Plot thickens in Sneiderman’s alleged conspiracy to murder husband

Andrea Sneiderman

Andrea Sneiderman was allegedly having an affair with her boss Hemy Neuman; however, prosecutors suggested in court Nov. 16 that another man may have played a role in her alleged plot to murder her husband Rusty Sneiderman. Neuman later admitted to killing Sneiderman’s husband in November 2010 and was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. In […]

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Supreme Court upholds conviction of Lithonia woman

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The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the conviction of a woman who hit and killed a child as he walked to school. The court issued its unanimous decision Nov. 5 that the conviction of Shirley Ogilvie, 44, of Lithonia, will stand, reversing a Court of Appeals decision. DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston sought […]

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Women leaders recognized with Trail Blazer Awards


The Trail Blazer Leadership of Excellence Awards reception and program Nov. 8 honored seven DeKalb County Women of Distinction. The program, held at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, was presented by DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson and Congressman Hank Johnson was its honorary chair. The event, presided over by Champion Newspaper […]

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Local Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapters to host presidential debate viewing, forum


The DeKalb County and Stone Mountain-Lithonia chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will host a live viewing of the second presidential debate of 2012 between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The event will take place on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stonecrest Library Auditorium, 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. Following […]

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Decatur schools facing tough issues if city annexes


City Schools of Decatur (CSD) Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said if Decatur moves forward with a proposed annexation, the school system may have to run at a deficit for the first two years to deal with the influx of new students. Over the past five years, Edwards said, enrollment has increased approximately 33 percent. According to […]

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Mistrial declared in rape trial of karate teacher


A mistrial has been declared in the case of Adrian Spellen, a karate teacher accused of raping a 9-year-old girl at his karate studio. DeKalb County Judge Clarence Seeliger declared a mistrial because the jury could not reach a consensus. Bond for Spellen was set at $50,000. In 2011, Spellen, 29, was released on $100,000 […]

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Georgia voters pass charter school amendment


Voters around Georgia decided that they want the state government to have a hand in setting up local charter schools. Amendment 1, which asked voters whether they wanted to allow the state the authority to establish special state charter schools, passed with a statewide voted of 58 percent to 42 percent. In DeKalb, voters favored […]

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Brookhaven elections yield few winners

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Residents of the new city of Brookhaven may have to wait a little longer to find out who will be leading their city. By press time Nov. 6, the race for mayor of Brookhaven and several city council posts remained neck-and-neck, yielding no clear winners. Attorney and small-business owner J. Max Davis was leading by […]

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