Georgia

A former Northwest Whitfield High School teacher has been sentenced to 10 years with 120 days of detention and the rest on probation after pleading guilty Friday to sexual assault by a person with supervisory and disciplinary authority, according to the Whitfield County clerk of court’s office.

Raquel Eleana Spencer must serve 90 to 120 days in a probation detention center, a highly-structured, minimum security facility that provides counseling, life skills classes and substance abuse counseling. She must also pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs and surcharges, perform 300 hours of community service and observe all sex offender special conditions of probation.

A second charge against her, for possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance, was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Spencer was an English teacher at Northwest. She resigned after being arrested at the school on April 25 of last year for possession of heroin after school officials notified the sheriff’s office she appeared to be under the influence.

She was indicted by a Whitfield County grand jury last year. According to one indictment, Spencer had sexual intercourse with a student who attended the high school, “with supervisory and disciplinary authority over (the) individual.” The indictment specified the relationship as between Oct. 1, 2017, and April 8, 2018. During the investigation into the heroin, the sexual relationship with the student was discovered through a search of her phone.

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An Atlanta teen has been sentenced to 36 months probation in a 2017 crash that killed three pedestrians, including an infant.

Zoe Reardon, 18, entered the plea to misdemeanor charges Monday morning, with her attorney saying she did not want to put the victims’ families through a trial.

Reardon could have faced 36 months behind bars. Instead, she will serve the probation and check-in from Texas where she currently attends college.

She’ll also get her license back after a year, pay fines and donate to a foundation centered around combating distracted driving.

Under the first-offender status, her record will be cleared when she completes the sentence.

“You’re pretty young,” State court Judge Alan Jordan told Reardon during sentencing. “You’ve got a lifetime ahead of you. I expect this is something you’re going to have a hard time dealing with the rest of your life.”

Cherokee County authorities initially closed the case against Reardon with no charges, but it was reopened in the midst of civil litigation against the City of Woodstock, where the group died. It’s centered around a lack of pedestrian measures in place around an entertainment pavilion where the victims were headed to see a concert.

Reardon has maintained she never saw the group crossing the road that evening, and her defense has highlighted forensics to punctuate this was not a distracted driving case.

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A burglar ignored a 79-year-old woman’s homeowners threats when she heard someone breaking in her home. After hearing breaking glass coming from her upstairs, she fired two shots at the suspect.

On Feb. 12 the woman called 911 about a man ransacking the upstairs of her home. During a 911 call obtained by WXIA the woman begs the 911 operator for the authorities to hurry. The operator reminds her to not confront the intruder.

While officers were on the route the woman shot the man at least two times while she was waiting in the kitchen on the phone with the 911 dispatcher.

“I’m scared, please hurry… Lord, have mercy,” she whispered to the 911 operator. “I’m gonna blow your brains out!” she shouted at the burglar.

Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum states that there were two women in the home and they were not harmed.
“She told him in words I can’t tell you that he better not come in her house or she’d take care of things,” Mangum said.

When deputies arrived they found a 20-year-old male hiding in the closet. He was later identified as Hans Edward Rogers was taken into custody and charged with burglary and home invasion.