Regional Roundup: Gardener Grows Pot in Pots, Man Poses as Girl on Facebook and Confederate Constitution on Display

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

– Alpharetta Patch

Eric Price Leef, 41, of Milton, was arrested and cited for possession and manufacturing of marijuana after police found pot growing in Leef’s patio garden.

Leef’s ex-wife called Milton police when her daughter told her there were pot plants growing on the home's back patio. The juvenile said she was curious about the plants and asked her father what they were and he said "pot." His ex-wife was told the same thing when she asked.

A Milton police officer heard a different story when he asked, as the suspect said he found seeds in a box in the garage and decided to grow them.


– Cumming Patch

A Cumming man faces 11 sex crimes for allegedly posing as a teenage girl on Facebook to elicit sexual images from middle-school age boys, according to authorities.

investigators arrested 31-year-old Brendan J. Spaar Tuesday night and charged him with four counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual exploitation of children and three counts of computer pornography.

Spaar used his Facebook page to meet boys and begin a relationship. Spaar is accused of convincing boys to provide their cell phone numbers and then sending explicit photos of a female teen in order to convince the boys to send explicit photos and video of themselves to Spaar. The victims believed the images were going to the fictitious teenage girl.

No physical contact ever occurred between Spaar and the four victims that have been identified.

-- Athens Patch

Placed in a dark, dry, secure location throughout most the year, the Confederate Constitution is now on display at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The manuscript – which measures nearly 12 and a half feet long – is written on vellum and is carefully unrolled and laid inside a plastic encasement for public viewing. 

The Confederate Constitution, adopted in March of 1861, was first in Montgomery, Al. Later, it was taken to Richmond, Va., and stayed there for the duration of the war. According to Toby Graham, Director of the Hargrett library, the document was then unceremoniously dumped by a railway station in April of 1865, toward the end of the war. 

A few other exhibits are on display as well, including the women's history exhibit, Native American history and colonial history. 


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