Work crew

strikes gas main

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A construction crew drilling near Scenic Highway and Webb Ginn House Road on Tuesday afternoon struck a 6-inch high-pressure gas main, prompting authorities to shut down Scenic Highway in both directions.

A contracting crew installing a utility pole for a nearby shopping center struck the gas main at 1:15 p.m., said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. Police had to divert traffic in the area onto Moon Road as workers from Atlanta Gas light labored to stop the leak.

Scenic Highway was closed from North Road to Essex Drive until 6:34 p.m. No injuries were reported and no businesses or houses were evacuated, except for one business which self-evacuated, Rutledge said.

Man flees police

•SNELLVILLE - An unidentified man led police on a brief pursuit when an officer tried to pull him over last week for allegedly driving on the wrong side of Zoar Road.

An officer caught up with a green 1996 Acura which was driving into oncoming traffic after the driver turned on Centerville Rosebud Road on May 2. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however the driver accelerated and continued speeding away.

The driver then stopped abruptly at the intersection with Mink Livsey Road, jumped out of the car and ran into Madison Farms subdivision. Police and tracking dogs searched the area but failed to locate him. The suspect is described as a black man with short black hair, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 185 pounds.

Armed intruder wakes woman

•BUFORD - A 29-year-old Buford woman was awakened at 3 a.m. Friday to find a strange man standing at her bedside in Eagle Creek Apartments on South Lee Street.

The suspect was wearing a red bandanna on his head and carrying a gun. When the woman awoke, he put his finger against his lips and motioned for the woman to keep quiet. The woman yelled, and the man fled out the back door, according to a police report.

Children were sleeping in bunk beds on the other side of the victim's bedroom, but they did not wake up during the incident. Later that morning, the woman discovered her wallet missing from her purse.

An officer who responded to investigate found no signs of forced entry, nor any evidence of a disturbance.

Man robs Eckerd

•LAWRENCEVILLE - An unidentified man on Thursday robbed the Eckerd drug store at 1097 Duluth Highway and pistol-whipped the manager.

The suspect entered the store shortly before 8:30 p.m. and pointed a gun at the cashier. He stole the cashier's personal money and cell phone before forcing her into the manager's office, according to a police report.

The robber demanded that the manager open the safe. However, due to the stress of the situation the manager couldn't get the combination correct despite several tries. The suspect became angry, threatened to kill the manager and struck him twice on the back of the head with the pistol.

The robber fled in an unknown direction. No description of him was listed on the police report.

- From staff reports