NEWS NEARBY: Non-Functioning Metal Detectors, Costly Tornado Damage and 'Buckhead Bandit' Sketch

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 Atlanta School Shooting: Metal Detectors Weren't Working - East Atlanta Patch

An Atlanta Public Schools investigation of the metal detectors at Price Middle School following a Jan. 31 shooting of a student shows they weren't working.

In fact, in a statement released late Friday night, the district said the detectors at the Historic South Atlanta school have not been used much this current school year.

APS said that one of the two metal detectors is now functioning and that the other is expected to be operational next week.

Read more on East Atlanta Patch.


Georgia Tornadoes Cause $75 Million in Damage - Canton-Sixes Patch

Tornadoes that struck Georgia on Wednesday caused an estimated $75 million in insured losses, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said.

"That figure will rise as new claims are reported," Hudgens said in a release.

A final count late Thursday indicated 442 residential structures and 30 commercial properties—not individual businesses—in Bartow County were damaged.

Read more on Canton-Sixes Patch.


Sketch Released of Suspected 'Buckhead Bandit' - Buckhead Bandit

Atlanta police have released a sketch of a man suspected to be the so-called 'Buckhead bandit.'

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

In each of the incidents, the suspect is able to get away with $200 to $400.


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