Van Crashes Into Jewelry Store, Silverware Thieves Strike Five Homes and Council Passes Gay Marriage Resolution

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.



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.


 - Buford Patch

A man was tased and fatally shot during a Dec. 4 incident on North Alexander Street in Buford.

Gwinnett County Police were dispatched to a small apartment complex in response a report of people smoking marijuana. Upon arrival, officers encountered a group of five or six people in the parking lot.

One of the officers began to frisk an adult Hispanic male. The male pulled away from the officer, withdrew a handgun out of his clothing and pointed the gun at his own head. Officers ordered the man to drop the gun, but he failed to comply. 

Read more on Buford Patch.


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