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Champion Free Press: 9-7-12

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WWW.CHAMPIONNEWSPAPER.COM • FRIDAY,
SEPT. 7
, 2012 • VOL. 15, NO. 24 FREE
REE 
RESS 
• A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS •
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Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
SeeBBQ onPage 13 A
Bob Herndon with one of the many barbecue awards. Photos by Travis Hudgons
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
W
hat started out as a fun-draiser for a Decatur homeless shelter isnow the fourth annualAtlanta BBQ Festival.It began when
Anthony
 
Ernst
 of Stone Mountain held a barbe-cue cookout to raise money for theOakhurst Recovery Program, thehomeless shelter run by OakhurstBaptist Church where Ernst andfestival organizer 
Bob
 
Herndon
aredeacons.After the cookout, Herndon posted a message on the church’semail system saying that he thoughtErnst’s barbecue was the best in theworld. That message started a flurryof messages on the system usuallyreserved for church announcementsand prayer requests.Church members argued on thesystem which was the best—barbe-cue in Goldsboro, N. C., Lexington, N. C., or Texas.“People are really passionateabout barbecue,” said Herndon, aDecatur resident. “People are in-terested in the variety of it and theright texture.”The first Atlanta BBQ Festivalwas held in 2009 in the parking lotof Turner Field. Organizers were
Decatur man has big dreamsfor Atlanta BBQ Festival
 
The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 Page 2A
Local News
Printed on 100%post-consumerrecycled paper
Teen takes plea, avoids lifein prison for shooting cousin
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com
Charlie Oliver
, 17, ac-cused of killing his 8-year-old cousin, pleaded guiltyto one count of involuntarymanslaughter Aug. 28.Oliver agreed to pleadguilty and receive a 10-year sentence for fatally shoot-ing
Solomon Zellner
in theface July 6, 2011; Oliver was 16 at the time. Policesaid Oliver told them he wasin his room playing with a9mm handgun when Zellner entered. He was trying to put the gun away when his
nger caught the trigger and
the gun went off, shootinghis younger cousin, he said.Originally, Oliver facedlife in prison and wascharged with felony murder and aggravated assault. Themurder charge was later reduced to involuntary man-slaughter and the aggravatedassault charge was dropped.Oliver had reportedlymoved in with Zellner’smother 
Angela Ramos
, whosaid she thought it wouldhelp Oliver curb his misbe-havior and delinquency.“I’m only all right withit because I’ve knownhim since he was a child,”Ramos said of Oliver’s re-duced sentence. “I’m stillworking on forgiving him.”
Ruth McMullin
, de-fense attorney for Oliver,described her client’s up-
 bringing as a difcult one.
McMullin said prior to hismoving in with Ramos,Oliver’s grandmother had been raising him becausehis mother was unable totake care of him. WhenOliver was 10, he watchedhis father die after collaps-ing while they were playing basketball, McMullin said.“After that incident waswhen things with Charlie’sattitude and behavior re-ally started to take a turnfor the worse,” McMullinsaid. Several years later, hisgrandmother was unable tocare for him and he movedin with Ramos.McMullin asked thecourt to consider leniencyand allow Oliver to be tried
as a “rst offender,” which
would allow him to havehis record expunged after his release from custody.She said Oliver is workingtoward his GED and hasdreams of becoming a vet-erinarian upon his release.Assistant District At-torney
Darius Pattillo
op- posed allowing Oliver to
 be tried as a rst offender,
stating that Oliver showed“gross recklessness” in pointing the gun, which wasfully loaded, at his cousin.“It had at least sevenrounds in the magazine atthe time,” Pattillo said.“We do believe it wasan accidental discharge,”Pattillo said. However, thegross recklessness and theconscious disregard for hu-man life makes the state feelthat this is not the type of 
case that warrants rst of 
-fender treatment.”DeKalb County Superior Court Judge
Cynthia Beck-er
agreed with Pattillo.Oliver’s family was present as he accepted the plea deal and both his uncle
Michael Ross
and sister 
Clinesha Florence
spoke onhis behalf. His grandmother 
Jeann Ross
was present aswell.Oliver’s uncle said heunderstood the magnitudeof what had happened andknew Oliver understood theimpact of his actions. Mi-chael Ross said his nephewcan be a productive mem- ber of society if given thechance.Florence described Oli-ver as a “gummy bear” anda “principal’s pet” who justhad a hard life and took one
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too many wrong turns. Intears, she asked for Oliver’ssentence of 10 years to bereduced.“If my brother does 10years that means he’ll be27 when he gets out of jailand…if you get out of jailwhen you’re 27 you can’t doanything with your life, it’stoo late,” Florence said.Ramos said it was astruggle to lose her child,especially at the hands of Oliver, but that she wantedhim to be productive in pris-on so he could be successfulwhen he gets out.“The only thing I canrecommend for him is to getsome counseling or someeducation so when he getsout he’ll still be able to havea life,” Ramos said.
Charlie Oliver, 17, accused of killing his 8-year-old cousin, hasaccepted a plea deal. Oliver’s grandmother, uncle and sister werepresent at as he pleaded guilty. Photo by Daniel Beauregard
 
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
Hundreds help createnew Delano Line Park 
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comWhat used to be a stretchof land covered with under- brush, kudzu and litter has been cleared to make wayfor the new Delano LinePark.A ribbon-cutting cer-emony was held Aug. 25for the 17.69-acre linear  park, which has a pavilion, picnic tables, bench swings,kiosk, benches, playgroundarea, walking trail and threewooden bridges crossing thestream on the site. The park,located at Memorial Driveand Delano Drive, stretchesfrom Alston Drive at DustyLane to Line Street.The land was pur-chased and developed with$908,000 in District 3 parks bond funds authorized byDeKalb County Commis-sioner 
Larry
 
Johnson
.More than 740 people,including students fromAvondale High School,Midway and Peachcrestelementary schools and theMuseum School of AvondaleEstates, participated in vol-unteer activities, restoration projects and environmentaleducation. Volunteers also planted more than 500 trees,shrubs and other vegetationwere planted in the park.Through the combinedefforts of the county’s parksand recreation department,workers in the workforcedevelopment program andvolunteers from the WhiteOak Hills NeighborhoodAssociation, this is now
DeKalb’s rst urban linear 
 park.“Without the hard work and dedication of the WhiteOak Hills NeighborhoodAssociation, the completionof this park would not havetaken place as soon as ithas,” Johnson said.The preparation work byvolunteers saved the countyan estimated $250,000.“The Delano Drive/LineStreet park project exempli-
es what can be achieved
when county governmentand neighborhoods work to-gether,” Johnson said. “TheWhite Oak Hills Communityis to be commended for their investment of ‘sweat equity’in this project.”The community also se-cured a $10,000 grant fromthe Community Foundation,which was used to purchase park furniture such as benchswings, benches and picnictables.
Andy Huff 
, presidentof the White Oak Hills Neighborhood Association,acknowledged the efforts of the community volunteersand the assistance receivedfrom Park Pride, Academeof the Oaks and the county’s
DeKalb Watershed
 parks department.“This is just phase one of the project, and we committo the county our continuedsupport of the park and ask a commitment from thecounty to help maintain the park,” Huff said.
Commissioner Larry Johnson holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Delano Line Park on Memorial Drive,created when community volunteers teamed up with DeKalb County workers. The 18-acre park waspurchased with $908,000 in park bond funds authorized by Johnson. Photos provided

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tone and hair style you'd probably be saying the same thing as i say to you cut the bs you cant walk in the shoes of permanate underclass blue collar stiffs and understand dont print onesided arguments and exspect help when it's your turn to be called in the head office leaving with a pink slip.
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s tht tops $960 a month net not enough to rent a 1 bedroom that has to show 3 times the rent to qualify for,and food stamps income not to exceed $1,100 a month.yet mitt policys worked for prominate whites in a all white state and city dominated by mormans,which only carried one black carl malone of the utah jazz.the sucess of toys r us from bank ruptsy has a lot to do with the return of 80's toys
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having a few policys disturb your day of handball and cucumber sandwiches is a bruised piece of fruit,compared to the on going poor dying because they cant afford a simple checkup or a dental visit.a loaf of wheat bread and a carrot not sprayed with mansonto's secret sauce or high frutose corn syrupat min w to stretch a food budget of $1 a plate or fulltime employment topping 28hrs a week,or 40hr
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it also shows the media outlet you have over the picket signs and loud gesters of street protesters,if i came from a well by family and was still in that position with my family then defending the well to do policys would be normal and i'd be miffed at oboma's tax increases on the rich and my nice tax loop discounts so i can goto mexico next year cool.but i'm not im the class with no dentist.

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