A Griffin dentist was arrested Wednesday night when security officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport discovered a gun in his carry-on bag.
Gordon Cleland Fraser, 44, of Peachtree City, made his first appearance Thursday afternoon in Clayton County Magistrate Court. Chief Magistrate Judge Daphne Walker set a $5,000 bond on the misdemeanor charge.
Fraser was represented by Atlanta attorney Jeff Hood. Hood told Walker he expected Fraser to be able to post bond. Outside of court, Hood said Fraser was going through security at Hartsfield on his way out of town, when the gun was discovered.
"He just forgot the gun was in his bag," said Hood.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office's online records, Fraser has been a licensed dentist since December 2002. His office is in Griffin.
In April 2009, the Georgia Board of Dentistry sanctioned Fraser for treatment of a patient during 2005-2006 that "fell below the minimum standards of acceptable and prevailing dental practices."
The Board put Fraser's license on probation for three years, and he was ordered to attend and complete a 20-hour course on risk management and ethics. The Board fined Fraser $2,000 and ordered him to complete six hours of continuing education course work in the area of implant placement on a medically-compromised patient.
Teen charged as adult in home invasion
A 15-year-old juvenile is being charged as an adult and held without bond in an Oct. 16 home invasion in Jonesboro.
Kardarius D. Fountain is charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in the incident reported on Robert E. Lee Parkway. Fountain made his first appearance Thursday afternoon in Clayton County Magistrate Court to hear the charges against him.
Chief Magistrate Daphne Walker said the warrants allege that Fountain and co-defendant, Justin McCoy, 20, broke into the house while the resident slept, to steal her flat-screen television. The woman woke up when her security alarm sounded, and found the two in her living room, according to the warrants. Walker said McCoy is accused of pointing a gun at the woman, and ordering her to the ground.
Instead, the woman grabbed her phone, ran away and called 911.
Walker denied bond in the case, telling Fountain he'd have to seek bond at a Nov. 18 hearing. His mother attended the brief hearing and told Walker she hired an attorney for her son. If convicted on the armed robbery charge, Fountain faces years in prison, said Walker.
"In this state, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for armed robbery," she said. "This is a very serious charge, especially at your age."
After the hearing, Fountain was returned to the Youth Detention Center to await his next court appearance.