Around the Region: Accusations Against Waffle House CEO, $100K Fine for Trafficking Marijuana and School Resource Officer Struck by Student’s Vehicle
A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.
Waffle House CEO Accused of Forcing Assistant to Perform Sex Acts – Buckhead Patch
The Atlanta Police Department is investigating allegations that Waffle House CEO Joe W. Rogers Jr. of Buckhead repeatedly forced an Acworth woman to perform sex acts on him during her time as Rogers' personal assistant.
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, which first reported the investigation, Mye Brindle worked out of Rogers' Buckhead home as his assistant from 2003 until May 2012. It was at that Chatham Road home that the 43-year-old single mother said most of the alleged acts occurred, according to an incident report that the Atlanta Police Department emailed to Acworth Patch.
“As a condition of Brindle’s employment, and against Brindle’s will, Rogers willfully, repeatedly and with specific intent to harm and oppress Brindle, required Brindle to perform sexual services,” Atlanta police wrote in the incident report.
Woman Fined $100k, Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Transporting Drugs – Douglasville Patch
A 38-year-old Snellville woman caught transporting approximately 20 pounds of marijuana along I-20 last February was sentenced to 20 years and fined $100,000 dollars following her conviction last week, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade.
Chief Superior Court Judge Robert J. James imposed Frankie Leshawn Benton’s 20-year sentence after the defendant was found guilty of trafficking in marijuana in a bench trial. Benton is required to serve the first seven years of her 20-year sentence in prison.
High School Student Charged in Hit-and-Run of Police Officer – Norcross Patch
A Meadowcreek High student has been charged in the incident involving a school resource officer being hit by a vehicle near the school on Nov. 8.
The incident started when the officer was in a foot chase with different student from the school. Pursuing the student across the street, the officer was struck by a different student with his vehicle, and that vehicle fled the scene, according to police.
According to Gwinnett County Police, Jarvis Ruff, 17, is being charged with hit and run, driving without a license, improper lane change, speeding, reckless driving and failure to report striking a fixed object. Further charges are under investigation.