Around the Region: Peru Embassy Scam, Mysterious Accident and Massive Business Fire

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

– Alpharetta Patch

A Milton man who was just trying to help a friend fell prey to a scam that cost him $3,100.

On Aug. 8, the Milton man received a call from a man who claimed to be someone he knew. The caller said he was vacationing in Lima, Peru with his wife when local police stopped them and searched their car, finding drugs in it. To be bailed out, the caller asked the victim to wire $3,000 to a third party in Peru.

A short time later, the victim received a call indicating there was a problem with the money transfer. The victim, suspecting he was being scammed, asked the man if he was requesting more money before hanging up and calling Milton police.

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– Douglasville Patch

Jacob Elisha Downer, 29 of Marietta, was airlifted to Grady for treatment Friday at approximately 10:20 p.m. but doesn't remember a thing about the accident that caused his injuries, according to Gordy Wright, spokesman for the Georgia State Highway Patrol.

Downer was found in the roadway on Meadowview Road in Lithia Springs.  There was no visible evidence on his clothing, no witnesses, no one who heard anything, no roadway evidence and no vehicle evidence at the scene, Wright said in an email.

The father of three sustained broken bones, a severed thigh muscle and other injuries. His fiancée believes a hit and run driver is responsible.

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– Midtown Patch

More than 60 firefighters worked to extinguish a two-alarm structure fire at Doors Unlimited, Inc., in the Loring Heights neighborhood during rush hour Monday afternoon.

Located at 432 Trabert Avenue near 17th Street and Atlantic Station, Doors Unlimited caught fire shortly before 5 p.m. with the initial Atlanta Fire Rescue Department personnel responding within five minutes.

The fire, which sent a large black plume of smoke high above Midtown and afternoon commuters on the interstate, was contained within 40 minutes as no other businesses or homes in the area appeared to have suffered damage.

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