First Slice 1-17-14: Midtown residents call for harsher penalties for prostitution

The abundance of flagrant prostitution in Midtown Atlanta has prompted citizens connected to the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance to take their concerns to the Georgia State Capitol. The Midtown group is seeking sponsors for a new law that would increase the penalties for anyone arrested for prostitution within 500 feet of residences. Residents cite drug use and violence frequently associated with prostitution as their main motivation. If their proposal becomes a law, prostitution would be altered from a misdemeanor to a felony if the crime is committed near residences. A felony conviction for prostitution could result in sentences of up to five years.

For their first-ever gun buyback event, the Fulton County sheriff’s deputies teamed up with the NAACP and other community groups yesterday at Turner Filed. They offered $50 for handguns and $100 for rifles. A group of Second Amendment advocates were stationed nearby where they attempted to buy the guns themselves rather than see the weapons handed over to the buyback. All weapons collected by the buyback event will be destroyed.

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and two former deputies are being sued by five five former inmates for $15 million dollars in connection to a sex scandal that involved jail supervisors having sex with female inmates. Two former jail supervisors have already being convicted for their admitted participation in the exploitation.

The massive fire that continues to rage across the northern edge of Los Angeles has burned at least 1,700 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa and Glendora. Apparently started by an illegal campfire, three men have been arrested in connection with sparking the inferno.

State Rep. Tom Kirby, R-Loganville, has introduced the gun bill to end all gun bills.