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Badge and Bar: Two Flowery Branch sisters accused of beating disabled man

Two Flowery Branch sisters are accused of beating a disabled man, according to authorities.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said the assault happened June 27 at a home in Flowery Branch.

The two sisters, ages 21 and 17, allegedly assaulted the 22-year-old disabled man “by beating him with their fists,” Ware wrote in a news release.

Ware said the sisters were previously acquainted with the man in the case.

Investigators obtained warrants the next day for exploitation/inflicting pain on a disabled person and simple battery.

Both women were booked in to the Hall County Jail. The 21-year-old sister was still listed on the jail’s log Friday, July 5.

The case is still under investigation.

Law enforcement finds 17 marijuana plants in Toccoa search

A Toccoa man was charged with manufacturing marijuana after an investigation by the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, according to authorities.

Special agent in charge Trent Hillsman said the drug enforcement office was working with a United States postal inspector June 20 in an investigation and traveled to Defoor Road in Toccoa.

“Following a search of the residence, law enforcement officials located 17 marijuana plants and four jars of THC wax,” Hillsman wrote in a news release.

The 38-year-old man was also charged with possession of butane honey oil. He was arrested and taken to the Stephens County Jail.

Police: Victim recovers roughly $50 in change from suspect

Police said a burglary victim confronted the suspected burglar and was able to recover less than $50 in change.

Gainesville Police Cpl. Jessica Van said the suspect forced his way July 1 into a Canterbury Road residence.

“The victim knows (the suspect) and witnessed (the suspect) in his residence. Upon confronting (the suspect) at his residence, the victim was able to recover less than $50 in change from (the suspect) that belonged to the victim,” Van wrote in an email.

Officers arrested the suspect, who had a handgun on his person, in the area.

According to the jail log, the charges included burglary, criminal trespass and carrying a concealed weapon.

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