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Police help students stranded by smoky school bus

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Police in Alpharetta and Milton rallied to help a group of middle school students who were stranded when flames started shooting out of their bus. 

The group of middle school students from KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools were on their way to a debate tournament in Alpharetta when someone noticed smoke coming out of the bus tailpipe and called 911. 

By the time the officer caught up with the bus, it was apparently so bad, he had to use windshield wipers to see.  Police said the driver knew there was a problem but thought he could reach the destination and troubleshoot it there.  But police say it was more than smoke.

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Police: Robber ties up Verizon Wireless employee, customer

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Police say an armed robber tied up a Verizon Wireless employee and a customer and stole 60 iPhones on Monday.

The incident happened at 5215 Windward Parkway around 7:45 p.m., according to Officer George Gordon of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. The man entered the store and pointed a gun at the customer and employee and forced them to the back. He then forced the employee to open the safe. 

The victims were zip-tied in the back of the store and the suspect got away with five dozen phones, police said.


School bus involved in accident in Johns Creek

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A student was taken to the hospital after an accident involving a school bus on Friday afternoon.

The bus was coming from Lake Windward Elementary School in Alpharetta, according to Johns Creek Police. The accident happened on Douglas Road at Jones Bridge Rd. in Johns Creek. One student was transported to the hospital to be checked out. Three students were treated at the scene. The driver was bruised but expected to be OK.

Stay with 11Alive.com for more details on this breaking news story. 

Police believe professional burglar behind recent covert break-ins

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- In and out like a pro - that's how investigators are describing a suspect they want to track down after an Alpharetta burglary.

And police believe the man may be responsible for multiple commercial burglaries.

Police said this is not an average break-in. They are calling the suspect a professional burglar.

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Puppy mill rescues get first chance at adoption

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Dozens of dogs rescued from a Macon puppy mill had their first chance to find a new home on Saturday.

Police: Drunk APD officer Tased after trying to kiss women

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta police say they arrested an Atlanta police officer after his drunken attempts at kissing several people led to a shoving match.

According to the Alpharetta Police report obtained by 11Alive News, Scott Perry was arrested Saturday night. Police were called to the Hyatt Place on North Point Parkway just after 9:30 p.m. Hotel guest Genesco Carvalhais told police he and his girlfriend were eating at the hotel's restaurant when they were approached by an intoxicated man. The man, later identified as Perry, made inappropriate comments to his girlfriend, tried to kiss her, then took a plate of food off their table. When Carvalhais tried to get his food back, Perry allegedly tried to kiss him. In the pushing match that followed, Carvalhais's shirt was ripped and his watch and necklace were damaged.