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Posted: 9:16 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

PHOTOS! Justin Bieber spotted in Atlanta 

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Bieber in east Cobb photo
The intrepid Alex Ruggiero happened upon Justin Bieber at a Cobb County ice rink Tuesday night and snapped a photo.
Bieber in east Cobb photo
Alex Ruggiero posted this photo after her awesome ice-hockey playing brother Jacob alerted her that Biebs was in the house.
Bieber at Zaxby's photo
Everything Georgia ( posted this photo of Bieber at a Zaxby's.
Mark Warner is not a Belieber photo
Toronto's crack-smoking mayor has defended Justin Bieber while U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has jumped aboard the Deport Bieber train.

By Jennifer Brett

Justin Bieber is back in metro Atlanta.

Local residents Alex Ruggiero and Ally McCarthy spotted him at the Marietta Ice Center in east Cobb County Tuesday night and posted some photos of their chance encounter. 

"There were only about 40 people there," Ruggiero told us. Her brother, Jacob Ruggiero, was playing hockey there when Bieber and friends showed up. Being the world's greatest brother, Jacob called his sister to alert her, and she and Ally headed on down.

"Two limos pulled up and Justin walked right out with his entourage," Alex said. "He skated a while and then said hey to a few of my friends. He was there for about an hour. Initially he was allowing people to take pictures of him but then he was like nah, and then got really annoyed at everyone and left."

Ally and Justin spent 10 meaningful seconds looking in each other's direction.

"I was at a Walton basketball game when Alex called me to tell me Justin was at our local hockey rink so I headed over there with two of my other friends," Ally told us. "We watched him play with a bunch of other club hockey players for a while and he was really good! He took pictures with some hockey players on the sideline. Then he left and we didn’t manage to get any pictures with him because there were a lot of hockey players and fans surrounding him which was understandable! But we managed to get those pictures of him and a quick hello as he walked out!" 

Everything Georgia posted a photo of him on the ice and also at a Zaxby's (possibly the one near the ice rink, on Johnson Ferry at Lower Roswell Road).

Bieber's Instagram and Twitter accounts feature a short clip of him playing ice hockey with the hashtag #hockeyseason.

Things have been a bit rocky in Bieberville lately, what with getting arrested in Miami after a drag racing episode and then turning himself in to police in Toronto to respond to allegations that he attacked a limo driver. Toronto's crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford, defended him, saying,  "At 19 years old, I wish I was as successful as he was." Um. Right.

More recently, the Daily Mail reports that Bieber and his entourage treated the flight attendant on his leased private jet so badly that "she was forced to hide in the cockpit" and that Biebs & Co. "smoked so much marijuana on the flight between Canada and New Jersey that the pilots were forced to wear oxygen masks." The New York Daily News posted this graphic showing New York clubs that have Bieber bans in place.

A petition to deport him has gained more than 250,000 signatures and the support of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner.

"It's true: I'm not a Belieber," Warner tweeted.

Atlanta is a secondary (or tertiary) home for the Canadian born singer who's been making news more for his encounters with law enforcement than his music. His musical mentors Usher and Scooter Braun, who launched his career, are here. Maybe he's here for a little down time given all the recent unpleasantness.

During a 2011 visit to Atlanta Bieber and some buddies hit the Andretti go kart racing facility in Roswell. Photos here.

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