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NEWS NEARBY: Paralyzed Athlete To Climb Stone Mountain, a Gun Rights Gathering, and Silver Thieves ...

A look at top stories from Patch sites across Georgia.

- Stone Mountain Patch

Last year, while waiting for his wife and son to return from their trek up Stone Mountain, Michael Mills noticed something on the faces of the people who had finished the journey.

"Every time I saw people come down they had a smile on their face," Mills recalled.

Mills, a father of three and an athlete who was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident in 1993, decided he would not only challenge himself by doing the climb -- which he plans to do this Saturday -- but raise money for the charity Bert's Big Adventure as well. He said he'll be the first paralyzed person to climb Stone Mountain.

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Hundreds Rally at the Georgia Capitol for Gun Rights - Cascade Patch

Gun rights advocates continue to fight in Georgia for what they say is their Constitutional guarantee.

Gun rights leaders spoke to the crowds at the Georgia Capitol Friday about potential legislation limiting the amount of rounds a magazine can hold and where guns can be concealed and carried.

A few lawmakers could be seen on the Capitol steps overlooking the crowds that formed, and Capitol police had a good eye on the crowd as well and sported new assault style rifles.

Visit Cascade Patch to see additional photos and video of the event.

 

APD Arrests 6 Carjacking Suspects; Group May be Linked to Homicides - East Atlanta Patch

Atlanta Police announced Friday that they had arrested six suspected carjackers and charged them in a string of incidents across the city and neighboring communities.

"These are significant arrests, because carjacking is a violent crime that often leads to even more dangerous crimes," said Lt. Paul Guerrucci.  "Getting these men off the streets will make Atlanta, and the metro area, a safer place, without question."

East Atlanta Patch has more on this story.

 

Several Barrow County Homes Damaged by Fire - Barrow Patch

Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a fire in the 100 block of Alicia Drive. Upon arrival of firefighters, fire was found in the garage and had extended into the attic. Firefighters started an aggressive attack and kept the fire from spreading further into the house.

Engine 7, Engine 3, Engine 4, Med 4, Med 7 and Battalion 1 responded to this scene. The fire caused extensive damage to the home and garage.

Visit Barrow Patch for more on this story.

 

Thieves Again Target Buckhead Homes for Silver - Buckhead Patch

Buckhead residents have received warnings this week from the Atlanta Police Department about local thieves targeting their neighborhoods for valuable silver found in their homes.

There have been at least four silver burglaries during the month of January in Buckhead, and one of them even being just seconds from the Governor's Mansion.

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Couple Uses Boy to Shoplift Merchandise - Cartersville Patch

Bartow County authorities say a local pair used a boy to try to shoplift nearly $250 in merchandise, then fled on foot when the juvenile was caught.

A Walmart asset protection worker reported the alleged theft shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, after stopping the boy outside the store with a cart full of items for which he had not paid, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report

Cartersville Patch has more on this story.

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