Dacula farmhouse burns down

DACULA - An old abandoned farmhouse at 872 Harbins Road caught fire Tuesday and was destroyed.

Firefighters were called to the house at 12:05 p.m. and arrived seven minutes later to find it engulfed in flames. The house was a total loss. A storage trailer next to the house also was completely burned, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The farmhouse sits on property where the owners had built a newer, main house. A spark from a power line on the property ignited the blaze, Rutledge said.

Norcross man charged with DUI

NORCROSS - A Norcross man was arrested Sunday and charged with driving drunk on the wrong side of Dawson Boulevard and almost striking a police patrol car.

When an officer pulled over 31-year-old Otilio Camacho Ramos, he got out of the vehicle without putting the car into park. His vehicle began rolling backward until it struck the officer's patrol car, according to police reports.

Ramos subsequently failed a field sobriety evaluation. He was charged with DUI, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and driving without a license.

Police pull over woman wearing only lingerie

BUFORD - Police who pulled over a Villa Rica woman on Sunday discovered she was driving drunk wearing only racy lingerie, according to police reports.

An officer on patrol noticed a Honda Accord being driven through the grass at the intersection of Hamilton Mill Road and Hamilton Mill Lane. After stopping the driver, 36-year-old Janice Elizabeth Deese, the officer saw that she was only wearing a bustier, panties and fishnet stockings. Her passenger, 40-year-old Martin Jordan, was wearing boxer shorts and a T-shirt, police reports said.

Deese was reportedly disoriented - she did not know where she had been, where she was or where she was going. An officer found several bottles of prescription drugs and an empty beer bottle inside the vehicle. Deese was arrested on charges of DUI and not driving on highway laned for traffic.

Several arrested in connection with street racing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Several people were arrested Sunday in a police investigation of street racing at the Newpoint Commons warehouse complex off Breckenridge Boulevard.

Police observed 15 to 20 cars gathered in the parking lot about 2 a.m., but the cars began dispersing at high speeds when the suspects spotted authorities.

Tyler Standish Ames, 20, of Kennesaw allegedly ran with Justin Taylor Melotte, 19, and got into a 1989 Nissan 250 SX. Ames tried to drive away without his lights on; however, he stopped after a short police pursuit, according to police reports. Ames allegedly admitted he and Melotte were there to videotape the street races. The two were charged with loitering, and Ames also was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police.

Authorities were also able to stop a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee and arrest the driver, 24-year-old Jose Efrain Samaniego of Jonesboro and passenger, Donald Oswaldo Perez-Perez, 24, of Charlotte on a charge of loitering.


Two purse-snatching suspects caught

WINDER - Two suspects who allegedly snatched a woman's purse Monday were apprehended, while another two are still on the loose.

Cpl. Joel Lovinggood said a 74-year-old woman was followed by two 16-year-old men into the Dollar Zone on May Street around 2:30 p.m. Monday. The two men purchased items from the store, then waited outside for 20 minutes before going back in, approaching the woman from the rear, grabbing her purse and running out the door, Lovinggood said.

The store manager, who was outside at the time, witnessed the incident and saw the two men run to a gray Ford Taurus with two other men in the car, Lovinggood said.

The theft was caught on a store security tape, and officers were able to identify the teens from the video, Lovinggood said. Their parents were notified and obtained confessions from their children about 1 p.m. Tuesday after viewing the tape, he said.

The woman's purse was recovered near a fence on Giles Road with $10 missing, Lovinggood said. Police still are looking for the 17-year-old driver of the Taurus and his 15-year-old passenger. All four will be charged with robbery by sudden snatch, robbery of a person 65 years or older and conspiracy to commit a crime.

16-year-old charged with statutory rape

WINDER - A 16-year-old was charged with statutory rape after he allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old he met on the street.

Police were notified of a possible burglary in progress Monday at 7:53 p.m. at a house under construction, according to a police report. When they arrived, they found a black Honda with a 20-year-old driver and a 16-year-old passenger, who said they were waiting for the passenger's friend, the report said.

When police went to the house, the 16-year-old walked out and said he was the only one in the residence, the report said. After the teen was handcuffed, a 13-year-old girl exited the house, the report said.

Both juveniles told police they were talking, but officers noticed that both the 16-year-old's and girl's pants were unbuttoned, according to the report, and the girl's underwear was stuffed in the side of her pants.

A juvenile complaint was filed for both for criminal trespass. When police questioned the two separately, they both said they met in the street, went into the house to talk and had sexual intercourse, the report said.

The 16-year-old was charged with statutory rape, and both subjects were released to their legal


Woman reports assault by boyfriend

WINDER - A man allegedly punched his girlfriend, knocking her down on her neighbor's porch.

The 48-year-old Winder resident knocked on the front door of the Winder Police Department's Glenwood precinct at 1 a.m. Sunday to tell police her boyfriend had jumped on her and run down the street, according to a police report.

Police told the woman to return to her home while they searched for her boyfriend, the report said, and police met the woman at her residence when they were unable to find her boyfriend, Tommie Riden Jr.

The woman told police she had kicked Riden out of her apartment the night before, after he allegedly assaulted her. He returned the next day and allegedly punched the woman in the chest, knocking her down.

A battery family violence warrant was taken out for Riden.

Man charged with selling drugs to police officer

WINDER - A man was arrested and charged with selling cocaine and marijuana.

Chad Cook, 26, of Winder was arrested and charged with selling controlled substances to an officer for the Barrow County Sheriff's Office on two occasions in March.

Cook allegedly sold an officer drugs in the back parking lot of Loco's March 7 and March 14.

Pair charged with burglary

WINDER - Police arrested two people for burglary after the victim followed their car until police showed up.

Genia Lovelady, 42, and Christopher Lovelady, 41, both of Auburn were pulled over at 10:59 a.m. May 14, according to a police report.

A 31-year-old Smith Mill Road resident received a phone call from his father saying a car just left his house, according to a police report. The father told the man a set of speakers appeared to be missing, and a gray Ford Mustang had been at the house, the report said.

The man saw the car and followed it, according to the report, when he saw the car pull over and dump the speakers in a ditch.

Police conducted a traffic stop and found a receipt for the speakers, worth $1,500. Both Loveladys were arrested and charged with burglary.

- From staff reports