Lilburn slaying victim ID'd

LILBURN - A Hispanic man found dead on April 21 outside of a Lilburn business has been identified as 23-year-old Samuel Rodriguez Vera of Norcross.

Vera's closest living relatives, who reside in North Carolina, recently filed a missing person's report after not hearing from him for several weeks, according to Officer Darren Moloney of the Gwinnett County Police Department. Police were then able to determine that Vera was the unidentified homicide victim who was found in a work area of Statewide Tree and Landscape at 4207 Lilburn Industrial Way.

There are still no suspects in the slaying. Anyone with information is asked to call the Gwinnett Police at 770-513-5100.

Stone Mountain

Stop 'n' Shop robbed

STONE MOUNTAIN - Someone robbed the Stop 'n' Shop store Thursday at 1300 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain.

A cashier told police a heavyset black man wearing a black shirt, hat and gloves entered the shop at 6 a.m. The man brandished a handgun, then grabbed money and cigarettes from behind the register, according to police reports. After rummaging through the cashier stand, the suspect left the area in an unknown vehicle.

The surveillance video from the store did not provide a good image, reports said.

Explosive device planted at house

LAWRENCEVILLE - Someone placed an explosive device inside a house on Cove Crossing Drive on Tuesday.

The resident said sometime between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. a person opened the front glass door of their house and placed a two-liter plastic bottle between it and the exterior wooden door. The bottle contained some type of detonation device which exploded.

Fire investigators were called to the scene to gather evidence.

Man charged with cruelty to animals

BUFORD - Animal Control officers charged a Pendergrass man with cruelty to animals on Tuesday after finding several neglected horses on his property.

A 3-year-old stallion was found on March 30 lying on its side in the mud on property belonging to James Irwin Ordway, 54, on Thompson Mill Road. The horse was subsequently given medical treatment, but it died due to malnutrition.

A 3-year-old mare and a 23-year-old sorrel mare were also emaciated, according to police reports. Ordway told police he was unable to care for the horses because he had been sick. He didn't say how long it had been since the horses had been fed or watered, police reports stated.

Ordway signed the animals over to the state and they were taken to a facility in DeKalb for care.


Man charged with simple battery

WINDER - A man was charged with two counts of simple battery after he allegedly pulled out his ex-girlfriend's weave and struck her in the head several times.

Eurieso Sorrells, 27, of Winder, was charged with simple battery and violation of a family violence bond when he entered his ex-girlfriend's house May 9 and took a pickle before hitting her, according to a police report.

The woman ignored Sorrells when he walked into her house at 6 p.m., the report said, because she was on the phone when he came in. When he tried to talk to her and received no response, Sorrells allegedly pulled out the weave in her hair, hit her several times with a closed fist and made her 3-year-old daughter cry according to police reports.

Sorrells denied that he had entered the house, telling police that he was in the road in front of her house, and not in the yard. The 3-year-old and a witness confirmed that Sorrells was on the porch.

Man allegedly punches woman in the face

WINDER - A man allegedly punched the mother of his child in the face several times and pulled out her hair.

Antonio Stillwell, 24, pulled the woman out of a car at 1:38 a.m. May 8, according to a police report.

The woman had a swollen lip and cuts and bruises inside her mouth, the report said. Stillwell was charged with battery.

Drugs found in man's pants

WINDER - A man holding 34 grams of cocaine in his underwear was arrested May 6 and charged with possession within 1,000 feet of school property and possession with intent to distribute, according to a police report.

Winder police saw Linwood Harris, 29, of Monroe, enter a Big H store at 2:30 p.m., and followed him in, knowing there was a warrant for his arrest out of Barrow County, the report said.

Harris admitted to police that he had marijuana in his pants, and police located two baggies of a substance that appeared to be marijuana, the report said. One bag allegedly contained five smaller bags that were individually wrapped.

Harris also told police he had crack in his underwear, the report said. A large bag containing 17 smaller bags of what appeared to be crack cocaine were found on him, as was $950 in cash, according to the report.

Harris was charged with trafficking cocaine, and two counts each of possession within 1,000 feet of school property and possession with intent to distribute.

Winder man charged with assault, obstruction

WINDER - A man who was taken to the city jail after fighting with his father continued to be disruptive after his arrest, a police report said.

Bryan Ferguson, 22, of Winder, was being restrained by his father when police arrived May 4 at 4 p.m., the report said. Ferguson said his father was the aggressor, and had pinned him to the floor for two hours, according to the report.

When an officer was talking to Ferguson's father, the report said, Ferguson jumped off the couch and tried to go after him. He eventually listened to an officer who told him to sit down, before running out of the house, according to the report.

Ferguson alleged that an officer struck him in the mouth while handcuffing him, but no injuries were found. He allegedly began to shout and curse on the way to the police car, and spat and hit his head against the glass while he was in the car.

Once Ferguson was taken to the jail, he was put into an orange jumpsuit and strip searched, according to the report. He refused to write a written statement or sign his Miranda Right, and did not cooperate when police attempted to take fingerprints, the report said.

Ferguson was charged with simple assault and obstruction, the report said.

- From staff reports