Church Man Accused of 'Sexting' Girl, 14; Prognosis Not Good for Hit-and-Run Victim

Check out top Patch stories from around the metro Atlanta and north Georgia area.

Man Arrested For Allegedly 'Sexting' Tucker Student - Tucker Patch

A man arrested on suspicion of sending explicit messages to a Tucker girl via cell phone regularly attended the same church as the 14-year-old's family.

Jose Rocha-Mata of Norcross is charged with child molestation, and terroristic threats and acts. Tucker Patch has the full story and more information on the allegations.

- Midtown Patch

Two women and an infant were robbed at gunpoint while sitting in their car in Midtown early Tuesday morning.

According to Atlanta Police Officer Carlos Campos, the victims were sitting in a Mercedes that was "having some sort of mechanical problems" near the intersection of Holly and 14th streets when two male suspects approached the vehicle. Find the details on Midtown Patch.

Prognosis Not Good for Former KSU Student Injured in Athens Hit-and-Run - Woodstock Patch

As authorities investigate a hit-and-run that critically injured a former Kennesaw State University student, the mother of the 19-year-old victim said her daughter continues to have bleeding and swelling around her brain.

Just after 3 a.m. Saturday morning, 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 an accident report and a media release from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. Woodstock Patch has more on this story.

Pickup Truck in Hit-and-Run Registered to Cartersville Man - Kennesaw Patch

The red Mazda pickup truck authorities located shortly after a former Kennesaw State University student was critically injured in an Athens hit-and-run is registered to a Cartersville man, 22, according to the Athens Banner Herald. Neither the man nor his parents are cooperating with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

Former Kennesaw State student Emily Bowman, who is from Woodstock, was in Athens to attend a friend's birthday party. As she walked on the grassy shoulder of Oak Street just after 3 a.m. Saturday, a pickup truck hit her and fled the scene. She remains in a coma. Visit Kennesaw and other Patch sites for more on the story and updates.

 - Norcross Patch

Norcross Police arrested an attempted armed robbery suspect at a bus stop off Beaver Ruin Road after a nearby check cashing business reported that someone had tried to rob them.

The accused Norcross man, Q. Somah Paygai, who was positively identified by the victim, an employee of Atlanta Check Cashers, had a large kitchen knife and demand notes that police found up his sleeve, according to the incident report. Read the demand notes on Norcross Patch.

- Buckhead Patch

Nilai Sarda, a 13-year-old freshman at Buckhead's Westminster School, won $26,400 on the Teen Jeopardy! episode that aired Tuesday.

Sarda, who applied for Teen Jeopardy! during the first year he was eligible, placed third, beating out several other elite teens much older than he is.

You may recognize Sarda's name. He was the featured Buckhead Patch Whiz Kid of the Week once in 2011 before he headed to the National Geographic Bee, where he finished second overall at the age of 11. Buckhead Patch has more on this story.


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