Category: Georgia News

Leaders of Gangsters Disciples Sentenced

Shauntay Craig, a/k/a Shake, and Donald Glass, a/k/a Smurf, both leaders of the national gang, the Gangster Disciples, have been sentenced for racketeering conspiracy involving murder. Glass was also sentenced for firearms crimes.

“Members of the Gangster Disciples left a trail of death and destruction across Georgia and much of the United States,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine. “The sentence for these two gang leaders sends a resounding message to those who seek to inflict irreparable harm on their communities in furtherance of a violent gang.  It should reassure citizens that we will use every asset we have to abolish gang activity.”

“As leaders of the Gangster Disciples, these defendants terrorized communities across the country by engaging in, and ordering others to engage in, multiple acts of violence, including murder,” said Nicholas L. McQuaid, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  “The significant sentences imposed upon defendant Craig for his national leadership role in the gang, and defendant Glass for his creation of an army of teenagers who shot and killed indiscriminately, demonstrate that even the most sophisticated and ruthless gangs are no match for the coordinated efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement.”

“The Gangster Disciples are a ruthless gang that preyed upon our communities for far too long, and Craig and Glass were the driving force behind the devastation the gang caused,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “It is our goal to dismantle these organized, violent criminal enterprises and we could not do it without the efforts of the FBI led Safe Streets Gang Task Force and its state and local partners.”

“We are glad justice is being served and hope this sentencing sends a message that no one is above the law,” said DeKalb County Police Chief Mirtha V. Ramos.

“Each time we take a dangerous criminal off or our streets and out of our communities, we all win. The arrest of these violent gang members sends a resounding message that criminal activity will not be tolerated in Atlanta and puts their fellow gang members and other violent suspects on notice, that we will find you and hold you accountable.” Atlanta Police Department Interim Chief Rodney Bryant.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Christine, the charges and other information presented in court: The Gangster Disciples are a national gang with roots in Chicago, Illinois, dating back to the 1970’s.  The gang is highly structured, with a hierarchy of leadership posts known as “Positions of Authority” or “POAs.”  The gang strictly enforces rules for its members, the most important of which is “Silence and Secrecy” – a prohibition on cooperating with law enforcement.  Violations of the rule are punishable by death. Evidence at trial showed that the Gangster Disciples were responsible for twenty-four shootings from 2011 through 2015, including twelve murders.

Shauntay Craig was a Board Member, the highest-ranking position in the Gangster Disciples. He was responsible for violence, drug trafficking, and murders, including orchestrating the murder of a government informant in Colorado to protect his drug empire.

Donald Glass led the H.A.T.E. Committee, a specialized enforcement team within the Gangster Disciples that reigned terror through its numerous murders, shootings, and robberies. As leader of the H.A.T.E. Committee, Glass ordered his band of teenage shooters, including a juvenile who Glass groomed to be an assassin, to shoot and kill more than ten people.

  • Shauntay Craig, 42, of Birmingham, Alabama, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Craig was convicted on August 30, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to the offense of racketeering conspiracy involving murder and drug trafficking.
  • Donald Glass, 30, of Decatur, Georgia, has been sentenced to life plus ten years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Glass was convicted on May 16, 2019, following a jury trial, of the offenses of racketeering conspiracy involving murder, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and causing death through the use of a firearm for the murder of Robert Dixon.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force, Atlanta Police Department, DeKalb County Police Department, Aurora Police Department (Colorado), Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the United States Marshal’s Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Georgia Department of Corrections, with significant assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kim S. Dammers, Principal Deputy Chief of the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan K. Buchanan, Deputy Chief of the Violent Crime and National Security Section, and Erin N. Spritzer of the Northern District of Georgia, and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Conor Mulroe of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section prosecuted the case.

CVN

Congresswoman Greene to Host Town Hall Meetings

INVITATION: District 14 Town Halls with Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene to be held in Rome, Dalton, and Dallas on January 26th, 27th, and 28th.

 

District 14 residents are invited to register to attend Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Town Halls in Rome and Dalton. Attendance is limited to constituents only. Each attendee must complete the registration form. Location details will be emailed in advance of the town hall. A valid government ID matching your registration is required for entry. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of attendees is limited and entry is not guaranteed.

Greene will be in Rome today, January 26th and in Dalton tomorrow, January 27th. She will be in Dallas on Thursday January 28th. You must register prior to the event. You can register here.  Both Town Hall meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Th e location will be sent via email to all those who register.

Hank Aaron’s Funeral Service Will Be Private

After a weekend of tributes to Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron, the Hall of Famer will be laid to rest on Wednesday.

Atlanta funeral home Carl M Williams Funeral Directors, Inc. announced on Sunday in its obiturary that a funeral service will be held for the man nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank” on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the service will be private.

The funeral home said that the services will be streamed live for anyone who wants to pay their respects around the world.

Aaron will be entombed at Southview Cemetery on Jonesboro Road.

The Atlanta Braves, Aaron’s longtime team, said he died in his sleep at the age of 86. No cause was given. After his death, Aaron was praised from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents — for his Hall of Fame career and providing inspiration to Black Americans by overcoming intense racism in his pursuit of baseball’s home run record.

Just 2 1/2 weeks before his death Friday at age 86, Aaron joined civil rights icons to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. He wanted to spread the word to the Black community that the shots were safe in the midst of a devastating pandemic.

FOX5 Atlanta

Former Band Director Charged With Sex Crimes Against Student

On January 15th, North Cobb Christian School administration contacted the Acworth Police Department with information regarding an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a former student.

During this investigation, investigators discovered that Band Director, 38-year-old Craig Dean Godfrey of Cartersville, had been in a sexual relationship with a student, now an adult, from 2016-2019. The investigation uncovered that the student was a sophomore at the school when the inappropriate relationship began. In addition to physical contact, evidence revealed they exchanged communication and explicit photos using a social media app.

On January 19th, Acworth Police charged Godfrey with aggravated child molestation, sexual exploitation of a child, and obscene telephone contact.

As of Wednesday, Godfrey is in custody at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond.

The Acworth Police Department urges anyone with any information to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 770-974-1232.

Cartersville Man Charged with SEx Crimes against Student

 

From WBHF radio

Georgia Power Partnering With Dade County To Bring Electric Charging Stations to NW Georgia

Georgia power is partnering with Dade county Georgia to bring electric vehicle fast-charging stations to northwest Georgia and the I-59 corridor. As part of a state wide initiative to enable EV adoption and connect communities, Georgia power is building a network of safe, reliable, and convent charging infrastructure for an ever growing market segment of drivers.
The two new stations which are now operational here in Dade County, set in the northeast corner of the Dade County Courts Complex parking lot, off of Crabtree Street.
The charging stations are available 24 hours a day.

Senator Mullis Will Continue As Chairman of Senate Rules Committee

State Senator Jeff Mullis will continue serving as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, this year.
Mullis said “This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly, as I will be the last stop for legislation before it goes to the Senate floor.”
Mullis will also serve as a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee.
The Georgia General Assembly convened on January 11th.

WQCH

One Killed In Car Chase That Began On I-75

Georgia State Patrol troopers confirmed that one person wes killed during a pursuit that began on I 75 in Gordon County.

Reports said that troopers attempted to stop a  Toyota sedan for speeding at mile marker 315.  However, the driver failed to stop and the vehicle exited the at mile marker 312 before trying to get back onto the interstate.

The trooper performed a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle before it could re-enter I-75.

At that point the Toyota lost control on the east side of the entrance ramp and the driver sustained fatal injuries.

Two juvenile passengers in the vehicle fled on foot but were later apprehended.

Neither was injured.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

CVN

Human Trafficking Month Recognized

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining a group of federal, state and local government agencies in recognizing Human Trafficking Month.

Chris Carr said “Our Human Trafficking Unit works tirelessly to rescue victims and bring criminals to justice.”  Currently, the Human Trafficking Unit is working a dozen pending human sex trafficking cases and the Unit has begun the office’s first labor trafficking case.
The Unit is prioritizing cases and placing a focus on:
•    Rescuing children and other victims of human trafficking.
•    Charging buyers as well as sellers.
•    Charging gang cases.
•    Assisting rural jurisdictions that lack resources.
•    Expanding the investigative scope to include labor trafficking.