Man robs armored car at gunpoint

NORCROSS - An armored car was robbed Monday while a guard was removing money from the Bank of America on the corner of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Brook Hollow Parkway.

Witnesses told police cash was being delivered from the bank to the armored car when a dark-colored Ford F150 with tinted windows pulled up beside it. An unidentified black male wearing a mask over his face got out of the truck and pointed a gun at the guard, according to Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The suspect reportedly grabbed a bag of money and left. He was last seen getting on Interstate 85 South. FBI agents who are investigating the case will be analyzing surveillance video from outside the bank in an attempt to identify the suspect, Moloney said.

Bars cited with selling to teens

LAWRENCEVILLE - Employees at two establishments in Lawrenceville were cited last week for allegedly selling alcohol to a 16-year-old.

The Gwinnett County Police Department's vice unit conducted an undercover operation at several restaurants on March 15 to check if alcohol was being sold to minors. They sent a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old female "decoy" to purchase a soft drink and an alcoholic beverage respectively, according to police reports.

Servers at both Luby's Sports Bar on 1098 Herrington Road and Sportsline Bar and Grill on 2100 Riverside Parkway reportedly provided the alcohol without checking the boy's identification.

The servers were cited for alcohol sales to persons under 21. The waitress at Luby's also had an expired alcohol server permit, police reports stated.

Man charged with selling drugs

DULUTH - A 26-year-old Duluth man accused of selling drugs out of his Brandon Square home was arrested on Wednesday following a traffic stop.

Police had been conducting surveillance at the home of Joseph Kotronis after receiving tips from concerned citizens, according to police reports. When Kotronis left in a red Mustang, he was stopped for traffic violations. Upon searching the car, police found six ecstasy pills and four marijuana buds in a small blue container. They also found a fake CD case which had a hidden compartment containing methamphetamine and a glass pipe.

Kotronis then agreed to allow police officers to search his bedroom. The officers found more marijuana, several unknown pills, small plastic bags typically used for packaging drugs and a digital scale used for weighing them. Kotronis admitted he smokes and sells marijuana "to make extra money to buy good things," police reports stated.

A stolen trailer and motorcycle were also found in Kotronis' garage.


Man charged with illegal hunting

WINDER - A Florida man with a deer in the back of his truck was arrested after residents complained of gunshots in the area.

Evan Leonard, 18, of Tampa, Fla., was driving on Pierce Road March 13 before pulling into a stranger's driveway and turning off his headlights, leaving the engine running, a police report said.

A Barrow County officer responded to a call from the homeowners to find blood on the tailgate and a dead deer in Leonard's truck, the report said.

Leonard told police he was in the Marine Corps and had just returned from Iraq. He said his corporal was with him, and that he had shot the deer, but would not tell police the corporal's name or his whereabouts, according to the report.

Police found three rifles and a spotlight in the truck and an open can of beer, according to the report. Barrow County police contacted the Department of Natural Resources and charged Leonard with driving with a suspended license, having an open container and possession of alcohol by a minor, the report said. The Department of Natural Resources charged him with hunting out of season, hunting from a motor vehicle, hunting deer at night and possession of illegally taken wildlife. They also confiscated the rifles and the deer.

Hangar catches fire

WINDER - A hangar at the county airport caught fire March 15 after an employee failed to extinguish all hot spots from a cutting torch he was using.

The fire, at 3:25 p.m., took place in the Romanair hangar at 839 Ronald Wood Road. Fire Chief Mitch Kitchens said the employee was doing some maintenance work at the Romanair hangar, then went outside, thinking he had put out all hot spots. The employee saw smoke coming from the hangar door, and managed to get four of five planes out, Kitchens said.

Kitchens said fire personnel were at the scene for about two hours. They were able contain the fire to the maintenance shop room. There was no visible damage to the airplane left in the building, but Kitchens said it will be tested prior to being used to ensure that heat exposure did not jeopardize the strength of the metal.

House burns

BETHLEHEM - At 6:18 a.m. March 18, a home on J. B. Owens Road caught fire. The home was fully involved when Barrow County firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire is unknown.

- From staff reports