- Alpharetta-Milton Patch
Two children, ages 2 and 5, were left alone in an Alpharetta store parking lot inside a locked SUV on Tuesday, July 24. According to a police report, the children's mother left them in the car because they were asleep and she didn't want to wake them.
A passerby asked a patrolling officer to check the back of a black Honda Pilot in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store parking lot. Upon investigation police located the two children who were crying and sweating profusely. The older child was able to unlock the car for the officer. The SUV was not running and had one window opened only a half inch.
The responding police officer placed the two children in his air conditioned patrol car and gave them both water. The temperature in the car was tested by Alpharetta Dispatch and found to be 92 degrees.
The children's mother was found inside the fabric store and stated to police that she thought it was okay to leave the children for 10 minutes. Police arrested the mother for two counts of reckless conduct and the children's father picked them up at the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.
-- Barrow Patch
A 38-year-old Winder man is missing and, due to his mental state and inability to fully care for himself, is considered endangered.
The is searching for Richard Maner, who reportedly suffers from an unknown mental illness causing Maner to have a child-like mentality. Maner lives with his step-brother and left his residence July 23.
Maner is described as a white male who was last seen wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt with “Godsmack” written on it, navy pants, navy and white shoes and was possibly carrying a duffle bag. He is approximately 5’08” tall and 180 pounds with black and grey hair. Maner is believed to have left Winder walking.
Anyone who has contact with Richard Maner is asked to notify the Winder Police Department at 770-867-2156.
- Buckhead Patch
The Atlanta License Review has given two Starbucks locations in the Buckhead area approval to sell beer and wine. Apparently Starbucks has been testing the market for beer and wine sales since 2009 and announced this past December that it would be expanding the sale of alcoholic beverages at Starbucks stores.
The two locations in Buckhead to test the market include the 1230 West Paces Ferry Road and 1801 Howell Mill Road stores. Beer typically sells at Starbucks for $5 and wine prices range from $7 to $9. Select Starbucks locations begin selling alcoholic beverages at 2 p.m.