Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, May 4, 2012
Opn hous to nfo countyabout B Soon poga fo youth
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Mother, son pleadguilty to animal crueltycharges
A Decatur mother andson pleaded guilty April 27
in State Court to ve counts
of animal cruelty, accordingto DeKalb County solicitor general spokeswoman
.The pleas came after their
fox terrier, Blaze, was found
severely emaciated with a
grapefruit-size tumor on her
stomach and another tumor in her mouth. The dog alsosuffered from periodontaldisease, Gest said.
, 58,was sentenced to 20 days in jail and was allowed to servemany of those days on week-ends.
, 38,was sentenced to 45 days in jail with daily release to goto work. Both must perform200 hours of community ser-vice at the DeKalb CountySanitation Dept. and must pay $6,500 in restitution tothe American Fox Terrier
Rescue Inc., the organiza
-tion that rescued the animal
and paid for Blaze’s medical
treatment.In August 2011, a mainte-nance worker repairing a leak in the family’s apartment
discovered Blaze locked in
a bathroom, which was 83degrees. After her rescue,
Blaze endured three surger
-ies to remove the tumors, andinfected teeth and gums. The14-year-old dog survived her ordeal and has been adopted.
When she was rescued, Blaze
weighed about 10 pounds.She now weighs 18 pounds,which is a normal weight for her breed.
Cyclist dies after beinghit by pickup
A cyclist was killed after being struck by a pickuptruck on North Decatur Roadearly April 30.The cyclist,
of Atlanta, was struck just before 6:30 a.m. at 220 NorthDecatur Road, according to a press release by the Decatur Police Department.Taylor was taken toDeKalb Medical Center where he was pronounceddead.The road was closed untilapproximately 10 a.m.
DeKalb County menindicted for pimping,exploiting youth
A DeKalb County grand jury on April 26 indicted twoDeKalb County men on 18counts of pimping and ex- ploiting children.
John William Anderson
Darryl Bearnard Curry
are accused of trafficking persons for sexual servitude, pimping, sexual exploita-tion, false imprisonment,cruelty to children, aggra-vated assault, contributing tothe delinquency of a minor,obstruction of an officer andconspiracy to commit falsestatements.“These are very seriousand disturbing charges,” saidDeKalb County District At-torney
. “Our office is committed to pro-tecting the people of DeKalband prosecuting those who prey upon our youth.”The charges stems fromalleged incidents from Sep-tember to October 2011.
Off-duty police ofcer
charged with DUI afterhitting Greyhound bus
An off-duty police of
-cer was allegedly drunk anddriving the wrong way onI-85 when he crashed into aGreyhound bus at approxi-mately 5 a.m. April 26, ac-cording to police.
The driver was identied
of the Atlanta Police Depart-ment.DeKalb County Policespokeswoman
said ofcers received a
report of a wrong-way driver traveling north in the south- bound lanes of I-85. Parishsaid an off-duty DeKalb
police ofcer spotted the
vehicle stopped facing thewrong way on the interstate between Northcrest Road andPleasantdale Road.
“Before ofcers could
get to the area, a Greyhound bus loaded with passengersstruck the wrong-way ve-hicle,” Parish said.Parish said no injurieswere reported on the bus.
Niezurawski had visible head
injuries and was transportedto Grady Hospital.
Niezurawski faces charges
of DUI, reckless driving andoperating a vehicle the wrongway
Be Someone Inc. CreativeDirector
Orrin “Check-mate” Hudson
every year opens the doors of his orga-
nization to the public so that
those in the community canget a closer look at his pro-gram for youth. This year,the 10th annual “Be Some-one Day,” will be dedicatedto
, theSanford, Fla., teenager killedearlier this year by a self-described community watchvolunteer.According to Hudson,“This incident and the mul-tiple homicides with young people against each other” prompted him to use this dayto “bring much needed atten-tion to these issues affectingyoung African-Americanmales. We need to focus onthe root causes and seeds of our community challenges.”Founded in 2001, Be
Someone is a non-prot
crime prevention programaimed at the youth of Ameri-
ca. The organization teaches
self-esteem, responsibilityand analytical thinking skillsto at-risk youth through nu-merous tools, including thegame of chess. Be Someonealso offers inspirational pro-grams for corporations and parents, designed to foster teamwork and encourage participation in the lives of children.Hudson, a former Ala- bama State Trooper,
that his organization is dedi
-cated to teaching life lessons primarily to young AfricanAmericans, “many of whomare at risk of violence in their lives or making poor choicesthat will not allow them toreach their full potential,” hesaid. Hudson explains thatBe Someone “is all about bridging the gap betweenignorance and knowledge.We teach ‘think it out, don’tshoot it out!’” Hudson usesthe game of chess to teachthat every move a personmakes has a consequenceand that it’s crucial to think before acting. Noting that he himself was an at-risk young personwho saw his life turn around because of a teacher whotaught him to play chess,Hudson said, “It’s payback time now.”
Hudson tells of a 17-year-old he said “could very wellhave been me several yearsago.”
was introuble and in the court sys-tem when a judge gave hima second chance by to gethis life together. ThroughBe Someone, the young man“found his second chance be-hind a chess board,” accord-ing to Hudson. “He beganto clearly see something that before was not in his thought process—the underlying principle of understandingevery choice carries with it aconsequence.”Porter’s mother,
said, “I’m amazed at the turn
around in my son after learn-ing a game I would havenever thought to offer him.Orrin cares for every childwho is fortunate enoughto sit down at his trainingtables.” Hudson said theyouth has not only turned hislife around but has becomean accomplished chess play-er and thinker.The open house will beat Be Someone’s recentlyacquired training center inStone Mountain. “This wasa dream come true,” Hud-son said of the facility. The2,000-square-foot facilitycontains two administrative
ofces and training space to
support up to 50 students.He said the number of young people he and his team canreach more than doubledovernight. “I want the com-munity to see what we areoffering. We aren’t playinggames here, we are savingyoung lives!”In addition to offering in-formation for the communitythe event also will includewhat Hudson said will be ex-citing “entertainment with amessage.”
, whocalls himself the “The NewMillennium Fat Albert,” willaddress bullying and vio-lence through his program“You’re a Bully.” Magicfrom
Joe M. Turner
withTurner Magic Entertainmentand music by gospel record-ing artist
, “ThePiano Man.”The Be Someone openhouse will be Saturday, May5, 1 – 4 p.m.
The center islocated at 949 StephensonRoad, Stone Mountain.For more information, visitwww.besomeone.org.