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Gainesville Police investigate racial slurs, profanity painted on church

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Gainesville police are searching for the suspect who vandalized a church over the weekend.

They went to First Baptist Church on MLK Blvd. where they found racial slurs and other obscenities painted on the and around the building.

But the community came together shortly thereafter to help the church recover from the incident.

Arguing parents leave baby on side of the road

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Hall County parents were jailed after leaving their 9-month-old child on the side of the road.

The baby was left in a car seat Thursday afternoon near Petrofast Food Store at the corner of Old Cornelia Highway and Oconee Circle, in the Rabbittown area of Gainesville. A store clerk called the Hall County Sheriff's Office after spotting the child.

While employees waited for deputies to arrive, 33-year-old Heather Demonia arrived at the store and said she was the child's mother.

According to Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Nichole Bailes, Demonia and the baby's father, 30-year-old Thomas Broome, got into an argument. At some point during the fight, they abandoned their child on the side of the road.

Broome and Demonia were arrested and charged with reckless conduct. Bailes said more charges are pending.

McDonald's holding job fair in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- McDonald's will hold a job fair to fill 200 part-time positions at its restaurants in Buford, Gainesville and Oakwood.

The event will be Thursday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Georgia Department of Labor's Gainesville Career Center.

McDonald's needs employees to work in the restaurants' grills, lobbies and service areas. It is also hiring part-time managers to work at hourly rates.

Applicants must dress professionally for the career fair. A work history is not required, and salaries depend on experience. Employees can be as young as 16 if they have work permits.

Visit gdol.ga.gov for more information.

The Gainesville Career Center is located at 2756 Atlanta Highway.

Lake home on fire in Hall County

Witness describes scene as child escapes day care center

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A Gainesville daycare center is under investigation after a 4-year-old child wandered away onto a busy highway.

It happened Tuesday at the Gainesville Academy on Highway 63.  Witness Debra McEwen says she spotted the child in the roadway from about a half a mile away.

"At  the top of the hill, I noticed what looked like a small figure running into the right hand lane. She was  darting out into the traffic. she darted into my lane she darted into the other left lane, sees a truck coming she goes back into my lane across," she said.  McEwen passed the child without striking her.  "Then I look in my rear view mirror and she’s darting and people are slaming brakes on. It was just squealing tires and people trying to stop," she said.


85-year-old Hall Co. violin teacher charged with child molestation

Rabies alert issued in north Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A rabid raccoon was recently captured in northern Hall County.

The raccoon made contact with a dog in the Cool Springs Road area. Animal control officials caught the raccoon and shipped it to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, where it tested positive for rabies.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the raccoon was found. It is Hall County's third confirmed case of rabies this year.

Pet owners, especially ones who live near Cool Springs Road, are encouraged to vaccinate their animals for rabies. The Hall County Animal Shelter offers $10 vaccines Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.