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Dunwoody police have arrested Christopher Williams, 20, of Stone Mountain in the killing of Roberto Calderon-Guzman, 28, known to many in Atlanta's nightlife community as drag artist Noxy Cassandra Calderon.
Williams is charged with murder and possession of a firearm while committing a felony and is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail, said Sgt. Mike Carlson of the Dunwoody Police Department.
Atlanta police arrested a suspect this week in the killings of two men who attended 2010's Black Gay Pride.
The suspect, Derrick Burden, 22, was arrested by the APD's Fugitive Unit on April 23 on a warrant for the homicides of both Samuel Blizzard, 21, a Georgia State University student from Spring Cove, Va., and Calvin Streater, 26, of Atlanta. Police said they were found shot to death Sept. 5, 2010, inside a Richmond Circle apartment in southeast Atlanta.
A press release from the APD states a warrant for Burden was obtained April 13 charging him with two counts of murder. Police declined to comment about a possible motive.
Burden was taken to the Fulton County jail.
Berry College police continue to search for the vandal who poured bleach on a student’s clothes and left a racist and anti-gay note in his dorm room.
On March 26, a student who wishes to remain anonymous reported to police that someone poured bleach on the clothes in his dorm room and left a note that said “faggot nigger fuck off.” The student’s car tire was also slashed.
“We’ve interviewed a lot of people who live on the floor and have narrowed down the time-frame because of our card access to the building,” Berry College Police Chief Bobby Abrams said April 24.
Readers debate the fate of women indicted for public indecency at Columbus State University.
Re: “Women indicted for having lesbian sex in Ga. college library” (thegavoice.com, Aug. 25)
"This is a case of discrimination if I ever saw it, at least on the surface. I know heterosexual folks who have been caught and only been given a citation and a fine, not arrested. Granted they were not in Columbus, Ga., but geez! The cop was probably wanting to watch and they said no so he arrested them."
"It’s not a case of discrimination because they were literally caught “in flagrante” and public sex between any two people is simply illegal. They shouldn’t get away with it just on the assumption that heterosexuals might have. That’s looking at the case without assumptions. If we’d like to add assumptions, assume two appropriately embarrassed and reasonably nice lesbians might have gotten away with a warning. Two man-hating lesbians who disrespected the police officer for interrupting them would have been arrested and charged."
A lesbian couple arrested in April for public indecency and attempted bribery have been indicted by a Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit grand jury this week, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.
Columbus is approximately 100 miles south of Atlanta.
Jessica Bass, 18, and Nakita Holt, 21, were caught having sex in a Columbus State University library in April by a CSU police officer.
Bass will face charges of public indecency, a misdemeanor, and bribery charges, a felony, for allegedly offering the arresting officer $100 to let them go free. Holt faces indecency charges only.
David Helmick, the assistant district attorney who is prosecuting the case, was mum on the details but said he expects the case to go to trial sometime in late September or early October in a telephone interview today. Helmick added that he did not want to speculate whether or not a heterosexual couple found in similar circumstances would face the same charges.
A 61-year-old man who allegedly set fire to a male teen during a sexual encounter was arrested early Tuesday.
Joseph Raymond Zeock, 61, was arrested in Gwinnett County on Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The arrest came a day after Woodstock police put out an alert seeking help from the public to find Zeock. Zeock is charged with aggravated battery, first degree cruelty to children, false imprisonment and solicitation of sodomy.
According to an alert by the Woodstock Police issued today, "On July 12, 2011, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Woodstock Police Investigators responded to Grady Hospital in reference to a person injured. Upon arrival, Investigators met with a 17 year old male who stated that Joseph Raymond Zeock, also known as J.R., had set him on fire.
Two women at Columbus State University are facing charges of public indecency after being caught having sex in the campus library, according to TV station WRBL.
The station reports that Nakita Holt, 21, and Jessica Bass, 18, both made bond from the Muscogee County Jail. They are both students at the university.
Columbus is located approximately 100 miles southeast of Atlanta.
According to the news report, a CSU officer saw the two women having sex in a study carroll at the library. Bass is also facing a charge of bribery after she allegedly offered the officer $100 to not say anything, according to campus police.
Atlanta drag personality Pasha Nicole and gay bar go-go dancer Steven Donald Lemery were recently arrested in Douglas County, Ga., for allegedly “trafficking human beings for the purpose of sexual servitude.”
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s website, which identifies Pasha Nicole as Christopher Thomas Lynch, the two are charged with trafficking minors and Lemery has been charged with trafficking an adult. Douglas County is located about 20 miles west of Atlanta.
“The investigation began at the end of January and continues today as Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators follow up leads and information that continues to come to the surface,” states the website under a news release dated March 11.
The six teens charged with a bias-crime attack on a gay Atlanta pastor at Piedmont Park will be tried as adults. Four of the teens are minors. The youngest is 13 years old.
Several readers have reached out to us to express their views on the charges. Some readers, like Twitter user @jcstarr are happy with the decision to charge the teens as adults. “GOOD!!! I hope the judge throws the book at them,” he wrote via Twitter.
Several of our Facebook fans supported the charges, as well.