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News Nearby: Pair Guilty of Abuse, Sex Crimes Against Woman, 82

Here are headlines from around the region for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Pair Guilty of Abuse, Sex Crimes Against Woman, 82 

A Cartersville man and woman accused of abusing and sexually assaulting an elderly woman were deemed guilty Monday in Bartow County Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Mickey Thacker said.

A jury found Mark Steven Kent, 52, guilty of aggravated sodomy and sexual battery after his co-defendant, Thelma Helen Riddle, 59, pleaded guilty to abusing an elderly person and testified against Kent in a deal with prosecuting attorneys. Read more on Cartersville Pattch.

Second Creekview Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault 

A Creekview High School drama and English teacher has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault following allegations that he conducted a sexual relationship with a student.

Matthew Tamanini, 31, of Canton, allegedly had the affair with the 16-year-old student over a four month period, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office believes at least two sexual assaults occurred on the Creekview campus itself. Read more on Canton Patch.

Woman Walking on Highway 41 Was Hit Twice, Killed 

A woman who was walking along Highway 41 on a rainy night in Cartersville was twice struck by cars and killed, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Franka Young said.

Christina Mae Warner, 27, of Cartersville, died at the scene of the incident, which happened Tuesday shortly after midnight. Read more on Cartersville Patch.

Elder Bernice King Addresses Guns in Schools and Gun Laws Ahead of MLK Day 

On Tuesday, January 15th, the actual day of what would be Dr. Martin Luther King's 84th birthday, Cascade Patch visited the King Center to speak with its CEO and Dr. King's daughter, Elder Bernice A. King.

In this portion of a larger interview, which dealt mostly with the upcoming MLK Day celebrations in Atlanta, Bernice King took time to share her thoughts on the current gun debate happening across the country. Read more on Cascade Patch.

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