Regional Roundup: Fake Traffic Stops, $#%@ Sign and Weekend Book Festival
A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.
Police Warn Motorists to Be on the Lookout for Fake Traffic Stops – Woodstock Patch
Across metro Atlanta, there have been several reports of fake traffic stops.
Two police impersonators were involved in a July theft in Paulding County, according to Dallas-Hiram Patch.
Hall County authorities in April arrested a Monroe man who allegedly pretended to be a police officer, according to CBS Atlanta.
"In light of recent events in neighboring jurisdictions, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to advise motorists that if they are ever in the process of being pulled over, there are certain steps they can take to reassure them it is a legitimate stop," Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, said in a Monday alert.
Activist Says Metro City Violating His Right to Free Speech – Dunwoody Patch
A Dunwoody resident has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, arguing that his First Amendment rights are being violated because the city denied his application for a sign that insulted Public Works Director Michael Smith.
According to the Reporter Newspapers, Joe Hirsch and his organization, “Dunwoody’s Public Works Director Michael Smith is a $#%@,” applied for a sign under the city's Adopt-A-Spot program. The city rejected his application, which prompted Hirsch and his attorneys to file the lawsuit on Aug. 13.
Book Festival Expected to Draw Thousands – Decatur Patch
More than 70,000 people are expected to attend this weekend’s Decatur Book Festival.
The seventh annual Decatur Book Festival will feature more than 300 authors presenting, a writer's conference, teen and children's activities, a silent auction, cooking demonstrations, food, beer and wine and more.
Event organizers have launched an app to help visitors navigate the festival.
Austell Man Charged with Impersonating Doctor, Treating 500 Patients – South Cobb Patch
An Austell man pretended to be a visiting doctor in Columbia, S.C., where he treated more than 500 senior patients, Lexington County deputies report.
Authorities arrested Ernest Addo of Austell on Friday and charged him with unlawfully practicing medicine, Irmo Patch reported. He is being held at the Cobb County Detention Center.
Lexington County Sheriff Jeff Metts said county deputies are beginning the extradition process in Georgia.