Hero saves the day, and a baby

When Mohammed Kabir heard a woman's screams Tuesday, his instincts took over.

Luisa Bueno said she had decided to leave her 1-year-old baby, Luis Hammond, in the back seat of her car while she ran into QuikTrip to pay for gas.

He was asleep and he had been fighting off a head cold, so Bueno didn't want to disrupt the baby by taking him out into the hot sunlight.

Instead, she left the air conditioning on and the windows down. She scanned the bustling parking lot. Then she ran inside for a two-minute transaction.

When Bueno went to pay for gas inside a Norcross QuikTrip, police say a man drove off in Bueno's BMW. Luis was still sleeping. Javier Dionicio, a homeless illegal alien, has been charged with stealing

Kabir, 34, was in his car across the street when he heard the mother's pleading and started following the car.

He called a 911 dispatcher and kept police on the line while giving them information about where the suspect was heading.

Kabir stayed behind the BMW until the driver stopped and dropped the baby off in the parking lot. A short time later, Lilburn police pulled over the car and captured the suspect.

This is a good time to remind folks to not leave their valuables in an unlocked car. We believe babies fall in that category. And we give Kabir a thumbs up for springing to action.

Card dealing

We give the following businesses a thumbs up for agreeing to sponsor trading cards for Gwinnett park police officers: Scientific-Atlanta, Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, HomeQuest Real Estate, The Gwinnett Gladiators, Gary Martin Hayes, Forrester Roller Co., Mr. Transmission of Duluth, Nurses from Gwinnett ER, Jerry Guhl of Keller Williams, Gladiator Booster Club and Hamilton Co.

Each of the 12 park police officers will now have 1,000 trading cards they can hand out to youngsters they meet while riding bicycles through parks or while working in schools.

Development allowed, occupancy not

Thumbs up this week to the Barrow County commissioners who voted to allow a new development on Rat Kinney Road but decided not to allow certificates of occupancy until June 2007.

The Board of Education contends a new development in the area would hurt the schools.

Commissioners allowed the 98-acre residential subdivision only after deciding not to allow residents into the area until the schools could accommodate them.

We believe it a wise move to give the schools some lead time.