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News Nearby: Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault; Couple Found Guilty of Abusing Elderly Woman

Check out these top stories from Patch sites around the Atlanta metro area and north Georgia.


Second Creekview Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault
- Canton-Sixes Patch 

A Creekview High School drama and English teacher has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault following allegations that he conducted a sexual relationship with a student.

Matthew Tamanini, 31, of Canton, allegedly had the affair with the 16-year-old student over a four-month period, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. Visit Canton-Sixes Patch for more on this story.


Three arrested in Cherokee Copper Theft
- Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch

Three men have been arrested and charged with allegedly taking roughly 162 pounds of copper from a power substation in Waleska, according to a press release from the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. 

Donnie Chastain, 40, of Talking Rock, Charles Johnson, 34, of Marble Hill and Michael Smith, 31, of Ellijay were all arrested Tuesday and charged with felony theft by taking, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. Visit Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch for more on this story. 


Attempted Robbery Suspect Still At Large
- Roswell Patch

An attempted robbery of a Barrington Farms resident returning home from the store on Tuesday, Jan. 15, has the local community shaken up and on guard.

According to Roswell Police Spokeswoman Lisa Holland, officers responded to a call from the victim in reference to an armed robbery. Visit Roswell Patch for more on this story.

- Cartersville Patch

A Cartersville man and woman accused of abusing and sexually assaulting an elderly woman were deemed guilty Monday in Bartow County Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Mickey Thacker said.

A jury found Mark Steven Kent, 52, guilty of aggravated sodomy and sexual battery after his co-defendant, Thelma Helen Riddle, 59, pleaded guilty to abusing an elderly person and testified against Kent in a deal with prosecuting attorneys. Read more on Cartersville Patch.


Alpharetta Couple Indicted For Running Pill Mills
- Alpharetta-Milton Patch

An Alpharetta man and his wife were among those indicted for the illegal sale and distribution of pain killers to addicts and drug dealers at three AMARC pain clinics in metro Atlanta.

Godfrey Ilonzo, 63, of Alpharetta, the owner of the pain clinics; Bona Ilonzo, 51, of Alpharetta, his wife and office manager; Dr. Nevorn Askari, 57, of Monroe; and Dr. William Richardson, 59, of Atlanta, were indicted and arrested on federal drug and money laundering charges for their respective roles in operating so-called “pill mill” pain clinics. Visit Alpharetta-Milton Patch for more on this story.

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