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Badge & Bar: North Hall student indicted in alleged bomb threat
Charges stem from alleged Feb. 10 threat
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A North Hall High School senior was indicted on June 11 for his alleged threat at the school in February.

Emilio Avalos Jr., 18, of Gainesville, was charged by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office with terroristic threats on Feb. 11. The threat, originating from a message found on a restroom wall, caused a two-hour delay, authorities said.

According to the indictment, the alleged threat came on Feb. 10. Avalos was charged by the grand jury of making a threat of “destroying North Hall High School by means of an explosive device, with the purpose of terrorizing North Hall High School students.”

Attempts to reach Avalos’ attorney, Jerry Carter, were unsuccessful.

According to Georgia Code, a person convicted of committing a terroristic threat is subject to a fine no greater than $1,000 and/or imprisonment for a maximum of five years.

Hall County Courthouse under review for disabilities compliance

The Hall County Courthouse and courthouses in eight other metro Atlanta counties will be reviewed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to see if they comply to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The review will also take place in DeKalb, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Spalding and Troup counties. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is mandated by Congress, according to a news release, to make sure these buildings are accessible to people with disabilities.

Acting U.S. Attorney John A. Horn said the counties have been asked to complete and return survey forms regarding ADA compliance no later than July 9. Investigators may choose to perform on-site inspections, and Horn said he hopes to issue the finding by the end of the year.

Anyone wishing to file a complaint regarding disability accessibility can call the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 404-581-4626 or email at  

LanierWorld offers free admission to law enforcement, active-duty military personnel

Lanier Islands announced Wednesday it will offer free admission to LanierWorld, its water park, during the summer for active-duty military personnel and law enforcement.

The offer begins on July 1 and ends on Sept. 13.

Law enforcement officers and members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Army Reserves and National Guard must show their respective law enforcement and military IDs at the entrance gate.

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