In the Loop

  • UGA Says Removed Protesters Were 'Disruptive'

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    Photo Credit: Joe Lavine

    A video still shows UGA police moving students aside so they can close and lock the Administration Building doors.

    Protestors who sought to enter the Administration Building on Thursday to seek a meeting with President Jere Morehead about Baldwin Hall and slavery were barred by police because they had been disruptive at a previous protest on Monday, according to a statement University of Georgia spokesman Greg Trevor released today.


  • Police Bar UGA Students From Entering Building

    University of Georgia police told protesters they couldn’t enter the Administrative Building at 3 p.m. on Thursday, stating it was not a venue for “engaging in expressive activity,” according to a video of the incident. The building is open until 5 p.m. on weekdays.

    After a picnic on North Campus, a small group tried to enter the building to seek a meeting with President Jere Morehead about the how the university has handled slave remains found underneath Baldwin Hall and the legacy of slavery in general. Joe Lavine, a recent UGA graduate who directed the documentary Below Baldwin, captured the confrontation.

    According to another video of the incident, shot by Evan Johnson, UGA police physically moved two students, Imani Scott-Blackwell and Zaria Hampton, away from the door in an effort to close and lock it. Then, UGA Police Chief Dan Silk threatened to arrest them for obstruction.


  • Protesters at UGA Threatened With Arrest



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    A crowd of nearly 60 protestors, some with shovels in hand, marched Monday from the Tate Center Plaza to the Administrative Building on North Campus as part of the March to Recognize and Redress UGA’s history of slavery. The group demanded President Jere Morehead and a representative of the Board of Regents meet with them before the beginning of the fall semester.

    However, protestors did not get a welcoming response from administration. Instead, five protestors were warned they would be arrested on the grounds of criminal trespassing, and dozens were refused access to the Administrative Building.

    The group’s hope is that the university will agree to their three demands laid out in an open letter delivered to Morehead on Apr. 10.


  • Athens Teacher Charged With Sexually Assaulting Student

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    A Clarke Central High School math teacher was booked into jail on a sexual assault charge this morning after being accused of an "inappropriate incident" with a student.

    Athens-Clarke County police obtained a warrant Monday for Kara Elizabeth Coalson, 23, after investigating "a potentially inappropriate incident" between a teacher and a student, according to an ACCPD news release.

    Coalson was booked into jail at 1:26 a.m. and charged with sexual assault by a person with supervisory/disciplinary authority. Bond was set at $10,000 for the felony charge.


  • John Barrow Will Run for Georgia Supreme Court

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    Former congressman John Barrow of Athens will run for an open seat on the Georgia Supreme Court, he announced today.

    An appellate court depends on the combined experience of its judges to arrive at decisions that are fair and just,” Barrow said in a news release. When Justice [Robert] Benham retires, the Supreme Court will lose almost as much experience as the rest of the Court combined.  That’s why I’m running—to offer my experience to help maintain the kind of balance we want in our Supreme Court.”

    Barrow's father, James, was a Superior Court judge in Athens and oversaw the desegregation of the local school system.

    John Barrow graduated from UGA and Harvard Law School, and clerked at two federal appeals courts before opening a private law practice in Athens.


  • Ruling Expected Next Week on Controversial UGA Grad Student

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    Irami Osei-Frimpong

    Whether it's a political witch hunt or a case of academic dishonesty, University of Georgia teaching assistant Irami Osei-Frimpong will learn next week whether he's been suspended or expelled from the philosophy PhD program.

    A panel of five students held a six-hour hearing Friday on the Office of Student Conduct's charges, based on an anonymous tip, that he omitted his attendance at the University of Chicago and a 2011 trespassing arrest at a protest from his application to graduate school, which UGA officials say call into question his academic record.

    Osei-Frimpong has said that he didn't think either was relevant, because he studied political science, not philosophy, in Chicago, and the UGA philosophy department has said including that information would only have made his application stronger. The misdemeanor charge against him was dismissed as unconstitutional.

    The charges, he says, are retaliation for the racially charged statements he's made on social media, which drew the ire of conservative alumni after a right-wing website publicized them.


  • Police Charge Suspect With Shooting UGA Student

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    Police arrested a suspect early Tuesday morning and charged him with robbing one UGA student on Monday and shooting another during a second robbery minutes later.

    Zarren Garner, 20, was arrested in Gwinnett County at about 1:40 a.m. by Athens-Clarke County police, with assistance from Gwinnett County police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and FBI. He was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 3:39 a.m. and charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault. He is currently being held without bond. More charges may be added, said Special Agent Mike Ayers, head of the GBI's Athens bureau.


  • Athens Police Seek Man Who Shot and Robbed UGA Students


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    From left, GBI special agent Mike Ayers, Police Chief Cleveland Spruill, Capt. Jerry Saulters and deputy chiefs Jeff Clark and Mike Hunsinger.

    Athens-Clarke County police are looking for the man who robbed one UGA student and shot another this morning at a South Milledge Avenue apartment complex.

    Police received a call regarding a shooting on South Milledge shortly after 7 a.m. and found a 22-year-old man who had been shot multiple times at a bus stop on Milledge just south of the Loop. An ambulance took him to a local hospital, where he's suffering from life-threating injuries.

    At around the same time, police received another call about an armed robbery that had happened in the Milledge Place apartment complex's parking lot a few minutes prior to the shooting.


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