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Regional Roundup: Man Hit by Train, Police Release Sketch of Kidnapping Suspect, and College Student Graduates from Afghanistan

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

– Midtown Patch

A 55-year-old man lying on train tracks near West Midtown late Wednesday night was struck by a CSX train.

On Thursday, officials were still attempting to determine whether the man was already dead before being struck by the CSX Train K80201 near 762 Marietta Boulevard.

According to Kim Jones, Atlanta Police spokesman, there were no signs of foul play and the Fulton County Medical Examiner's staff is trying to determine the cause of death. The man’s name has not been released.  

 

– East Atlanta Patch

Atlanta police have released a sketch of the suspect being sought in connection with two attempted abduction/kidnappings earlier this week in southeast Atlanta.

The incidents occurred , when a man allegedly kidnapped two women at gunpoint between 1:50 a.m. and 2:20 a.m.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404.577.TIPS (8477).

A $2,000 reward is being offered for his capture.

 

-- Loganville-Grayson Patch

There was hardly a dry eye in the room at Georgia Perimeter College commencement exercises for the Class of 2012 on Friday, May 4, as one very special diploma was awarded.

US Army Spc. Andrea Muresan, 22, was Skyped in from Afghanistan for the occasion. Her brother, Jason Alfaro, accepted the diploma on his sister’s behalf.

Although her family had been advised GPC was going to try and set up the technology to Skype the Lawrenceville soldier in from her base in Afghanistan, they were warned it might not work.

But work it did, and those who took the trouble to set it up were rewarded with the look of joy on the faces of the young soldier's parents, Sarika and Ioan Muresan, when their daughter was successfully Skyped in. A deafening cheer arose when the television screen on Georgia Perimeter's Clarkston campus was turned around to reveal Muresan, wearing her graduation attire, from the other side of the globe.

Once her active duty is complete, Muresan plans to return to her studies and get a four-year degree. She hopes to become a U.S. Marshal and one day work for the FBI.

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