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News Nearby: Oconee Suspected Meth House, Standoff Suspect Faces Charges, Movie Filming in Monroe

Here are headlines from around the region for Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

Oconee Investigators on Scene at Suspected Meth House 

Oconee County law enforcement officials were at an East Haven Trail residence early Friday investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab, according to an email to media from Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Lee Weems.

About 11 p.m. Thursday, a helicopter landed at Malcom Bridge Elementary School to transport a burn patient, Weems said. Investigators later determined the man had likely been injured while cooking meth. Read more on Oconee Patch.

Acworth Man Faces Charges After Standoff 

The 23-year-old man who allegedly charged a Cobb County Police officer with a knifeTuesday afternoon and kept neighbors from their homes for close to six hours as law enforcement negotiated with him has been identified as Timothy Przedpelski of Acworth.

Przedpelski is being held on charges of willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault, according to online Cobb County jail records. See Acworth Patch for more on this story.

Light's, Camera, Action - Hollywood Comes to Monroe, Ga.,... Again

Country Crossing gas station and a stretch of Highway 78 just outside Monroe is a movie set at the moment and is likely to be that way for at least Friday, according to members of the film crew. 

The Warner Bros movie "Prisoners," scheduled to be released in September 2013, is currently being filmed in Georgia and this week the set moved to Monroe. Last month, and up until recently, much of the movie has been filmed in a Conyers neighborhood, according to OnLocationVacations. Read more on Monroe Patch.

Sandy Springs Student to Appear on NPR 

Holy Innocents’ senior Wick Simmons has been invited to play on the NPR radio show “From the Top,” a preeminent showcase for young musicians. 

Simmons will play Ravel’s “Kaddish” during a taping March 3 at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson Hall. The show will air at a later date. Read more on Sandy Springs Patch.

An armed robbery held up the Family Dollar in North Decatur this week, demanding money and diapers before fleeing, DeKalb County police said.

The suspect walked into the store at 2615 North Decatur Road just before 8 p.m. and approached a clerk with his hands in his pockets, the police report said. He grabbed the clerk, and she told police she saw a black handgun in his waistband or pocket. Read more on North Druid Hills — Briarcliff Patch.

Smyrnan February 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM
News Closeby: SPD busts a grow house on Concord Rd (Smyrna Heights Neighborhood). I can hear the helicopters right now. Dos Amigos out of business. MK predicted it wouldn't stay open more than six months. I can't understand how it stayed open as long as it did. There was something suspicious about that restaurant. The owner of outstanding restaurants in Atlanta opens a bland Mexican restaurant in Smyrna. Smyrna's reputation - crime and failed businesses. Tom Boland has his work cut out for him.
226 February 16, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Care to expand on that something suspicious about the restaurant? You of course answered the question of why Dos Amigos failed when you called it a bland mexican restaurant. They never overcame their horrible opening weekend when my friends and i were told that after waiting half an hour for a table there was a table available, but the kitchen was running an hour behind. I fail to see how the city is to blame for a poorly run business failing. The only persons who believe that Smyrna has a reputation for crime are you and the person who you have obviously picked up the anti-Smyrna banner for MK. I wonder if you will also draw her attention to the article above about the armed robbery in her Babylon of Decatur, but i'm sure she would say that it is Smyrna's fault too. Speaking of which since she apparently is such a fantastic real estate forecaster i need to contact her for some investment tips.
Sylvia Beach February 16, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Thanks to Ms. Kirkendoll. We need more citizens like her to speak up. Their silence has gotten us a corrupt and incompetent Mayor and falling house values. Max Bacon is excited because a Krispy Kreme will be coming to an important corner in Smyrna. Heaven help us and our house values.
Brian February 16, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I liked Dos Amigos and it always seemed pretty busy. So obviously was mismanaged. Shame, but typical in the restaurant business. If it hasn't been open for over 5 years, don't fall in love with it.
226 February 16, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Wait, we have another MK apologist who will use any forum to sling mud at Smyrna. Even when the forum has nothing to do with Smyrna. I've only been practicing law for a few years but last time I checked calling someone corrupt without proof is slander. Where's your proof? Also, if you want to see corruption look at delalb county where Decatur is the county seat. CEO is about to be indicted and the school board disbanded.

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