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2 Athens-area men ensnared in child porn sting

Two Athens-area men were recently arrested during a multi-state law enforcement operation that targeted offenders who sexually exploited children over the internet. A two-month, multi-jurisdictional investigation called "Operation Southern Impact II" last week resulted in 76 arrests across eight sta

ATHENS BANNER-HERALD - 2018-03-19 20:48:57

BREAKING: Athens at risk for severe storms, tornadoes

Athens-Clarke County is included in a list of counties in north and central Georgia that are at risk for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail this evening, according to the National Weather Service update at 1:30 p.m. on March 19. North and central Georgia are at risk for isolated to scattered t

RED AND BLACK - 2018-03-19 19:52:00

Man tied up during home invasion shot dead in front of family after trying to escape

The Gwinnett County Police Department's Homicide Unit is currently investigating a homicide on Scholar Drive in Lawrenceville. According to police, there is one male victim. He was found deceased Sunday afternoon at the home after a reported robbery. Police told FOX 5 Atlanta that the victim was tie

GWINNETT DAILY POST - 2018-03-18 22:18:00

Harry Sims Has Beef With Athens for Everyone

The progressive group Athens for Everyone gave mayoral candidate Harry Sims a D- on its commission report card last month, and Sims is not happy about it. The former commissioner has started a change.org petition taking issue with his grade. "[W]e believe Commissioner Sims' words and actions were de

FLAGPOLE.COM - 2018-03-19 22:22:00

Two dead, four injured in shooting at racetrack

Two people are dead and four were injured in a shooting at a Putnam County drag strip Saturday night. The incident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. at Headhunters Racetrack on Edward Reeves Road, said Sheriff Howard Sills. He identified the deceased as Jestin Devonta Dunn, 23, and Shurron Deion

MACON TELEGRAPH - 2018-03-18 14:03:00

Athens pharmacist named president of Georgia Pharmacy Association

An Athens pharmacist and owner of Village Drug Shop on Prince Avenue has been selected to serve as the president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association. Dr. Chris Thurmond, a 2001 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy, will assume the duties of office in June and officially begins hi

ATHENS BANNER-HERALD - 2018-03-18 22:00:00

Athens students to protest guns in DC

An Athens organization is raising funds to take a small group of high school and college students to the nation's capital for what's expected to be a massive rally to end gun violence this Saturday. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and other groups are also planning a sister demonstration her

ATHENS BANNER-HERALD - 2018-03-19 22:35:37

Athens man scammed for $21K

A 40-year-old Athens man reported that he was scammed out of $21,000 by someone pretending to be a mortgage lender, Athens-Clarke County police said. The man had been in the process of being approved for a home loan and during email exchanges between him and the lender a third party was somehow able


Athens police find bag of marijuana in safe

A 29-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after his probation officer found a bag of marijuana on a kitchen counter during an unannounced inspection of the suspect's home off West Broad Street, Athens-Clarke County police said. After police officers arrived, a more thorough search of the home was condu


Drive-by shooters terrorize Atlanta street

ATLANTA - A series of random drive-by shootings have Atlanta police searching for a suspect. Authorities are looking for the person who they say shot at least three innocent people in just the last month. One of the victims, 61-year-old Sylvester Dixon, was shot in the head. He thankfully survived a


Felon arrested on gun charge in Athens

A convicted felon was arrested Friday night during a traffic stop in which a loaded gun was found in the car in which he was a passenger, Athens-Clarke County police said. The car was stopped for running a stop sign at Old Hull Road and the inner loop of the Athens Perimeter and the vehicle was sear


Athens woman injured with tree falls on truck

A 65-year-old Rustwood Drive resident was injured Monday afternoon when a tree that was being cut down by a private contractor alongside the outer loop of the Athens Perimeter near Tallassee Road fell on her pickup truck, Athens-Clarke County police said. The tree crushed the pickup's roof and the w


Athens man pistol-whipped in stolen car

A 28-year-old Athens man was hospitalized Tuesday morning with serious injuries when he crashed a stolen car on a street near the University of Georgia's main campus. The crash occurred after a passenger in the car pistol whipped him, Athens-Clarke County police said. The driver allegedly stole the


Atlanta federal inmate who made Facebook video hit with new charge

Scheduled to be released from prison May 16, an Atlanta federal inmate faces a new charge after he posted a video to his Facebook page from inside the prison. Joe Fletcher, who appeared to admit his involvement in a deadly 2010 shooting in Ohio in the 49-minute video, was indicted on a charge of ill


Man found dead in Lawrenceville home after robbery

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Police are investigating a reported robbery in Lawrenceville that left a man dead. The incident happened on Scholar Drive. More details as they become available. LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Police are investigating a reported robbery in Lawrenceville that left a man dead. The incident

WXIA 11 ALIVE - 2018-03-19 00:32:00

TV stolen from Athens home

A home in the 200 block of Sartain Drive was burglarized between 8 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. A TV valued at $600 was stolen, Athens-Clarke County police said, Residents reportedly told police they suspected a relative who has a drug problem was responsible for entering their home by busting out a


A look ahead: UGA and Athens events you shouldn't miss

The campus and city news desks have compiled a list of events going on throughout the upcoming week that are open to Athenians and University of Georgia students. The list includes events intended to become active citizens, spend family time or participate in conversations surrounding new research o

RED AND BLACK - 2018-03-18 14:00:00

Athens group to host active shooter forum

The Athens-Clarke County Federation of Neighborhoods will play host to a forum on local active shooter readiness. The free forum, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Cine on West Hancock Street, will feature a panel of experts who will provide information about the challenges and imperatives i


Winder man among 76 arrested in connection with multi-state child pornography ring

A total of 76 people, including a Winder man, were arrested for their part in a multi-state child pornography ring, law enforcement officials announced Friday. John Clark Miller, 57, of Winder, a glass company technician, was among those arrested as part of Operation Southern Impact II, a coordina


Tarot cards, speakers stolen in Athens

A woman reported a storage unit next to her home in the 900 block of Nowhere Road was burglarized between 4:25 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday. A pair of speakers and six towels with a total value of $220 were stolen, Athens-Clarke County police said. Additionally, tarot cards valued at $23 were stolen from