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Badge and Bar: Plastic-wrap prank leads to assault with tire iron, police say

An 18-year-old man plastic-wrapping a car with friends was hit in the head with a tire iron after an argument ensued with those connected to the car, police said.

Gainesville Police responded to an incident around 2 p.m. July 27 in the 400 block of Shallowford Road.

“Victim reported that he, along with several friends were plastic wrapping a vehicle in the parking lot when a group of males came outside that were associated with the vehicle.  An argument ensued over the prank and the victim, along with several of his friends got into a physical altercation with the males,” Deputy Chief John Robertson wrote in an email.

The report said the incident involved some juveniles, and Robertson said those involved left the scene before law enforcement arrived.

“The victim was hit in the back of the head after the altercation was over with a tire iron,” Police Chief Jay Parrish said Friday, Aug. 2.

Arrest warrants were obtained for a 19-year-old Thursday.

“The investigation is still ongoing as there may be other parties that were involved,” Parrish said.

Two from Gillsville charged with meth trafficking

A search in Gillsville Thursday, Aug. 1 led to more than $7,000 of meth and two arrests, according to authorities.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office and the Banks County Sheriff’s Office executed the warrant on Sims Harris Road in Gillsville.

“The search resulted in the (recovery) of approximately 68.1 grams of methamphetamine and several firearms were recovered at the residence,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Trent Hillsman wrote in a news release.

The estimated street value of the drugs was $7,480.

“The search was the result of an extended investigation and a collaborative effort by law enforcement agencies,” Hillsman said.

Two people were charged with trafficking and possessing meth as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Both were taken to the Banks County Jail.

Two people run when Habersham deputy stops to assist broken-down motorist

Habersham County authorities don’t know why two people ran away when a deputy stopped to help out a broken-down motorist.

Deputies responded around 10:55 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Ga. 365 near Ga. 441 in Cornelia.

“While the deputy was speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, two of the occupants fled on foot. The description that was given by the deputy of the two subjects along with information received from another occupant it was believed that one or both of the occupants that ran were possibly wanted,” according to the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said later is “does not appear that these two individuals are wanted,” but they were unsure why they ran from the car.

Police from Cornelia, Demorest and Alto joined Georgia State Patrol and the sheriff’s office in trying to find the two people.

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