Bodies of 2 missing Georgia men found in storage unit
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The bodies of two men missing since December have been found in a storage unit in an Atlanta suburb.
Athens-Clark County investigators told news outlets that the...
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman has been accused of trying to scam her disabled son out of $200,000 in trust fund money but she won't tell police his location.
About 30 people forced out in Georgia apartment fire
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — More than 30 people have been forced from their home in an apartment fire near Atlanta.
Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services told news outlets the fire was reported around 3:45 p.m. Saturday near Lawrenceville.
No injuries were reported in the fire that damaged 15 units.
Man accused in alleged Super Bowl ticket scam arrested
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say a man accused in an alleged Super Bowl ticket scam has been arrested in California.
Gwinnett County police said in a news release Wednesday that at least six people reported that 48-year-old Ketan Shah offered to sell them Super Bowl tickets, and one said he paid $500,000 dollars for his company to host a Super Bowl event at an arena. Shah then disappeared.
Man accused in Super Bowl ticket scam goes missing
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police are looking for a prominent Atlanta-area businessman accused of exploiting Super Bowl fans out of tens of thousands of dollars as part of a ticket scam.
News outlets report Gwinnett County police are searching for Ketan Shah, and that his mother is among those who've filed police reports on him.
His wife, Bavhi Shah, says he hasn't been seen since Jan. 3. She reported him missing earlier this month
Georgia sues drug manufacturers over opioid crisis
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia is suing opioid manufacturers and distributors, accusing them of fueling the opioid crisis with devastating effects on the state's citizens.
Attorney General Chris Carr announced in a news release that he filed the lawsuit Thursday in Gwinnett County Superior Court. The lawsuit seeks damages and restitution against five manufacturers and their associated companies, as well as four distributors.
Georgia officials identify teens killed in Dec. 31 shooting
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials have identified two Georgia teens killed with a mishandled gun on New Year's Eve.
The Gwinnett County Police Department said in a news release Tuesday the victims were 15-year-old Devin Hodges and 17-year-old Chad Carless.
Detectives said the younger teen was showing his friends a handgun Monday afternoon in Lawrenceville when he accidentally fired a shot, which struck Carless, who died at the scene.
2 dead, 1 critical in deadly Christmas Eve crash in Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two people are dead and one was critically injured in a Christmas Eve crash in Lawrenceville.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the victims in the crash were identified as 34-year-olds Saad Varney of Lawrenceville and Dionte Jordan of Decatur.
Georgia mayor avoids prison with deal on tax evasion charges
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of a Georgia city will avoid a prison term under a plea deal reached with prosecutors on charges of tax evasion.
Georgia, Louisiana teachers among national contest winners
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Skilled trades teachers in Georgia and New Orleans are among 18 winners in a national contest called "Tools for Schools."
Charles Kachmar is one of three first-prize winners chosen from more than 550 entries. Harbor Freight Tools is giving $30,000 to him and $70,000 to his metals and welding program at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Inmates pen letter in support of slain police officer
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Inmates at a Georgia detention center have sent a letter expressing their condolences to the family of a slain police officer and other local law enforcement.
Sheriff: Official showed ‘disrespect’ at funeral roadblock
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff says a suburban Atlanta county commissioner confronted his deputies during attempts to get around traffic control during a police officer's funeral procession.
Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch tells local news outlets that Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter tried to drive in front of the procession Oct. 24 for slain Gwinnett officer Antwan Toney.
Police: SWAT standoff ends with man charged, family unharmed
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a standoff between a SWAT team and a man barricaded in his Atlanta-area home with his family has ended with no one injured.
Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Wilbert Rundles tells news outlets 39-year-old Rashan Ellis had a gun in the home but surrendered peacefully Wednesday morning. A domestic dispute call sent police to the house.
Newest offering at Gwinnett mall: diplomas
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Instead of ditching school to hang out at the mall, some Gwinnett County students will be attending class at the mall. A new campus of Phoenix High School, a non-traditional learning site, opened Monday at Sugarloaf Mills.
2 men walk away from Georgia plane crash, second in 2 days
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Investigators are examining what caused a small plane to crash Sunday in suburban Atlanta.
Local news outlets report a flight instructor and a student pilot walked away Sunday afternoon before the single-engine Cessna 172 was engulfed in flames at Gwinnett County Airport in Lawrenceville.
The pilots were conducting touch-and-go maneuvers just before the crash. Air traffic controllers tell officials the pilots didn't make a distress call, but experienced a hard landing.
2 escape when small plane crashes in Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two people escaped from a small airplane that crashed and caught fire at the end of a runway at the Gwinnett County Airport in Georgia.
Georgia news outlets say the plane's two occupants were able to exit safely and were checked out at the scene of Sunday's crash by emergency medical personnel.
Fire engulfed the plane after the crash but it was extinguished by 1:30 p.m.
Man shot by Georgia police charged with assault on officer
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was shot by police in Georgia has been charged with burglary and aggravated assault on a police officer.
The state Bureau of Investigation tells news outlets in a Wednesday statement that 27-year-old Andrew Joseph Allen was treated at a hospital and released after a Gwinnett County police officer shot him. No officers were injured.
Police: Man shot by officers responding to gang activity
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say a man has been shot by officers responding to reports of possible gang activity.
News outlets report Gwinnett County police say their gang unit was sent to a residential area near Lawrenceville Tuesday night. They say yelling was heard coming from behind a home. Police say officers then heard at least one gunshot and found an armed man arguing with a resident.
Police in Georgia arrest man in 2005 death of ex-girlfriend
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Leslie Marva Adams disappeared in 2005 and her remains were found two years later in a swampy area in northeast Georgia. This week, police arrested her ex-boyfriend in the death.
Officers on Thursday arrested Billy Joe Cook, 51, on a murder charge, Gwinnett County police said Friday in a news release. Cook was being held without bond in the Gwinnett County jail and it wasn't clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his arrest.
Georgia man enters plea in daughter’s starvation death
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has entered a plea in his toddler daughter's starvation death in 2014.
News outlets reported 48-year-old Calvin Mcintosh entered an Alford plea in Gwinnett County Court on Tuesday to felony murder and three counts of child cruelty. An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but concedes there is enough evidence for a conviction.
Judge Melodie Conner sentenced Mcintosh to life in prison, with the chance of parole after 30 years, plus 30 years of probation.
Mississippi bank buys Georgia bank for $474 million
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi bank has completed the purchase of a Georgia bank for $474 million in cash and stock.
Renasant Corp. of Tupelo announced that it completed the acquisition of Brand Group Holdings of Lawrenceville, Georgia, on Saturday.
Adding BrandBank's $2.2 billion in assets and 13 offices is a major expansion in Atlanta for Renasant. The Mississippi bank says it will become the 10th largest Atlanta-area bank by market share.
Police: Man charged with rape claims he was sleepwalking
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Georgia man accused of crawling into bed with his son's girlfriend and attempting to have sex with her said he'd been sleepwalking.
Citing a police report, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 54-year-old Ricardo Arturo Cole Sr. was arrested on a rape charge Wednesday.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A mysterious economic development project code-named "Project Rocket" is advancing in Atlanta's suburbs.
Jonesboro planning trails, shops to revive downtown
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The city of Jonesboro is looking to revive its downtown.
The Clayton County seat is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate downtown buildings, build parks and create a more pedestrian-friendly center city to drive resident, business and tourist foot traffic similar to what is occurring in Duluth, Suwanee and Lawrenceville.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking $70,000 from a Georgia sheriff who spent the money on a muscle car.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that the agency said this month it wants to be reimbursed for Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway's purchase of a Dodge Charger Hellcat.
GRAYSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Western Indiana police say an Illinois man whose body was found in the Wabash River apparently drowned while trying to swim across the river.
Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom said Thursday that a fingerprint comparison determined that the body found Wednesday is that of 49-year-old David Overbay of Lawrenceville, Illinois.
An autopsy found Overbay's preliminary cause of death to be drowning. Toxicology tests are pending.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Easton Walker is a 17-month-old charmer. With a flop of red hair and pale blue eyes, the toddler smiles at just about everyone he meets.
But behind the playful smile is a debilitating disease. A feeding tube, as well as a port catheter (or port for short), for weekly infusions, are hidden underneath Easton's sky blue T-shirt.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the burial of a WWII pilot (all times local):
An American pilot who crashed on a Pacific island during World War II has finally been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
Second Lt. Robert Keown (pronounced Cow-uhn) was flying a P-38 aircraft that went down in Papua New Guinea in 1944.
Relatives never knew what happened to him until November. That's when genetic testing confirmed that remains found years ago on the island were his.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia driver faces charges after police say she struck and killed an inmate on a work detail.
Gwinnett County police said in a news release that 44-year-old Jennifer Adkins hit 22-year-old Hunter O'Conner with her car around 9:42 a.m. Wednesday. O'Conner died at the scene.
Police say O'Conner was following the work detail bus on foot to control approaching traffic when he was hit from behind near an intersection in Lawrenceville.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An inmate on a work detail has died after being struck by a car in Gwinnett County.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor will not seek the death penalty against a woman charged with killing her husband and four children and seriously injuring another daughter by stabbing.
News outlets report 34-year-old Isabel Martinez appeared in court Monday in Gwinnett County, near Atlanta, and pleaded not guilty all charges.
Officials: Man, dog killed in house fire in Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials say a Georgia man and his dog were killed in a house fire.
A Gwinnett County Fire Department news release says the Lawrenceville man and his dog were killed Sunday.
In addition to guest speaker Georgia House of Representatives District 5 Rep. John Meadows, Chair of the Rules Committee, the Calhoun Rotary had an eventful meeting recently with several visitors attending.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration says meth hidden inside wax Disney figurines has been confiscated near Atlanta and is worth roughly $2 million.
The DEA tells WSB-TV it is one of the biggest meth busts ever in Gwinnett County. The drugs were concealed inside 500 figurines of Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck, Pluto and other Disney characters.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man ripped out a urinal and pipes during a more than four-hour standoff at an Atlanta-area McDonald's.
News outlets report the Tuesday morning standoff ended when SWAT units deployed tear gas inside the restaurant, allowing police to arrest 36-year-old Derrick Hall. Police say Hall had barricaded himself inside the bathroom when employees who saw him possibly doing drugs asked him to leave.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Gwinnett County woman and her lover are charged with killing the woman's husband for a $1 million insurance policy.
Authorities and jail records say 42-year-old Tia Trollyne Young and 48-year-old Harvey were arrested Monday in the death of George Young on Nov. 17.
Young worked as a security guard, and the 43-year-old father of three was fatally shot as he returned home.
Mississippi bank buys Georgia bank for $453 million
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi bank is buying a Georgia bank for $453 million in cash and stock.
Renasant Corp. of Tupelo announced on Wednesday the acquisition of Brand Group Holdings of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Adding BrandBank's $2.4 billion in assets and 13 offices is a major expansion in Atlanta for Renasant. The Mississippi bank says it will become the 10th largest Atlanta-area bank by market share.
Police: Georgia teen stabbed brother, father before fleeing
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia teen is accused of stabbing his father and brother.
Gwinnett County police Sgt. Jake Smith told news outlets that the 17-year-old boy attacked his father and brother with an unknown sharp object, before fleeing the scene on foot Wednesday.
The teen was later arrested. Charges have not been released.
Police: Georgia homeowner shoots man breaking into car
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police outside Atlanta say a homeowner killed a man who was trying to break into his car early Friday.
A Gwinnett County police statement says the homeowner is telling officers that he grabbed his firearm and verbally challenged the intruder in his driveway. The statement says the intruder then charged at the homeowner, who fired more than one shot striking the intruder, who died at the scene.
Officials: Mom, daughter fight girl on Georgia school bus
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials say a high school freshman's mother joined her in a fight against another girl on a school bus in an Atlanta suburb.
News outlets quote a Gwinnett County Schools police report as saying cellphone video shows 35-year-old Nijah Underwood hitting the girl's face.
Police investigate shooting death of man at apartment
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man has been fatally shot at a apartment complex in suburban Atlanta.
Gwinnett County Police Corp. Matthew Williamson told local news media that officers found 42-year-old Joe Love dead with gunshot wounds Sunday afternoon. Police say Love wasn't alone during the time of the shooting.
Williamson says the second person heard gunshots and jumped through window to escape. The man had minor injuries and not a suspect at the moment.
Police: Man killed after breaking into home
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man was fatally shot after he and two other men broke into a Georgia home and exchanged gunfire with the homeowner.
News outlets report that officers were dispatched just before 3 a.m. Monday.
Gwinnett County police Cpl. Frederick Saldana says the homeowner said he heard a crash at the back door while sleeping. He went to investigate and saw three males.
Ex-Auburn running back arrested on child pornography charge
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A former Auburn University football player has been arrested on a child pornography charge in Georgia.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 32-year-old Brad Lester remained jailed Wednesday in Gwinnett County following his arrest last week.
CUMBERLAND — Mount Carmel picked up three individual championships Saturday as the Aces went on to win Cumberland’s Skull and Crossbones tournament in high school wrestling action.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Tamra M. Lewis, age 57, of Lawrenceville, passed away Saturday, Dec.r 16, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana. She was born Oct. 18, 1960 in Mt.Carmel, the daughter of Aaron and Betty Snelling. She married Milton Lewis on Dec. 12, 2010, and he survives.
Go fish: Braves Triple-A team gets new nickname _ Stripers
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves' Triple-A farm team has a new nickname.
In a real curveball, it's not one of the six finalists.
The former Gwinnett Braves, a team located in Atlanta's sprawling northern suburbs, announced Friday their new moniker is the Stripers — a tribute to striped bass fishing on Lake Lanier.
Georgia teacher accused of exposing himself to woman
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A high school teacher and football coach has been accused of exposing himself to a woman in Atlanta's suburbs.