GA Man Jamie Thrasher ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Night Athens Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash

OCONEE COUNTY, GA. (THECOUNT) — Jamie Thrasher, of Athens, Georgia, has been identified as the victim in a Wednesday night fatal vehicle crash in Oconee County.

Thrasher, 40, was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Athens Wednesday night.

According to reports, Thrasher was operating a vehicle on Timothy Road in Athens, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle wrecked Wednesday night.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Thrasher:

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Oconee County is a county located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,808. The county seat is Watkinsville. Oconee County is included in the Athens-Clarke County, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

OH Teen Asher Messer ID’d As Victim In Sunday Athens Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash

ATHENS COUNTY, OH. (THECOUNT) — Asher Messer, of Grove City, Ohio, has been identified as the victim in a Sunday morning multi-vehicle crash in Athens County.

Messer, 19, was killed in a vehicle crash involving two pickup trucks in Alexander Township on Sunday morning.

According to reports, Messer was operating a vehicle on OH-33 near Hawks Nest Road in Athens, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes early Sunday. The vehicle then made contact with a pickup truck operated by Joseph C. Fletcher, 32, of Milford, Michigan.

The force of the crash caused Fletcher’s pickup to exited the roadway and roll over.

A third pickup struck debris from the initial incident.

Messer was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Fletcher was transferred to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The third involved driver did not suffer any injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Athens County is a county in southeastern Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,757. Its county seat is Athens. The county was formed in 1805 from Washington County – Wikipedia.

Athens GA ‘Hedges on Broad’ Bar Owner David Ippisch Indicted On Rape Kidnapping Charges

ATHENS, GA. (THECOUNT) — Athens, Georgia “Hedges on Broad” bar owner, David Ippisch, has been indicted on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual battery.

Ippisch, 38, whose bar is located near the University of Georgia campus, is accused of assaulting a 21-year-old woman in November.

The victim was not a UGA student, according to police.

Ippisch was arrested Nov. 26. His bond was denied in December. A judge ruled that he was likely to pose a risk to the community.

Channel 2’s Tony Thomas was in Athens after Ippisch’s arrest, where police confirmed reports of the attack.

“About 3:15 a.m., we took a report from a 21-year-old female indicating she had been sexually assaulted at the Hedges bar,” said Officer Geoffrey Gilland, with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. “The alleged assault happened somewhere in the bar. I don’t have any information at the exact location,” reports WSB.

Students told Thomas they were horrified at the accusations.

“It’s pretty disgusting, honestly. It’s pretty scary ’cause I know a lot of people, especially young girls, that go in there,” college student Cole Harper said.

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geo quick facts: Athens is a city in northeast Georgia. It’s known for its antebellum architecture. It marks the start of the state’s Antebellum Trail of historic Civil War towns. The T.R.R. Cobb House, the mansion of a mid-19th-century lawyer, has period furniture and exhibits related to Southern history. Nearby, the Taylor Grady House is a Greek Revival mansion, and the Church-Waddel-Brumby House dates from the early 19th century – wikipedia.

Former Athens City Middle School Asst Principal Mark Pickel Arranged ‘Sex With Infant’

CLEVELAND, TN. (THECOUNT) — Mark Avery Pickel, a former Athens City Middle School assistant principal, was arrested after police say he attempted to arrange sex with an infant.

Pickel, 51, used the KIK app to arrange to meet with an investigator posing as a new mother and her infant for sex.

Pickelm of Delano, TN, is charged with transportation of child pornography in interstate commerce and interstate travel with intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor.

According to federal court documents, Pickel corresponded with an undercover investigator who posed as a new mother with an infant on Kik. Authorities allege he outlined his desires towards infants to the investigator using a Kik screen name associated with Pickel, reports WVLT.

The undercover agent stated Pickel uploaded multiple explicit images of children to a private chat room and uploaded images of himself in a chat with the investigator.

Pickel also allegedly requested photos of the fictitious infant.

When Pickel traveled to a hotel to meet their “mother and infant” he was intercepted by officers who took him into custody.

Records show Pickel worked at Polk, Monroe and McMinn County schools over the course of his career.

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Geo quick facts: Athens is a city in McMinn County, Tennessee, United States. It is the county seat of McMinn County and the principal city of the Athens Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Chattanooga-Cleveland-Athens Combined Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

U Of Georgia Sprinter Elija Godwin Impales Self On Javelin While Doing Backwards Sprint

ATHENS, GA. (THECOUNT) — Elija Godwin has been identified as the University of Georgia sprinter lucky to be alive after accidentally impaling himself with a javelin.

Godwin, a freshmen sprinter on the team, was running drills on Tuesday afternoon when he backed into a javelin while performing a backwards sprint. The spear was stuck in the rack pointing upward at an angle when the freshman collided with it.

According to police reports, Godwin immediately went down and his teammates packed the area with gauze until he could be rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery, reports 11Alive.

Medical personnel reportedly had to saw off the piece of spear sticking out of his back to be able to get him into the ambulance with the front piece of the javelin still stuck inside his body.

The javelin reportedly went straight through Godwin’s back and became lodged in his chest. He suffered a punctured his lung which led to a collapsed lung. He has since successfully made it through surgery.

He off of oxygen and breathing on his own, according to his mother, Ginger Luby.

Happily, Luby says her son is expected to make a full recovery and might even be back to competing next year.

According to the official University of Georgia Track and Field website, Godwin is from Covington, Georgia and graduated from Newton High School.

Geo quick facts: Athens is a city in northeast Georgia. It’s known for its antebellum architecture. It marks the start of the state’s Antebellum Trail of historic Civil War towns. The T.R.R. Cobb House, the mansion of a mid-19th-century lawyer, has period furniture and exhibits related to Southern history. Nearby, the Taylor Grady House is a Greek Revival mansion, and the Church-Waddel-Brumby House dates from the early 19th century – wikipedia.

Clayton Bradley Arrested In TX Murder Of Rodney Abbott “Intentionally Struck Victim With Vehicle” In Athens

Clayton Bradley of Eustace, TX., is being held on $2.5 million bail after intentionally striking and killing a pedestrian while operating a motor vehicle in Athens Wednesday.

Rodney Abbott, 30, also from the Eustace area, was on foot when Bradley, 28, passed him while traveling in a pickup truck with a female passenger.

Bradley reportedly made a U-turn in Abbott’s direction and struck him at a high rate of speed. The truck then careened into a field and hit a tree of substantial size.

Abbott was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bradley allegedly fled the scene and was located a short time later by Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies at his nearby home. Continue reading

6.1 EARTHQUAKE Strikes GREECE

Region: GREECELixouri_Plateia

Geographic coordinates: 38.292N, 20.337E
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 13 km
Universal Time (UTC): 3 Feb 2014 03:08:46
Time near the Epicenter: 3 Feb 2014 05:08:46
Local standard time in your area: 3 Feb 2014 03:08:46

Location with respect to nearby cities:
12 km (7 mi) NW of Lixourion, Greece
74 km (45 mi) NW of Zakynthos, Greece
81 km (50 mi) SSW of Preveza, Greece
95 km (58 mi) W of Mesolongi, Greece
298 km (184 mi) W of Athens, Greece

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