Regional Roundup: Bomb Threat Scam, Entering Autos on the Rise, and New Lane on SR 316 Opens

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

-- Dacula Patch

A Dacula man turned down an unusual phone solicitation Thursday afternoon.

The victim, who lives in Belfaire subdivision off Auburn Road, reportedly received a phone call at approximately 4 p.m. on April 12 from a caller with a “Jamaican” accent. According to the victim, the caller warned there was going to be an explosion in the area and asked the victim if he “wanted the bomb to be canceled.”

The suspect then inquired if the victim lived near the or the Walgreens on Braselton Highway. The victim replied that he lived in that area. The suspect asked if the victim could meet at the Hamilton Mill Walmart and allegedly told the victim to bring $100 if he wanted the explosion stopped.

The victim informed the suspect he was not going to meet at the Walmart. The victim said the caller began to speak again, but then hung up the phone.


– Athens Patch

According to the , there has been a 16 percent increase in the number cases involving entering autos in Athens since last year.

Approximately 70 percent of these vehicles were left unlocked, or at least there was no sign of forced entry.

Backpacks, wallets, and purses were the favored items—39 of them were stolen. Coming in second at 27 incidents were iPods, iPhones, or other similar hand held electronics.  Approximately 17 GPS units and 10 laptops were also stolen.


-- Lawrenceville Patch

After nearly , a new lane on State Route 316 opened Friday afternoon, just in time for the evening rush hour.

The new lane on SR 316 eastbound runs from the I-85 split to Sugarloaf Parkway.Funding for this project came from SPLOST programs.

Michael Dwells April 15, 2012 at 05:38 PM
It's a scary possibility that scammer would do what they threaten the victims with. If the scammer knows the phone number, then it's possible that he knows he address, too. He could easily do as he say and being a working husband and a father, I feel alarmed at the thought. I work in the office and leave my wife and kids at home. This is why my wife never take anonymous calls anymore. And she's certainly familiar with www.callercenter.com. She keeps record of the phone numbers reported there so she knows which phone number to look out for. I suggest you guys do the same.


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