Around the Region: Van Crashes Into Jewelry Store, Drunken Woman Licks and Gropes Customers and Silverware Thieves Strike in Buckhead

A look at top Patch stories from across North Georgia.

Store Cameras Capture Van Crashing Into Jewelry Store - Oconee Patch

Fortunately an Oconee County jewelry store was relatively empty and no one was seriously injured when a van drove through the storefront of Chandlee Jewelers around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2012.

One customer, a 63-year-old Athens woman who had been seated near the front of the store, was thrown about 15 feet from her chair.  She was treated and later released from an area hospital.



 - Dacula Patch

drunken Dacula woman ended up in jail after a night of attempted debauchery at two local restaurants.

Gwinnett County Police were dispatched to El Jinete on Liam Avenue at approximately 7:14 p.m. on Dec. 1 after the manager called to advise a woman, later identified as Jana Lawrence, 46, of Dacula, had exposed herself to his customers. 

The responding officer arrived at the scene in time to see Lawrence being escorted out of nearby Friends Sports Grill. The manager of Friends said Lawrence was sitting at the bar with her buttocks exposed. When told she had to leave because she was exposing herself, Lawrence reportedly pulled her pants down even further. The manager further advised that Lawrence had licked one of her customers before being asked to leave.



Silverware Thieves Hit Five Buckhead Homes - Buckhead Patch

At least five homes have been hit by a serial burglar who is stealing silverware, according to Atlanta Police.

The homes are all in the same area around Tuxedo Drive and Northside Drive.

According to CBS Atlanta, the thief has been able to take $75,000 to $100,000 worth of goods all while the homeowners were still in the home.

Buckhead Patch has more on this story.


City Council Approves Gay Marriage Resolution - Midtown Patch

During the same Monday meeting in which it controversially voted to give itself a more than 50 percent pay raise, the Atlanta City Council tackled another hot topic by approving a resolution to support marriage equality.

District 6 Councilman Alex Wan introduced the legislation and the resolution passed by an 11-2 vote with councilmembers Howard Shook and C.T. Martin voting against. Since the state has in place a constitutional ban on marriage equality, the resolution is expected to have almost no legal impact in Georgia.

Read more on Midtown Patch.


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