House fire declared arson

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Police believe someone intentionally set fire to a vacant house at 3125 Windwood Trail on Tuesday.

A neighbor reported the fire to authorities at 12:57 p.m. and firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the garage of a one-story structure, according to Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. The blaze caused moderate damage to the garage and sent smoke throughout the rest of the house.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-282-5804. A reward of up to $10,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible.

Man accused of attacking couple

•BUFORD - A Buford man is accused of attacking an ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend on Thursday at a home on Gold Creek Way.

James Thomas Ervin, 44, told police he went to his former girlfriend's house and her new boyfriend attacked him, stabbing him in the leg. The girlfriend and her love interest had a different story.

Ervin's ex-girlfriend told police that Ervin showed up and "sucker-punched" her new boyfriend as they were arriving home. Ervin then grabbed the boyfriend by the hair and started dragging him off the front porch, according to a police report. The officer noticed the new boyfriend had small cuts on his face and that some of his hair had been pulled out.

The boyfriend claimed he only brandished a hunting knife and swiped at Ervin in self-defense, cutting Ervin's leg. Ervin was arrested on charges of criminal trespass and simple battery.

Man arrested in attack at eatery

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A Winder man was arrested Sunday after police said he attacked his uncle at Golden Corral at 2155 Riverside Parkway.

An officer found 24-year-old Edras Canius standing with his uncle in the parking lot and covered "from head to toe" in food, according to a police report. The uncle also had a small amount of food on his shirt.

The uncle told police Canius was eating with him in the restaurant when for no reason he started yelling and cursing. Canius then allegedly stood up and started punching his uncle and trying to kick him. As the men got into a struggle, Canius threw plates of food and a table was overturned, the report said.

Canius told police he attacked his uncle because "he is cursed." He was charged with simple battery.

Man threatened by intruders

•DULUTH - A Norcross man was awakened at his apartment Sunday by a group of intruders who threatened to kill him, according to a police report.

The victim told police at least two people kicked in his door about 10 p.m. and hit him in the head with a gun. The men said if he made any noise, they would blow his head off.

The suspects asked if the man had any money, and he replied "no," the report said. The intruders then forced the victim into a closet and left. The resident told officers he had no enemies and he did not know why he was attacked.

- From staff reports