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    Georgia State got to dance, but not for very long. The 14th-seeded Panthers were routed by Houston 84-66 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Corey Davis scored 26 points to help the third-seeded Cougars advance in the Midwest Region. Georgia State, which received an automatic bid as the Sun Belt Conference Tournament champion, finished the season with a 24-10 record. D'Marcus Simonds scored 18 points for the Panthers. GSU coach Ron Hunter has had success in the tournament before — he led the Panthers to an upset of Baylor in 2015. But this time, his team was overmatched. Simonds, the team's top scorer, returns next season, but the next three scorers — Devin Mitchell, Jeff Thomas and Malik Benlevi — are seniors. After reaching the national final in 1984, Houston went more than three decades without winning an NCAA Tournament game. Now, the Cougars have tourney wins in back-to-back seasons and are starting to resemble the program that has five Final Four appearances and produced stars including Elvin Hayes, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. Fabian White had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Breaon Brady added 13 for Houston (32-3). Houston rolled out to a 15-3 lead in the first five minutes, and the rout was on. The Cougars shot 52 percent to lead 40-31 at halftime, and then opened the second half on a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach.
  • A Gwinnett County fast-food employee is facing criminal charges because police say he lost his temper with a customer. The customer, who asked that we not use her name, told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson that she was sitting in her car in the drive-thru and had questions about her order after she paid for it. The situation unfolded at the Wendy’s on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road Thursday afternoon. Apparently one of the store managers had little patience for her and she said the worker threw a big cup full of ice right at her head. The customer said she had questions about how much her order cost. “I said, ‘Hi. Can you please explain to me what I ordered?' And he said, ‘Oh, if you’d been paying attention there you would have got your order right,’” the customer told Johnson. TRENDING STORIES: Multiple arrests made in burglary at high-end Buckhead jewelry store, sources say Bo Dukes sentenced to 25 years for covering up Tara Grinstead's murder Country singer killed in accidental shooting with video prop gun That's when she said the worker, Roman Caple, threw her credit card to the ground. That’s when she asked for a refund. “As I picked my card up, I said, ‘You're in the wrong business, this is not the way you treat people.'' Within seconds she said Caple filled up a cup with ice and threw it at her while she sat in her car. “He loaded up a cup of ice, big chunks of ice, and he smashed me in the face with the ice,” the customer said. “I was like, ‘Did someone just physically hit me when I’m trying to get an order and ask for a refund?’” Suwanee police arrested Caple and charged him with simple battery, as well as drug possession, after they say they found a pipe with marijuana in his car. “He’s probably under the influence, not in the right state of mind,” the customer said. Johnson went inside the restaurant Friday and an employee told him Caple now works at a different location. The customer told Johnson he shouldn't be working in customer service at all. “What I want Wendy’s to do is take accountability for this incident. It’s nothing you can just overlook,” the customer said. Johnson contacted the corporate office at Wendy’s Friday night for comments on this story, but so far has not heard back from them. The employee bonded out of jail Thursday night.
  • It's not something you want to hear about in your neighborhood -- thieves stealing mail. People who live in one neighborhood in southeast Atlanta say crooks have been going through mailboxes. Neighbors have been finding dumped mail and packages around the area -- some open, some not. Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus spoke with one woman who found some of the mail. Mail and packages swiped, opened and littered in Atlanta’s #Kirkwood neighborhood. Neighbors say it’s happening on at least 5 streets. pic.twitter.com/vbmt0P8QhO — Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) March 22, 2019 'It's really frustrating, obviously, just to be violated and it's not even my mail. But still, that shouldn't be happening. People should not be taking others' mail,' the woman said.  How neighbors say this isn't the first time they've dealt with the issue, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. TRENDING STORIES: Multiple arrests made in burglary at high-end Buckhead jewelry store, sources say Bo Dukes sentenced to 25 years for covering up Tara Grinstead's murder Country singer killed in accidental shooting with video prop gun
  • Authorities are investigating after a registered sex offender was found inside a metro Atlanta elementary school. According to the Pickens County School District, the man walked into Tate Elementary School just after 9 a.m. After being inside for about five minutes, he was confronted by school officials. When they ran his ID, they realized he was on the sex offender registry. The district said the man had “no direct interactions with students.” TRENDING STORIES: Multiple arrests made in burglary at high-end Buckhead jewelry store Former 'Love & Hip-Hop' star arrested again in Cobb County Police: Man arrested after burning large pile of marijuana in backyard The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for the man’s arrest and the case is ongoing. Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kris Stancil told Channel 2 Action News that the man is being held on charges of violating sex offender requirements. The school released the following statement: “We want to assure all parents and our community that we take these situations seriously. We must all work together as a community of students, parents and school personnel to keep our campuses safe. Our number one goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for all students and staff, and we will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts.”
  • The mother of a teen who recently overdosed after vaping THC wax is speaking out, hoping other kids and parents become aware of the danger. THC is the active ingredient in cannabis. Lacey Turner, of Butts County, wants to spare other parents the anguish that she and her son Bailey went through. Turner told Channel 2’s Tom Regan her son could barely keep his eyes open and his blood pressure was dangerously low at the time of the incident. “When I pulled up to the school, they were loading Bailey on the ambulance,' Turner said. Turner walked Regan through the harrowing day in January when paramedics rushed her 16-year-old son to the hospital. She said he collapsed after taking a single hit of THC vaping wax, provided by a friend, in the high school cafeteria. 'He continued to vomit in the bathroom and passed out until someone came in and found him,” Turner said. TRENDING STORIES: Multiple arrests made in burglary at high-end Buckhead jewelry store, sources say Bo Dukes sentenced to 25 years for covering up Tara Grinstead's murder Country singer killed in accidental shooting with video prop gun After arriving at the hospital emergency room, the teen was still unconscious and had an extremely fast heartbeat and low blood pressure. 'Cognitively, he was completely disassociated. You pretty much had to slap him and get him to open his eyes,' Turner said. Turner, a nurse, first thought her son had overdosed on opioids, and so did the emergency room doctors. They administered an overdose reversing drug. “They gave him a shot of Narcan -- absolutely no change,' Turner said. Urine and blood tests told another story. “He was negative for anything in his system, except THC,' Turner said. Schools in metro Atlanta have reported students falling ill after vaping THC or synthetic THC. Turner believes the high potency is the problem. “This form of marijuana can be 85 to 90 percent concentrated with THC,” Turner said. The mother is thankful her son has fully recovered, but thoughts of what could have  happened still haunt her. “My son could have passed out there in the bathroom, hit his head on the toilet on the way down and died of blunt force trauma,” Turner said. Turner said that  when she posted her son's story on Facebook, she got responses from kids and parents across the country who had had the same experience.
  • The man at the center of a SWAT standoff in Smyrna last month had previously been cleared of two similar incidents involving the same alleged victim, he told AJC.com just hours after bonding out of jail Wednesday. Munajj Haani Siddeeq, 23, was charged with false imprisonment after a four-hour SWAT situation ended peacefully Feb. 28, AJC.com reported. RELATED: 2 men surrender, 2 kids safe after hours-long SWAT situation in Cobb The incident began when his wife called 911 about a domestic dispute at a townhome in the 1000 block of Huntington Trace Drive, Smyrna police said. She allegedly told police she was Siddeeq’s estranged wife, there were two men with outstanding warrants in the home along with two young children, and she wasn’t allowed to leave. However, Siddeeq and his attorney, Isaiah Gregory, said she was never held against her will and had made false claims against him two times before in Indiana — both of which were dismissed in court. “She definitely has a history of doing this,” Gregory said. In April 2016, Siddeeq was arrested by Indianapolis Metropolitan police and charged with five felonies and five misdemeanors, according to Marion County (Ind.) court records. Those charges included several variants of domestic battery in the presence of children as well as strangulation. Two months later, all 10 charges were dismissed by prosecutors, and Gregory and Siddeeq said that was because his wife’s testimony was unusable because it kept changing. AJC.com is not naming the woman because she does not face criminal charges. An attempt to reach her was unsuccessful. “She gave a statement in the beginning, and they do what they call two depositions,” Siddeeq said. “You have to come in the first time and give a statement, and you come in later and the statements have to match. If they don’t, it basically gets thrown out.” In December 2017, Siddeeq was arrested again by Indianapolis police on three similar charges, including criminal confinement, domestic battery in the presence of a child under 16 and interference with the reporting of a crime, court records show.  Those charges were dismissed the next month, and Siddeeq said that was because she had driven to Georgia and didn’t return for her second testimony. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Friday that the charges were dropped for “evidentiary reasons.” “She took my money and car, and she told prosecutors she was out of state and didn’t care about coming back ... the motive for her is the money and the car,” Siddeeq said. “She just constantly be lying to the police, and there’s no consequences for her.” When asked about the Indiana investigations, Smyrna police spokesman Louis Defense said his department is “aware of the other cases involving Mr. Siddeeq and (his wife).” In Cobb County, Siddeeq said he, his wife, his kids and the two other men were at the Airbnb. He said he came to Georgia to be with her after she said she “just wanted two parents in the household for my kids,” he said.  He said he was in the shower when his wife looked into his Snapchat, seeing messages with an ex-girlfriend. “I’m taking a shower, and I’m about to leave, and she got into my Snapchat and sees some stuff and just started hollering,” he said. “She threw something at me in the shower ... and broke a mirror.” Smyrna police knocked on the door while he was in the shower, he said. He said she initially denied calling police, but after speaking with police dispatch, he found out two men with warrants were accused of holding a woman and two kids hostage inside the home and that they had access to firearms. “(The witness) said that the police officers were saying to him that they got a call about two men in the home with warrants. Neither of them had warrants,” Gregory said. “If she called 911 to say that these two guys have warrants and she can’t leave the house ... that’s very troublesome.” Siddeeq said he took videos on his cellphone while in the home of the argument escalating. “I have videos on my phone of her saying that if I didn’t give her the car keys, that she would call the police on me,” he said. He said she told him she would go outside and talk to them, and she left the home. He said the other two men left shortly after, but Siddeeq and his 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son didn’t leave. Cobb police were called in after the situation lasted more than two hours. “I asked negotiators, ‘Do you have a warrant for my arrest?’ They said no,” Siddeeq said. “I asked, ‘By law, do I have to open up the door?’ They said no, but if you did, that would save everyone a lot of time. I said, ‘Why would I open up the door with everyone pointing guns at me?’” He ended up surrendering after negotiators told him he would be charged with obstruction of justice if he didn’t bring the children outside soon, he said. He said police took his cellphone, debit card and driver’s license when he was arrested, and he claimed his wife is now in possession of those items. “How did she get my phone and my debit card when (police) took it off my person? Usually, your property comes to jail with you,” Siddeeq said. “That’s really obstruction of justice right here. Now I don’t have the evidence that I could.” Smyrna’s Defense said the investigation is ongoing and he can’t “release or discuss (any more information) at this time, since the case is still active and Mr. Siddeeq is represented by counsel.” Siddeeq has not been indicted. He said his wife was able to take $4,000 out of his bank account and took his car after the Smyrna incident. Siddeeq and Gregory said they believe the two kids are with her. He was released on a $16,720 bond on the conditions that he wears an ankle monitor and doesn’t have contact with any of the witnesses involved in this case, including his wife and the two men who were in the home during the SWAT situation, Cobb County court records show. Gregory said Siddeeq plans to file a civil suit against his wife once the criminal case is over. In other news:
  • Are you sniffling, sneezing and having itchy eyes? You’re not alone. A breeze, fewer cool nights and warm, sunny afternoons are the ingredients for what the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic’s Dr. Kathleen Sheerin calls a 'pollen bomb.' Friday saw the fifth day in a row of high pollen counts so far this month, and it’s only going to get worse, Allergy experts told Severe Weather Team 2’s Katie Walls . “I have a feeling that everything is going to pop at the same time,” said Sheerin. The Atlanta metro is starting to see the evidence on our cars and in the street. Allergy experts said what we’re seeing is pine pollen, an indicator of what the smaller, more impactful pollen particles are up to. TRENDING STORIES: Multiple arrests made in burglary at high-end Buckhead jewelry store, sources say Bo Dukes sentenced to 25 years for covering up Tara Grinstead's murder Country singer killed in accidental shooting with video prop gun “People who are allergic start having problems even in the moderate range, and we’ve been in the high range for the last couple of days,” Sheerin told Walls. Prolonged periods of rain lower the counts temporarily, but Sheerin said thunderstorms don’t necessarily help. That’s because they don’t always produce enough rain to wash the pollen away, and gusty winds spread the yellow nuisance. If you’re suffering, Sheerin recommends over-the-counter medication. “If you’re allergic and staying inside isn’t an option, there are lots of OTC medicines that you can try, and those include eyedrops, nose sprays and antihistamines.” Sheerin also recommends staying away from decongestant nasal sprays, which can become addictive. Take off your pollen-covered clothes after being outdoors and remember to brush your outdoor animals frequently when they come inside. If you’re still having symptoms, then it’s time to see a board-certified allergist. “If you can’t go outside and enjoy it, then you need to see an allergist,” Sheerin said.
  • Police have charged five people — including a mother and son — in the case of a home invasion and jewelry store burglary in which thieves made off with as much as $10 million. Two masked gunmen tied up the manager of a popular Buckhead jewelry store and his wife inside their Cobb County home last month while accomplices drove to Atlanta and spent two hours helping themselves to merchandise at Icebox Diamonds & Watches, police said. Police announced at a news conference Friday that the arrests were made earlier in the day at two Atlanta locations. Four people — Jose Hernandez Pearson, 38, Tameka Lashon Croskey, 44, Gregory Andrews, 34, and Meisha Sims, 31 — were arrested, while a fifth person, 29-year-old Crysell Croskey, was already in custody at the Fulton County jail on unrelated charges. Tameka Croskey and Crysell Croskey are mother and son, police said. RELATED: Up to $10M stolen in Buckhead jewelry heist Investigators said the four suspects apprehended Friday were “still at home in bed.” Authorities from both Cobb and Atlanta laid out some of the evidence collected in the arrests, including diamond rings, necklaces, bracelets and Rolex watches. They also spread out about $27,000 in cash, a fraction of what they said was collected from the suspects’ homes.  Some of the jewelry still had hefty price tags attached, and many of the rings and bracelets had the Icebox logo stamped on the inside. The Atlanta jewelry store is known for its celebrity clientele.  The five people believed to be involved are facing numerous felonies, including burglary, theft, narcotics and weapons charges, police said. Additional racketeering charges are expected in Cobb, acting District Attorney John Melvin said, promising to bring “the maximum amount of pain” to the suspects involved in what he called a racketeering enterprise. “We have multiple criminal acts in two different counties spanning multiple victims,” Melvin said. “These people will not see the light of day again.” Authorities remained tight-lipped about their investigation, however, declining to answer questions about what led to the arrests or whether any of the merchandise had been pawned. They also refused to say whether they believe additional people may have been involved in the scheme. Investigators said well over 100 pieces of jewelry were stolen from the store and that they were surprised to find the suspects were still in town more than a month after the alleged heist. The store’s manager and his wife told investigators they were ambushed Feb. 17 after returning home from dinner at nearby South City Kitchen and bound with duct tape and zip ties as the masked men took the keys and codes to the store. The men threatened to kill them if they didn’t do what they were told, according to police reports. The couple was separated and one of the men stayed inside the home while a second drove their Toyota Rav4 to the store on Peachtree Road about 11:30 p.m., where another robber was waiting, records show. Two of the store’s seven safes were cleared out and an undetermined amount of jewelry and watches were stolen, according to police reports.  Two men captured on the store’s surveillance footage appeared to be speaking on FaceTime as they entered codes to open the two safes, according to the report. They didn’t leave the store until about 1:30 a.m. “There was no damaged property at the store itself, so they obviously knew exactly what they wanted to do and were able to execute it,” Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said previously. Atlanta police Maj. Barry Shaw, commander of the department’s Buckhead precinct, called the arrests “a big deal” for the community.  “It’s pretty well known that Buckhead has had some crime challenges recently,” he said. “We’ve made a number of significant arrests that have begun to turn the tide, but these today are as big as anything we’ve seen in a while.” Jewelry and cash were also taken from the manager’s Smyrna home during the invasion, police said. He and his wife were not injured. Stuart Van Hoozer, deputy chief of the Cobb County Police Department, said the ordeal must have been “terrifying” for the couple. “Today is an incredible culmination of a very complicated investigation,” Van Hoozer said, “just an outstanding job by everybody in getting these people in jail and stopping what would certainly have been, in my judgment, ongoing violent criminal activity.”  In other news:

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  • The Georgia mother of a teen who recently overdosed after vaping THC wax is speaking out, hoping other kids and parents become aware of the danger. THC is the active ingredient in cannabis. >> Read more trending news Lacey Turner, of Butts County, wants to spare other parents the anguish that she and her son Bailey went through. Turner told WSB-TV her son could barely keep his eyes open and his blood pressure was dangerously low at the time of the incident. “When I pulled up to the school, they were loading Bailey on the ambulance,' Turner said. Turner described the harrowing day in January when paramedics rushed her 16-year-old son to the hospital. She said he collapsed after taking a single hit of THC vaping wax, provided by a friend, in the high school cafeteria. 'He continued to vomit in the bathroom and passed out until someone came in and found him,” Turner said. After arriving at the hospital emergency room, the teen was still unconscious and had an extremely fast heartbeat and low blood pressure. 'Cognitively, he was completely disassociated. You pretty much had to slap him and get him to open his eyes,' Turner said. Turner, a nurse, first thought her son had overdosed on opioids, and so did the emergency room doctors. They administered an overdose reversing drug. “They gave him a shot of Narcan -- absolutely no change,' Turner said. Urine and blood tests told another story. “He was negative for anything in his system, except THC,' Turner said. Schools in metro Atlanta have reported students falling ill after vaping THC or synthetic THC. Turner believes the high potency is the problem. “This form of marijuana can be 85 to 90 percent concentrated with THC,” Turner said. The mother is thankful her son has fully recovered, but thoughts of what could have happened still haunt her. “My son could have passed out there in the bathroom, hit his head on the toilet on the way down and died of blunt force trauma,” Turner said. Turner said that when she posted her son's story on Facebook, she got responses from kids and parents across the country who had had the same experience.
  • A Florida man is facing child sex abuse charges after officials said he paid over $800 on an Uber to bring a teenage girl to Apopka. >> Read more trending news Police said 25-year-old Richard Brown raped the 17-year-old girl in his parents' home over the course of several days. The two met over Instagram after he told the victim that he was a 19-year-old Instagram celebrity and that he would 'take care of her.' The victim told Apopka police that Brown paid for an Uber to drive her from San Antonio, Texas, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In Louisiana, she got into another Uber that dropped her off in Apopka on Sunday. Brown would later show police receipts showing the second part of the trip that amounted to over $800. According to arrest documents, Brown told police he was 'only friends' with the victim and thought that she was of age and 'in need of a place to stay.' One neighbor couldn't believe the accusations. 'You might never know about it and now the cops are here,' said Amanda Trail. 'That's crazy for the parents.' The victim said once she realized Brown wasn't 19 or 'Instagram famous' that she wanted to go home. Brown then allegedly told her, 'no you owe me now for bringing you all the way here.' She later told officials that she escaped on Wednesday when Brown fell asleep and while she was on Snapchat with her mother. Police would locate her near Ustler and Wekiwa Preserve Drive, but said she wasn't able to point out which home belonged to the victim or what his name was on social media.  Brown's attorney took issue with the story, citing 'several inconsistencies.' Brown faces six felony counts of child sex abuse. 
  • A jury has acquitted Michael Rosfeld Friday night in the trial of the white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen fleeing a high-stakes traffic stop outside Pittsburgh. >> WPXI LIVE UPDATES: Michael Rosfeld Trial Rosfeld was charged with homicide for shooting Antwon Rose Jr. during a traffic stop last June. Rose was riding in an unlicensed taxi that had been involved in a drive-by shooting when Rosfeld pulled the car over and shot the 17-year-old in the back, arm and side of the face as he ran away. The panel of seven men and five women — including three black jurors — saw video of the fatal confrontation, which showed Rose falling to the ground after being hit. The acquittal came after fewer than four hours of deliberations on the fourth day of the trial. The Rose family’s attorney, S. Lee Merritt, had urged a murder conviction, saying before closing arguments that it’s “pretty obvious” Rose was not a threat to Rosfeld. Rose’s death — one of many high-profile killings of black men and teens by white police officers in recent years — spurred protests in the Pittsburgh area last year, including a late-night march that shut down a major highway. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A photo taken of a mother and daughter on the flight deck of an Atlanta-bound Delta Boeing 757 has gone viral. >> Read more trending news The duo, Capt. Wendy Rexon and First Officer Kelly Rexon, can be seen smiling ear-to-ear at the helm of the duel-engine Boeing 757, which seats around 170 passengers. The photo was taken by Dr. John R. Watret, the chancellor of Embry-Riddle Worldwide, a world-renowned aeronautical university, who just happened to overhear that there was a mother-daughter flight crew. According to a release from the university, Watret, who was a passenger on the flight, overheard a mother and kids coming from the cockpit talking about the “mother and daughter” flying the passenger airliner. “I thought that was amazing. I was in awe. I asked if I could visit them, too,” he said in the press release.   This was especially meaningful for Watret because of Embry-Riddle’s commitment to creating more opportunities for women in all areas of the aviation industry. “There has to be more diversification in the industry. It’s crucial and one of the key factors we focus on. When there are more opportunities, everyone wins,” Watret said in the release. Delta airlines official twitter account also replied to his tweet: Kelly Rexon’s sister is also a pilot, according to the release from Embry-Riddle.
  • Tulsa firefighters have returned a cat to its owner after it hitched a ride in a car for about 100 miles. Officials said they were called to rescue a cat but quickly learned it wasn't 'your typical cat stuck in a tree call.' They believe the cat jumped into the car's undercarriage in Mustang, Oklahoma, and likely rode along near the engine. The driver said he heard a noise that he thought was his child's video game, but it turned out to be the meowing cat. >> Read more trending news Firefighters made calls to the Mustang area to see if anyone had reported a lost cat and eventually found the family. They drove up to Tulsa on Friday to collect the cat, whose name is Snickers. KOKI-TV was at the fire station Friday for the reunion.
  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a letter on Friday that the city council’s attempt to have her administration investigated for potentially misusing city funds to hire her campaign staff was itself unlawful. Bottoms specifically pointed to a sentence in a resolution that the council approved on Monday that authorized the ethics officer and auditor to hire an outside law firm to assist with an investigation. “A grant of authority to hire legal counsel, such as is contained in the Resolution, violates the City of Atlanta Charter,” Bottoms wrote. “The Charter designates the City Attorney as the chief legal advisor of the city.” The letter represents an escalation of a power struggle over the mayor and city council’s respective roles to help restore public trust amid an ongoing federal probe into corruption at city hall. The resolution requesting the investigation came in response to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article published last weekend. The article found that six Bottoms campaign staff members were issued payments for a pay period in December 2017, before the city had formally offered them jobs. That article reported that political supporters of the mayor were given job titles based on desired salaries, not their job qualifications or responsibilities. And it found that Bottoms’ former campaign manager Marva Lewis was briefly made an Airport Deputy General Manager and received payments out of airport funds, in possible violation of FAA regulations. The council resolution approved on Monday requested that the auditor and ethics office to determine if the manner in which campaign staff were hired violated city code, state law, the state constitution or Federal Aviation Administration regulations. City Auditor Amanda Noble confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday that she and the ethics office had initiated an investigation. Noble declined to address the contents of Bottoms’ letter. Council President Felicia Moore said resolution was not a binding order, but an expression of the council’s will to see the matter reviewed by the city’s oversight officers. She said the auditor and ethics officer are independent and have the discretion to investigate matters of their choosing. “The law department may have to assist in their getting outside counsel,” Moore said. “The reality is that neither the ethics officer nor the auditor need the council’s resolution to conduct a review.” Moore said one could read the resolution’s call for the ability to hire outside counsel as an implied request for the city’s law department to cooperate with the investigation. The law department, at least in theory, reports to both the mayor and the council. Bottoms has until early next week to decide if she will sign the proposal or veto it. If she doesn’t act eight days after it was passed, the resolution is automatically adopted. The mayor’s letter, which mentions a possible veto, was itself a veiled threat that she may take such action against a resolution that she claims violates the city’s charter. The letter itself seemed to be a preemptive attempt to call into question an investigation, which she claims grew out of a resolution that violates the city’s charter, would be allowed to move forward. Bottoms said that because of the resolution the auditors and ethics officer’s findings “would be rendered useless due to their unlawful origin.” Moore sees no reason why an investigation shouldn’t move forward. “As far as them doing their review and having the access to all city records, there should be no reason why that would change,” Moore said. “They already have the authority.”