News Nearby: Chick-fil-A to Stop Funding Anti-Gay Groups

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Chick-fil-A to Stop Funding Anti-Gay Groups - Norcross Patch

A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in Chicago says Chick-fil-A will cease donations to groups that oppose gay marriage.

In a Sept. 18 press release, The Civil Rights Agenda wrote that Alderman Moreno, the man who led the opposition in Chick-fil-A opening a restaurant in Chicago, "has confirmed that Chick-fil-A will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations and that they have clarified in an internal document that the company will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation." For more on this story visit Norcross Patch.

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Operating Sex Trafficking Ring
– Stone Mountain Patch

Soloman Manasseh Mustafa was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for operating a sex trafficking ring.

Kalandra Annette Wallace of Jonesboro, Mustafa's co-defendant, pleaded guilty on last October and was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

Authorities say Mustafa, 38, used violence against women to keep them from escaping, including binding them with duct tape and taking their identification. Mustafa is from an unspecified area in Stone Mountain.

“This defendant brutally assaulted young women and forced them into acts of prostitution in three states," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, in a statement on the sentencing. "Many of the victims were beaten, raped, handcuffed and forced to snort cocaine by the defendant and his co-conspirator.  Today’s sentence demonstrates that sex traffickers will pay a heavy price for victimizing young women.” Visit Stone Mountain Patch for more on this story.

Teen Boy Accused of Assaulting Girl on School Bus
- Douglasville Patch

Robert Vermont Bell, 17 of Villa Rica, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault after repeatedly punching a girl in the face and strangling her on a school bus, according to the Douglas County Sentinel and a Douglas County Sheriff's Department arrest record.

The local high school junior appeared in Douglas County court Tuesday after the fight, which occurred on Monday. Bell assaulted the girl until he was pulled off of her by several students, according to the newspaper report. For more on this story see Douglasville Patch.

- Lilburn Patch

Gwinnett County Police believe a suspect or suspects attempted to steal the ATM inside a CVS pharmacy using a van that may have been stolen from a Lilburn daycare center.

Officers reported to a burglary alarm that went off at the 1190 Indian Trail Road business in the Norcross area around 2:29 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, according to the police report.

The store's front windows were broken, and police believe it was smashed with the hammer found near the glass. The Chase bank ATM was behind the glass in the store, but the ATM sign donning the bank name was not attached.

The sign was located nearby with a steel cable wrapped around it, the report says. The other end of the cable was attached to an unoccupied, but running, van that was parked at the store's back entrance.

It is believed that the cable was thrown over the top of the ATM and the vehicle attempted to pull out the ATM, but failed to complete the task. For more on this story see Lilburn Patch.


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