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Rabid fox attacks walker near West Jackson Park

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By LEANNE AKIN

lakin@clickthepaper.com
A 76-year-old Hoschton man is undergoing treatments after a rabid fox latched onto his ankle in the early evening of July 17.
The man and his neighbor, who have asked not to be identified by name, were walking for exercise at West Jackson Park near their residential neighborhood.
As the pair parted, the man crossed into the street to begin walking home when he spotted a small gray fox approaching him. The man said he attempted to dodge the fox but the animal continued running toward him, turned its head and clamped down on his ankle.
The man said he grabbed the animal by the back of the neck and “spiked” it to the ground as you would a football. The stunned animal  scrambled away but was pursued by the man who  grabbed the fox and held it down while getting out his pin knife. The man plunged the long blade under the animal’s rib cage twice and pierced its heart.
The bite victim and his neighbors want the community to learn from his experience which has a health safety message and some humor.
The man cannot help but laugh now as he retells part of the fox experience. Continue reading Rabid fox attacks walker near West Jackson Park

Four arrested on drug charges during traffic stop

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested four suspects during a July 14 traffic stop on Highway 332 in Pendergrass.

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Love

A quantity of methamphetamine and pills were located within the vehicle being driven by Jeremy Paul Love, 31, of Jefferson, who was charged with possession of methamphetamine along with Harold Demetrice Poole, 30, of Jefferson, and Anthony Jerome Poole, 34, of Jefferson.

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Ballard

Another passenger, Sandra Elise Ballard, 29, of Commerce, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of dangerous drugs and drugs not in the original container.

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Harold Poole

Harold Poole also had an outstanding child support arrest order and an outstanding bench warrant on him.

All four suspects were transported to the Jackson County Jail.

Anthony Jerome Poole

Anthony Jerome Poole

Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-8718. Also please remember that you can provide information without being involved or identified by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 706-367-3784 to report any criminal or suspicious activity.

Mattie’s Alert cancelled for elderly Gwinnett resident

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The Gwinnett County Police Criminal Investigation Unit has cancelled the Matttie’s Alert for a Gwinnett County woman.

The 77-year-old female,  Mattie's-AlertShirley J. Ingall of Buford, has been located in Tifton and returned to her family.

She left her home in unincorporated Buford within Gwinnett County sometime after 6 a.m. on Wednesday in a silver 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, bearing Georgia tag # PRJ 5428. She was en route to her daughter’s home in Stone Mountain but never arrived.

Mrs. Ingall suffers from diabetes and kidney problems. She walks with a cane and may require a wheelchair for long distances.

 

 

Traffic shifts on Highway 347; speed limit lowered to 35 mph due to construction

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The Georgia Department of Transportation announces changes are in the air and on the road today on State Route 347 in Braselton.

Approximately a half mile section of SR 347 from Williams Road to Dunbar Drive is being shifted today onto a temporary section of roadway. This shift in traffic will allow construction to continue on the new culvert protecting Sherwood Creek. If the weather cooperates, the contractor will finish shifting traffic by 2 p.m. today.

“The speed limit on SR 347 from I-985 to Spout Springs Road is now 35 miles per hour. The speed limit was lowered because of the construction and frequent traffic shifts along this section of SR 347. This speed limit change could also impact your budget as all fines are doubled in a work zone. Slower is safer in a work zone so please for your safety and ours slow down,” urged Georgia DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith.

The contract for construction of this 7.97-mile long project is $38.4 million and the contract was awarded to E.R. Snell Contracting Inc., of Snellville. Work began Oct. 10, 2012. Contract completion date for the entire project is Jan. 12, 2016

Open house for Medical Plaza 1′s new services is July 17

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The Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is now offering comprehensive medical oncology and hematology services in Braselton at Medical Plaza 1.
Timothy Carey, MD, an oncologist with the Longstreet Cancer Center, and Christina Saurel, MD, an oncologist with Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic, are now providing comprehensive care to patients with cancer or blood disorders, including chemotherapy and infusion services.
“We are excited to offer these services to the Braselton community,” says Todd Sigmon, executive director of Oncology Services at NGMC.  “Our patients can now receive the same great care they had before, but without having to travel to Gainesville.”
The community is invited to attend an open house and cancer open mic seminar from 5-7 p.m. on July 17 in Suite 150 of Medical Plaza 1.  Stop by to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and tour the new infusion suite from 5-6 p.m.  Then, join us for our cancer open mic seminar at 6 p.m. – a great time to ask our expert physician panel any cancer-related questions you have.  Joining Dr. Carey and Dr. Saurel on the panel are Ronald Lewis, MD, a general surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates; and Geoffrey Weidner, MD, a radiation oncologist with Northeast Georgia Cancer Specialists.
For more information about oncology services in Braselton, visit nghs.com/cancer-braselton.  To register for the open house and seminar, visit nghs.com/cancer-open-mic or call 770-219-3840.