News Around the Region: Cop Thwarts Prison Smuggling Attempt, Help Needed Identifying 'Buckhead Bandit' and More

A look at top stories from Patch sites across Georgia.

Cop Thwarts Prison Smuggling Attempt at Federal Pen — East Atlanta Patch

Atlanta police report that one of its officers thwarted what seemed to be four people trying to smuggle items  — including two loaded handguns — into the U.S. Federal Penitentiary.

Prison officials say all inmates are accounted for and and that their movements are restricted at the minimum security complex as the matter is being investigated.

It's unclear if any of the men were employees or inmates.

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APD Seeks Help Identifying 'Buckhead Bandit' — Buckhead Patch

Atlanta Police are investigating a series of armed business robberies committed by a suspect, dubbed the Buckhead Bandit. Police have released the attached surveillance videos in hopes that the suspect may be identified.

The Buckhead Bandit, a black male suspect who is approximately 5-foot-7, is thought to have committed about 10 armed robberies in the area, including a pharmacy in Midtown and a Subway in Brookhaven.

Read more on Buckhead Patch.


Hunters Not Happy With Potential City Ordinance Changes — Roswell Patch

As Roswell looks to make minor changes to its discharge of firearms ordinance the matter has stirred up renewed dissatisfaction with the city's handling of weapons permitting, causing the city to send the potential ordinance amendments to a March work session for further review.

The proposed amendment would clean up some of the ordinance's original language, as well as require permit holders to pay a fee and renew annually for firearms, air guns, BB guns, bows and crossbows. But local resident John Monroe seemed to believe the majority of the proposed amendments were aimed at law abiding hunters.



Man Charged With Robbing Cherokee Bank — Canton-Sixes Patch

An Acworth man has been arrested for allegedly robbing a Woodstock bank.

Chase Lovell Gates, 27, of Acworth has been charged with allegedly robbing Cherokee Bankin Woodstock.

Employees at the bank told investigators that Gates entered the bank and allegedly demanded money, according to a press release from the Woodstock Police Department. 

A teller at the bank gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. 



Truck Fire Shuts Down Ga. 400 Early Tuesday — Cumming Patch

A tractor-trailer truck fire closed the northbound lanes on GA 400 in Forsyth County early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The blaze broke out around 4:48 a.m. near Exit 15 (Baldridge Marina Road).

Sgt. Bryan Zimbardi of the Cumming Police Department  said the truck driver, Roger Harper, 46, of Winder, told authorities that he heard a strange noise coming from his truck near Exit 14 (Highway 20). He pulled off to the side of the roadway to check it out and after discovering no problems, got back in the truck and continued driving northbound. A few moments later he stopped near the Exit 15 ramp when he saw flames coming from underneath the truck.

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