News Nearby: Austell Man Charged With Impersonating Doctor; Fire at Tyler Perry Studios
Here are some of the top headlines from around the region.
Austell Man Charged With Impersonating Doctor, Treating 500 Patients
An Austell man pretended to be a visiting doctor in Columbia, SC, where he treated more than 500 senior patients, Lexington County deputies report.
Authorities arrested Ernest Addo of Austell Friday and charged with unlawfully practicing medicine, Irmo Patch reported. He is being held at the Cobb County Detention Center.
Small Fire Reported at Tyler Perry Studios for Second Time
Local news helicopters took pictures of firefighters battling a small blaze at Tyler Perry Studios located in the East Point/College Park area near Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta.
According to 11Alive News, construction materials located on the roof of one of the buildings caught fire, "late Monday morning." No injuries were reported, and the fire department has said the blaze in under control.
Cartersville Man Still Missing in Myrtle Beach
Although tipsters have reported sightings of the Cartersville man missing in Myrtle Beach for nearly a month, Johnny Lamar Brown has not been found.
Brown, 44, never returned from an Aug. 3 walk in the South Carolina beach town. He and his family were vacationing, according to Myrtle Beach police.
"He left his wallet and all his belongings in the hotel room," authorities said in a press release. "Mr. Brown is confused easily and has a speech impediment, making him hard to understand."
Alpharetta Gas Station ‘Skimmer’ Sentenced to Prison
More than 175 customers of the BP station on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta saw a little justice today when the man who was convicted of "skimming" their credit and debit card information in 2008 to steal money from them was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.
Boris Toumasian, 25, of Glendale, CA, who stole credit and debit card information from BP gas station customers and then used the information to create counterfeit cards, withdraw money from the customers’ bank accounts, and buy electronics, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten to serve 5 years in federal prison on charges of conspiracy, credit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft. At the conclusion of the sentencing, the judge ordered the U.S. Marshals to take Toumasian into custody.
Charlie Loudermilk Stepping Down from Aaron’s Leadership
Buckhead business legend Charlie Loudermilk is taking another step in handing off leadership of Aaron's, the rent-to-own company that he founded, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The article said Loudermilk announced Monday that he will step down as the chairman of the company's board in mid-September to become chairman emeritus.