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Briefs: Marijuana plants found at teacher's home; armed teens rob Waffle House

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A middle school teacher with the Clark County School District was arrested Wednesday after officers alleedly they found several marijuana plants growing in his home.

Mr. Joseph Weston LePage, 28, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule I drug (psilocybin - a hallucinogenic mushroom), the Athens-Clarke County police said Thursday.

On Wednesday, drug enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Mr. LePage’s home at 1112 West Lake Drive, police spokeswoman Ms. Hilda Sorrow said.

Mr. LePage arrived while officers were still searching his home, Ms. Sorrow said.

“Investigators located several marijuana plants as well as equipment commonly used in marijuana-grow operations,” she said.

Mr. LePage was released from the Clarke County jail Thursday afternoon after posting a total bond of $8,000, according to the jail’s website.

Mr. LePage has been employed by the Clarke County School District since August 2012 and taught at Clarke Middle School since June 2013, Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Waffle House Armed Robbery

Two suspects, possibly in their late teens, robbed a Waffle House Thursday morning in Cobb County. And police hours later were still searching for the men.

Shortly before 5:50 a.m., the gunmen entered the restaurant at 7350 Six Flags Drive near Austell, according to Cobb County police.

At least one of them produced his weapon and demanded the cash drawer, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the perpetrators then fled the business in a dark colored Oldsmobile or Cadillac, Officer Bowman said. No one was injured in the robbery, he said.
Police said both suspects are slim-built black males, possibly in their late teens, who were armed with silver handguns.
One was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and a bandana covering his face, Officer Bowman said. The other was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and also had a bandana covering his face, he said.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Cobb County police at (770) 499-3945.