Woman arrested in smuggling case

•BUFORD - A 24-year-old Macon woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs to an inmate in Phillips State Prison.

Latasha Mechelle Willis came to visit Kareem Warren, 27, and allegedly handed him an empty potato chip bag containing marijuana and crack cocaine, according to a police report. Warren concealed the item in his shoe and went inside to use the bathroom, leaving the drugs in a pile of jackets in the shake-down area, the report said.

A guard noticed Warren hiding something and then uncovered the drugs, the report said. Upon being detained for questioning, Willis allegedly admitted passing the drugs to Warren.

Two men attempt to rob cleaners

•NORCROSS - Four men wielding metal pipes on Monday attempted to rob Oxford Cleaners at 1250 Tech Drive.

The manager was loading his van about 9:05 p.m. when four suspects approached the back door and ordered him to go back inside. When a manager started yelling for help, the would-be robbers fled without taking anything or harming the manager, the police report said.

Several minutes later, two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were walking in the area when they reportedly encountered the suspects outside a store two doors down from the cleaners, the report said.

The suspects are described as black men under 18 years old wearing long-sleeve black T-shirts with hoods. One of the men was about 6 feet 1 inch tall and 290 pounds; the other three were skinny, according to the report.

Day care


•LILBURN - Children's World Learning Center at 641 Rockbridge Road was evacuated briefly on Wednesday morning after a fire started in an exhaust fan in a bathroom.

Firefighters arrived at 7:22 a.m. to find light smoke inside the building. The children had already been evacuated to a playground area by school staff, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The fire caused minor damage to the ceiling and exhaust fan. No injuries were reported, Rutledge said.

- From staff reports