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News Nearby: Bicyclist Struck By Truck Dies; 1 Dead, 1 Critical in Shooting

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

Bicyclist Struck By Truck Dies - Canton-Sixes Patch

The man who was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle on Cumming Highway two weekends ago has passed away, friends of the man say.

Louis "Bud" Phillips, 66, died from his injuries on Jan. 14, nine days after being struck by a Chevrolet pick up truck traveling westbound on Cumming Highway near the Interstate 575 on-ramp. Visit Canton-Sixes Patch for more on this story. 

- East Atlanta Patch

One man is dead and another is in critical condition following a barrage of bullets at the North Plaza strip center near the intersection of North Avenue and Boulevard late Monday evening.

"Zone 6 officers responded to a gambling call at 628 Boulevard NE. When the officers arrived on scene they heard gunshots from the direction of 455 North Avenue," Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said. Visit East Atlanta Patch for more on this story. 

- Midtown Patch

A series of recent carjackings that spread from Midtown to the downtown connector to Stone Mountain resulted in several armed robberies and a non-English speaking man being shot in the back of the leg most likely because he didn’t understand what an armed suspect was saying to him.

The crime spree began shortly after midnight this past Friday, Jan. 11, when a female, talking on her phone in a well-lit area on 11th Street, was approached by a man with a gun who quietly robbed her of her phone, purse and personal belongings. Read more on Midtown Patch.

Burglars Ram Truck Through the Front of CVS Pharmacy - Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

At least one suspect was in custody early Tuesday following the smash-and-grab burglary of a CVS store in southwest Atlanta.

According to Atlanta police dispatchers, the break-in happened about 6 a.m. when thieves drove a vehicle through the front façade of the CVS in the 2200 block of Cascade Road. Visit the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more on this story

- Virginia Highland-Druid Hills Patch

Hollywood starlet Jennifer Lawrence garnered plenty of press attention when she was filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire throughout the Atlanta area this past fall.

But the Golden Globe-winning actress also spent some down time in the Virginia Highland and Druid Hills communities with a Vanity Fair magazine writer for this month's cover story. Among the spots she discussed in the story: the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and a "taqueria" restaurant near Emory University. Read more on Virginia Highland-Druid Hills Patch.

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