Deputies save man in cardiac arrest

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputies on Monday saved the life of an 84-year-old man who had gone into cardiac arrest at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Richard Nelson was in the clerk's office at 9:30 a.m. when he apparently suffered a heart attack and collapsed. Deputy Bob Patterson, a former EMT, arrived and requested other first responders to come with an ambulance. While waiting for medical help, Nelson was given chest compressions, said Stacey Kelley, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department. Deputy Nakia Brooks then arrived to assist in treating Nelson.

Deputy Kim Carroll retrieved a defibrillator and shocked Nelson twice until he was breathing again on his own. Nelson was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center. Kelley said Nelson recently had heart surgery and had a history of cardiac problems.

Five charged in drug raid at hotel

NORCROSS - Five people were arrested Friday on charges of selling cocaine out of a motel room at Best Western at 6187 Dawson Blvd.

A confidential informant, at the request of Gwinnett County police, went into a motel room where drugs were being sold. The police performed surveillance nearby. The man emerged with $20 worth of cocaine, according to a police report. Officers identified five suspects after raiding the room.

They also located several small plastic bags containing crack and powder cocaine, a digital scale and several boxes of plastic sandwich bags typically used to package narcotics.

Arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine were: Rodriguez Antonio Bush, 28, of Atlanta, James Aaron Boyd, 24, of Norcross, Sonya Renee Argo, 28, of Norcross, Shanice Marie Stephens, 19, of McDonough. Jermaine Anderson, 25, of Ellenwood, was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of cocaine.

Shot fired at church

LAWRENCEVILLE - Someone fired a gun into a church Wednesday at Full Gospel Church at 545 Rock Springs Road.

A parishioner was sitting alone in the church about 10:10 p.m. when a bullet was shot into the building. He picked up the spent round, called the pastor and notified police. When the man went outside to investigate, nothing appeared suspicious, a police report stated.

There were no suspects.

Men rob residents of apartment

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two unidentified men on Saturday forced entry to a Herrington Woods apartment and robbed residents at gunpoint.

Two men were inside the apartment at 12:15 a.m. when they heard a knock at the door, according to police reports. When they opened it, two black men in dark clothing brandished a gun and ordered the victims back inside. The victims were forced into a bathroom and told not to move. The robbers stole several items before fleeing.

Suspected gang members cut man

SNELLVILLE - A Snellville man was cut with a knife Thursday after a group of suspected gang members misidentified him as a rival gangster.

The victim, 18, was wearing red and black beads, red pants, red shoelaces and a red bandanna while walking through the parking lot of Kroger at 3035 Centerville Highway. Red is a color identified with the Bloods gang.

A blue Chevrolet Caprice with dark tinted windows occupied by six black males pulled beside the teenager. All of the passengers wore blue bandannas over their faces and were suspected Crips members, according to police reports.

The suspects got out of the vehicle and started arguing with the victim. The front-seat passenger of the car then pulled out a knife and swung it at the victim, slashing his left forearm. The group got back into the car and left.

- From staff reports