Judge hears new trial motion in Peppers Market shooting

Video evidence and a trial attorney’s effectiveness were at the center of testimony Tuesday in a motion for a new trial for a man convicted last year of murder.

Joseph Scott Williams, 33, of Gainesville, was convicted of shooting and killing Adrian Thompson June 3, 2013, outside Peppers Market on E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville.

Williams and his new attorney R. Allen Hunt filed motions to have a new trial based on the alleged ineffectiveness of attorney Travis Williams at trial.

“Trial Attorney Travis Williams’ effectiveness as a criminal defense attorney was so impaired as a result of the consumption of alcohol or other substances, both before and during trial, that he was ineffective as a criminal defense attorney and (Joseph Williams) did not receive a fair trial,” according to the motions.

Travis Williams, who Hunt said was served a subpoena for Tuesday’s proceedings, denied the allegations earlier this month when speaking to The Times.

“Anybody that would make that unfounded and false accusation against somebody lacks professionalism,” Travis Williams said.

Travis Williams was not present in Superior Court Judge Jason Deal’s courtroom Tuesday.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris, who served as Travis Williams’ boss for roughly seven years, testified Tuesday that Travis Williams left sometime in July. Morris characterized Travis Williams’ work with the office as a “very successful fashion for a longer period than most” of his attorneys.

“In my estimation, Travis Williams worked harder than anyone in this courtroom,” Morris said.
Assistant Public Defender Rose Priddy, having worked with Travis Williams during the initial trial, took the stand following Morris.

Priddy said she never detected the smell of alcohol and added that if anyone in the courtroom had a suspicion, it would have been addressed immediately.

Joseph Williams’ mother Mary Williams said she and others saw a video in the public defender’s office that never appeared in the courtroom.

Mary Williams and another witness said the video had a closer view of the action outside the grocery store and showed Thompson reaching for something in his car, which Mary Williams said she believed to be a gun.

Assistant District Attorney Shiv Sachdeva focused on one question in his cross-examination of Mary Williams: Did she see Thompson with a gun in his hand? Mary Williams said she did not see a gun.

Hunt attempted to call another witness who was being transported by the Georgia Department of Corrections, but the witness did not arrive on time. The case was put on hold and did not finish Tuesday, according to Deal’s office.

A representative from Deal’s office said the hearing has not been scheduled as of Tuesday afternoon.

Judge hears new trial motion in Peppers Market shooting

Chicopee kindergarten teacher named teacher of the year for Hall County

A kindergarten teacher at Chicopee Woods Elementary School is the top educator this year in Hall County Schools.

Teacher Cyndy Crites was selected Monday as the Teacher of the Year for the 2017 school year. Superintendent Will Schofield and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Eloise Barron surprised Crites in her classroom to make the announcement in front of her students.

“Honestly, I was in disbelief, and as the tears flowed, I quickly had to explain to my confused kindergarteners that they were happy tears,” she said. “They immediately jumped up out of their seats and gathered around me to give hugs. In the midst of all the hugging, one pushed to the front of the group to tell me she was so proud of me and another of my students grabbed a tissue and handed it to me. Unconditional love — it’s what they give. It’s what I hope they get from me every day.”

Crites has been an educator for 18 years. Prior to coming to Chicopee Woods three years ago, she had taught in North Carolina and Augusta.

Chicopee Woods Principal Lindsey Chatham called Crites a “passionate educator.”

“She puts 100 percent of herself into her students and her craft,” Chatham said. “Her journey is amazing and I am honored to work with her. Cyndy is deserving of this tremendous honor. I am so proud of her and her accomplishment.”

Crites will compete with other system winners from across the state for the honor of being selected Georgia Teacher of the Year for 2017.

Chicopee kindergarten teacher named teacher of the year for Hall County

El príncipe Guillermo y Cameron asisten al amistoso ente Inglaterra y Francia

El príncipe Guillermo de Inglaterra, el primer ministro británico, David Cameron, y el alcalde de Londres, Boris Johnson, asisten en el estadio de Wembley al partido internacional amistoso entre la selección inglesa y Francia.

El príncipe Guillermo y Cameron asisten al amistoso ente Inglaterra y Francia

Industries of the year honor their team’s work

Whether the industry is big or small, many company leaders feel there’s one common denominator that makes a business successful: having good people.

Sponsored by Lanier Technical College, the Greater Hall Chamber’s 2015 Industry of the Year Awards Tuesday at Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville honored industry leaders based on economic impact, workforce excellence and corporate responsibility.

Winners announced during the seventh annual event included those in the categories of small (0-50 employees), medium (51-200 employees) and large (more than 200 employees) industries.

Poly Enterprises, which makes molded vinyl and mats for various types of businesses, was honored with the small industry of the year award.

“We’re tickled to even be in the conversation about this, much less win for our category,” said Greg Ours, president and owner of Poly Enterprises. “It’s a great recognition for our people, who are really the ones who deserve a pat on the back. Without a doubt, our people are the No. 1 reason for our success.”

Benjamin Sippl, vice president and CFO of Mugele of America, expressed similar sentiments over his company’s industry of the year award in the medium industry category. Mugele of America is a third-party logistics provider.

“It’s incredible, especially with us being a foreign company. Being accepted by the community like this is an honor,” Sippl said, adding that, “it’s all about your people. You cannot succeed without having the right people and treating them right. Without them, we wouldn’t be here today.”

Michael Otterbach, vice president of regional manufacturing with Marel Stork Poultry Processing Inc., attributed the company’s success to “having a strong team, being flexible in the market and developing the right product for our customers’ needs.”

Added Otterbach: “But, the team is essential. If you don’t have a great team to execute the strategy, then you’ll fail.”

According to a news release from the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 49 new and expanded businesses have announced 2,500 new jobs and $450 million in capital investment for the Gainesville and Hall County area.

Keynote speaker Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of economic development programs for the Technical College System of Georgia, discussed Georgia’s Quick Start program — a workforce development initiative that provides training to new and existing businesses.

Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan applauded those recognized at Tuesday’s event.

“The impact you have on our city, Gainesville, and Hall County is huge … as well as the quality of living you add to our community, we appreciate it very much,” Dunagan said.

Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Mecum echoed Dunagan’s remarks.

“Congratulations to all the winners today. We’re proud you’ve made Hall County and Gainesville your home,” Mecum said.

Others recognized during Tuesday’s industry of the year awards included companies that made an impact in several categories, including:

• Wrigley Manufacturing, Corporate Responsibility Award

• Sapa Extrusions NA – Gainesville Facility, Safety Recognition Award

• ZF – TRW Automotive, Environmental Steward Award

• Performance Foodservice, Workforce Excellence Award

• IMS Gear Georgia Inc., Workforce Development Award

Industries of the year honor their team’s work

La liga volverá este fin de semana a Francia pero sin aficionados visitantes

Los partidos de primera y segunda división francesas se disputarán este fin de semana, aunque sin los aficionados de los equipos visitantes, indicaron este martes los departamentos de Deportes e Interior.

La liga volverá este fin de semana a Francia pero sin aficionados visitantes

Volverán a verse Cavani y Jara

Uruguay y Chile volverán a verse las caras hoy después del encontronazo entre Edinson Cavani y Gonzalo Jara en la Copa América, que supuso una sanción para el defensor de Mainz de Alemania que lo dejó afuera de la semi y la final, mientras que al delantero del Paris Saint Germain le impidió jugar con la Celeste las dos primeras fechas de las Eliminatorias mundialistas.

Volverán a verse Cavani y Jara

La Fiscalía investiga supuestas presiones arbitrales para perjudicar al Barça

La Fiscalía Anticorrupción ha abierto diligencias para investigar las supuestas presiones arbitrales para perjudicar al FC Barcelona de cara al clásico del próximo sábado ante el Real Madrid, que denunció un juez de línea de primera división que permanece en el anonimato.

La Fiscalía investiga supuestas presiones arbitrales para perjudicar al Barça