Reward offered in arson

NORCROSS - A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting a fire at a house on 6850 Magnolia Park Lane in Norcross. Firefighters responded Friday afternoon to find heavy flames on the first floor of a two-story dwelling, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. The fire damaged the basement and first floor and caused smoke and heat damage to the second floor before it was extinguished. One adult and two children were displaced. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-282-5804.

Food left on stove causes fire

LILBURN - A blaze at a house at 602 Maureen Court in Lilburn on Saturday was caused by food left unattended on a stove, investigators have concluded.

A family of four had apparently gone out of town Saturday morning and left the food cooking in the kitchen. Firefighters responded at 3:09 p.m. to find the house on fire. Two Rottweiler dogs died in the blaze, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The house was a total loss.

Pedestrian assaulted after dispute

DORAVILLE - A motorist ran over a pedestrian's foot Thursday after a dispute broke out between them on Baker Drive. The victim was walking southbound on Baker Drive when a black vehicle pulled up next to him. The driver yelled at the pedestrian to get out of the road, according to police reports. The pedestrian crossed the street and began arguing with the motorist. The driver then backed up the car, turned it toward the pedestrian and drove straight toward him, running over the man's foot, police reports said. The victim was able to push off the vehicle to avoid being run over. He then ran home to call police. There were no suspects at the time of the report.

Customer charged with disorderly conduct

LAWRENCEVILLE - A drunk customer was arrested on Friday after he allegedly began harassing female customers and cursing at employees of the BP gas station on 2502 Old Norcross Road.

Employees told police the man came in around midnight and became angry when they wouldn't allow him behind the counter to use the phone. The man tried several times to go behind the counter even after being told to leave.

He then began knocking candy off the shelf and kicking it around on the floor, according to police reports. When an officer arrived, 29-year-old Richard Johnson Childs of Duluth was wobbling toward the checkout counter while eating a doughnut he had not paid for. The officer made Childs pay for the doughnut before arresting him on a charge of disorderly conduct.

- From wire reports