Gwinnett

Man accused of giving school false information

NORCROSS - An 18-year-old Norcross man was arrested Thursday after allegedly presenting false information to school officials while attempting to visit a student at Summerour Middle School.

Gabrial Castro entered Summerour Middle School at 9 a.m. and tried to visit a 14-year-old female student without her consent. He used false information to gain access to the school building, but fled when confronted by school officials, according to an arrest warrant. Castro's actions caused Summerour to go into lockdown.

Castro was arrested on a charge of disrupting public school.

Mom turns in daughter

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville mom called police Monday after she got fed up with her teenage daughter's alleged drug use and truancy.

She ended up getting her daughter's friend, 20-year-old John Harold Daniel Berry of Atlanta, arrested.

The woman told police her daughter was upstairs with a man and they were both high on drugs. When police began questioning the daughter and Berry, Berry allegedly lied about his name. Police found a wallet in the room with Berry's correct information and ran a check on his driver's license.

Police arrested Berry when they discovered he was wanted for failure to appear in court. Officers also found multiple pills, a bag of methamphetamine, a bag of marijuana and two pipes in the room. In Berry's car were 11 syringes, body armor, multiple knives and an ignition puller, police reports stated.

Woman seeks refuge in kudzu

BUFORD - Police are searching for a Doraville woman who allegedly fled and hid in a kudzu patch to avoid questioning about alleged drug use.

An officer on patrol Wednesday stopped at a convenience store on 565 Sawnee Avenue in Buford because he noticed a woman talking on the pay phone holding an alleged crack pipe in her hand. The woman agreed to let police search her car. While officers were questioning that woman and her passenger, 24-year-old Ashley Pierce, Pierce allegedly gave them a fake name of Holly Anglin, according to police reports.

The officer asked Pierce if he could search her purse. She replied "she would rather not," police reports stated.

When the woman's friend accidentally called "Holly" by her true name, Pierce balked and began running north on Sawnee Avenue. At Washington Street, she ducked into a large field of kudzu.

The officer tried to follow the sounds of her footsteps, but was unsuccessful when she fell silent. Tracking dogs also failed to locate Pierce. She is wanted for giving a false name and obstruction of law enforcement.

- From staff reports