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$25K Reward Offered in Metro Area Bank Robberies

NORCROSS, GA -- The FBI is looking for the public's help in tracking down two armed robbers and a driver who held up a Chase Bank branch in Norcross Thursday afternoon.

According to an FBI release, the gunmen entered the Chase Bank branch at 1250 Tech Drive in Norcross at about 12:40 p.m., and forced customers to lie on the floor. The pair did not get any bank money according to the release. They fled in a gold Kia Spectra, which police found in an area behind the bank. The car had been reported stolen in DeKalb County on Wednesday.

The first robber was described as a black male, 20-to-30 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 inches in height; the second was a black male, 20-to-25 years in age and 6 feet tall. The driver of the getaway car was also described as a black male.

FBI officilas said the robbery was similar to several other Metro Atlanta robberies, including:

Marietta Teacher to Serve on Statewide Advisory Council

MARIETTA, GA -- Keith Davis, a fifth grade social studies teacher at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, is one of 28 teachers statewide who was selected to serve on the State Superintendent of Schools' 2010-2011 teacher advisory council.

Davis was selected to serve because of his expertise and commitment to improving student achievement. He is also the only Marietta City Schools and Cobb County educator to serve on this year's council.

"Keith Davis is an exemplary teacher-leader with much to share with others," said Dr. Karen Smits, principal of MCAA. "His high level of commitment to the profession and wide variety of experiences in education will benefit this group greatly."

The State Superintendent of Schools' teacher advisory council is a group of teachers from across the state that meets to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting teachers in Georgia's classrooms.

Volunteer Financial Planners to Visit Metro Atlanta Schools

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The Financial Planning Association of Georgia is pleased to announce that members will be volunteering in various schools across the region in honor of National Financial Planning Week, which will take place Oct. 4 through Oct.

Arrests Made In Beating Of 94-Year Old Man

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County Police went to an elementary school to arrest one of two boys accused of beating a 94 year old man in his apartment last Friday. The other boy, a 15-year old, turned himself in at Cobb County Police Headquarters.

The two children were charged with the brutal beating of Paul Smallwood, age 94, after they followed him into his Crescent Square apartment. They are both charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Burglary and Violation of the Georgia Gang Act. "To what gang they're affiliated with, I'm sure detectives are still looking at that," said Sgt. Dana Pierce.

Police informed the media of the arrest immediately after they notified Smallwood's family. "We're very happy, relieved that they finally got them and it's amazing how everything worked," said Ricky Scoggins, Smallwood's great nephew.

Thank You from the Marietta Police Department

MARIETTA, GA -- The Marietta Police Department is pleased with the outcome of the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, approximately 78 pounds of prescription medications were collected. Marietta police would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in this initiative to ensure that these potentially dangerous drugs never end up being misused, abused or in the hands of children.

Beaten 94-Year-Old Man Clings to Life

COBB COUNTY, GA -- "If you asked him for his shirt, I'm sure he'd take it off and probably give it to you, you know; he's just that type of guy."

That's how neighbor Sue Cook describes 94-year-old Paul Smallwood, who she's known for 13 years.

"Pops", as he's called by family and friends, is a World War II veteran now fighting for his life in the intensive care unit of Marietta's Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

His latest battle began at his humble apartment in the Crescent Square complex on Austell Road last Friday afternoon.

He'd just taken Cook's boyfriend, Larry Damaino, to and from the doctor in his car when he was suddenly attacked by two juveniles in his apartment.

Smallwoods family said he told them an 11-year-old boy followed him into his apartment asking for a soft drink and telling him he knew someone who could work on his car for him.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.