Around the Region: Decapitated Goats, Prostitution Crackdown and TSPLOST Legal Challenge
A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.
Police Find Decapitated Goat Bodies Near School – Athens Patch
According to an ACC Police incident report, people living in adjacent Dogwood Apartments told officers there were some headless animals on the path linking the apartment complex and Stroud. The person who contacted police didn’t know if the dead animals were deer or goats.
The responding officer walked through the gate at the back of the school, and found a headless goat. The head had been placed under the goat's body, near the animal’s sex organs, the report says.
A little further from the gate were a dead black rooster, decapitated, on the left side of the path, and across from it, a headless white chicken on the right side.
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No-Cruising Hours Extended to Curb Prostitution – Midtown Patch
The Atlanta City Council recently approved extending Midtown’s no-cruising ordinance by three hours. The extension came about from a proposal by District 2 Councilman Kwanza Hall in an effort to help combat the persistent prostitution issue around residences and businesses in Midtown.
The former no-cruising zone ordinance, which made it illegal to pass a control point more than twice within a two-hour period, extended from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. But as many Midtowners know, those early morning hours just before sunrise are very active for prostitution in the area.
Under the new ordinance, the new no-cruising ordinance will be in effect until 7 a.m. It will not take effect until the posted signs have been changed accordingly, which should occur in the coming weeks.
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Anti-TSPLOST Group Starts Legal Inquiry Against Secretary of State – Alpharetta Patch
The Transportation Leadership Coalition (TLC) took the first formal step towards litigation challenging Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp for adding promotional language to the official state ballot to promote passage of Referendum 1.
Referendum 1, commonly called TSPLOST, is an $18 billion transportation program funded by a sales and use increase that is subject to voter approval in the July 31, 2012 primary election.
TLC questions the legality of promotional language on the upcoming July 31 ballot. The anti-TSPLOST group believes it was added to encourage the passage of Referendum 1, the TSPLOST sales tax increase for road and transit projects.
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