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A former entourage member of rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris is reportedly using his former affiliation with Grand Hustle Records for nefarious reasons.

The man, whose Instagram.com user name is @Trencetatm, favors the rap tycoon. For this reason -- and due to his former affiliation with Grand Hustle Records -- he is successful at passing himself off as T.I.'s cousin around town.

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Major Changes At V-103

If you haven't heard by now, there has been a major shakeup at local radio station V-103. According to a report on Radiofacts.com, radio personalities Crash, Ryan Cameron's best friend and sidekick (center), and Kendra G (right) are gone. But the biggest news is Egypt Sherrod has resigned from her position as V-103 midday host to pursue other media interests. In addition to her radio work, Egypt Sherrod is the popular host of HGTV's Property Virgins, and she also runs the entertainment and gossip blog, EgyptSaidSo.com.

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Dominique Lang

The young accomplice of alleged baby killer, De’Marquise Elkins, 17, pointed him out in a crowded Cobb County courtroom today. 15-year-old Dominique Lang was also charged with the murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. Lang, who is awaiting his own trial, testified that Elkins started counting down from 5 before firing a bullet between the baby's eyes after attempting to rob the baby's mother, Sherry West, on March 21.

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Andrea Sneiderman sentenced

Andrea Sneiderman didn't shed any tears for her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, on the witness stand during the 2012 trial of the man who killed him. But she shed tears for herself today when she pleaded with Judge Gregory Adams to let her go home to her kids.

The judge ignored her pleas and sentenced Sneiderman to serve 5 years on each charge of perjury for lying to investigators. Sneiderman was convicted of 9 of 13 charges yesterday in a DeKalb County courthouse.

Judge Adams said the sentences would run concurrently -- not consecutively, meaning she will only serve 5 years in prison.

"Take her into custody," said Judge Adams to the court officer. "Lawyers, move out of the way... do not obstruct."

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Usher and Tameka Raymond in court

Moments ago, Judge John J. Goger denied Tameka Raymond's request for primary custody of her two sons with singer Usher Raymond.

After the judge gave his decision, Tameka and Usher hugged in open court. Tameka filed for an emergency hearing on Tuesday after one of her sons nearly drowned on Monday.

Both Usher and Tameka took the stand saying the other was unfit to raise their 2 children, Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 4.

But after hearing from both sides, Judge Goger let stand a previous judge's order giving Usher primary custody of his kids.

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Usher and Tameka Raymond in court

Singer Usher Raymond smiled as he arrived at Fulton County Courthouse court in Atlanta, Georgia earlier today to face his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, in a new child custody battle after one of their sons nearly drowned in a swimming pool accident Monday.

Five-year-old Usher Raymond V, aka Cinco, is still recovering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital, according to the Tameka's lawyer, Lisa West.

Tameka took the stand this afternoon and said she was concerned there was no pool drain cover installed in the pool as required by law. She said there have been other incidents -- in addition to Cinco's near drowning this week -- that prove Usher is a bad dad.

Tameka also expressed concerns that Usher's aunt, Rena Oden, was incapable of caring for the 2 boys. Cinco almost drowned at Oden's house on Howell Mill Road in DeKalb County, north of Atlanta.

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Niesha Stevens dead

The sister of deceased singer Natina Reed of the 90’s group Blaque was found dead in her DeKalb County home, Hiphopenquirer.com reports exclusively.

Niesha Stevens' body was discovered late yesterday by her 7-year-old daughter. Stevens' husband, Tim Stevens, was at work at the time. The couple married in February. DeKalb County police do not suspect foul play.

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Calvin Battle charged with animal cruelty

A 26-year-old Atlanta man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he was caught on video viciously beating a dog in an animal shelter.

Calvin Battle was fired after a supervisor viewed a surveillance video that showed him using a metal bowl to beat a dog in a kennel at the DeKalb County Animal Shelter. Battle was an employee of LifeLine Animal Project, the organization which is contracted to manage the DeKalb County Animal Shelter.

Animals at the shelter are usually abused and abandoned by their previous owners.

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Pool entrapment law

On Monday, singer Usher Raymond's 5-year-old son, Usher Raymond V, almost became another tragic pool drain statistic.

The boy was playing in the pool with his aunt when his arm became caught in the pool's drain. His aunt, a nanny, and a housekeeper were unsuccessful in pulling the boy from the drain.

Sound technician Eugene Stachurski, who was installing AV equipment in the house, heard the women's screams and dived into the pool. Stachurski pulled the boy from the drain and performed CPR on him. CNN reports that the child was "conscious, alert and breathing" when an ambulance transported him to a hospital. He was kept overnight for observation.

"My son is OK, but I have no further comment at this time," the boy's mother Tameka Foster told CNN Tuesday. She answered "I have no comment" when asked about media reports that her lawyer filed an emergency injunction to remove her two sons from Usher's care on Tuesday.

Usher and Tameka were lucky. Their son was saved by a quick thinking contractor. But an inexpensive pool drain cover could have prevented the near-tragedy from happening.

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Usher's son nearly drowns

Bad luck seems to follow Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster-Raymond, everywhere.

One year after her son, Kile Glover, died in a boating accident on Lake Lanier, another son, Usher Raymond V, is in a hospital ICU after nearly drowning in a pool at Usher's Alpharetta home, TMZ reports.

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Christy Sims

Decades ago, the weapon of choice for vindictive high school girls was common household drain cleaner containing weapons grade sulfuric acid.

The mean girls would sneak the liquid into school and fling it in the face of their enemies, then stand by and watch the girl's face melt off. Some states wised up and required a plumber's or contractor's ID to buy drain cleaners containing almost 100 percent sulfuric acid. Georgia is not one of those states.

A Henry County woman recently woke up after 2 months in a drug-induced coma. Christy Sims, 43, told Channel 2 Action News that her ex-boyfriend intentionally threw drain cleaner into her face because she was about to break up with him. The divorced mother of 2 is encouraged that Henry County police recently opened an investigation in her case.

Despite multiple surgeries, Sims' face is horribly disfigured and her upper torso and arms were also burned by the caustic liquid.

"My entire face has been destroyed. My body is destroyed. I'm burned over 20 percent of my body," Sims told Channel 2's Tom Regan.

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A New York man was arrested and charged with threatening the lives of 2 national TV personalities. Authorities arrested David Lee Simpson, 48, of Bath, N.Y., and transported him to Phoenix where he was booked into jail Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Simpson was reportedly upset with HLN hosts Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell over their news coverage of the Jodi Arias murder trial.

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Elle Duncan

Former V-103 jock Elle Duncan was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police say that Duncan, an 11 Alive traffic reporter, threw back one too many drinks after leaving a Hawks playoff game. Apparently, Duncan didn't learn anything from former anchor woman Amanda Davis, who is awaiting trial on a November 2012 DUI charge. Davis, 56, was forced to retire after 26 years at Fox 5.

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Amanda Davis Announces Her Retirement As expected, disgraced local news anchor Amanda Davis announced her retirement from Fox 5 after more than 26 years at the station.

According to Rodney Ho of the AJC, Davis, 56, made the announcement in a special statement that aired on Fox 5 during the 10 p.m. newscast on Thursday.

Davis had not been on the air since November 11 when she was involved in a wrong-way car crash.

According to Ho, the station aired tributes to Davis from retired Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson, former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andy Young and V-103 morning host Ryan Cameron.

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Amanda Davis Arrest Despite a petition calling for her termination, Fox 5 plans to put news anchor Amanda Davis back on the air at 10 p.m. Thursday to give a "special statement" about her most recent DUI arrest.

According to Rodney Ho of the AJC, Davis, 56, has not been on the air since November 11 when she was involved in a wrong-way crash.

Davis has declined all interview requests since November, according to Ho. There is speculation that she may be announcing her retirement from Fox 5.

The former beat reporter has been with WAGA-TV since 1986 when it was a CBS affiliate.

Davis was driving northbound in the southbound lane of Piedmont Avenue around 12:20 a.m. November 11, when she crashed head on into a southbound vehicle.

The other driver was taken to Grady hospital with minor injuries. Both vehicles sustained front end damage. Davis was charged with DUI, failure to maintain her lane and reckless driving. It was Davis' 2nd DUI arrest.

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  • toddler mauled by family pet

    A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog inside his home in south Fulton County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    The toddler was attacked around 1 p.m. inside his Sierra Trail townhome. The boy's mother was using the restroom when the attack occurred. “She advised it happened fast,” Fulton County Police Detective Melissa Parker told the AJC. “It was an obvious death once the mother came out of the restroom.”

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    Reese Witherspoon Arrested for DUI in Atlanta

    Actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband James Toth were arrested and Toth was charged with DUI during a traffic stop in Atlanta early Friday morning.

    The petite 37-year-old star is seen hanging her head in shame in her mugshot which has been transmitted around the world. The mother-of 3 dyed her blond locks brunette for her role in her new movie "The Good Lie," which is being shot in Atlanta.

    Toth was driving a leased Ford Fusion with Witherspoon in the passenger seat when a Georgia State trooper pulled them over.

    As the trooper administered a breathalyzer test on Toth, Witherspoon kept getting out of the car.

    "Do you know my name?" Witherspoon asked the trooper, according to the report. "You are going to be on national news."

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    Gucci Mane Denied Bond

    Troubled rap artist Gucci Mane was granted a $75,000 bond by a Fulton County judge after spending 2 weeks in jail for assaulting a military veteran, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    The rapper, real name Radric Davis, 33, was arrested late last month and charged with aggravated assault. The unidentified soldier told authorities that Davis hit him over the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta nightclub after he requested a photo with the rap star. Davis is still being held in the Fulton County jail on unrelated DeKalb County charges.

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    Beverly Hall

    The arrest (and eventual conviction) of 35 educators continues a shameful legacy in the Atlanta Public School System cheating scandal.

    The Atlanta Journal-Consitution reports that 35 teachers, testing coordinators and school administrators were given until midnight Tuesday to turn themselves in after being indicted in one of the biggest school cheating scandals in modern history. Only four of the 35 educators had not turned themselves in by the deadline.

    The biggest fish -- former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall -- turned herself in at the Fulton County jail just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. She was surrounded by her counsel who whisked her past the mob of shouting reporters. Hall, 66, wore her Sunday finest, adorned with pearl necklace and matching earrings. She was fingerprinted and sat for a classy mugshot before posting a $200,000 bond. Her bond was originally set at $7.5 million. “I don’t think there was really any serious entertainment of that,” her attorney, David J. Bailey, told the AJC.

    After the break is a roll call of some of the former educators who took the walk of shame into the Fulton County jail yesterday.

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    Chamique Holdsclaw indicted

    On Wednesday a Fulton County grand jury indicted former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw on 6 charges including aggravated assault for the November attack on her ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lacy. Holdsclaw faces 65 years in prison if she is found guilty on all the charges.

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    car with 3 bodies towed from Flat Shoals exit ramp

    Two of the three people found dead in a car alongside the highway in South Fulton County have been identified as a man and a woman from Montgomery, Alabama.

    A Union City patrol officer doing routine patrol found the car parked near the I-85 northbound Flat Shoals exit ramp just south of Atlanta Hartsfield airport, according to Gloria Hodgson, a spokeswoman for the Union City Police Department.

    The officer saw the bodies of 2 deceased males in the back seat of the car. He later looked in the trunk and found the body of a female.

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    Nicole Derick Jones and Andruw Jones

    Former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones was arrested in Atlanta early Christmas morning and charged with domestic battery, according to jail records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    The AJC reports that police responded to a domestic dispute call at the home of Jones and his wife, Nicole Derick-Jones, in Duluth, a suburb north of Atlanta.

    Jones, 35, was booked into the jail around 3:45 a.m. and released on $2,400 bond by 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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    Straightfromthea.com reports that Judge Bensonetta Tipton-Lane, who presided over the contentious Raymond vs Raymond child custody case, has stepped down.

    In a controversial ruling in September, Judge Tipton-Lane awarded Usher Raymond full custody of his two boys, ages 4 and 5. Prior to the judge's ruling, Raymond shared custody of the boys with his ex-wife, Tameka Foster-Raymond.

    Following the ruling, Foster-Raymond’s attorney, Lisa West, filed a Motion for Recusal, accusing Tipton-Lane of bias in light of Judge Lane’s close ties with Usher Raymond’s attorney, John Mayoue, who contributed to Judge Lane’s reelection campaign.

    Sandrarose.com was the first blog to bring you the news of Judge Lane's ties to Usher's attorney.

    After the break, watch a CBS News investigative report into the FBI probe of the Raymond vs Raymond decision, courrtesy of Hiphopenquirer.com.

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    Frank Ski big announcement V-103 morning show co-host Frank Ski announced his decision to end his long-running term as co-host of the V-103 morning show Thursday.

    "I am not leaving Atlanta. This is my home," said Ski after telling radio listeners he would be back on the air.

    "This is not a goodbye, but instead, a to be continued very soon," Ski said before airing one last Inspirational vitamin.

    UPDATE: Ski's co-host, Wanda Smith, broke down and cried after announcing her decision to leave the Frank & Wanda Morning Show. Through her tears, Wanda thanked her supportive husband and reminisced about the day 14 years ago when V-103's former PG, Tony Brown, plucked her from obscurity to join Frank Ski in the mornings.

    Sources tell Sandrarose.com V-103 afternoon host Ryan Cameron will move to the morning show. His slot will be filled by former 106 & Park host Big Tigger.

    LISTEN to Frank Ski's big announcement

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    Sasha Ray and Tyasia Jackson

    13-year-old Tyasia Jackson will be tried as an adult in the stabbing death of her 2-year-old half sister. The teen made her first court appearance on Tuesday.

    Sasha Ray was found in the back yard of her family's condo by her parents who left her and her siblings in Tyasia's care on Monday.

    The toddler's father, Shelton Ray, told Channel 2 Action News that his stepdaughter confessed to stabbing his youngest daughter in a phone call from jail around 11 p.m. Monday.

    According to a report in London's Daily Mail, Tyasia was caught with a boy inside the house while her parents were running errands.

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    13-year-old charged with killing stepsister

    The DeKalb teenager who stabbed her 2-year-old stepsister 7 times will be tried as an adult, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

    DeKalb police have charged the 13-year-old girl with the murder of her 2-year-old half sister, Sasha Ray.

    “The girl had multiple stab wounds,” said DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parrish, who told reporters the teen would be charged as an adult. “The 13-year-old was angry about something,” Parrish said.

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    Chamblee carjack suspect

    Chamblee police are asking the public's help to identify a man who carjacked a woman on November 9. The man robbed the woman at gunpoint near the mail center inside the Chatsworth Apartment complex in Chamblee, a small town just north of Atlanta.

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the man stole the woman's ATM card and attempted to use the card 15 times at the same ATM machine.

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