The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on April 27, 1978 · 49
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THE ATLATn CONSTTTLTION, Tbur., April 27, 1978 3.C Metro . r News In Brier COBB Pam Voeckler Charges Dropped Charges of practicing, law without a license against Pam Voeckler, Union City author of a do-it-yourself divorce book, have been dropped because the chief witness apparently has left the state, the Cobb County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Miss Voeckler was arrested March 28, 1977, on a warrant taken out on the recommendation of Superior Court Judge Luther Hames. Hames made the recommendation after Frank Tripplicati told him Miss Voeckler had helped him prepare the paperwork for his divorce and advised him how to answer questions. Assistant District Attorney Gary Walker said Wednesday attempts by his department to locate Tripplicati have been unsuccessiful and that he apparently has left the state. Walker said it would be too expensive to try to locate Tripplicati and extradite him to testify in the misdemeanor case. Court rulings have shown that books such as Miss Voeckler's "What You Should Know About No-Fault Divorce in Georgia" are legal. However, to advise persons seeking divorce on how to answer questions and tailor advice to individual cases would constitute the practice of law, according to legal authorities. DOUGLAS 21 Arrested In Drug Raids Douglas County sheriff's deputies and GBI agents have arrested 21 young people in a crackdown on illegal drug sales in the county. Sheriff Earl Lee said those arrested were charged with selling marijuana, hashish and phencyclidine, an animal tranquilizer know as PCP or Angel Dust. Lee said the raids, which began at 1:30 p.m. Monday and ended at 3 a.m. Tuesday, climaxed four months of undercover work by GBI agents and deputies. He said more arrests were expected. Those arrested ranged in age from 17 to 22, and most of them were from Douglas-ville, the sheriff said. DEKALB iiuana Blooms OttRide Courthouse Nestled among the, spring flowers blooming outside the DeKalb County courthouse Wednesday was another kind of plant an illegal one, which sheriff's deputies destroyed after it was pointed out to them. .Six fledgling marijuana plants growing within 20 feet of the courthouse door were pulled up and sent to the state crime lab for positive identification, according to Sgt. Rick Hyman of the sheriff's office. An attorney apparently noticed the plants on her way into the courthouse and alerted a news reporter, who in turn pointed the greenery out to Sheriff Pat Jarvis. ROCKDALE Dawkins To Head Magistrate's Court The Rockdale County Commission has appointed Harrill L. Dawkins, Conyers Recorder's Court judge since August 1977, to be judge of the county's new magistrate's court. Dawkins, 31, has been practicing law in Rockdale since he graduated from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in 1974. He will earn a minimum of $12,000 per year in the new post The magistrate's court, approved by the 1978 General Assembly, is expected to be operation by June 1. Macon County Warden Quits OGLETHORPE - Larry Faust, warden at the Macon County Correctional Institution the past three years, has resigned effective Sunday. He has accepted a position with the Georgia Department of Offender Rehabilitation and will be headquartered in -Macon. State Claims Eviction Cause Of Harty Murder By Frank Wells Constitution Staff Writer ATHENS District Attorney Harry N. Gordon told a Clarke Superior Court jury Wednesday he would prove that an Athens pizza parlor operator hired an Atlanta man to kill bar operator T.K. Harty because Harty was about to evict him from his business. In opening remarks, Gordon said testimony would show that John Henry Moo-ney, 29, hired Elmo L Florence, 46, to do the actual shooting. Harty was slain last Aug. 30 at his home near Athens. Both Mooney and Florence were indicted but Mooney is being tried first Atlanta attorney Joe Salem, who is representing Mooney, countered in his opening statement that "this young man is merely a victim of somebody's scheming mind." Mrs. Virginia Harty, mother of the slain man, testified Wednesday of finding her son's body slumped in a chair at his desk in the study of his home last Aug. 30. Mrs. Harty was one of more than 30 witnesses subpoenaed in the case, which is being heard by a jury of seven men and five women. The state's first witness was Miss Joy Grizzle, who was with Mrs. Harty when her son's body was discovered. She testified that she last saw Harty alive on Monday, Aug. 29 of last year when he brought his car to be repaired at the auto agency where she worked. Miss Grizzle said she and Harty had dinner plans for that night. but he did not show up. She also testified, over defense objections, that Harty had told her about receiving telephone calls from Mooney and that Harty was worried about the calls. She said that she called Harty's mother and asked her to meet her at Harty's home on Geveland Road in Clarke County. The attractive young blonde woman testified she rode to Harty's home by herself, arriving about 7:30 p.m. "I was scared, so I didn't go in," she said, but she said she did notice that the carport door was open. She said about that time Mrs. Harty drove up, accompanied by Jimmy Hancock, who had been having dinner with Mrs. Harty. Mrs. Harty, when she took the stand, testified she was at dinner with Hancock "when Joy called." She said Hancock offered to go with her to her son's home. Mrs. Harty said Hancock was the one who actually discovered the body but that both she and Joy saw the dead man slumped at his desk. In his opening statement District Attorney Gordon told the jury he intended to prove that Mooney conspired with Florence to kill Harty in a dispute over businesses in the area known as "The Station." Harty ran a cocktail lounge and restaurant there known as "T.K. Harty's Saloon" and Mooney ran a pizza establishment known as "Somebody's Pizza." Gordon said Harty had obtained a lease on all of the property at The Station and had served eviction notice on Mooney to remove his pizza establishment from the complex. The district attorney said police learned of Florence's involvement when the operator of another restaurant in Athens advised them that Florence had told him he killed Harty and that Mooney hired him to do it. ' According to the district attorney, Florence claimed Mooney paid him $5,000 to $10,000 to commit the crime. Mooney was arrested last Oct 10 m Smyrna. Salem, acting as spokesman for the defense team, said, "We will show reasonable doubt in all these matters." 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