A series on safer living…
One of the potential hazards of everyday living takes place when we go to and from our cars. There is no getting around this – we all have to go to work, go shopping, and just for general reasons. While this can be a moment of heightened vulnerability, much of this can be overcome with simple situational awareness and alertness.
Street robberies take place occasionally in the neighborhood, and we even have rashes of robberies from time to time. Because so many people park on the public streets and in parking lots, criminals exploit this. Earlier this year when researching for our special report for robberies, we found that many victims were robbed as they exited from their vehicles late at night. We therefore urge that you look around the area before exiting your vehicle. Take a moment to size up anyone in the vicinity, and don’t get out of the car if something does not seem right.
The use of the dome light should be kept to a minimum, or kept off altogether. Whenever your dome light is on, it disorients and disconnects you from your surroundings and can give a potential assailant a little bit of a lead when moving in on you. Only turn it on and off manually when you really need to. Consider keeping a small, low-powered flashlight in the console of the car if you need to fumble around for something, but break that habit too. Also maintain a habit of glancing into the backseat area before entering a car to make sure nobody is in there!
Parking lots warrant a little added alertness. When going to and from your car, size up your route to your car. Be especially alert to whomever is within about 25 feet of you (we talked about the 21-foot danger zone earlier). Park in well-lit areas, and avoid isolated areas. When returning to your car have your keys ready, and develop a habit of putting your keys away in a manner where you do not have to fumble for them. The same goes for your whistle, pepper spray or handgun – keep them ever ready to be drawn and deployed from concealment. A key also makes for a good makeshift defense weapon – go for the eyes and draw blood. If you find yourself in a self defense situation make lots of noise to draw attention to the situation – scream, yell, hit the panic button on your car, etc.
Again, be very cautious with people approaching you in the parking lot. Nobody needs candy, cookies, magazines, or religion badly enough to put themselves at added risk. Be especially cautious with people asking for assistance with jumping a car or some other similar issue that could be a ruse to distract you – the linked video shows you why. For that matter keep jumper cables in the trunk or otherwise well-concealed – that way they cannot say, “I see you’ve got jumper cables.” Again, giving yourself options is the key strategy in personal safety and defense. And do not cave in to the fix-your-car scammers running around town. Let a security officer or store manager know if you are approached by suspicious individuals in their parking lot – call AAA or Midtown Tire if you car does not start. Call MPSA Patrol, Midtown Blue, on-site security, etc. and let them know that someone claims to need help.
If you think you are being followed while driving, do not head home. Go to a safer location instead, with lots of people and where you can draw attention to yourself. Know your route to a fire station, to Midtown Blue, or some other safe place likely to have police officers. When going to the bank to get large amounts of cash take a roundabout way to your next stop. Cut through a low-traffic residential area on your way. Several years ago a manager of a business in the neighborhood went to a bank at Ansley Mall, and then to another place or two before going to the McDonald’s on Cheshire Bridge where he was robbed. The assailants saw him leave the bank with a money bag, and followed him the entire time along Monroe, Piedmont, and Cheshire Bridge before seizing the opportunity to make their move at McDonald’s. Doing a loop through Morningside or Ansley Park would have increased the chances that he would have spotted someone following him.
The video with this installment of Prepared & Protected features a scenario in which a criminal poses as someone needing a jump start. This kind of a ruse is very effective in making you vulnerable to a robbery or assault. Other variants included keys locked in a car, in which they distract you by having you get something out of your car like a coathanger. Be very cautious and attentive to details in those scenarios. We’ve got plenty of harmless-looking but very dangerous criminals around that would do this – the druggies at Ponce & Boulevard, the trans prostitute gang, and street hustlers to name a few.
As we’ve pointed out before, having a neighborhood patrol greatly enhances the benefits of being prepared, and reduces the likelihood that we will have to deploy self-defense skills. The more patrol hours we can implement, the more effectively we can cut down on the unsavory characters that would bring harm to you. The neighborhood patrol serves as the backbone of a safe neighborhood. We want Midtowners to be well prepared & protected…
During routine research we noticed that the home invasion suspect in the 11/05 Penn Avenue incident has been CAPTURED. After the home invasion incident, police tracked the mobile phone taken in the home invasion to West End. Through photo lineups and other investigative work, Sean Anthony Jessie was identified as the suspect. Knowing that he is living on the streets and known to make use of shelters and other services, he was tracked down and locked up.
APD works very diligently on these kinds of cases, but the wild card is always what will happen in court. In researching his history, we find 27 prior arrests in the Fulton County jail alone, and a brief prison sentence several years ago. The most serious of his arrests generally took place after his prison stint, and it seems that Fulton County sentenced him more leniently to the degree his criminal activity became more serious.
Hopefully he is toast this time, and we will court-watch him very proactively. We have posted his mugshot at the web version of this post.
Hosea Smith aka “Peaches,” was released from prison in Florida on 6/30/13, and came back to Atlanta. He was out in the trans area regularly during the summer. Not even two months later, on 8/18/13, he was back in jail for drug offenses along with warrants in Clark and Douglas Counties. On 11/08 he was booked back into the FC jail on failure to appear warrants. It is not clear if he ever was released to the street from any of those other jails – we suspect he was handed back to Fulton once the other places were done with him. He remains in jail not eligible for bond, and we are hoping that the Department of Corrections will be coming for him soon.
Ralph Odom made the news this week (AJC and Midtown Patch covered the story), when he got into a car with a stranger during the 4am hour and ended up getting shot on St. Charles. We all know who’s bad about getting into cars with strangers in the wee hours of the morning so we checked out the story. We find that Odom is among the trans prostitute gang, and has a history of vice arrests. He told police that he was walking home from the store, but we find that he somehow got stuck in the trans prostitute area for a couple hours. He was seen turning tricks during the two-hour period leading up to the incident. Showing a mugshot to some of the trans prostitutes the next night, we further confirmed that he was out turning tricks that night. A neighbor living at the crime scene found a freshly used condom on his porch, and this is not an area where prostitutes routinely service their johns any more. This unfortunate incident shows what the trans prostitutes are drawing into the neighborhood.
Dennis Stallings – Score a big one for the law abiding folks in the community. Remember the rash of robberies back in February? Well, that thug got bundled up and shipped off for good. The primary suspect, Dennis Stallings was handed 5 life sentences for several charges arising out of this incident. One of the attorneys from the Fulton DA’s office reported on her Facebook profile that both Stallings and his mother exhibited “anger and loss of temper” in the court room before Judge Kelly Amanda Lee handed down the sentence. A Midtowner summed it nicely on his Facebook profile: KARMA is when a guy decides to spend 2 hours of his life to do 5 armed drive-by muggings, 3 of them in Midtown, and gets caught by APD red-handed by a victim’s Find-My-iPhone app. JUSTICE is that in just 30 minutes, a jury sent him to no-parole prison for 5 life terms.
Donald Rayfield, known as “Ray-Ray” on the street, was recently locked up for possession of meth and shoplifting. Rayfield is a known street hustler and convicted burglar occasionally seen in the Ponce & Boulevard area. Despite his extensive prison record in South Carolina and Georgia, and chronic arrest history here, he was given another slap on the hand. Fulton County gave him probation for the possession of meth (on top of existing probation), and time served on the shoplifting charge. He was in jail a month.
Jeffrey Dills was recently paroled from prison, and wasted no time getting back to the drug life at Ponce & Boulevard. He is seen loitering among the druggies around that intersection, and came to our attention as a result of suspicious and nuisance activity. We have advised numerous businesses of his presence, and have been in contact with his parole officer. He has 22 entries in the Fulton County jail alone, for all kinds of offenses including Entering Auto, Forgery, and drug offense. His parole record shows a Macon address, but is supposed to be transferring to the Atlanta area office. He usually wears a red coat, but in warmer weather one can see he is all tatted up like a methhead felon.
We got word that Brandon Burchfield will not be recycled through the drug court program for the umpteenth time. The ADA handling the case has reviewed his history, and because of his demonstrated incorrigibility , drug court will be a no-go this time. We received another report from someone in the neighborhood that hired him for yard work that he went into the house and stole some items including an iPad before skipping out without finishing the work he was paid for.
Jessie Williams, also known as Jessie Sanders, was finally caught breaking into a car this week. Last year a pattern of chronic car break-ins developed at a member business on Ponce. We monitored the location closely, studied the pattern, and determined a time frame in which the perp struck. During a stake-out, he was about to break into a car when he suddenly noticed he was being watched. While nothing happened that night, we had identified the person to watch from that point on. We watched him closely for 15 months, and noticed that the break-in pattern coincided perfectly with times he was not in jail.
Last Sunday night into Monday (11/11) a customer of the business left a vehicle overnight, and we watched it closely. Jessie Williams was spotted crouched behind that car at 5am, and fled as his presence on that property was investigated . A police unit was coincidentally driving along Ponce at that moment and stopped him for suspicious person running, and we we immediately alerted them that their subject had just broken into a car. Further, the car had been check ten minutes earlier and was known to be OK at that point. Upon arrest, he fought very violently with the police. Like so many other criminals, he has a very long rap sheet in Fulton County and with the Department of Corrections. He was booked on a number of charges arising from this incident – Entering Vehicle, Battery with substantial harm, and Obstruction. Once at the jail he generated another charge – attempting to remove weapon from a public official.
He was also working for a business on Ponce, but this business will not take him back should he be released from jail. He remains in jail as of this writing ineligible for bond. We have been waiting on this arrest for a long time…
Remember the Taxi driver lured to the Peachtree-Pine “shelter” and robbed, and the other situation when another person was stabbed outside of the building? One of our APD contacts shared another story today about that place, and pointed out that this suspect is a regular at Peachtree-Pine. This example adds to the many we hear about ”the shelter” on a regular basis.
[Report edited to redact name of victim] On Friday, November 15, 2013, an APD patrol officer witnessed an attempted larceny at 550 Peachtree St. while working a traffic accident scene at that location. The victim had cleaned out her belongings from her undrivable vehicle so the tow company could pick it up and placed the following items on the sidewalk in between her feet so she could sign the citation: a bag containing an Apple IPad valued at $750.00, a purse containing an iPhone 4 valued at $300.00, a dog bed, a bag containing other miscellaneous work papers. As the victim was signing the ticket, the arrestee, later identified as Mr. Frank A. McMillan, ran up in between [Victim] and and the police and picked up all of her items in his arms and attempted to flee. The officer promptly arrested Mr. McMillan and placed him in custody. All items were returned to Ms. Victim intact. Mr. McMillan was charged with Theft by Taking 16-8-2.
So far there is no end to the Peachtree-Pine mess in sight. As AJC put it in a headline, Anita Beaty & Co. remain defiant. According to their report, the “Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless,” was scheduled for a court hearing a couple weeks ago to challenge their impending eviction, but this has been put off until February. In the meantime, their debt continues to soar, and even the queenpin of the massive haven of drug activity and street crime acknowledged around $2 Million in debt for this racket. This includes the water bill, which was a six-digit figure last we heard. By comparison, virtually nobody else in the city gets away with not paying the water bill. It is quite routine for the city to shut off the water over petty amounts in arears. At least until then, all kinds of criminal activity radiating from that warehouse will continue to thrive…
In a Nutshell:
- 4 arrests
- 18 911-calls
- 12 direct calls
- 10 OOT
- 164 hours
From the patrol logs:
Sgt Cooper assisted with the arrest of Nakia Graham on an outstanding warrant. Sgt Cooper was working on another job when he heard a call over police radio of a wanted person sighted at 8th & Glendale. Sgt Cooper contacted the responding officers and warned them it was most likely Nakia Graham wanted in Fulton County for Stalking and Aggravated Stalking. Police intercepted Graham, but the warrant was not yet in the system. Sgt. Cooper advised that he had a paper copy of the warrant which had been arranged by our community prosecutor. Once Sgt. Cooper reached the scene with the warrant, Graham was taken to jail, where he remains as of this writing.
Sgt. Cooper and Sgt. McGinnis patrolled for MPSA during the annual Trick or Treat Halloween celebration in the 6th & Penn area.
Sgt Cooper made several calls to Georgia DOC Probation officers regarding several offenders including Jeff Reese.
Three of the four arrests were trans prostitutes. Tony Thompson, among the trans prostitute gang, was arrested by the patrol while loitering around for a city violation. Upon a search incident to the arrest he was found to have enough little liquor bottles to open a mobile liquor store. See picture at web version of this post. We previously reported on the arrests of Kyle Hamp and Justin Williams. This was also fewer arrests this time, which gives us an inkling of hope that the trans gang is getting the message. If they would only take it a step further and quit inflicting their criminal activity upon our neighborhood…
The only other arrest by the patrol was John Dingus – that was for panhandling at a business on Ponce. He has been in and out of jail 24 times in Fulton County alone – for auto theft, car break-ins, drug activity, burglary, and the whole works. We have been seeing him around Ponce & Boulevard for years. He was previously staying at an area motel, but was put out when we furnished criminal history along with reports of chronic criminal & nuisance activity in the area.
A series on safer living
As the old saying goes, prevention is the best medicine. This week we offer a potpourri of ways to prevent security issues on the exterior of our properties, including landcaping and lighting.
The exterior of your home should be well-lit, but the lighting does not have to be bright or obtrusive. Just enough light to see whether someone is around. Consider using colored lighting which is not nearly as obtrusive as bright white lights – green works well especially with trees and vegetation. Motion sensors are also effective because you can tell immediately when someone trips the light. CFL bulbs are far more energy-efficient than the traditional incandecent bulbs.
Shrubbery should be designed so as not to effectively conceal intruders – keep all windows exposed to plain view. Bushes should either be no more than about 24 inches in height, or trimmed up at least 18 inches so a casual observer can readily see feet hiding behind them. Ladders and other aids for climbing should not be left in the yard. When you are out of town, arrange to have signs of absence removed from your yard. Accumulation of newspapers in the driveway, pizza flyers staying on the front door for days on end, and trash recepticles still at the street two days after pickup send a clear signal that nobody is home.
Occasionally check your property for things stashed. The trans prostitutes, for example, are notorious for stashing weapons in shrubbery along with personal belongings and illegal drugs. Criminals breaking into cars will often take stolen bags to people’s yards to pick out from the loot, and then abandon the bag and its unwanted contents. If you find illegal drugs or firearms, do not touch those. In the case of illegal drugs, you would be in violation of the law by handling those, and a firearm may have been used in a crime. Notify the police immediately and watch the area if safe to do so. Knives and other weapons should be secured immediately and reported to the police. If you find loot, or signs of urban camping, please let us know so we can check it out and engage the most appropriate parties to deal with those. Personal belongings left by prostitutes and other street people should be put on the sidewalk or discarded (do not sift through contents – remove as-is) to make it clear you don’t want them using your property.
If you hear unusual noise outside your home, you should immediately investigate but be extremely careful about going outside in such a situation. Make sure you have a good view of all the nooks and crannies before going outside to investigate. It would probably be better not to go outside if you have not determined the source of concern – call the police or the patrol instead. We live in a busy and dynamic neighborhood and that is often why we like living here, but we also have a steady stream of prowlers and other undesirable elements roaming around the neighborhood – day and night. Some are even downright dangerous.
We leave you with a video depicting a dangerous trespasser situation. Like the other episodes of The Best Defense that we have shown you, it starts with the worst-case outcome, and works its way to a more optimal outcome – the intruder simply fleeing when motion-sensor lights come on. In such a scenario the perp could either be targeting you specifically, or could be fleeing from police canvassing the area.
Of course your neighborhood patrol reduces the likelihoood of encountering issues like these. Higher membership support increases patrol hours that cut down on the myriad of public security issues in the neighborhood. The more patrol hours we can fund, the more effectively we can target chronic street criminals and watch for random ones. And members should always take advantage of home checks while out of town (details at our website). We want Midtowners to be well prepared & protected…
Some volunteers went to the Allan Goddard jury trial yesterday morning, and gave us this report. Allen Goddard was arrested several weeks ago in Old Fourth Ward, and has been known to be active in Midtown, Virginia Highland, Old Fourth Ward, and other neighborhoods. Now he is being held for pick-up by the Department of Corrections once they determine the most appropriate prison for him.
You remember that Goddard was the one that got nabbed on Glen Iris back in September and had a hearing a couple of weeks ago where he pled guilty and then decided he wanted a jury trial instead as is his right. He might as well have just accepted the judge’s sentence rather than just prolonging the agony as the jury returned a “guily” verdict in record time. Judge Hicks still gave him the same five to serve sentence as well as a banishment from Zone 6. He gave a sob story as to how he wants to do better in life, but is addicted to crack cocaine and just can’t help himself. Of course, he just wanted to get probation and get recycled through the drug program for the umpteenth time – but Judge Hicks reminded him that he is still on probation from a previous sentence. Hicks did give him his 12 month sentence for probation violation rolled into his 5 years though. Zone 6 Community Prosecutor Keith Lamar did a very good job of presenting the state’s argument, along with help from another ADA (name unclear).
That leaves one car break-in perp down, a bunch more to go…
For the second month in a row, we have had a home invasion. On Tuesday afternoon, a resident on Penn Avenue was attacked in a home invasion. The victim had just entered her home, when someone knocked at the door. Since she was expecting a delivery momentarily she did not think anything of answering the door.
The assailant, a black male in his 40s, forced his way inside as she unlocked the door. The thug beat her several times as he demanded various things, including keys to her vehicle. Since she was in the basement of the house she did not have any of those things with her. When she attempted to persuade him that her husband was upstairs with guns, the perp grabbed her cell phone, staple gun, and a pair of scissors and fled.
The phone was equipped with a tracking mechanism that led Police to West End, and detained a couple individuals in close proximity to the phone. The victim was taken to West End for a line-up, but none of those present was the one who forced his way into her home. They had just bought the phone from someone on the street – within about three hours of the incident.
Needless to say, the victim is badly shaken by the incident and was still very sore the next day. The incident remains under investigation, and we hope that a perpetrator will be identified soon and added to the prison population.
A series on more secure living…
In this installment we bring you a potpourri of safety tips about preparing and protecting the interior of your home. We will address the exterior of your home in an upcoming installment.
A burglary or home invasion often occurs because someone failed to secure a door or window. Especially in the fall or the spring, it is nice to open windows at times for some fresh air. But sometimes we get complacent and leave doors unlocked, or simply forget to lock them altogether. As the old saying goes, prevention is the best medicine.
This of course can render you vulnerable to being in some way victimized by some of the too many criminals roaming around all over the place. Many folks have opened their windows for some fresh air, forgot about them, only to find their home burglarized when coming home from the grocery store or a nice walk in the park. In some cases folks have been caught by surprise by a criminal entering their homes, and had to resort to some very serious defense measures.
Examples of the diverse situations encountered in Midtown over the years include waking up in the middle of the night to find a criminal rummaging through the house, raccoons getting into the house through an upstairs window left open while the residents left for the weekend (wild animals are very destructive), and some folks coming home to find a trans prostitute servicing a john (yes, in a perfect stranger’s home! It goes to show that they are known to case residents in the area). But most home intruders, especially when people living there are home, have very violent intentions (in many states this is presumed by law), and in many cases these situations do not turn out well for the homeowner.
Previously, we discussed levels of awareness. Ideally, we would be in “code white” in the comforts of our homes. But living in “code white” does not mean that we should allow ourselves to blindly live in la-la land when it comes to personal safety. The real world militates against the ideal, unfortunately. By leaving our doors and windows unsecured, we create a situation in which we should at very minimum be in a “code yellow” state of mind – relaxed but alert. In plain English, we should be conscious of unsecured doors and windows, and be quick to investigate when the dog is barking, etc.
Many windows have vent locks. This feature in many (especially newer) windows allow for them to open enough for some fresh air while securely closed enough to prevent someone crawling through. The screen should be closed to prevent unwanted animals from getting in. Security systems can be equipped so that something beeps whenever a door is opened. Sliding glass doors need special attention – they tend to be relatively easy for burglars to open. A peg drilled into the frame prevents them from being lifted off of the track.
Consider getting a keypad lock for at least one of your doors. That way you do not have to leave keys hidden, or keep up with who has keys. They can be quickly programmed with several codes, and can be changed immediately – without having to wait for Home Depot or Lowe’s to open again. You would have your usual code or two, plus a couple disposable codes ready to go. You can give a repairman the code to the door, and then quickly kill it once it is no longer needed. If you have an emergency while at work or out of town a keypad lock gives added flexibility in directing someone to your home to take care of the matter at hand.
You should also have some idea of what to do if someone comes breaking into your home. Have firearms and other defensive weapons strategically placed (ideally in more than one location) so that you can get to them quickly and safely. Some folks set up a specially designed “safe room”, and a few even go as far as building a secret room in the house Activate the panic button on both your home security system and your vehicle’s security system to make all the noise possible drawing attention to the situation. In case you ever need to barricade yourself in a bedroom or a “safe room”, it would be helpful to have a key (and only the revelevant key) attached to a small flashlight or other light to enable repsonding police officers to find it in the grass or bushes when you toss it out to them (see picture).
And let us not forget the value of home surveillance cameras. The latest carjacking on 9th Street illustrates how they can be instrumental in capturing violent criminals.
The video with this installment of our personal safety and defense series shows a worst-case home invasion scenario. Like the others we have shown you, it start with the worst-possible outcome (and most probable for most folks, then shows one outcome in with the good folks stopped the bad guys, and finally the most optimal outcome of that kind of scenarios thanks to the habit of doors being routinely locked. The video focuses on elderly folks, but nobody is too young to be victimized!
- Video of home invasion scenario http://www.downrange.tv/blog/elderly-home-invasion-scenario-from-the-best-defense/25402/
These are just a few ideas for safer living. The MPSA is here to take our preparation a bit further – with your neighborhood patrol. The more we can keep officers on patrol in the neighborhood, the less likely you will ever have to move beyond merely reading about the personal protection concepts we present to you. The more the patrol is actively watching the streets of our beautiful neighborhood, the fewer street criminals that will be roaming around awaiting an opportunity to victimize a Midtowner. We want Midtowners to be well prepared & protected…
Some criminals coming under our radar recently…
1. Nyquarious Edwards – If we were to name a criminal of the year, it would probably be Nyquarious Edwards. He is the suspect in the 9th Street home invasion & carjacking incident. Edwards, a 17-year-old with significant criminal history despite his young age, was easily identified when footage from a home security camera went viral. US Marshals and the Atlanta Police Department tracked him down at a home near Stone Mountain and put him back in jail. Midtown Patch has the rest of this story.
2. Brandon Burchfield – Earlier this week Inman Park reported the arrest of a repeated street criminal who also frequents our area. According to their reports, their patrol chased down a suspicious individual. This suspicious individual, Brandon Burchfield, alledged tossed the shotgun as he attempted to flee through Freedom Park. As an unusual twist, Burchfield told the arresting officer about a shotgun hidden nearby, but that did not save him from arrest. According to police reports, a similar 12 Gauge shotgun was stolen during a recent burglary in that area, and police are investigating whether this is the same shotgun. He also had items that may have been stolen, but police have not yet linked them to any incidents. Once he was captured, the arresting officer found Burchfield to have heroin on his person and charged him accordingly, according to the police report.
Burchfield’s criminal history is loaded with felony convictions going back to his teenage years, including car break-ins, burglary, and drug offenses. He came under our radar several years ago when people reported him peddling stolen goods in the Ponce & Boulevard area. We called him out a couple years ago as a perfect example of why recycling these clearly incorrigible street criminals hurts the community. Since then we have been watching him closely. This criminal passed the point where it makes no sense to do anything other than to incarcerate them whenever the chance arises. Until Fulton County does this, people will continue to be burglarized and have their cars broken into. In the background we have been on his case rigorously all along, and thanks for the support from the neighborhood for our patrol we likely kept his latest incident from happening here.
3. We told you about a criminal recently released from prison and showed up here within a month. Jeff Reese was recently arrested for Forgery in the Fourth Degree and was booked into the Fulton County jail. Since he resumed being a regular at Ponce & Boulevard, we have been monitoring him closely and keeping contact with his parole officer. As soon as we saw his mugshot in the jail logs, we did not hesitate to contact the parole officer again. Next thing we knew, an SBPP (=State Board of Pardons & Paroles) entry was added to his booking record, and if convicted of his new charge he will likely be sent back down the road. He still has four years left on his current sentence, and a full revocation would be a nice breather for us especially since we have an inordinate number of felons driving the need for extra security measures in the neighborhood.
4. We recently received an email from someone that used to live a life of criminal activity in and around the neighborhood, and became a very bad situation. After a proactive round of court watching efforts, this individual wound up in prison for a few years and was released last year. It takes us at least a couple of years (prison time does not count) to feel comfortable with marking a file as inactive, provided of course that they do not show up in or around Midtown). These are the kinds of stories we like to hear – everybody loves a happy ending. We share with you an edited version (identifying hints removed):
Hello MPSA – this is the [name removed] you have on your watch. I am never coming back to GA. I have been home for almost a year. I am a active member of NA [Narcotics Anonymous]. I work 5 days a week at [Restaurant] and the best thing was going to prison because I got the help I needed!!! I was a very sick person. When I say sick I mean heart and mind. I would like to say I am sorry to every person who reads this. I would also like to thank the home owners on Kennesaw Avenue for speaking against me in court. If they had not I would have not [done the] the time I did. So thanks and don’t worry GA is not what’s up.