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News Nearby: 3 Die in House Fire; Smyrna Prostitution Sting

A burglary ring commits 10 burglaries of Mableton and Austell businesses in three weeks and a pro-charter school group launches a social media campaign—take a look at the top Patch headlines from the Cobb and metro Atlanta area.

Owners of Burned Home Identified

No one has heard from Ricky, Darlene and Lindsey Norrell all day.

And while a spokesman for the said that "it appears likely" that the this morning are theirs, Lt. Jay Baker said investigators can't "definitively conclude that" at this time.

"The bodies," Baker said, "have not been identified."

Police: Drugs, Stolen Gun in Hotel Prostitution Sting

What would have been a routine prostitution sting for the Smyrna Police Department resulted in the recovery of a stolen firearm and an assortment of illegal drugs at a Smyrna hotel.

According to an arrest warrant, Amanda Lee Causey, 28, of Rome was charged with theft of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and various drug charges.

The warrant also stated that Causey’s accomplice Eathan Kuykendall, 35, of Acworth, received three charges of possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, giving false information to a police officer and felon in possession of a firearm.

West Cobb Girl Sings For Her Sister

When 10-year-old Jenna Rohrbach took the field Wednesday night to sing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Braves' game against the San Francisco Giants, she was singing for her sister.

That's because her sister, Alexa, died from cancer three years ago at the age of 11. Tonight is Rally Night at Turner Field in honor of the Atlanta-based Rally Foundation, which raises money to research cures for childhood cancer. Six Rally Kids, who either have fought or are currently fighting cancer, were invited to the pre-game batting practice and the game as guests of the team.

Find more on the story at West Cobb Patch.

South Cobb Burglary Ring Strikes Again…and Again

Cobb Police are reaching out to the community for information about a burglary ring they believe have committed 10 burglaries of Mableton and Austell businesses in three weeks, hitting some businesses twice.

Police believe the incidents are connected because they have all occurred during the same time frame and have all been executed in the same manner.

All of the incidents have occurred between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. and most of the targeted businesses had glass front doors which were shattered by rocks thrown by the burglars.

Read more on South Cobb Patch. 

Pro-Charter School Campaign Launches

Supporters of a constitutional amendment that asks voters if the state should have full authority to approve and fund local charter schools have started a social media campaign to get the measure passed in November.

This week, the Families for Better Public Schools campaign launched a website as well as Facebook and Twitter pages to share the benefits of charter schools with voters.

“We have a very active network of charter parents, students and teachers,” said Mark Peevy, the manager of the Families for Better Public Schools campaign, which is registered as a statewide constitutional amendment ballot committee with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. 

Read more on Canton-Sixes Patch. 

No Tax Hike Proposed for Powder Springs

 residents likely won’t see an increase in their property taxes this year.

City officials have recommended the millage rate remain at 8.50 mills, the rate at which it has been set for at least the last five years. No one attended an initial hearing held Wednesday night during the city council’s special called meeting.

Read more on West Cobb Patch.  

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