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Man is accused of beating woman, 73

ATHENS, GA. — An Oconee County handyman has been arrested and charged with beating a 73-year-old customer in a dispute over money.

Police accuse Jacob Potter Wagner, 22, of beating Judith Gilvey in the face and head Thursday. The woman called 911, and medics found her bloodied inside her home.

Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry told The Athens Banner-Herald that officers found Wagner’s car and located him in nearby woods. He was charged with aggravated battery and held in jail without bond. A .22-caliber rifle was found in his car.

The victim was in intensive care Friday. Berry said several items were taken from the woman’s home but declined to provide more details.

Black bear causes scare outside home

BALL GROUND, GA. — A black bear was an unwelcome visitor at a Cher­okee County home last week.

The young bear came onto Kim Fountain’s back porch Wednesday evening and wouldn’t leave. Fountain called authorities, and after a brief standoff with a sheriff’s deputy in which the bear started stomping the ground, the state De­part­ment of Natural Re­sources was contacted to handle the animal. The bear sauntered off into the woods behind the home before they arrived.

The department estimates Georgia is home to at least 5,100 bears, most in north Georgia. During the spring and summer, adult males typically force young males out of their home territory to roam around trying to establish their own turf.


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