Man charged with drug possession

NORCROSS - High-pressure sales tactics backfired last week for an Atlanta man accused of selling marijuana at a Norcross convenience store.

A man told police he was at the Circle K at 6910 Dawson Boulevard about 10 p.m. July 30 when several men in a white Ford van approached him. One suspect asked if the man wanted drugs and he declined. The suspects began yelling and screaming at the man, prompting him to call police.

When officers arrived to find 22-year-old Papa Thioye standing near the van, he admitted it was his vehicle and offered to let police search it. Inside, 15 small plastic bags containing marijuana were found in plain view between the front driver and passenger seats, police said. Thioye was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Arsonist burns American flag

BUFORD - Someone broke into a trailer at Ivy Creek Elementary School at 3443 Ridge Road on Monday and burned the class's American flag.

The suspect entered the trailer overnight and disabled the fire alarm. The person set fire to an American flag, then squelched the blaze using a fire extinguisher. The remaining contents of the fire extinguisher were emptied until they covered everything in the classroom, according to police reports.

There were no suspects or witnesses.

Couple charged with disorderly conduct at mall

LAWRENCEVILLE - An amorous couple was arrested last week after a security guard found them having sex in the back of a minivan parked at Discover Mills Mall at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway.

After a customer complained, a security guard who went to check the minivan found a 20-year-old man and 16-year-old girl in a compromising position and partially undressed at 3:38 p.m. July 27. The minivan had been backed in underneath a ramp in a secluded spot in the parking deck, according to police reports.

The man told police he knew what he had done was "indecent," but he claimed the act was spontaneous. The male said he and the girl went to the mall to see a movie. Noting the secluded location of their chosen parking spot, the officer was skeptical. The couple was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge and the minivan was impounded.


Boy accused of attacking father

BRASELTON - A 17-year-old was arrested after he reportedly tried to strangle his father July 31.

Henry Sterne, 17, threatened to kill his parents and began to strangle his father when he told him to study for a test, a police report said.

Sterne was charged with aggravated assault, battery, two counts of terroristic threats and criminal trespass.

Drivers arrested after accident

BARROW COUNTY - Two drivers were charged after an accident between a car and a motorcycle.

The July 29 accident occurred about 8:40 p.m. about a mile south of Ga. Highway 211 on Interstate 85, according to a police report.

Duluth resident Gareth Leima, 42, was driving a white Ford Mustang when Winder resident James Johnson, 34, pulled up beside him and kicked his door, causing the motorcycle to wreck, Leima told police.

Witnesses said Leima had been driving recklessly and almost hit two vehicles before swerving toward Johnson, according to the report.

Johnson told police he stuck his leg out instinctively when the Mustang swerved toward him, the report said.

Leima was charged with reckless driving, aggressive driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident with injuries and reckless conduct, and he was arrested at the scene, the report said. Johnson was transported to the Gwinnett Medical Center and charged with reckless driving and aggressive driving.

Girls injured when four-wheeler flips

WINDER - Three girls were injured after the four-wheeler one of them was driving flipped over.

A 16-year-old girl was driving the 2005 Yamaha Rhino 660 4x4 at 8:18 p.m. Aug. 1 when it flipped, according to a police report.

An 8-year-old girl was bluish-gray and unresponsive and was transported to Scottish Rite Hospital via helicopter, the report said. The girl was reportedly pinned under the vehicle when it flipped.

A 9-year-old girl and the 16-year-old driver suffered from cuts and contusions, according to the report. They were also taken to Scottish Rite Hospital. The incident took place in the Lincoln Park subdivision on New Cut Road.

Man reports guns stolen

WINDER - A Hal Jackson Road resident told police 17 guns valued at $4,825 were stolen from his home between July 12 and Aug. 2.

A stereo system and other property were also reported stolen.

- From staff reports