Gwinnett

Pit bull bites Georgia Power worker

•BUFORD - A Georgia Power worker was attacked and bitten by a pit bull Wednesday at a Poplar Street home, according to a police report.

The victim, 43, was performing a job at the house when a loose pit bull charged toward him and bit him on the leg. The bite caused a deep gash, and the man had to be hospitalized for treatment.

When police arrived, a witness provided the dog owner's phone number. The dog owner told officers his pet should have been chained in the back yard. The man claimed he had only been caring for the dog for a few days while trying to find it a home. A co-worker gave it to him, the dog owner said.

Because the dog owner was in Virginia, he was advised to contact Gwinnett County Animal Control upon returning home to dispose of the case.

Man shot at by alleged gang member

•NORCROSS - A 17-year-old Atlanta man was arrested Sunday for allegedly firing a gun at a man inside Global Mall at 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd.

The victim was attending a party when he was approached by a group of Vatos Locos gang members who asked which gang he was "claiming," a police report stated. The man didn't answer, and two of the suspects pushed him. A third man pulled out a handgun and fired twice at the victim, but missed, according to a police report.

The group fled the scene in a white Honda Accord, which police officers were able to pull over in a gas station across the street. A handgun was retrieved from under the driver's seat. The victim identified the driver, Ivan Ignacio, as the shooter.

Ignacio was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and carrying a concealed weapon.

Barrow

Man charged with possession

•WINDER - A 23-year-old Winder man was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of 237.3 grams of marijuana.

Winder police served a search warrant at the home of Terry Cain, at the Savannah Place Apartments at 124 Second St., according to a police report.

At the apartment, officers found a Wal-Mart bag inside a grill. A green leafy substance in a plastic bag inside the bag tested positive for marijuana, the report said.

Boy faces additional charges

•STATHAM - A 13-year-old boy who allegedly attacked a deputy with a stolen sword has also been charged with felony obstruction, authorities said.

Chief Deputy Murray Kogod, spokesman for the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, said a deputy responded to an advisory when he saw a child who matched the description of a 13-year-old boy who allegedly stole two swords from a Statham home, walking along Atlanta Highway.

The deputy conducted a field interview of the boy, Kogod said. The boy then pulled a katana sword out of his pants and began swinging when the deputy started to pat him down.

Kogod said the 13-year-old was uninjured, but the deputy may have sustained a superficial cut.

The Barrow County Sheriff's Office also charged the boy with aggravated assault on a peace officer, Kogod said. He was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and obstruction of an officer by the Statham Police Department in connection with a break-in where he allegedly stole two swords and held one to the throat of an 11-year-old boy.

The 13-year-old is being held at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.

- From staff reports