Barbara Michelle Pemberton, 47-year-old grandmother from Kensington, sits in the Walker County jail facing two counts of abuse and murder after her grandson died inside a hot car.
13-month-old Shadoe Braxton Pate was reportedly left inside a vehicle with the heat running and windows up, in direct sunlight, on Tuesday while his grandmother visited with friends in Fairview. Per reports the child was left inside the car for about FIVE HOURS and died due to extreme heat inside the vehicle.
According to investigators Ms. Pemberton was reminded several times through the day about her child in the car, by the friends she was visiting, but at no point did she physically go to the car to check – and the friends didn’t go check on him, either.
As required by law in the death of a child, the GBI has been called in to investigate and an autopsy was conducted on Thursday. This entire thing seems weird, beyond just an accident; any facts that contradict the stories of the grandmother or her friends will come out through that examination.
(There’s a theory, and this is just theory, that the child didn’t even die in the car and the car story is an excuse to hide what actually occurred.. Autopsy results will find the truth.)
This is the second child-left-in-car death in Walker in the last six months, the only two times we’ve ever heard of it happening here. That one also involved grandparents – but in the case last year with baby Jaxon the grandparents appear to have legitimately forgotten the baby instead of ignoring him for half a day as Ms. Pemberton seems to have done.
More on this as it develops.
General Electric has found a new buyer for its appliance division and Roper in LaFayette: Haier of China.
Friday morning GE verified earlier reports that Haier was the primary bidder, offering some $5.4 billion to take over the American unit known for stoves, fridges, and water heaters. (An earlier canceled deal with Electrolux was only worth $3.3 billion.)
The proposed buyout has already been approved by leaders of both companies but they’ve so far announced no timeline for when it will be completed. As before, the deal has to be cleared by the government but this one is more likely to go through since Haier has only a tiny presence in the US appliance market.
Commissioner Heiskell (or whoever runs her Facebook page) has been bragging about three roads being paved in the county under contract.
A handful of years ago Bebe used SPLOST tax money to buy paving equipment so we could do this work all in house and save money. Then she traded that equipment to Talley in return for a paving job, so now every time the work IS done they have to be paid to do it. (Notice what company’s logo is on the sides of the equipment in the photo.)
Talley has been most generous with Bebe’s campaign fund over the years, and their investment into her has paid off – for them anyway.
And once again she’s not doing this with local tax dollars, which she’s blown on other things. This is paid for by the state. She admitted it in her meeting last Thursday:
WQCH Radio, 01/12/16: “WALKER COUNTY IS DOING SOME ‘WINTER PAVING’ THANKS TO A STATE D.O.T. LMIG GRANT. IT COVERS APPROXIMATELY 9 MILES OF ROAD RESURFACING, ACCORDING TO ROAD DEPARTMENT HEAD, JEFF LONG.
“PAVING IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY ON WILSON ROAD IN ROSSVILLE. LONG SAID THAT LEE CLARKSON ROAD IN CHICKAMAUGA WILL BE NEXT, FOLLOWED BY LAKE HOWARD AND STRAIGHT GUT ROADS IN THE LAFAYETTE AREA.
“LONG ALSO SAID HIS DEPARTMENT IS WORKING WITH THE STATE D.O.T. AND CATOOSA COUNTY, TO GET A TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLED ON HIGHWAY 27 AT LEE CLARKSON, IN CHICKAMAUGA. SEVERAL FATAL ACCIDENTS HAVE OCCURRED AT THAT INTERSECTION IN RECENT YEARS.”
“…COMMISSIONER HEISKELL ALSO ADDED THAT WORK IS NEARING COMPLETION ON TWO PROJECTS: THE NEW COMMUNITY CENTER AT CEDAR GROVE, AND THE NEW COUNTY FIRE STATION AT HINKLE.”
Those two projects are two areas where she’s wasting money that should be used to pave roads on projects that benefit her campaign contributors and supporters. That Hinkle station, especially, isn’t benefitting anybody but the Davenport family.
We have hundreds of miles of road, she paves nine miles in two years (not even using county money) and brags about it.
Now you want a cookie, Bebe? You want our support because this ONE time you did your job for <1% of the county’s population?
The next election is less than 130 days away.
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