State investigating community service performed on private lot - New York News

State investigating community service performed on private lot

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

The state confirms it is investigating a prominent Atlanta business group over its use of state community service workers to clean a private property in Midtown.

The action follows a FOX 5 report and pictures of court-ordered community service workers cleaning and clearing a lot at 17th Street.

Midtown Alliance's Wayne Mock confirmed that he approved the use of the community service state labor. He cited the fact that the city's code enforcement office cited the vacant office building.

"The city comes in and posts the property as unoccupied and dangerous and any person entering the property…and anybody that comes in can be arrested. It gives us the right to use community service workers on private property, which the city deemed a severe public safety issue," Mock told FOX 5 on Tuesday.

However, Sandra Thomas, a probation supervisor at the Georgia Department of Corrections, said that state probationers should not be used for private property. She questioned how the Midtown Alliance would have gotten approval to go outside normal protocol.

"They have to provide the information, and if that information has not been modified, and that judge has not signed off on that, then there would be a fine, and we would suspend them from the community program," Thomas said.

An official at Atlanta City Hall told FOX 5's Morse Diggs that they have no idea of the so-called extraordinary circumstances on 17th Street cited by Mock.  They said if there was something extraordinary there, they'd use the Public Works Department from the city and not state labor.

The Midtown Alliance did not return FOX 5's request for comment on Wednesday.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Times Square, 1 WTC go gold for childhood cancer awareness

    Times Square, 1 WTC go gold for childhood cancer awareness

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:20:23 GMT
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
  • Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:00:24 GMT
    An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi say the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a...
    An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi say the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.
  • Deadly crash in Lincoln Tunnel

    Deadly crash in Lincoln Tunnel

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-09-03 00:15:54 GMT

    Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel.  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.


    Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel.  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.



Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices