)

Brookhaven shooting

Doris Beardsley, the wife of Brookhaven, Ga., official Jed Beardsley, was found shot to death at her home in DeKalb County.

According to the medical examiner’s office, Beardsley was shot and killed shortly before 8 p.m. at her home in the 1000 block of Hunters Brook Court.

The investigation into Doris Beardsley’s death is ongoing. Brookhaven police have not determined what led to the shooting.

Jed Beardsley is a member of Brookhaven’s Zoning Board of Appeals. He also serves as a member of the Historic Brookhaven Foundation and the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association.

11 Educators Convicted in APS Cheating Scandal a Disgrace to Black Community

11 Educators Convicted in APS Cheating Scandal a Disgrace to Black Community

11 Educators Convicted in APS Cheating Scandal a Disgrace to Black Community (Photo Credit: Fulton County Jail)

APS cheating scandal verdicts

(OPINION) — The 11 Atlanta educators convicted of racketeering in the biggest test cheating scandal to rock the U.S.  should be ashamed of themselves. It is a sad commentary that black educators, charged with helping black students realize their potential, have failed them on so many levels. Instead of teaching them the value of hard work and making tough choices, they gave them the easy way out. The weak students, who didn’t deserve to be promoted to higher grades due to their test scores and weak grades, were given hand-outs, all the while still grappling with learning issues. For those parents who sounded the alarm, kudos to them. There comes a time when we have to admit there are serious issues in the black community that aren’t inflicted by the white man or by societal factors that put impoverished blacks at a disadvantage. I am not dismissing the social issues that have weighed the black community down, but we all have to take responsibility for our actions and stop playing the victim card.

I would also add that some of the same parents whose children were the beneficiaries of higher test scores failed to work with the teachers to help their children succeed in school. I come from a long line of educators and have the utmost respect for the hard work teachers do to help their students succeed but there is a disconnect between what the school districts want to achieve and what the teachers are able to achieve in the classroom. Many teachers I know have expressed frustration with the system and how they are forced to wave a magic wand and produce stellar results, including results for students whose parents can’t be bothered to interrupt their busy schedules to attend a parent-teacher conference. A debate has been raging about the role standardized testing should play in a student’s life. More and more weight is being placed on the tests due to Common Core. One has to ask, what role should test taking really play in education? Still, that’s no excuse for cheating and fostering an environment that encourages cheating.

The 11 educators who will spend Easter behind bars let greed get in the way of doing their jobs. Superintendent Beverly Hall may have dodged a guilty charge but her legacy will take the beating that it deserves. There is no way she was unaware of what the educators were doing. If she was, then she fooled everyone into thinking she was a great educator and leader. These 11 educators were given the option for plea deals, but they chose to risk it all by going to trial. Some may have believed they would beat the charges, but they were wrong. So very wrong.

The 11 APS educators convicted in the test cheating scandal are:

Sharon Davis-Williams, School Resource Team Executive Director, Violation of racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations act (RICO): GUILTY, False statements: NOT GUILTY

Tamara Cotman: School Resource Team Executive Director, RICO: GUILTY

Michael Pitts:  School Resource Team Executive Director, RICO: GUILTY, Influencing witnesses: GUILTY

Dana Evans: Dobbs Elementary Principal, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY

Angela Williamson: Dobbs Elementary Teacher: RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY, False swearing: GUILTY

Dessa Curb: All counts: NOT GUILTY

Shani Robinson: Dunbar Elementary Teacher, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY

Pamela Cleveland: Dunbar Elementary Teacher, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY

Diane Buckner-Webb: Dunbar Elementary Teacher, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY

Tabeeka Jordan: Deerwood Elemtary Asst. Principal, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: NOT GUILTY, Theft by taking: NOT GUILTY

Donald Bullock: Usher-Collier Heights Elementary Testing Coordinator , RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY, False swearing: GUILTY

Theresia Copeland: Benteen Elementary Testing Coordinator , RICO: GUILTY, Theft by taking: NOT GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY  Source: WSB-TV

The educators charged with racketeering are looking at up to 20 years behind bars for the charge. I don’t quite know who to blame for this mess, but I am ashamed to say these 11 black educators failed the black community on so many levels and are simply a disgrace. What ever their motivation was to act in such a manner, it was just wrong. No-one should be condoning this behavior.

Douglasville Shooting: Gunman Shoots 7, Killing 5, Including Ex-Wife and Kids

Douglasville Shooting:  Gunman Shoots 7, Killing 5, Including Ex-Wife and Kids

Douglasville Shooting: Gunman Shoots 7, Killing 5, Including Ex-Wife and Kids (Photo Credit: WSB-TV Video Screengrab)

Seven people were shot, five killed, including the suspected shooter and his 7-year-old daughter in a Douglasville, Ga., subdivision on Saturday afternoon.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports a neighbor, Angela Ansah, described the shooter as a “mysterious” man. Andrew Ansah told the newspaper that “a neighbor tried to intervene when the dad chased the mother and daughter outside but could not stop him from shooting the two.”

The man reportedly shot two adults, including his ex-wife and two children. He later died at an area hospital. Two other children were wounded in the shooting.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland told WSB-TV: “We had multiple victims shot in the street.” He added, “Some of those are siblings, so some (of) these (people) are related. We just don’t know who is who right now.”

The shooter’s sister earlier said, “My brother should never had had a gun.” The identities of the victims and the shooter have not been released.

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration?

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration?

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was M.I.A. from a commemoration for Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Deal “skipped town over the weekend for an economic development trip. Just where he went is being treated like a state secret,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

“His office won’t disclose where the state’s top elected official journeyed or whom he visited. His public schedule is blank. His name was on the agenda for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration but he wasn’t there.”

Maggie McCollom, Wife of Peachtree City Police Chief, Left Paralyzed After Shooting

Maggie McCollom, Wife of Peachtree City Police Chief, Left Paralyzed After Shooting

Maggie McCollom, Wife of Peachtree City Police Chief, Left Paralyzed After Shooting (Photo Credit: WSB-TV Video Screengrab)

WSB-TV reports Maggie McCollom, who was shot in the back by her husband, Peachtree City police chief, is paralyzed from waist down.

Maggie McCollom was shot in the back as she slept in their home on New Year’s Day. She has since been released from an Atlanta hospital, but here whereabouts are unknown.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is still ongoing. William McCollom was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting. His wife said she believes the shooting was accidental.

MLK Kids Back in Court As Squabble Over Nobel Peace Prize, Bible Continue

MLK Kids Back in Court As Squabble Over Nobel Peace Prize, Bible Continue

MLK Kids Back in Court As Squabble Over Nobel Peace Prize, Bible Continue (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

MLK KIDS:  The children of Martin Luther King Jr. were back in court on Tuesday as their squabble continues over his Nobel Peace prize and bible. The judge listen to each side present their arguments but did not issue a ruling.  A trial is set for Feb. 16, but is likely to be pushed back by a week.

This squabble, which pits Martin King III and his brother Dexter King against their sister Bernice King, has been ongoing for several months. Money and more money is at the heart of this squabble and it’s just shameful.

Bernice King wants to keep the items, which she believes are sacred, while her brothers may be open to selling them.

Dexter King made his first appearance in court today and would not admit he wanted to sell the items.

King said, “This is not an issue of wanting to sell them. This is an issue of ownership and retrieving property. An individual has sequested property that belongs to the corporation. We just want it back in its proper place, so that it can be protected,” the AJC reports.

Peachtree City GA Police Chief William McCollom On Leave After Wife Shot

Peachtree City GA Police Chief William McCollom On Leave After Wife Shot

Peachtree City GA Police Chief William McCollom On Leave After Wife Shot

Peachtree City, Ga., police chief William McCollom has been placed on administrative leave after he shot his 58-year-old wife, Margaret McCollum, early Thursday morning. He reportedly shot her once.

Police officers responded to a home at 103 Autumn Leaf in Peachtree City at about 4:17 a.m. in reference to a person shot call. William McCollom’s wife was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by air helicopter. She is said to be in critical condition, according to a news release from the Peachtree Police Department.

The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) because McCollom is police chief. William McCollom has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal review and the investigation into his wife’s shooting. The shooting has also been turned over to the Fayette County District Attorney’s office.

GA GOP Staffer Maret “Mack” Burgess Killed in Car Crash on GA 400

GA GOP Staffer Maret "Mack" Burgess Killed in Car Crash on GA 400

GA GOP Staffer Maret “Mack” Burgess Killed in Car Crash on GA 400

Georgia Republican Party staffer Maret “Mack” Burgess,25, was killed in a wreck on Ga. 400 Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Nathan Deal said.

Mack Burgess died in a rollover wreck near I-285 and the Ga. 400, temporarily blocking all northbound lanes, shortly after 1:20 p.m., Sandy Springs police say.

Burgess was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No word on the condition of the driver of the second vehicle.

The wreck happened shortly after 1:20 p.m. and involved two cars, according to investigators. Burgess was transported to a hospital, but did not survive.

Mack Burgess, of Roswell, graduated from Centennial High School in 2008, and from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He was the president of the university’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was active in the student government, Gov. Deal’s office said. He is the son of Banks and Missy Burgess.

 

Is Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Trying to Pull a Thad Cochran with Black Voters?

Is Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Trying to Pull a Thad Cochran with Black Voters?

Is Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Trying to Pull a Thad Cochran with Black Voters? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is reaching out to the black community, just in time for his election next month. He spoke at a Bishop T. D. Jakes event at Phillips Arena. Um, is Deal trying to pull a Thad Cochran with black voters? I can’t recall seeing him schmoozing the black voters during his first election.

Of course, the Democratic politicians have also taken the black vote for granted. They just assume blacks will trot out and vote for them, while doing nothing to improve the communities they serve.

Here’s the tweet sent by his office about his appearance at T. D. Jakes “Woman Thou Art Loose” event:

This comes a little over a week after his event with Ludacris at Utopian Academy for the Arts: