MTV Show Filming in Area; Alleged Assault in Midtown
Brookhaven becomes a city; Cobb School District orders that all journalistic content must be approved by the school's principal; a child was injured in a BB gun accident—here are some of the top headlines from in and around metro Atlanta.
Alleged Assault at Atlantic Station
Details surrounding an alleged assault on a gay man Saturday night as he exited an Atlantic Station parking garage were still emerging Monday afternoon.
As Project Q Atlanta reported, the victim was at the mixed-use development to attend the gay-friendly Fenuxe Fire Party in the former Fox Sports Grill space. The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m.
According to the Atlanta Police, the 50-year-old victim said he was walking in the west district area of Atlantic Station when he asked a male and female couple for directions. The white male then reportedly asked him, “Are you gay?” When the victim replied that he was, he said the man knocked him to the ground with a punch to the face, striking his head as he fell.
Mableton Subway Robbed
Cobb Police are investigating an armed robbery and aggravated assault, which occurred at Subway at 1025 Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton.
Investigators said that on Sunday at 5 p.m., two African-American men (pictured here) entered the sandwich shop and asked customers to lie on the ground. One of the men showed the customers his handgun as he ordered them to get down while the other man removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled.
Child Injured in BB Gun Accident
Dunwoody Police are reporting an injury to a 7-year-old who shot the primer from a bullet in his BB gun Monday afternoon and was hurt.
The youth was not named. Police say that the child shot the primer from a 40-caliber bullet in his BB gun and then was injured by the shrapnel.
Sprayberry Principal Must OK Paper Content
In a move stemming from the publication of an April Fool's edition of a student-run newspaper that called President Barack Obama "a Nazi," the Cobb County School District has ordered that all journalistic content must be approved by the school's principal.
Sprayberry High School's newspaper "The Stinger" became a lightning rod for controversy in April, when it published an article listing 20 reasons why President Obama should not be re-elected.
Some of the reasons were, "because his dog is ugly," "he's a Nazi," and, "he's black."
On Eve of Funeral, Ball Ground Learns 3 Were Murder-Suicide Victims
As relatives received visitors Friday, authorities identified the three bodies pulled from the rubble of a Ball Ground home leveled by a fire last month, and announced all were victims of a murder-suicide.
"Facts and circumstances of the deaths lead investigators to conclude that Ricky Norrell shot his wife Darlene and daughter Lindsey before taking his own life," Lt. Jay Baker, the spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, said in a press release.
The medical examiner at the GBI crime lab found that 46-year-old Darlene and 19-year-old Lindsey Norrell were shot in the head, the victims of homicide. The death of 49-year-old Ricky Norrell was listed as a suicide. Read more...
Brookhaven Voters Approve Cityhood
Brookhaven voters approved cityhood during last week's primary elections by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent.
"After the vote has been verified by the county, we'll catch our breath and get to work building a city," said J. Max Davis, chairman of BrookhavenYES. "Even those who were opposed to cityhood are welcome to join us."
Voters in 12 precincts, comprising about 30,000 registered voters, had the opportunity to decide the issue on Tuesday, July 31.
Another MTV Show Filming in Area
Large trailers, lighting trucks and other vehicles used for TV production are parked on Redding Drive near Ashford Park in Brookhaven, filming a pilot for MTV called Cassandra French.
It's based on a book of the same name by Eric Garcia. The subject matter tends toward the black comedy side of things. The titular character has three young men locked in her basement where she teaches them how to become perfect boyfriend material after she's endured years of frustration in the Los Angeles dating pool.