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Commuter Dude: Tracking accidents on your I-85 commute

GWINNETT CO -- 11Alive's Commuter Dude spent hours scouring two years worth of crash data, and discovered an increase in accidents and fatalities I-85 in Gwinnett County from 2012 to 2013.

Last year saw more than 2,500 accidents on that 30 mile stretch of interstate, up more than 400 from the previous year.

There were 7 fatalities, up from one the year before.

Authorities blame many of the accidents on distracted drivers.

Later this year, the state DOT will begin construction on auxiliary lanes between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Indian Trail. The added lanes should help eliminate some of the weaving that takes place with traffic exiting and entering I-85.

The Highway Patrol has also added troopers to the interstate.

Winter weather hampers region tournaments

ATLANTA -- The winter storm landed right in the middle of region tournament for high school basketball teams around the state. The Georgia High School Association has been forced to make alternative plans for the upcoming state basketball tournament.

Region tournaments were originally scheduled to be complete by this weekend. The GHSA has pushed the date back to Wednesday, February 19th, to ease concerns over weather related delays. Remember, school closings mean no games, and no practice at the most important time of the season.

We had a great practice Monday , nothing yesterday or today," says Lakeview Academy boys coach Mike Lawley." Not sure how players will respond by the time we play.We work with kids, not professionals. A few days with no basketball can affect skills very quickly."

91 Georgia counties under state of emergency for winter storm

ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended the state of emergency due to a Winter Storm Warning and Ice Storm Warning in effect.

Deal announced Tuesday morning that he added 44 counties to the original 45.

2 people shot at Lawrenceville Kroger Monday

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Shots were fired at a Gwinnett County Kroger Monday afternoon.

The shooting happened shortly after 12 p.m. at the store at 455 Grayson Highway in the city of Lawrenceville.

Lawrenceville Police Capt. Greg Vaughn said two women were injured in the shooting; one was shot in the leg, another in the stomach. One suspect was arrested. No names have been released.

Kroger released a statement Monday afternoon that said in part, "The safety of our customers and associates is first and foremost ... We are working closely with the Lawrenceville police department and providing information to assist with their investigation. Our store has been evacuated and will reopen at a later date."

The store was crowded at the time with shoppers stocking up on supplies for the approaching winter storm.

Final suspect in robbery spree pleads guilty

Final suspect in robbery spree pleads guilty

(WXIA) -- The final member of a crew that robbed at least five armored cars in metro Atlanta has pleaded guilty to his part in the crimes.

Quentin Booker entered his plea Friday in federal court to five counts of armed robbery and two counts of using a firearm during a crime. He and his co-defendants were convicted of a number of crimes between October 2010 and March 2011 that netted them more than $470,000 in cash.

Booker, 36, of Douglasville acted as a lookout during five armored car robberies, including:

* A Dunbar Armored courier making a cash pickup at Mex-America Latino Services in Marietta on Oct. 7, 2010

* A Dunbar Armored courier restocking cash in the ATM at a Bank of America in Buford on Nov. 11, 2010

Ga. Gwinnett College ranked No. 19 for drug arrests

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia Gwinnett College is ranked No. 19 on a new list of 50 U.S. colleges that have had the most on-campus drug arrests per 1,000 students.

The new list released by Rehabs.com used federal crime statistics reported by more than 7,000 colleges and universities across the country.

GGC Director of Public Safety Terrance Schneider didn't deny the numbers used in the study: his police department charted 58 drug arrests in 2011. Schneider said he finds fault in that the study looks at 2011, the first year GGC had numerous resident dorms open on campus.

No other Georgia schools are on the Top 50 list. The top 10 schools include:

Man suffers serious injuries in house fire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Fire investigators are currently trying to determine the exact cause of an overnight house fire that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

Firefighters responded at 12:09 a.m. to an occupant report of a house fire in the 100 block of Dogwood Lane, NW in Lawrenceville. Crews found heavy flames showing from the back of an older single-story brick home on arrival. Firefighters immediately deployed attack hose lines to control the blaze. 

Firefighters made entry inside the burning home, but were forced to back out moments later due intense fire conditions and a partial collapse. The blaze caused heavy damage to the structure and a total loss to contents.

Initial fire crews were also met with an adult male occupant outside the home who sustained smoke inhalation and burns. The man was transported by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.