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News Nearby: Rash of Hit and Run Accidents Includes Fatality

Top headlines from metro Atlanta for Thursday, Jan. 24.

Snellville and Gwinnett County Police responded to a devastating scene late Wednesday night 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.

The victim has been identified as Mintiwal Woldeyhans, 69, of Loganville. A second person, 51-year-old Yeshihareg Abebe of Grayson, suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital.

Read more at Snellville Patch.

East Point Murder Suspect Identified

East Point police are requesting the public's help in finding the suspects connected to a Wednesday morning shooting that left one victim dead from a single gunshot to the head. No specific motive for the shooting has yet to be released, but officers believe it stemmed from a fight that started between two groups that evening.

Jontae Smith, 22, has been the only suspect that police have identified, but he may have two accomplices in this crime.

Read more at Cascade Patch.

State House Report on Human Trafficking

On Wednesday, Lindsey (R-Atlanta) and state Senator 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.

Read more at Sandy Springs Patch.

Mid-day Carjacking in Midtown Driveway

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 eight 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.

Man Asks to be Arrested

A man who was involved in an alleged domestic dispute said, "I did it, go ahead and arrest me," when police arrived at a Cartersville motel to find two people bleeding.

Daniel Todd Alexander, 27, of Cartersville, faces an aggravated battery charge under the Family Violence Act for allegedly injuring a woman's face during the 2:30 p.m. Monday incident at the Efficiency Lodge.

Read more at Cartersville Patch.

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