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Guidebooks Cause Bomb Scare, Pyrotechnics Blamed for Explosion and Mother of Pit Bull Victim Arrested

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Guidebooks Cause Bomb Scare - Buckhead Patch

A set of Buckhead Guidebooks placed near a Buckhead bank on Wednesday caused a bomb scare and shut down Roswell and West Wieuca roads for a few hours while police investigated the suspicious package.

Atlanta Police Public Affairs Officer Kim Jones informed Buckhead Patch that there was never any danger. 

"SWAT removed the package from the bank and used a disrupter on it to render it safe," said Jones.

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Commercial Grade Pyrotechnics to Blame for Memorial Drive Explosion - East Atlanta Patch

The explosion at the Veteran's Thrift Shop at 1599 Memorial Drive Tuesday was caused by static electricity and commercial pyrotechnics, an Atlanta Police Department spokesman said.

The explosion, which came only a day after the terrorist bombings in Boston, drew a host of local, state and federal investigators who quickly determined that it wasn't a bomb.

East Atlanta Patch has more on this story.

Mother of Pit Bull Victim Arrested - Fort Stewart Patch

The mother of a Bryan County toddler who was killed last month in a pit bull attack has been arrested, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Summer Laminack, 18, was charged with cruelty to children and second-degree criminal negligence. She was arrested Tuesday and later released on a $5,000 bond, according to the Morning News.

Laminack's daughter, Monica Renee Laminack, was attacked and killed March 27 by seven dogs -- all pit bulls or pit bull mixes -- that were owned by her family. Monica would have been 2 years old in June.

Visit Fort Stewart Patch for additional details.

- Marietta Patch

When Marietta Police went to the Woodlands Park Apartments about 7 p.m. Friday, they made a gruesome discovery: a dead puppy surrounded by its own waste on the back porch and an 18-month-old child inside an unkempt one-bedroom unit without the most basic of necessities.

"There was no evidence of any baby food, bottles or any other necessary items needed to care for an 18-month-old child," the officer wrote in Cobb County criminal warrants. "Only four diapers were found inside the residence and the narcotics located inside the home were hidden inside of a box that contained the childs doll."

Read more on Marietta Patch. 

Police: Woman Tried to Run Over Her Husband - Douglasville Patch

A Douglasville woman was behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition on Friday when she allegedly tried to run over her husband with her six children in the SUV, according to a Cobb County criminal warrant.

Atavis Andrews and Lamont Bryant were arguing at the Austell Citgo gas station at 152 Riverside Pkwy. around 8 p.m. Friday. Bryant allegedly snatched Andrews' purse from her shoulder, records show.

"In an attempt to not allow Mr. Bryant to leave the gas station property," an officer wrote in the warrant, "accused then entered her vehicle with her six children inside the vehicle and drove toward Mr. Bryant in an attempt to either block or injure Mr. Bryant."

Andrews allegedly missed her target and instead struck a nearby concession stand, destroying a wooden stand and slightly injuring the nearby attendant, according to the warrant.

Douglasville Patch has additional details.

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