Atlanta Police evacuated the Wells Fargo located at 4454 Roswell Road after someone called in a suspicious package inside the bank. Officers proceeded to shut down the intersection of Roswell and Wieuca roads before they detonated an unmarked carton filled with local guidebooks distributed by the Buckhead Coalition.
"SWAT removed the package from the bank and used a disruptor on it to render it safe," said Atlanta Police spokesperson Kim Jones. "The package turned out to be guidebooks."
According to the Reporter Newspapers, Buckhead Coalition president and former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell later apologized for a deliveryman's "poor judgment" after he left the highly informative enchiridions inside the financial institution.
"We regret the inconvenience [the Buckhead guidebooks] caused individuals and businesses in the area and compliment those in charge of involving appropriate law enforcement management of the situation," Massell said in a statement.
Since Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, people have been on edge about unattended bags and suspicious boxes and containers. Massell managed to make light of today's situation once it died down. In addition to his apology, he acknowledged that he was delighted that some "humorist" called the Coalition and praised the civic group for its "widespread" distribution of the guidebooks.
Around 4 a.m., a man called the Atlanta Police saying that he had planted a chemical device somewhere on the campus. APD, along with Turner and Omni Hotel security staff, swept the entire complex for signs of the bomb, but found no such evidence. They completed their sweep of the building and reopened the surrounding roads just after 6 a.m.
The man who phoned in the threat also made an extortion attempt, demanding $15,000 and a plane ticket out of the city. An APD spokesperson failed to comment, however, on whether the suspect had also wanted them to cover the already discounted $4.95 charge for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Wi-Fi as well.
According to Atlanta Police Capt. Adam Lee III, the individual sounded "depressed," and claimed that he was "wanted by the federal government" for a supposed RICO violation. At the moment, APD is working on tracing the call's origins as well as finding a motive behind the threat.
The scene: David Driver's Northwest Georgia turtle farm.
The setup: Vandals tear down a fence along the farm's perimeter.
The action: Between 1,600 and 2,200 tiny, green reptiles — snappers, Eastern paints, yellow-bellied sliders — pack their tiny, turtle suitcases (their shells — a doi), and slowly scooted toward freedom in nearby ponds and creeks.
What really happened: A spunky group of vaguely anthropomorphized turtles hatch elaborate plot to tear down the enclosures at their rural turtle farm before they can be shipped away to pet/grocery stores in China. Hilarity and hi-jinx ensue. Everyone learns a lesson about courage, being true to oneself, and overcoming obstacles, like a propensity toward slow movement that would seem to make escape impossible.
Crews will once again close Ponce de Leon Avenue between Ponce City Market and Ponce de Leon Place this weekend to finish construction work on the bridge spanning the busy street.
The brief segment of Ponce will be closed from 4 a.m. on Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday morning. Nearby businesses and shops will be open. Construction workers plan to spend next week pouring the concrete 14-foot-wide trail that crosses the bridge and touching up the project. (If bad weather rears its wicked head, crews will wait until next weekend to close the street.)
To get an idea of what work crews have been up to all this time, what with all the talk of lifting bridges and installing infrastructure, watch the video above.
Reporting on this weekend's break-in from inside Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium (or Church, if you're into the whole brevity thing), WSB-TV reporter Ryan Young accidentally stood in front of a sign advertising liquor, beer, wine, spirit (a joke), and piping-hot helpings of "FUCK FEAR."
Romenesko posted a pic ("fuck" is floating beside Young's right shoulder):
Apparently, the newsroom was alerted to the oopsie after a viewer called in to complain. Young 'splained on Facebook ...
A big oops is an understatement!!! We shot around everything inside the bar for our story the package was clean. No one saw it until it aired. In fact we caught a few before the live shot to shoot around. Nothing was in our live intro just in the live tag because we didn't see anything behind me. Of course we would never want something like that up behind me.
I don't know what most of that means. But as a smart fellow-Facebooker responded, "Saw it; didn't notice. I'll take a 'vulgar' bar sign over the usual murder and mayhem any day."
The section of road between Ponce de Leon Place and the Midtown Place Shopping Center (across from Ponce City Market) will be closed from June 9 through 11 and again from June 16 through June 18, 2012. The weekend of June 23 through 25 has been identified as a back-up weekend should inclement weather warrant.
During the first weekend (June 9 – 11) crews will disassemble the scaffolding that has allowed workers to safely remove lead-based paint and make structural repairs to the bridge over the past two months. The bridge will be lowered to its final elevation during the week of June 11-15. During the second week, the contractor will pour the concrete trail and complete touch-up repairs.
The street will close at 4 a.m. on Saturday and reopen at Monday at 5 a.m. All nearby shops will be open and accessible, project officials say.
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