Drought, lake level update; Storm-related damage; 17th sex sting suspect in custody

*The drought in Georgia this week is unchanged from a week ago. What’s left of it is confined to parts of ten counties from Towns in northeast Georgia to Dade in northwest Georgia. Those areas are still classified as “abnormally” dry – the lowest rating given by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Georgia | U.S. Drought Monitor (unl.edu) Meanwhile, the level of Lake Lanier Thursday morning was 1071.0 – full pool for winter.

*A motorist reports her car was damaged by flying debris at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton during Wednesday afternoon’s stormy weather. She told the Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) a gust of wind blew a section of chain fence from a construction area into her vehicle. She was not injured, and her car suffered minor damage.

*The 17th suspect in the HCSO sex sting conducted over the weekend is in custody. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Thursday Brandon McDaniel-Waddell, 29, Winder, (pictured) turned himself in at the Hall County Jail around 8:45 Wednesday morning.  He faces a single charge of felony sexual exploitation of a minor for “soliciting a person he believed to be under the age of 16 for an act of prostitution.” EARLIER STORY:17 charged in latest crackdown on sex-related crimes 97.5 Glory FM | North Georgia’s Family Radio Station (wgtjradio.com)