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Loganville's Clint Frazier Gatorade Player Of The Year

LOGANVILLE, Ga. - - With family, teammates, classmates, and friends watching, Clint Frazier of Loganville accepted the Gatorade National High School Baseball Player of the Year award at Loganville High School Tuesday.

Frazier hit .485 with 17 home runs and helped the Red Devils make it to the quarterfinals of the state baseball playoffs.  He's signed a letter of intent with the University of Georgia, but it's likely his trip to New Jersey and the MLB draft Thursday will signal the beginning of his professional career.

Frazier is expected to be drafted very high, and that's no surprise to anyone who has seen him play.  Loganville coach Jeff Segars told 11 Alive "he's special".  "I first saw him in the eighth grade, and you could tell then he was special."

High speed rail could connect Atlanta to Charlotte

ATLANTA -- A study is underway to consider connecting Atlanta to Charlotte through high speed rail.

There are 20 flights a day between the two cities out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and the Georgia Department of Transportation says it's proof the service is in demand.

MAP | See all six proposed routes

Six routes are under consideration: 

1. The Norfolk Southern line is the north-most possibility. It would run through Doraville, Suwanee, Toccoa and Greenville. 

2. The CSX Athens route would go through Lawrenceville and Athens before heading to Charlotte. 

3. The CSX Augusta route would head east before turning north and connect Augusta and Columbia. 

4. The I-85 corridor route will follow I-85 all the way north.

Castro's walk-off homer downs Gwinnett, 4-3

ALLENTOWN, PA -- Lehigh Valley centerfielder Leandro Castro hit a two-out, two-run homer off of Gwinnett reliever Pat Egan in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the IronPigs (27-30) to a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over the G-Braves (25-34) in the finale of the four-game series at Coca-Cola Park. With the loss, Gwinnett concluded the road trip at 4-4.

Egan (L, 0-1) had entered the bottom of the ninth with a 3-2 lead. He allowed a one-out single to Steve Susdorf, and two batters later, yielded Castro's sixth home run of the year on his first pitch of the at-bat.

Gwinnett had taken a one-run lead thanks to a clutch hit in the top of the ninth inning by Jose Constanza. With the score tied at 2-2, Matt Pagnozzi shot on a one-out double down the left-field line off of Lehigh Valley reliever J.C. Ramirez (W, 2-2). Sean Kazmar moved Pagnozzi to third with a single to right. Constanza then delivered an RBI single to left scoring Pagnozzi for a 3-2 lead.

Al Roker and Operation Homefront surprise veteran

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- For injured veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, recovery can be long and costly. However, to help wounded warriors and their families re-establish their lives, Operation Homefront was formed to provide financial and moral support.

Al Roker, the NBC "Today Show" Meteorologist and a long time supporter of Operation Homefront visited Lawrenceville today to surprise one military family.

"After serving 3 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and surviving 3 roadside bomb attacks, Marine Sgt. Corey Bowen, his wife and 4 children were in for a shock.

The Bowens pulled up to a beautiful Lawrenceville home having no idea it was about to be theirs.

"There is a big gap, a really big gap between what our soldiers and our families sacrifice and what they need to survive," Roker said.

He was moved as the Bowen family arrived and he couldn't wait to show them their new home.

"Welcome to your new home," Roker said.

2 house fires keep Gwinnett firefighters busy Sunday

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Fire investigators have determined that lightning caused the house fire in the 1913 block of Farmwood Drive in Lawrenceville Sunday evening.

Investigators say lightning may have run inside the house via the electrical service line and ignited a fire in the basement. The fire then spread to an exterior wall and to the second floor and attic.

There were no injuries reported.

The second house fire was reported by a passerby in the 89 block of Harmony Grove Road NW in Lilburn.

Firefighters reported moderate smoke on arrival from a fire in the kitchen of a single-story wood frame house. There was no one home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The blaze caused heavy damage to the kitchen and sent smoke and and heat throughout the rest of the house.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but authorities say it does not appear to be weather related.

Police arrest nine on sex offense charges at Conyers motel

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Conyers Police Department arrested eight adults and one juvenile on Tuesday on charges of pimping, prostitution and pandering.

The arrest, officer Kim Lucas said, was at the Motel 6 of Dogwood Drive. An officer was checking the hotel for a suspicious vehicle, when around 7:30 that morning, he arrested three females. One was charged with pimping, the other two with prostitution. 

Special Operations authorities took over the females' room at the Motel 6, and arrested clients as they arrived to the location. Authorities made six arrests within a five-hour time frame, and charged those individuals with pandering, Lucas said.

One of the suspects, 42-year-old Terence Eatman was also charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon. 

Driver's ID released in deadly Lawrenceville restaurant crash

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities said a tractor-trailer driver was killed when his rig slammed into a carry-out on Scenic Highway Wednesday morning.

The driver, 66 year old Donald Samples of Snellville died from his injuries on scene, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

Ritter said the truck, a black 2012 Kenworth T660, was headed northbound on Scenic Highway near Essex Drive at about 10:15 a.m., when it crossed the southbound lanes and into a strip mall where it crashed into a restaurant and a hair salon.

Those two businesses closed for a short time following the crash.

There was no indication as to whether Samples suffered from some medical condition that made him lose control of the vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation, Ritter said. Authorities believe drugs, nor alcohol played a part in the crash.

No other injuries were reported.