Gwinnett

Car thieves run over man

•DULUTH - A Duluth man was run over Tuesday while trying to prevent three people from stealing his car from Studio 6 motel at 3525 Breckinridge Blvd.

The victim was paying a bill in the leasing office when he noticed a man and two women get into his white 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, which had been left running, and drive toward the exit. The victim ran toward the exit and stood in the way of the vehicle hoping to deter the theft, according to a police report.

Instead, the suspect drove over the victim and continued toward Old Norcross Road. The man received minor injuries, but refused an ambulance. Police are investigating a suspect in the case, the police report stated.

McDonald's gets bomb threat

•BUFORD - Someone called in a bomb threat Tuesday to the McDonald's restaurant at 4358 Buford Drive.

The manager told police a man called around 10:45 p.m. and told her a bomb was in the restaurant. When she asked where, the caller repeated there was a bomb in the store four times and then hung up.

The restaurant was searched, but nothing suspicious was found. The manager reportedly told police there had not been problems that evening with employees or customers.

Man robbed, beaten over a dollar

•DULUTH - A 41-year-old Duluth man was robbed and beaten Wednesday when he refused to give a dollar to a group of men playing basketball in Sweetwater Glenn apartments off Club Drive.

The victim was walking through the area on his way to a gas station when a man from the basketball court walked up and asked him for a dollar. The victim replied he did not have any money on him, according to a police report.

The man turned to his two buddies and asked for some help. Then he grabbed the victim around the neck and took his wallet while a friend kicked the victim in the chest. The suspects ran away in an unknown direction.

School police

Two students attempt suicide

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Two students from Peachtree Ridge and Duluth high schools attempted suicide just one week apart, according to school police reports.

The school nurse at Duluth reported that a male student left the campus and took 17 Zoloft tablets and two Percocet pills at home. Later, he returned to school and told his teacher that he had taken the pills because he was upset about a recent dispute with his ex-girlfriend. He added that he didn't think he had anything to live for and was depressed.

Gwinnett County Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported him to a local hospital.

A week later, a student at Peachtree Ridge High School attempted to endanger her own life. She refused to go with her parents for a mental evaluation at the SummitRidge Center for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine in Lawrenceville.

On the way there from the high school, the student attempted to jump out of the vehicle several times, according to the police report. Her parents returned to the school to ask for assistance in transporting their daughter.

A police officer arrived at the school and took the student to Summit Ridge, where she was released into the staff's custody.

Student charged with trying to sell substance represented as cocaine

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A student at Creekland Middle School was charged with possessing and trying to sell a substance that resembled cocaine.

Assistant Principal Susan Opferman told school police that during a search of student she found a small plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance, according to a school police report.

Police requested written statements from four student witnesses, most of whom saw the student trying to sell the white substance, claiming it was cocaine.

When she approached him, the student told Opferman that he had brought the baggie to school, and that it contained white sand from a "zen garden," the report said.

The material was field tested for cocaine and methamphetamines with negative results. The student was referred to juvenile court and charged with unlawful possession with the intent to distribute an imitation controlled substance.

- From staff reports