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Walmart Shoplifting Suspect Dies; Woman Still Missing

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Man Dead After Altercation At Lithonia Walmart – Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch

A suspected shoplifter is dead after store employees at a Lithonia Wal-Mart detained him in the store's parking lot, according to wsbtv.com.

A police report obtained by the news outlet shows the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when a middle-aged man was suspected of shoplifting two DVD players from the Fairington Road store.

Store employees caught the suspect in the parking lot and a fight occurred while the employees tried to detain the man for police, according to the police report.

A Walmart spokeswoman called the death "truly a sad situation" in a release sent out today. See Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch for more on this story.

Gwinnett Woman Still Considered Missing - Lawrenceville Patch

Stacy Parker went missing Friday afternoon when she was last seen at the Venture Cinemas in Duluth. On Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Parker was found safe. However, Cpl. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police says the woman is still missing and the Mattie's Call is still in effect.

"As far as GCPD is concerned, Stacey Parker has not been located," said Smith in a release. "We still consider her a missing person and we still consider her at risk."

Smith says detectives have received tips that Parker may have bee seen at a homeless shelter in Atlanta. That information has not been confirmed and GCPD detectives are investigating. See Lawrenceville Patch for more on this story.

19 Die in Traffic Accidents over the Thanksgiving Holiday - Alpharetta-Milton Patch

The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period ended at midnight with 19 traffic fatalities reported across the state. The Georgia State Patrol investigated 11 of the 19 fatal crashes that occurred between 6 p.m. Wednesday and midnight.

The 19 traffic fatalities is one more than in 2011.

State troopers investigated a total of 622 traffic crashes during the period that resulted in 263 injuries. Of the 11 traffic deaths investigated by troopers, alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in 4 of the crashes, and 7 of the victims were not using seat belts. There was one fatal pedestrian collision investigated by troopers. See Alpharetta-Milton Patch for more on this story.

DeKalb Police Investigate Toddler Death in Parkview - East Atlanta Patch

DeKalb County police are continuing to investigate what led to the death of a 2-year-old boy in Parkview Saturday night.

Michael Weeks was pronounced dead at Hughes Spalding hospital, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Weeks, who had bruises on his chest and thighs, suffered from cardiac arrest. See East Atlanta Patch for more on this story.

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