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Doctor arrested for practicing without a license

Doctor arrested for practicing without a license

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A Sandy Springs doctor has been arrested for practicing medicine without a license.

It wasn't Kelly Burton Thrasher's first arrest. The 41 year old was previously charged with rendering a woman unconscious so he could have sex with her. He is also accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl during a slumber party at his house.

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Late last year, Sandy Springs police received several phone calls stating Thrasher was practicing medicine. His medical license was suspended after his earlier arrest.

Suspect now tied to seven armed robberies in past month

Suspect now tied to seven armed robberies in past month

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga -- A serial robber isn't making it hard for police to tie all of his robberies together. So far police believe the suspect has robbed seven gas stations or drug stores since December 10, 2013.

Five different police agencies have tied the cases together from surveillance video and descriptions from victims and witnesses in the seven robberies.

He walks into the stores and demands money from the clerk and then walks out with only a handful of cash. Police said he is rarely violent. In one robbery he knocked over a display case when the clerk didn't comply with his demands.

Sandy Springs BBQ restaurant masked drug ring

Sandy Springs BBQ restaurant masked drug ring

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A Sandy Springs couple that ran a barbecue joint was really cooking up a giant drug running and money laundering business.

The large-scale scheme coordinated with distribution of thousands of kilograms of cocaine imported from Mexico and transported from California to Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and laundered millions of dollars in drug proceeds in Georgia, federal prosecutors say.

The organization coordinated its efforts through the KC PIT BBQ Restaurant in Sandy Springs, with the assistance of other businesses and professionals.

Jiles and Shannon Johnson, former owners of the now closed restaurant on Roswell Road, and Matthew Ware, the restaurant's accountant, have been sentenced to federal prison.

Reward increased in Sandy Springs murder

Reward increased in Sandy Springs murder

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs police have increased a reward for information in a fatal shooting last week.

Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose said a 28-year-old Hispanic man was shot to death Nov. 15 at a shopping center on Northwood Drive, just south of Interstate 285.

Tranquilino "Frankie" Lorenzo-Garcia is wanted in connection with the shooting. He is 31 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Rose said police are offering $8,000 in addition to the $2,000 offered by Crime Stoppers Atlanta for information leading to Lorenzo-Garcia's arrest.

Anyone who sees Lorenzo-Garcia or knows his whereabouts is asked to call Sandy Springs police at 770-551-3296 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

Witnesses sought in Sandy Springs shooting

Witnesses sought in Sandy Springs shooting

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Police would like to speak with two men who may have information about a recent shooting at a Sandy Springs bar.

The shooting happened at around 2:20 a.m. Monday at Tailfeathers Restaurant & Piano Bar near the intersection of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive.

Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose said the victim, 22-year-old Rodriguez Price, got into a fight with another man inside the bar. As Price tried to walk to his car, the same man shot him and then ran.

Price was taken to North Fulton Hospital. He is expect to recover.

The gunman is still at large. Rose said police believe he is a heavyset black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, who fled the scene in a black sedan.

Two men were photographed inside the bar that same night; Rose said police believe the men know something about the shooting. They are now asking the men in the photo to come forward.

2 Ga. women indicted in $943,000 embezzlement

2 Ga. women indicted in $943,000 embezzlement

ATLANTA -- Federal prosecutors say two former Cox Communications employees accused of embezzling more than $940,000 from the company have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Officials said Tuesday that 36-year-old Joysha Flucker and 38-year-old Sakia Allen of Jonesboro had access to the company's electronic invoicing system that tracked payments to third parties. Prosecutors say Flucker and Allen manipulated the invoicing system so the company would issue duplicate payments to the third parties that were funneled into bank accounts each of them had control over.

Officials say the two stole more than $943,800 from the company.

Prosecutors say Allen has already pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud, and Flucker was arraigned Tuesday. It's unclear if she has an attorney.

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Several metro Atlanta residents have been sentenced in federal court for planning to peddle prescription drugs.

Kristen Noelle Goduto and 12 co-defendants all pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

"These defendants exhibited total disregard for how their pill peddling could destroy lives," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "This prescription drug can be deadly when not taken under proper medical oversight. Such brazen forging of prescriptions should serve as a reminder that some in our society will go to any length for illicit gain."

"We will continue in our commitment to prosecute law-breakers and keep the citizens of this district safe," Yates added.