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Man robs Stone Mountain bank

•STONE MOUNTAIN - Police continue to look for a man that robbed the Wachovia bank at 5250 Stone Mountain Highway on Monday afternoon.

A bank teller said the man approached the counter and handed her a note telling her he had a gun, a police report said.

The man demanded she give him $150, and the teller complied, but he asked a second time for the same amount.

The teller said she gave him about $500 before he ran out of the bank.

Witnesses described the thief as a black man in his early 40s.

Woman says her purse was snatched

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville woman said she was robbed Tuesday morning outside her Wesley Place apartment on Sweetwater Road.

The 38-year-old woman said a black man in his early 20s ran toward her, pushed her to the ground and took her purse. She said the bag held $8,000 in cash, $16,000 worth of checks, 10 credit cards, four debit cards, two Social Security cards and a cell phone.

Thick smoke causes evacuation

•WINDER - Smoke produced by an unattended kiln at The Mud Patch ceramic shop prompted Winder firefighters to evacuate the building Tuesday.

The building at 13 N. Broad St. filled with smoke at 6:26 p.m. The electric kiln, a very hot oven used to fire ceramics, had been left on unattended.

No one was injured, the building suffered no damage and there were no safety violations, said Winder Fire Chief Raymond Mattison. Firefighters used fans to ventilate the building.

- From staff reports