Man Charged with Arson, Cruelty to Animals; 4 Injured in Cartersville Plant Explosion

Top Patch headlines from around metro Atlanta and north Georgia include the mug shots of Atlanta Public School teachers and administrators indicted in a historic cheating scandal.

 - Loganville-Grayson Patch

A man with the same address as a Loganville house that was set on fire in January has been charged with arson and other crimes, according to Gwinnett County Jail records.

Gwinnett County police arrested Jonathan Clint Smith on Thursday, charging him with theft by taking, false report of a crime, cruelty to animals, two counts of theft by deception and first-degree arson. He remains in the Gwinnett County jail with no bond. Loganville-Grayson Patch has more on the story.

Updated: 4 Minor Injuries in Explosion at Plant Bowen in Cartersville - Cartersville Patch

An explosion caused by a malfunctioning turnbine late Thursday rocked Georgia Power's Plant Bowen in Bartow County near Cartersville, the second-largest coal-fueled plant in Georgia. Four people suffered minor injuries.

Residents and locals from miles around felt and heard the blast described as sounding like a "sonic boom" or an earthquake. They say it shook buildings and even knocked items off a table. Visit Cartersville Patch for more on the story and continuing updates.

Man Allegedly Threatened Cobb Judge - Kennesaw Patch

Officials with the Cobb County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday arrested a Bartow County man who authorities said threatened a Cobb County Superior Court judge.

Paul Lavalle Nally, 67, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at his Rydal home on a charge of terroristic threats, Nancy Bodiford, the spokeswoman for the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement. Visit Kennesaw Patch for more on this story. 

Sex Offender Wanted by Forsyth Sheriff's Office - Cumming Patch

A man who failed to register as sex offender and violated his probation is wanted by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office .

Curtis Joe Motes, 27, is required to register annually as a convicted sex offender, but failed to do so last month, according to Deputy Courtney Beal Spriggs, public information officer of the FCSO. Visit Cumming Patch for more on this story. 

Photo Gallery of Indicted Cascade Area Teachers and Administrators - Cascade Patch

Patch has the photos that once revered educators and administrators never thought they would take. Thirty-five individuals in total have been charged, fingerprinted, and released on bond, for their alleged roles in the historic APS Cheating Scandal.

The defendants in this case will see a judge today for arraignments, WSB-TV reports. Find all the details and continuing updates on Cascade Patch.


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