Office evacuated for pepper spray

DULUTH - A business office was evacuated Tuesday after someone sprayed pepper spray inside the building.

An ambulance and a hazardous materials team were dispatched at 11:27 a.m. to 3883 Rogers Bridge Road to respond to pepper spray in a building. One employee was treated by medical personnel at the scene and released, according to Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Five other employees also were evacuated.

Man robs bank

NORCROSS - Someone robbed the Fidelity Bank at 3500 Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross on Tuesday morning.

The suspect reportedly fled the bank in a black Ford truck and sustained damage to a fender while fleeing. No other details were available about the robbery on Tuesday.

Woman injured in house fire

DULUTH - A woman was injured Tuesday in a house fire at 2430 Stonebridge Lane in Duluth.

Firefighters were called at 10:38 a.m. to a split-level house with reports of fire in an upstairs bedroom. They arrived nine minutes later and got the blaze under control by about 11 a.m., said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

A man working at the house was already outside when the fire started, however one female resident who was still inside had to be assisted out by firefighters, Rutledge said. She was able to talk to medical personnel at the scene, but she was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for further evaluation.

Rutledge said he could not discuss the extent of her injuries due to federal laws protecting a patient's privacy.

Woman charged with battery

DULUTH - A Duluth woman was arrested Saturday after chasing her husband around Magnolia Pointe Apartments with a hammer, according to police reports.

Officers who arrived to investigate neighbor complaints encountered a man with numerous scratches on his face and arms. The man told police that his wife, 20-year-old Enisa Gracanlic, had started to attack him, so he held her down on the couch.

When the man let her go, Gracanlic allegedly got a hammer and started chasing him around the apartment complex. Gracanlic admitted running after her husband with the hammer, police reports stated. She was charged with battery.

Man robs store at gunpoint

SNELLVILLE - Someone robbed the Shell Food Mart on Monday at 4032 Stone Mountain Highway.

A clerk told police that an unidentified black man entered the store about 5 a.m. through a side door. The suspect walked behind the counter and put a gun to the clerk's ribs, demanding money. He told the clerk to hurry or he would kill him, according to police reports.

The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Woman charged with firing gun

LILBURN - A Lilburn woman was arrested Saturday for allegedly pointing a gun at her husband and firing it in the house.

Pamela Coman, 42, argued with her husband over her son's schooling, according to police reports. The husband told police she went upstairs, and a few minutes later he heard gunfire. The husband went to investigate and found Coman standing in the bedroom with a gun in her hand.

Coman allegedly pointed the gun at her husband's chest and told him to leave. When questioned by officers, Coman said her husband had been pushing her when they were arguing. She admitted firing the weapon into the wall, reports said.

Coman was charged with aggravated assault.


Police investigate Wal-Mart theft

WINDER - A Wal-Mart employee was terminated after she allegedly took her cash register bag home with more than $2,600 in cash inside.

The 20-year-old Athens woman allegedly wrapped the bag in her apron as she was leaving the store about 11:45 p.m. July 30. The bag contained $2,683.96 in cash, $12.07 in checks and coupons worth $3.09, according to a police report.

She told police she accidentally took the bag to her grandparents' home in Jefferson and left it in the front seat of an abandoned van. She said she did not want to return the money for fear she would be accused of stealing, the report said.

When police went to look for the bag, it was no longer there, the report said. The woman was fired and banned from all Wal-Mart properties, the report said. She has not been charged while the investigation continues.

Man's paintings stolen from house

BETHLEHEM - A Tanners Lane resident reported three pictures of slaves had been stolen from his home.

The man said he went for a walk about 9:25 p.m. Aug. 3 and left his door unlocked, according to a police report. When he returned, the report said, he saw a black man running from his house with three pictures under his arms.

The man said the pictures were original prints of black slaves and were worth $100 apiece.

Residents: Check was not enough to cover mailbox

WINDER - A woman is being sought after she left a check to pay for damage she caused running into two mailboxes in the rain.

Winder resident Susan Cadle allegedly left a note and a $50 check for two homes on Pleasant Hill Church Road after her car hydroplaned, striking the mailboxes, detaching them from their posts and pushing them 25 feet from their original locations.

The residents said the check is not enough to pay for the damage, according to a police report. One mailbox was worth $50, the report said, and the other was worth $85.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Sunday.

- From wire reports