News Nearby: Smyrna Murder Suspect Arrested in Nevada

Here are headlines from around the region for Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012.

Smyrna Murder Suspect Arrested in Nevada 

Derrick Williams was arrested overnight near Reno, Nevada, said Smyrna police spokesman Michael Smith. Authorities said they do not have more details about his arrest at this time.

Williams is wanted in the strangling death of his wife last week. Read more on Smyrna-Vinings Patch

DA Seeks Abuse Indictment Against Former Hopewell Middle Teacher

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is seeking an indictment against a former Hopewell Middle School special needs teacher for allegedly abusing children.

Melanie Pickens faces a total of 11 counts on charges of cruelty to children and false imprisonment in connection with the physical abuse of five Hopewell Middle School students, the District Attorney's Office said today, Dec. 12. For more read Alpharetta-Milton Patch.

Gwinnett County Police Looking into Student Rape Allegations 

Gwinnett County Police are investigating a report of a rape that allegedly took place behind Dacula Family Sports on Dec. 4.

A 14-year-old Dacula High School student was reportedly raped by a fellow student who the teen identified as a senior at the school. Read more on Logaville-Grayson Patch.

WebMD cuts means job loss in Midtown 

WebMD Health Corp. announced job cuts Tuesday that will affect the Midtown office located on the top two floors of the 400 Colony Square office building.

The cuts are a part of WebMD's reduction in annualized operating expenditures of approximately $45 million. Read more on Midtown Patch.


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