Gainesville man injured in crash

DACULA - A 32-year-old Gainesville man is in critical condition following a collision Wednesday between a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Ga. Highway 316 and Harbins Road.

Authorities said the man, whose name was not immediately available, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado north on Harbins Road when he attempted to turn left onto Ga. 316 West. A tractor-trailer traveling eastbound on Ga. 316 collided with the truck in the intersection.

The driver of the truck was not wearing his seat belt, and he was ejected upon impact, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department. He was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Charges are pending against the tractor-trailer driver, 28-year-old Theodore Banks of Jonesboro, for allegedly running a red light and causing the accident, Moloney said.

Man beaten

with metal pipes

GRAYSON - A jealous husband and one of his friends allegedly confronted a man Sunday whom he suspected of cheating with his wife and beat him with metal pipes, according to police reports.

The victim told police he received a call from a woman named Vicki asking him to meet her at a residence on Burton Road. The victim said he had worked with Vicki and her husband in the past and the call was not unusual. Shortly after he arrived at the home, a blue truck pulled in behind him and blocked in the victim's vehicle.

Vicki's husband and another man then got out of the truck wielding metal pipes and began smashing them against the victim's vehicle. The husband kept asking why the victim was messing with his wife, the police report stated.

The suspects also struck the victim several times in the arm and leg. He was taken to Walton Medical Center for treatment. No charges had been filed at the time of the report.

Predawn fire damages duplex

LAWRENCEVILLE - Food left on a stove caused a fire Wednesday at a duplex at 660 Moon Road in Lawrenceville.

The predawn blaze heavily damaged one of the units and caused moderate damage to the attic above a second unit, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. One woman who was home escaped safely, but her two pets didn't survive, Rutledge said.

Four other occupants of the duplex were also displaced. All five of the residents were being assisted with temporary shelter by the American Red Cross.

- From staff reports