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News Nearby: Hit and Run, SWAT Situation, Fire Death and Doughnut Truck Thief

Here are headlines from around the region for Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Towne Lake Man Dies After Cherokee SWAT Standoff 

What started out as a SWAT standoff has ended tragically in an upscale Towne Lake neighborhood. 

A man who barricaded himself inside a home at 351 Iron Hill Trace was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Cherokee Sheriff's Office's Lt. Jamie Gianfala said Sunday evening. Read more on Woodstock Patch.

Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Former Kennesaw State University Student in Athens 

A former Kennesaw State University student is fighting for her life after a hit-and-run driver struck her as she walked early Saturday morning near an Athens roadway.

Emily Bowman of Woodstock was walking in the grass when a 1997 red Mazda pick up truck traveling eastbound on Oak Street left the roadway, hit her, then fled the scene, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read more on Kennesaw Patch.

Man Dies in Morning House Fire

A 20-year-old man died of smoke inhalation Saturday following an early-morning fire on Campbellton Road in Atlanta.

The victim, Scarri McNeal, was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital, WSB-TV reported.

The cause of the fire at 4185 Campbellton Road SW remains under investigation. Read more on Cascade Patch.

K-9 Apprehends Doughnut Truck Thief After High Speed Chase 

Several police vehicles engaged in the pursuit of a stolen doughnut truck through Gwinnett County — a pursuit that ended with a foot chase and a K-9 bite.

Gwinnett County Police were dispatched to the Exxon station on Dacula Road recently in response to a stolen vehicle. The vehicle — a Krispy Kreme delivery truck — had been stolen while the driver was inside the store making a delivery. Read more on Dacula Patch.

Another ‘Person of Interest’ Named in Homicide of 14-year-old GHS Student 

The three teens already charged in the December 19, 2012 murder of 14-year-old Paul Sampleton, of Grayson, have appeared in front of a Gwinnett County magistrate judge in connection with the crime, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Two of the teens, Romaine Stewart, 18, and Achiel Morgan, 15, are charged with armed robbery and Larnell Sillah, 15, is charged murder. The AJC reports that information revealed in the hearing included that the motive was robbery. Sillah, the only one charged with murder so far, is allegedly the leader of a gang named the “Young Wavy Goons.”  Read more on Loganville-Grayson Patch.

Animal Contractor February 19, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Earl I was never on Dacula road.
Zombie Mommy Saves February 19, 2013 at 03:10 AM
If you are going to steal my grandma used to say, go big. A doughnut truck is pretty big!

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