Regional News Roundup: Three people accused of operating brothel sent to prison

Regional News Roundup: Three people accused of operating brothel sent to prison

January 3rd, 2018 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

Three people accused of operating brothel sent to prison

ATLANTA — Three people who prosecutors said lured sex workers to work in a brothel near Atlanta have been sentenced to federal prison.

Court records show that Xiaohong Huang, Chan Kong Chow and Biyun Gong, all from China, were sentenced Friday.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Huang, also known as Michelle, operated a brothel at an apartment complex in Doraville from December 2005 through May 2017. Chow and Gong managed the day-to-day operations.

Prosecutors say the three lured women of Asian descent from across the U.S. to work as prostitutes.

They pleaded guilty in July to conspiring to operate an interstate prostitution scheme involving money laundering.

Huang was sentenced to serve two years and nine months. Chow got one year and nine months, and Gong got one year and three months.

 

Funeral planned for news anchor

ATLANTA — A funeral service has been scheduled for veteran Atlanta television news anchor Amanda Davis, who died last week after a stroke.

Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Homes said the celebration of life service is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

Davis, the morning news anchor at Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL-TV, died Wednesday night. Her station, known locally as CBS 46, reports that David had a stroke Tuesday while waiting for a flight at Atlanta's airport and was taken to a hospital. She died the next day at age 62.

Davis had been a presence on Atlanta TV news for more than 25 years. She had talked publicly about her struggles with alcohol and depression after her third arrest on DUI charges.

 

Reports: 70 arrested at lingerie party

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — At least 70 attendees of what was billed to be a lingerie-themed birthday party have been arrested in Georgia.

News outlets report Cartersville police said in a release that officers responding to a call of apparent shots fired early Sunday morning located evidence that led to a drug investigation. The Cartersville Daily Tribune reports that all of the 63 people who had been processed at the Bartow County jail by Monday night were charged with a single count of possession of less than 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana.

A flyer obtained by WXIA-TV described the event as a "Christmas lingerie/pajama party" celebrating a 21st birthday. Neighborhood resident Jeremy Lemons described the same flyer to WAGA-TV .

Lt. M.E. Bettikofer with Cartersville police says the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

Juvenile walks to hospital after being shot

CHATTANOOGA — Chattanooga police investigated Monday a shooting on East 34th Street after a juvenile victim showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound.

Chattanooga Police Department spokeswoman Elisa Myzal said in a statement Monday morning that the juvenile victim walked into the hospital with a wound that was not life-threatening. He said he was shot while walking along the 2700 block of East 34th Street. The incident was reported at 10:37 p.m. The suspect or suspects have not been identified.

Members of the Violent Crime Bureau are actively investigating the shooting, Myzal said, and the investigation is ongoing.

Chattanooga police ask anyone with information about the shooting incident to contact the department at 423-698-2525.

 

Worker killed in industrial accident

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A man was killed in an industrial accident Monday afternoon at Waste Connections in Cleveland, Tenn., according to the Cleveland Police Department.

Waste Connections is a garbage collection service.

The department's spokeswoman, Sgt. Evie West, said an employee found co-worker Raymond McCann, 28, unresponsive at the facility on Industrial Drive.

West said the investigation is ongoing but the death has been ruled an industrial accident.

 

Court backs $140,000 in damages for broken neck

KNOXVILLE — A federal court has rejected Knox County's bid to block $140,000 in damages awarded to a former inmate who suffered a broken neck in jail that went undiagnosed and untreated for 70 days.

The Knoxville News Sentinel quotes in a Tuesday report the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that rejected the county's bid to block the money for 63-year-old Donald Ray Nichols. He broke his neck when he rolled off his cell's top bunk and fell onto a concrete floor in 2010.

The ruling says the county alone can be held responsible for Nichols' claims that targeted its missteps in running the jail.

County Deputy Law Director David Wigler had appealed, arguing a nearly $188,000 settlement between Nichols and a jail nurse should have ended the case.

 

Two killed in house fire

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A fire official says two people have died in a house fire in Tennessee.

Clarksville Fire Chief Ricky Cumberland told media that the blaze was reported Tuesday morning at a home in the city, which is about 50 miles northwest of Nashville. He said two adults died in the fire. No further details were immediately available.

It was the second fatal fire in Montgomery County in the last week. Three adults died in a fire last Friday that officials think might have started due to a wood stove.

Both blazes are under investigation.


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