Cobb EMC's Brown was cuffed, taken to jail
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MARIETTA - Former Cobb EMC chief Dwight Brown was driving to the office of his lawyer on Thursday afternoon after learning he had been re-indicted when he was pulled over by Cobb Sheriff's deputies, handcuffed and taken to jail in the back of a deputy's vehicle.

Col. Milton Beck of the Cobb Sheriff's Office said a supervising deputy was on his way to Brown's house to serve the warrant after the indictment was handed up at about 4:30 p.m. in Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy's courtroom when the supervisor spotted a tan Ford F150 pickup truck being driven by Brown on Roswell Street near Fairground Street in Marietta.

"A traffic stop was initiated, and Brown was taken into custody at approximately 5:15 p.m.," Beck said. Brown's wrists were handcuffed in front of his body, Beck said, at the deputy's discretion considering Brown had no violent history and complied with the deputy's orders.

The supervisor turned Brown over to another deputy for transport to the jail, and a third deputy arrived to wait while Brown's truck was retrieved, which took about 10 minutes, Beck said.

Brown's lawyer, former Gov. Roy Barnes, is furious that his client was arrested and that the district attorney's office sought to have Brown held on a $100,000 bond. District Attorney Pat Head, though, said Brown has received no special treatment. Judge Flournoy rejected prosecutors' efforts to set the bond.

Barnes said that Brown was allowed to call his wife during the stop, which occurred near the National Cemetery, and that his wife called Barnes, who sent an associate to retrieve Brown's truck from the road. Barnes sent another associate to the jail to meet Brown, who was quickly released on a signature bond.

Brown then came back to Barnes' office and was "very upset," Barnes said.

"He said, 'I'm not going anywhere, why did they have to do this?'" Barnes said. "Dwight Brown has had a very distinguished business career, starting with Georgia Power. He does not believe, and neither do I, that he has committed a criminal act. He is befuddled and upset at the fact that this has come down and he's become a punching bag for everybody that's dissatisfied about everything."

Barnes said he believes that the district attorney's office notified the sheriff's office on Wednesday that an indictment could be forthcoming and that District Attorney Pat Head, or someone in his office, told deputies they wanted Brown arrested.

Head, though, said Brown was arrested on Thursday due to the four additional charges in the indictment. The new charges accuse Brown of threatening and intimidating witnesses by filing suit against some of the original EMC plaintiffs.

"Based on those charges, we decided to handle this case just like all the other cases are handled," Head said. "It is common practice for bench warrants to be issued ... and for the defendant in those cases to be handcuffed and taken to jail by the sheriff.

"I'm sorry that Mr. Barnes feels he and his client received special treatment," Head said. Still, "I'm not going to try this case in the press."

For his part, Sheriff Neil Warren said he did not talk to Head at all on Wednesday or Thursday and that he did not know an indictment was imminent.

Barnes also called Warren upon learning Brown had been arrested, Warren said.

"I called out to the jail and notified staff that Brown was on his way, and told them to process him as soon as possible. With any nonviolent offender, we try to get them in and out so as not to waste manpower," Warren said. "If Roy had called me earlier, we'd have been glad to let (Brown) turn himself in."

On the issue of bond, assistant district attorney John Butters sought to have Brown held on $100,000 bond with other conditions for his release. But Judge Flournoy, in hearing the indictment on Thursday afternoon, denied that request.

Barnes said the bid for bond against his client was "uncalled for."

"At least they should have had the courtesy to allow us to be heard on this matter," he said. "They knew that we've been in this case."

Again, Head said there was nothing special about the request, which was based on the additional charges.

"This too is commonplace," Head said. "However, the judge did deny our requests and allowed Mr. Brown to sign his own bond with no dollar amount, which is equivalent to not requiring a bond at all."

Brown was originally indicted in January on 31 felony charges, and it was Judge Flournoy who in March threw out that indictment on a technicality. That remains on appeal to the Georgia Court of Appeals. Flournoy was appointed to the bench in 2000 by then-Gov. Barnes.

As with the first indictment, Barnes insists "there is no basis" for the newest charges.

"Everything that was done in that indictment followed good and approved business practices, and this indictment seeks to criminalize business practices," Barnes said. "What the motivation is for that, I will not speculate on. ... The district attorney has their job to do. I have my job to do. I'd remind everybody there's a lot else to be told in this case, not just the state's side and the headlines."

Countered Head: "Obviously a grand jury thought there was a basis for the indictment."

No arraignment date has been set.

As for having a deputy wait for Brown's truck to be retrieved, Warren said it's not unusual.

"They could have very easily towed the car, but I think Dwight asked if they wouldn't," Warren said. "I guess that's a little bit of compassion there, is all I can say, and I don't have an issue with that."
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anonymous
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July 14, 2011
OSU, if you "bothered to check", you would know that many warrants are issued each day and the "perps" are allowed to turn themselves in voluntarily/on their own...no LE resources sent out to nab 'em. Costs a lot less for taxpayers and provides a level of dignity for people who have often not yet been convicted of anything.

So do you think it is a good idea to drive everyone for whom an arrest warrant has been issued to jail without giving them a chance to voluntarily turn themselves in? Good use of LE resources/taxpayer money?

PS - OSU, by chance was it your family member who was killed by Cobb LE about 10 weeks ago? If so, I am very sorry for your loss. By chance have you been told yet why they chose to kill him?

OSU
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July 14, 2011
@ anonymous... no it's not what I say...if you bothered to check it's right there on the SO's Most Wanted website. I won't give you the name of the capture individual because you need to do this on your own. If you don't know how to do this that's not my problem, it is real simple. And no where did I say there should be no concern about them either. I simply said the Latino's may be in Mexico by now. You have a way of twisting words don't you. Mr. Brown wasn't given a ride to the jail because he was given a traffic ticket he a had a warrant for his arrest, surely you the difference. It is clear that you are the same individual posting over and over again always slamming Cobb Pd or Cobb SO and anyone who may not see it your way. You go to great lengths to prove yourself right. So now I'm beginning to think maybe you have taken the perp walk a time or two yourself.
anonymous
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July 14, 2011
EMC, you may not agree with it, but here in the US we do have right to be tried and found guilty before we are subjected to punishment.

FWIW, not all accusers are honest or right.
anonymous
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July 14, 2011
OSU, any idea why the Sheriffs office would keep the names of people who (you say) have been captured or (you say)have run so far away that there is no reason to be concerned about them, posted for public info/concern as the MOST WANTED? Are you saying they really are not as MOST wanted as the Sheriff's Office leads the public to believe via their MOST WANTED LIST?

FWIW, I am no fan of Brown. BUT, I know dang well that Brown would go and turn himself in without the Sheriff having to pick him off the street and give him a ride. Why did our tax dollars go for such a needless exercise? Are we ready to pay for a ride to jail every time a traffic ticket is written? Are you ready for such a ride?

We don't need LE resources to be used for mere "taxi" services. We also don't need LE officers that see the power of their job as a means to entertain themselves by embarrassing/harassing citizens. Professionals don't operate that way, do they?
anonymous
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July 14, 2011
Choosing, as much as I dislike Dwight Brown, I am pretty sure that he is not accused of taking anything from anyone by force or threat of bodily harm.
OSU
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July 14, 2011
No EMC Hostage your not the only one who sees a problem here. Unfortunately there are some out there who seem to think that arresting Mr. Brown was done so the Sheriff could have a good laugh. How ignorant.
EMC Hostage
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July 14, 2011
A message needs to be sent to the Dwight Brown's of the world that you will not get away with ripping off the citizens of Cobb County. Your actions will cause you humiliation and you will be treated just like other accused felons. If convicted, there will be no country club prisons for you. You will cast out into a general population prison to pay for all of the hurt and anguish you have caused the citizens of Cobb County. I'm tired of seeing white collar criminals steal millions of dollars and get a slap on the hand while some down on his luck convenience store robber gets 20 years for stealing $100. The Dwight Browns, Kenneth Lays and Bernie Madoffs of the world cause so much damage to our society, yet we let Dwight Brown out on a signature bond? A man that has the resources to be a flight risk? This is a major problem in society. Society almost encourages people to be a thief at Dwight Brown's level. And yet there are those such as our former Governor saying...poor Dwight...he was placed in the back of a police cruser after being indicted on 35 felony counts. Oh poor Dwight. I almost want to cry for him. Am I the only one that sees a problem with this picture?
OSU
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July 14, 2011
@ anonymous... you need to recheck your figures on the Cobb Co Sheriff's Most Wanted list. There are 13, however one of those has been captured but you didn't check that out did you? Eight out of those remaining 12 are Latinos which means they are most likely back in good old Mexico. Some poor schmuck lost his/her bond money on those guys. So what makes you think no one is looking? The Sheriff's Office has a fugitive squad that does nothing but look for these low life's. And yes Mr Brown is no better than anyone else. He had a warrant on him and he was arrested, just wish I could have been there to see it, now that would have been entertaining. Yes we do need to keep an eye on public safety personel but if you are so dissatisfied try writing the Sheriff or the public safety director and voice your concerns. Your continued posts here will get you no where.
imeanwhatever
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July 14, 2011
just out of curiosity, does anyone have the bylaws of the COBB EMC? I was wondering if we, the owners, need to be paying for his legal expenses.
imeanwhatever
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July 14, 2011
@Warren Long,

With regards to Al Capone's main lawyer, please remember that he turned states evidence against Capone and was shot in the street by Capone's crew for doing so. also, an interesting side note, he did it because he wanted to give his son a gift that he could not give him if he was getting Capone off all the time, and that is, a good name. Turns out, the lawyers son did pretty well for himself. He was the first medal of honor winner for Naval Aviators and had a small airport named after him, O'Hare.

And that is the rest of the story...
Choosing
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July 14, 2011
to anonymous who says the Sheriff's office should spend time on the most wanted, who murdered and robbed. Brown has been indicted (33 felony counts) for robbing the Cobb EMC co-op and it's members. And you must be a member of Rich Pellegrino's group who thinks that people can pick and choose with laws to break and which to obey. That is not how the U.S. was made and that is not what law enforcement and judges are paid to do.
anonymous
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July 14, 2011
johncd and Shut Up Already, I tend to believe that our LE folks should be putting their time into trying to take the thirteen people currently on the Cobb County Most Wanted list into custody... primarily because those people have all shown a strong propensity to kill, rob and molest innocent people. Getting them off the streets would seem to be a best use of LE resources. But, thats just me...a taxpayer with only private sector experience.

Johncd, if you are saying that arresting a guy who does not need to be arrested in order to get him into custody is an example of the "best law enforcement in the state", well...I just hope you are wrong. What the Cobb Sheriff did to Dwight Brown was just for pure pleasure/entertainment. There is nothing admirable about it (...certainly not when the Most Wanted killers, robbers, molesters are still out there among us). But again, that's just me I guess.

Special Bunch
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July 13, 2011
I admire Sheriff Warren, but I definitely doubt that Brown was given no special treatment. I know people who have been booked into the Cobb County jail on misdemeanors, no DUI, without a prior record and they definitely were not processed quickly. Brown was given special, speedy treatment.

Judge Flournoy gave Brown special treatment also. Brown is indicted on over 31 FELONY counts and there is not one cent of bail required. I am infuriated. Judge, I guess the principle of You scratch my backside and I'll scratch yours is alive and well. Eh?
Photo Shop
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July 13, 2011
Oh Roy I wish that I had been "notified" also, so that I could have filmed this take down and posted it on You Tube. The greedy don't know when to stop taking what doesn't belong to them. Brown might have retired in Alabama if he had stopped his pillaging a few years ago.

I still can't decide if the EMC Board members have been sprinkled with pixie dust by Brown or they are just plain stupid. They should resign or be kicked out the door.

Board, Call a meeting for the co-op immediately, but I doubt they know how.

Warren Long
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July 13, 2011
The big question that I have is this, when is the honorable Roy Barnes, a co-conspirator with Mr. Dwight Brown, going to be likewise indicted, handcuffed, and arrested for advising Mr. Brown that Mr. Brown's scam on EMC members was legal. Reviewing the financial contributors of Mr. Barnes run for Georgia Governorship a few years ago shows one one Dwight D. Brown as a donor. So, you see who Mr. Brown gets to represent him when he is confronted about his crimes.

Remember, the attorneys for Al Capone were also brought to justice for abetting Capone's crime sprees.
Special Member
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July 13, 2011
Wy wasn't Brown driving his Cadillac Escalade, which was usually parked near the drive thru line at Cobb EMC?

Barnes said Brown had a very "distinguished business career"? Oh, what a stretch that statement is. Figuring out ways to make his bank account fatter as the expense of others is more correct. Infamous is more like it.

All the EMC Board members should be arrested for aiding, abetting, and stupidity.

They did not have his truck towed out of "compassion" according to Sheriff Warren. That compassion is not offered to the ordinary citizen with "no previous" record. And where is Brown's compassion for Cobb EMC members. How about giving all the money you have taken from the co-op?

Finally, Brown was handcuffed with in hands in the front, because his hands would not meet if he reached around his back.
Yes Special
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July 13, 2011
I must comment on several things-

Flournoy did not set a bail, because Brown had no other convictions. A relative of mine was arrested in Gwinnett County by a cop & accused of a crime. This relative had no other conviction. Bail was $300. The charge was dropped because Gwinnet PD arrested the wrong person. We were called and Gwinnett PD would not allow us to drive his car home. Had to follow the wrecker & pay $175 to get the car back.

Again, the charges were dropped, because Gwinnett PD had the wrong person and I realized Gwinnett is not Cob Sherifff's dept. However, No special treatment by Flournoy? That claim is BS.
johncd
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July 13, 2011
@not a brown fan---Cobb County has the best law enforcement in the state---you should get familiar with police procedure before making judgements.
Shut Up Already
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July 13, 2011
@Not a Brown Fan...This was the Cobb Co. Sheriff's Office that arrested Mr. Brown not Cobb PD (they did the shooting not the SO) You can't even get that straight!! There was a warrant for his arrest, which means they were LEGALLY bound to arrest him. Do you really think that because his offense was nonviolent that he should not be arrested. Wow what a message that would send to the criminal element out there. It's easy to tell from your post that you don't have a clue on law enforcement operations and procedures. But I'm not surprise since you have never spent one day in their shoes, you dope. Please take your so called law abiding self and move out of Cobb fast! Your rants against anyone in the Cobb LE community is becoming a real bore.

Connie Mack Jr
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July 13, 2011
The moral of this little story about public and private Fascism corruption is. Do not be the Bernie Maddoff of Cobb County and not expect a Perp Walk on Rosewell Street..
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