News Nearby: Fatality Following Series of Hit and Runs; Murder Suspect Arrested

Check out top Patch headlines from around Cartersville, the region and metro Atlanta.

Series of Hit and Runs Results in Fatality at Highway 78 and Walton Court
- Snellville Patch

Snellville and Gwinnett County Police responded to a devastating scene late Wednesday night, Jan. 23, after an alleged drunk driver caused a total of 15 accidents stretching from Memorial Drive in DeKalb to Walton Court just outside of Snellville city limits.

According to Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith, the driver ended his rampage when he crashed into John Boy's restaurant on Highway 78. The five-vehicle crash, on Walton, resulted in a fatality. Read the full story on Snellville Patch.

Suspect in Lawrenceville CVS Murder Arrested
- Lawrenceville Patch

After a nearly nine-month search, Gwinnett County Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a man at a CVS in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Jamad Wallace, 21 of Stone Mountain, was arrested Wednesday in Dekalb County and taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Visit Lawrenceville Patch for more on this story.

Mid-day Carjacking in Midtown Driveway - Midtown Patch

Hours before a high-profile R&B singer was the victim of a carjacking Tuesday night on Spring Street, a Midtown Neighborhood resident found himself being carjacked, too—in his own driveway in broad daylight.

About 8 hours before R&B singer Bobby Valentino was stopped by two men and robbed of his red 2013 Bentley in a Midtown parking lot, two men sped off in a 2006 Mercedes-Benz C23 that belonged to a local resident who had just returned home with his pets from a trip to the vet.

The victim, who asked not to be identified by Patch, described how "very unnerving" the incident was that occurred on a sunny Tuesday afternoon shortly after noon near the area of 6th Street and Glendale Terrace. Read more at Midtown Patch.

State House Report on Human Trafficking - Sandy Springs Patch

On Wednesday, state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) and state Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) released a joint commission human trafficking report to raise awareness and stop such crimes, but the officials agree that more work must be done.

According to the commission report, since 2009, the Georgia Care Connection Office – a unit of the Governor’s Office for Children and Families – has had 462 referrals related to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. The Commission report says the GBI initiated 348 cases in the work unit that deals with child sex trafficking. Find more information at Sandy Springs Patch.

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