Store employee arrested in theft

BUFORD - An Old Navy employee was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing $4,400 from the company.

A cash handler, 19-year-old James Cory Farmer of Dacula, stole the money by voiding transactions at the end of the business day, according to police reports. While in the process of arresting Farmer, he admitted to having drugs in his backpack. Authorities found a small amount of methamphetamine, a digital scale and glass pipe in his backpack. Farmer was charged with theft by taking and possession of methamphetamine.

Man charged with beating wife

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man was arrested Tuesday after his wife, a mail-order bride from Vietnam, was beaten.

The wife told police that her husband, 42-year-old Ronald Burns, repeatedly threatened Monday to kill her, saying he was not afraid of "the chair" or police. He spent the evening beating her or striking her with a large folding metal chair, according to police reports.

An officer noted Burns' wife had red and black discolorations all over her body and face, two black eyes, red finger marks around her throat and a large laceration on her lower leg.

Although Burns reportedly prevented her from calling 911, the wife was able to escape to a neighbor's house to call 911. She refused medical treatment, saying she was afraid of being deported because Burns took her immigration papers when he fled, police reports stated. Burns was jailed on charges of aggravated assault, obstructing an emergency phone call, battery and rape.

- From wire reports