Friday, May 24, 2013
Officials believe that Kevin S. Lahey stole two silencers from a Lawrenceville firearms dealer.
A federal grand jury indicted a Lilburn man this week for possessing illegal firearms. In a May 23 press release, the U.S. Attorneys' Office said Lilburn resident Kevin S. Lahey was charged with: "This potentially dangerous situation was discovered and defused before it could escalate," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. Federal officials believe Lahey stole two silencers from a Lawrenceville firearms dealer on February 6. Three days later, Snellville police arrested Lahey and helped piece together additional information, including an alleged plot to attack a government building. For more on this story, check Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch.
The owner said she and a friend were walking in Little Mulberry Park when the incident occurred.
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A purse left in a visible location inside a car resulted in a smashed window for a Dacula woman during a May 15 visit to Little Mulberry Park. The woman told police she left her Coach purse in the back seat floorboard of her vehicle while she and a friend went for a walk on the Fence Road side of the park. After making one lap, the woman noticed her window had been smashed. The woman and her friend said they saw a suspicious male sitting in a brown, older model Dodge caravan prior to the incident. According to the police report, other people in the park saw the male walking around near the woman's vehicle while talking on the phone prior to the incident. The woman's purse contained identification, credit cards, movie tickets and cash. The …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Parents overhead mother making a threatening comment in the parking lot and reported it to the school office.
A Duluth mother is still being sought this week on a warrant issued last week by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department for making a terroristic threat overheard by several parents in the parking lot of Berkeley Lake Elementary School. April Nicole Johnson, 28, reportedly threatened to blow up the school located y Berkeley Lake. After parents reported the threatening comment to the school office, Principal Susan Bearse summoned Gwinnett County School Police Tuesday, May 14, to the school. Upon investigating the incident, Johnson was charged with Terroristic Threats and Acts, according to the Gwinnett County School Police report. An arrest warrant for Johnson was issued by the Sheriff’s Department. The incident occurred shortly after 3:30…
Casey Snyder will replace the retiring Bill Myers as chief effective May 25.
Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services, which serves Gwinnett's 805,000 residents, is getting a new leader and a revamped facility. Gwinnett officials announced Tuesday that Casey Snyder, a 24-year veteran of the department, will replace Bill Myers, who will retire on May 24 after 30 years with the county. Also, the county announced that a $1.3 million expansion of Gwinnett’s Fire Academy will begin this summer. Snyder, who will oversee the department of 800 employees, began his career in emergency services in 1984. “Casey Snyder is the ideal choice to lead Fire and Emergency Services," County Administrator Glenn Stephens said in a news release. "Like his predecessor, Bill Myers, whom we will miss greatly, Casey started as a firefighter with…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Gwinnett Fire responded to the incident incident on Camp Branch Road in Buford
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Tuesday, May 21
A construction worker who had been trapped in a ditch by a collapsed retaining wall at a Buford-area home Tuesday has been freed, Gwinnett Fire officials said. According to a Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services news bulletin, the worker was being transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries. He was conscious and able to communicate verbally with firefighters. The man was at a home doing construction work on the foundation and was working in a ditch along the back of the house when the incident occurred. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing property records, reported the home is owned by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. For more, read the entire report on Buford Patch
Monday, May 20, 2013
Gwinnett Department of Transportation says crews are working on emergency drainage repairs.
From the Gwinnett DOT: Sweetwater Road [near Duluth] from Old Norcross Road and Pleasant Hill Road is closed due to emergency drainage repairs. The detour route will be Sweetwater Road to Old Norcross Road to Breckinridge Boulevard to Pleasant Hill Road to Sweetwater Road and the reverse. For further information contact the Department of Water Resources at 678.376.7000. See also
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Gwinnett County firefighters responded to more than 100 emergency calls after 3 a.m. Sunday, May 19.
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Sunday, May 19
Did you see any storm-related damage? Let us know with a comment or add a photo to this file. Early-morning thunderstorms brought wind, lightning and heavy rains to Gwinnett County and the rest of metro Atlanta. The weather also kept Gwinnett firefighters busy early Sunday, resulting in more than 100 storm-related emergency calls were made, most of which came around 3 a.m. as the storms moved through. See the list incident calls from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday, May 19 The more significant incidents, according a media alert emailed by Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge: HOUSE FIRES GAS LEAK ENTRAPMENT ACCIDENT TREE DOWN ON INTERSTATE EMERGENCY CALLS DURING THE STORM (approx. 3 a.m. until 8 a.m.) Note: Not all calls were actual working …
Drugs found during traffic stop on I-85 near Hamilton Mill Road.
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Sunday, May 19
A Toccoa, Ga. man is facing two felony charges after a Gwinnett County Police officer found large amounts of cocaine and marijuana concealed in his vehicle during a May 9 traffic stop on I-85. While patrolling I-85 northbound near mile marker 118, the officer noticed a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis drift out of its lane of travel. The officer pulled the car over near the Hamilton Mill Road exit and, during his conversation with the driver, Oscila Tabor, "obtained reasonable suspicion that he was involved in criminal activity." The officer asked for and received consent to search the vehicle. During the search, the officer found 360 grams of cocaine inside 12 separate bags and 55 grams of marijuana concealed inside a paint can. According to …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Jonathan Leonard Martin reportedly also led troopers on a high speed chase and was wanted out of Barrow County for a probation violation.
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Saturday, May 18
A Winder man wanted by multiple agencies is now in custody. On May 15, On May 15, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit located and arrested Jonathan Leonard Martin who was wanted out of Barrow and Gwinnett County. According to a press release from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Martin, of 410 Foxdale Road in Winder, was wanted out of Barrow County for a probation violation. In addition to the Barrow warrant, Martin had 15 outstanding warrants against him stemming from a May 4 incident involving the Georgia State Patrol. Martin allegedly led troopers on a high speed chase after they attempted to stop him for a traffic violation. Martin subsequently crashed his vehicle and fled on foot. Martin was also wanted in Gwinnett…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Gwinnett County Police Department held their first ever ceremony to honor the lives of four fallen GCPD officers and the 19,000 officers nationwide who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Next week marks 20 years since the Gwinnett County Police Department lost an officer in the line of duty. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of their first three losses. Chief Charles Walters decided now was the time to honor their lives. On Wednesday, Peace Officers Memorial Day and during Police Week, the Gwinnett County Police Department held their first wreath laying ceremony at GCPD’s training center in Lawrenceville. “We’ve never as a police department ever done a police memorial service and we felt it was time,” said Walters. “We felt it was time that we recognize as a police department get in and recognize not only the sacrifices that those four men made, but also the 19,000 names on the wall [of the National Law Enforcement …