Man Who Tried to Lure Children Sought; Neighbor Holds Burglar at Gunpoint
Here are some top Patch headlines not far from Roswell.
Authorities in Forsyth and Fulton counties are looking for a man who may have tried to lure children into his vehicle on two separate occassions.
The man is described as Asian, in his late 30's or early 40's and wearing glasses, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.
The first incident happened on Sept. 6 in the Deerlake subdivision located off Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth. That's where the man believed to be driving a white van pulled his vehicle near an 8-year-old boy who was walking home. The man asked the boy if he needed a ride. The child got away and told his parents who later reported what happened to law enforcement.
The second incident happened about a week and a half later, according to WSB-TV.
In a similar sounding report, another child was approached by an Asian man in a subdivision called Blackstone, which is located about two miles from Deerlake. But in this incident the man was driving a different vehicle, described to be a gray or brown truck. Johns Creek Police said the child did get away safely. For more on this story, visit Cumming Patch.
Neighbor Holds Alleged Burglar at Gunpoint - Cartersville Patch
Bartow County sheriff's officials are crediting an alert neighbor for the arrest of a man allegedly caught breaking into a Cartersville home.
Sheriff Clark Millsap said in a press release deputies were dispatched about 6:40 last night to a burglary in progress at the Jones Mill Road residence. They found Corey Biggers, 24, of Armuchee, lying on the ground, held at gunpoint by a neighbor who had called 911.
Authorities say the Good Samaritan and neighbor reported having seen Biggers drive slowly by the home after the homeowners left and back into the driveway, leaving his truck running. The neighbor called the homeowners, who said no one should be at their home, so he confronted Biggers and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
Biggers had allegedly removed a bag a coins from the home prior to the confrontation. His truck was impounded and Biggers was arrested and jailed on a burglary charge.
Lenox Square Manager: 'It's Time for a Facelift' - Buckhead Patch
It's been more than 50 years since Lenox Square was built, and the message Tuesday afternoon from property manager Robin Suggs was clear: "It's time for a facelift."
Suggs told the Buckhead Community Improvement District board the project will begin in early 2013 and will be completed before holiday shopping season begins.
Plans include a revamped mall entrance on Peachtree Road that will include a two-story glass facade, updated valet service at the main entrance and Neiman Marcus entrance and a remodeled food court, among other upgrades previously reported.For more on this story, visit Buckhead Patch.
The Boy Scouts of America Lose Funding - Loganville-Grayson Patch
Financial supporters of the Boy Scouts of America have been under firm pressure by gay rights organizations demanding that companies take a stand against the youth organization whose policy discriminates against people based on their sexual orientation.
The push might just be working. This week the BSA lost funding from their largest corporate funder, Intel, which reportedly gave the youth organization more than $700,000 in 2010.
The move resulted from a campaign launched by Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality, who started a campaign at Change.org. He urged Intel to pull funding for BSA after an American Independent report disclosed that the company gave large contributions to the organization. With the support of GLAAD and the signatures of 30,000 Americans, Wahls pushed the Intel Foundation to halt their financial support to the BSA.
In a statement to ThinkProgress, Intel reaffirmed their policy, claiming that it will not fund “organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or disability status.”
According to ThinkProgress, prospective recipients of Intel grants will now have to sign a statement confirming that they do not discriminate based on creed or sexual orientation, and any groups that cannot do so will be ineligible for funding. For more on this story, visit Loganville-Grayson Patch.