Thumbs up this week go to witnesses who were able to lead police to a suspected hit-and-run driver.
Adan Torres Garcia is accused of running over an 8-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle on Easter Sunday.
Witnesses told police the child was struck by a van and the driver got out of the van and removed the bicycle from under it before driving away.
The child's arm was nearly severed in the accident.
The boy's mother and several witnesses rushed to the boy's aid, placing towels over the wound and compressing them to stop the blood flow.
Several people who witnessed the accident also reportedly recognized the driver from around the neighborhood. They provided a license plate number and description of the vehicle to 911 dispatchers, and police pulled Garcia over a short time later.
According to testimony given in his preliminary hearing Friday, Garcia appeared to be drunk when pulled over by police and had an open bottle of beer in his van.
Garcia is being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond on charges of felony hit and run, DUI, serious injury by vehicle and driving without a license. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Agency also has placed a hold on Garcia because he is an illegal immigrant from Jalisco, Mexico.
An alert neighbor is credited for tipping police to suspicious activity Monday at a Lilburn house. The tip led to the seizure of more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.
The concerned citizen called 911 at 9:43 p.m. to report a suspicious box truck backed up to the garage of a house at 258 Greenwood Drive.
When police showed up to investigate, two men unloading the truck ran away into the woods behind the home. The back of the box truck was left open and bales of marijuana were stacked to the ceiling.
The Gwinnett County Drug Task Force impounded the drugs and searched the house. They found 3,168 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $14 million and two pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth about $102,000.
The suspects are still on the lam. The drugs, however, are off the streets.
The state Board of Regents on Tuesday adopted a guaranteed tuition plan that university system officials and Gov. Sonny Perdue promised will give students and parents predictability in college costs.
Freshmen entering the system this fall will pay the same tuition - $1,946 per semester at the research universities - for four years.
The plan will encourage students to graduate in four years, a major consideration for a university system plagued with overcrowding at some schools.
We give those who brought the idea to fruition a thumbs up.