Around the Region: Teacher Indicted in Sex Case, Abortion Provider Fire Under Investigation and Napping Man Robbed in Parking Lot

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

– Tucker Patch

Tucker Middle School teacher Almarcus Dewayne Thomas has been indicted on 22 counts in connection with accusations of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old student.

Thomas, 42, a seventh grade teacher and head of 's math department has been charged with five counts of statutory rape, eight counts of aggravated child molestation, three counts of sexual assault against a person in custody, two counts of sexual exploitation of children, two counts of invasion of privacy and one count of child molestation.


– East Cobb Patch

Cobb Fire and federal investigators are continuing to look into the cause of a fire at a Powers Ferry Road office building Wednesday afternoon. The building includes an obstetrics and gynecology practice owned by Dr. William McBrayer. There were no injuries reported. 

McBrayer is a well-known provider of abortion services in the Atlanta area, and anti-abortion protestors occasionally picket outside Governor's Ridge


– Norcross Patch

A man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint while sitting in his car in a  parking lot in unincorporated Norcross.

According to the police report, the man, 41, of Powder Springs, decided to take a nap in his car before heading to his second job.

The victim was napping when an older-looking man approached his open window and demanded money. The victim handed him $200 from his wallet, and the suspect left the scene in a tagless, green Toyota Camry driven by a woman. 


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