Around the Region: Casino Gambling, TSPLOST Defeat and Armed Suspect Commits Suicide
A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.
Gambling Complex Developer: 'The People Have Spoken' – Norcross Patch
On July 31, Gwinnett County Republicans voted a slight majority in favor of the casino gambling question on Tuesday's ballot.
While the question is non-binding and was merely advisory, it could impact the proposed $1 billion gambling facility in Gwinnett County, particularly unincorporated Norcross. After the vote, developer Dan O'Leary sent out a hopeful statement.
"The people have spoken," he said in a press release. "They reject government solutions that simply raise taxes to fund their operations. It’s time to think creatively about solutions."
O'Leary’s destination gaming facility would have video lottery terminals in an almost resort-like area, which would include a hotel, restaurants, retail and more.
Norcross Patch has more on this story.
Reactions to TSPLOST Defeat – Decatur Patch
Reaction from community members, politicians and business leaders to the defeat of the TSPLOST measure have ranged from ecstatic to despondent.
State Sen. Vincent Fort said, “We’re gonna celebrate this victory. At the same time we’re gonna start working toward putting together a plan, a plan that works.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a vocal proponent of TSPLOST, accepted defeat but vowed to start working on a new solution.
“I’m here to stick out my chin and take the loss, to accept the loss … but to ask in a respectful way that we really do sit down and not wait six or eight or 10 years but work on it right away. Because the future belongs to those who figure it out. … We’re going to have to have politics of cooperation if we’re going to meet these big challenges.”
For more reaction to the TSPLOST defeat, visit Decatur Patch.
Armed and Dangerous Suspect Found Dead – Alpharetta Patch
A man wanted in connection with the aggravated assault of his estranged wife has been found dead.
At 7:35 a.m. Aug. 1, Alpharetta police were dispatched to the victim’s home. The victim, who was visibly upset and shaking, said she had just left her apartment to go to work. As she was leaving, a man she identified as her husband, jumped from behind bushes and allegedly ordered her at gunpoint to get into her vehicle.
After the victim got into the vehicle, the suspect, identified as Samuel Smith III, reportedly began to beat her. Numerous witnesses called 911. Smith tried to flee the area with the passenger door open, striking another vehicle. After the impact with the other vehicle, the victim was able to quickly grab the handgun and throw it out of the vehicle. She then jumped from the vehicle and ran to nearby apartments.
According to an update posted on Alpharetta Patch, Smith has been found dead and is believed to have taken his own life.
For additional details, visit Alpharetta Patch.
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