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2 suspended over judge’s traffic stop


MACON, GA. — The Bibb County sheriff said Thursday that two of his officers will be suspended without pay for their actions at a traffic checkpoint where a judge was stopped.

Sheriff’s officials say officers stopped Bibb County Judge Howard Simms on Sept. 22 for a license check during an operation they called “Rolling Thunder.” Police reports show the judge was allowed to drive home after a roadside breath test showed his alcohol level was above the legal limit.

Statements from deputies involved said the judge mentioned “something to the effect of … I don’t need this.”

Sheriff Jerry Modena said a captain will be suspended for five days and a sergeant will be suspended for three days.

Simms, a Superior Court judge and former district attorney, said last month that he was entering an in-patient alcohol addiction treatment facility. He has not been charged with DUI.

Garbage in lake annoys residents

OAKWOOD, GA. — People living along a stretch of Lake Lanier say something needs to be done about floating garbage they say is overtaking part of the lake after it rains.

Garbage near Flat Creek, which empties into Lake La­nier, includes everything from cans and bottles to TV sets and furniture, residents said. The floating debris is like a giant island of garbage, resident Jerry Guhl told CBS Atlanta.

“It is gross and nasty and frustrating. Even if we did our part and cleaned up our area around our shoreline and our lake it is always going to be there,” he said. “We like to canoe and kayak and enjoy the nature aspect of it, and it is very difficult when you are trying to paddle through all of this stuff.”

Homeowners this week were using poles to pull bags of trash from the water.

The homeowners believe the garbage comes from stormdrains that accumulate litter. They say that when the drains are washed out during storms, the litter ends up in the lake.

“I have been here for 13 years and pay astronomical property taxes to live on this lake,” Marguerite Jones said.

– Associated Press



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