Doctor Indicted on Child Molestation Charges, Car Crashes Into Lake, Gun Club Opens in Gwinnett and More in Regional News Roundup

Read top stories from Patch sites around north Georgia, including Sandy Springs, Oconee, Dacula, Cumming and more.

Doctor Indicted on Child Molestation Charges — Sandy Springs Patch

A Fulton County Grand Jury has indicted a Sandy Springs doctor on charges that he molested a juvenile female during a sleepover at his residence.

Doctor Kelly Thrasher was indicted Tuesday on Child Molestation. The Fulton County Grand Jury added the charges of Sexual Battery and Aggravated Sexual Battery to the indictment. Thrasher was arrested on Jan. 24 after his release from the Ridgeview Medical Center where he entered himself after detectives initiated a criminal investigation into the molestation complaint.

Sandy Springs Patch has more on this story.


 — Canton-Sixes Patch

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is investigating what caused a silver Dodge Charger to roll off a boat ramp and crash into Lake Allatoona late Monday afternoon.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a call just before 4:45 p.m. Monday regarding a car that had gone into the lake off Kellogg Creek Road in southwest Cherokee County.



Shoplifting Suspect Accused of Hitting Woman Twice with Car in Walmart Parking Lot — Oconee Patch

An Athens woman accused of trying to steal less than $100 worth of clothing from Walmart on Epps Bridge Parkway is behind bars also facing a charge of aggravated assault for allegedly striking a customer twice with her getaway car.

Oconee County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.  The woman who reportedly had been struck by the car was lying on the ground in the parking lot and her left leg was bleeding, according to an incident report.

Oconee Patch has more on this story.


'Keep Calm and Shop Local' Campaign Launched to Promote Local Businesses — Douglasville Patch

Douglas County businesses are kicking off a "Keep Calm and Shop Local" campaign on Feb. 12.

The “Keep Calm and Shop Local” campaign is a take-off on the “Keep Calm and Carry On” World War II posters in the British Isles as morale boosters during the testing times that lay ahead.  The posters were largely forgotten until they were found 60 years later and they have generated a cottage industry of posters and memorabilia with similar messages.  The symbolic crown is that of King George VI.

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Gun Club With 28-Lane Indoor Shooting Range Opening in Gwinnett — Dacula Patch

In just a few months, area residents will have a new place to hone their firearm skills.

Verne Fowler said he expects his Georgia Gun Club to open in mid- to late July. Gwinnett County recently issued the development permit for the club, which will be located at 1951 Braselton Highway.

The 4.06-acre recreational facility near the intersection of Braselton Highway and Old Peachtree Road will include a 37,300-square-foot, two-story building featuring 28 indoor lanes -- eight tactical, 12 small arms and eight 100-yard rifle lanes.

Read more on Dacula Patch.


Middle School Student Charged with Terroristic Threats — Cumming Patch

A 14-year-old Chestatee Middle School student, in nearby Gainesville, was taken into custody Wednesday for making threats of a shooting, according to authorities.

Investigators and school officials were made aware of the situation after classmates overheard the student on Monday, Feb. 4, making comments about “shooting up the school," a press release stated. Those students notified their parents later that evening, and the parents brought it to the attention of officials.

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