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Around the Region: Arrests Made in Bank Robbery, Group Asks Local Park be Named for Barack Obama and Ann Romney Coming to Gwinnett

A look at stories from Patch sites around Georgia.

 — Sandy Springs Patch

Three of four suspects in an Aug. 30 Wells Fargo Bank robbery in Sandy Springs have been arrested and appeared before a U.S. Magistrate judge in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 10. 

Police are still looking for the fourth suspect.

According to a statememnt from FBI Atlanta, two suspects were arrested following a routine traffic stop on Spring Street in Atlanta a day after the robbery. They were driving in the wrong direction in a Ford Focus. Shamir Guillaume, 20, of Atlanta and Sean Theodis, 26, of Virginia were taken into custody.

Last Saturday, Sandy Springs Police arrested Rhakeem Butler, 22, in connection with the bank robbery.

The fourth suspect being sought is Kelvin Purdic, 24, of North Carolina. He also goes by the name Kelvin Purdy, the FBI statement said. Authorities say Purdic is a 6-foot-3 black male, weighing 175 pounds who often visits the Peachtree Dunwoody area.

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 — Stone Mountain-Redan Patch

Georgia Black Veterans for Barack Obama wants Wade-Walker Park to be renamed "Barack Obama County Park," according to a recent report in Crossroads News.

The article states the Stone Mountain-based group sent a letter back in May seeking the name change to DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, the DeKalb County board of commissioners and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, whose district includes Stone Mountain.

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 — Duluth Patch

Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is scheduled to appear at fundraising events in Duluth and Johns Creek this coming Thursday.

Mrs. Romney will greet supporters of her husband’s victory campaign and pose for photos with them at a VIP Reception at Sugarloaf Country Club at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, for contributions of $2,500 per person or $5,000 per couple. A general reception at $1,000 per person follows at 5:30 p.m. Making a commitment to raise or donating $5,000 to the campaign allows the donor to serve on the Host Committee.

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 — Canton-Sixes Patch

A cat that scratched a woman at a Canton apartment complex has tested positive for rabies, and health officials are searching for others who might have come into contact with it.

The stray cat, described as a black and white shorthaired female, "aggressively" scratched the woman at the Cherokee South Apartments off Marietta Highway in Canton on Sept. 2, said Jennifer King, the spokeswoman for the North Georgia Health District said.

"The cat was immediately trapped and later died in its cage on Sept. 4," she said. "Cherokee County Environmental Health officials sent its remains to the state lab for rabies testing and the positive results were reported on Sept. 6." 

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