Fire destroys home

·SNELLVILLE - A one-story home at 3586 Shrewsbury Court was destroyed Sunday after a fire broke out in a back bedroom.

Firefighters responded to a report of a house fire at

8:54 a.m. to find flames shooting through the roof. No one was home, said Lt. Craig E. Stanley of the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The fire was brought under control by 9:21 a.m. Investigators believe the blaze started from an electrical outlet in a back bedroom. The house was considered a total loss. The American Red Cross was called to assist displaced


Two charged with assaulting neighbor

NORCROSS - Two men were arrested Thursday on charges of assaulting one of their neighbors at Harbin Woods apartments with a sledgehammer and a beer


The victim told police he got into an argument with his friends, 18-year-old Noel Garcia-Infante and 22-year-old Miguel Angel Garcia-Infante, at his apartment and ordered them to leave. As the victim was preparing to shower, the two suspects allegedly broke through his front door and confronted him in the bathroom, according to police reports.

Noel and Miguel Garcia-Infantes allegedly began striking the victim in the head and body with a sledgehammer and a beer bottle. They were arrested on charges of aggravated assault and burglary.

Car stolen, driven through building

LAWRENCEVILLE - Someone broke into a car Thursday and then drove it into the Shurgard storage building at 1856 Riverside Parkway.

The car owner told police he left his 1991 Mercury Sable at an adjacent construction site overnight because it broke down. When he returned the next morning, he discovered someone had broken into the vehicle, stolen the radio and jammed a key in the ignition to start it.

The vehicle was then either placed in reverse or pushed down a hill in neutral off a 20-foot wall, smashing through the rear wall of a storage building and damaging some contents inside.

Search turns up meth in Buford couple's home

BUFORD - A Buford couple was arrested Sept. 14 after a search of their house turned up an undisclosed quantity of methamphetamine and a stolen vehicle.

Police conducted a search at 5973 Suwanee Dam Road after receiving a tip that the resident, Terry Hope Farmer, was selling narcotics. They found methamphetamine in Farmer's night stand, according to police reports.

Officers also located a Bobcat utility vehicle which had been reported stolen from Jackson County. Farmer's boyfriend, Terry Hughes, 47, of Buford admitted that the drugs and the vehicle were his, reports said.

Farmer and Hughes were charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Hughes also was charged with theft by receiving a stolen vehicle and operating a chop shop.

Man accused of criminal trespass

NORCROSS - A woman who went to check on her boss's vacant house Saturday stumbled upon a bare-chested stranger standing in the living room, according to police report.

The woman entered the house on Spalding Drive to find an unidentified black man wearing blue pants and no shirt. Upon seeing the man, she left to call police while the suspect locked the door behind her.

An officer who forced the door open found no one inside. However, a man fitting the suspect's description was seen walking on a nearby street. The suspect, 42-year-old Larry Nunley, spontaneously said he "didn't do anything; he was just staying in the house and he had a job," police reports stated.

Nunley was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass.

17-year-old shot during attempted carjacking

NORCROSS - A 17-year-old boy was shot Sunday during an attempted carjacking at Park Colony Apartments at 3600 Park Colony Drive.

Thomas Earl Whitehurst was shot in the arm by two unidentified black men at 8:30 p.m., according to a police report. A witness heard three gunshots near the 2700 building and saw the suspects running down a path to a wooded area. One of the suspects was reportedly holding a firearm. Police collected shell casings from the scene, and an investigation is still active.

Two charged with disorderly conduct at the county fair

LAWRENCEVILLE - A woman was arrested at the Gwinnett County Fair on Saturday after causing a disruption and arguing with police.

An officer was dispatched to the Music Express ride to deal with two allegedly intoxicated people who had walked behind the rides and were stumbling among the generator equipment.

Candace V. Powell, 23, of Lawrenceville and the other person were reportedly very intoxicated. The officer tried to explain that they needed to leave because they were in a dangerous area with high


Powell's companion cooperated, but she allegedly cursed at the officer, refused to leave and insisted that the "carnies" had stolen her dog. She was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

- From staff reports