Georgia 93.7 & AM1590 Local News Update 9-27-23

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A man is facing charges after robbing a bank in Chickamauga, yesterday, police say.  The Chickamauga Police Department says it happened at Cadence Bank on Highway 27.  They say a man walked into the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.  Chickamauga Police say the man, Rick Thomason Jr., was arrested 30 minutes later in Fort Oglethorpe.  Police say he was not armed at the time of the robbery.  It’s not clear at this time how much money he took.  Police say Thomason was already wanted by U.S. Marshals before the robbery happened for escaping FBI custody in Pensacola, Florida.  A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals says he was serving time for trafficking stolen firearms and felon in possession of firearms.  Police say Thomason is charged with robbery. They say more charges are pending.

A thrift store in Fort Oglethorpe will be closed indefinitely after a car drove into the store.  Providence Ministries said the vehicle entered the store.  No one was hurt in the incident but a major support beam inside the building will have to be replaced.  Until the work can be completed the store will be closed. 

USDA plans to distribute oral rabies vaccine baits in northwest Georgia next week to vaccinate raccoons against rabies. These baits, coated in fish crumbles, will be distributed by low-flying airplanes and helicopters throughout a vaccination area that includes Walker County.  It is recommended that anyone who finds a bait leave it alone to allow wildlife to find it.  However, if a bait is intact and out in the open, it can be tossed deeper into the woods or brush where a wild animal is more likely to find it.
A busy Thursday is planned for LaFayette athletics tomorrow.  Ramblers Volleyball is at home.  It’s senior night as the action gets underway at 5pm.  LaFayette will take on both Calhoun and Sonoraville.  The cross country team will host the Rambler Invitational tomorrow and softball faces Adairsville at 5:30pm.