Gas leaks shuts down road

•NORCROSS - Parts of Peachtree Parkway near Jay Bird Alley were closed Wednesday evening after a construction crew struck a gas main.

Gwinnett County firefighters arrived to the area, a fairly traffic-heavy location, to find a strong gas odor in the area.

Firefighters closed the parkway's north and southbound lanes, diverting traffic from the leak.

Atlanta Gas Light was called to the scene and firefighters established a hot-zone perimeter and monitored the gas readings in the area.

Firefighters laid down a hose line to protect the working crew.

No injuries or evacuations were reported.

Jewelry machine catches fire at

Mall of Georgia

•BUFORD - Firefighters responded to a call of reported smoke and fire inside of a Mall of Georgia Fast Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair Wednesday.

A machine inside the store used to grind and polish jewelry caught fire. The small fire was extinguished by maintenance employees using a portable fire extinguisher.

The fire filled the store and the commons area outside the store with smoke.

Firefighters evacuated the commons as well as the Macy's Department Store for a short time and the mall's smoke evacuation fans were used to pull the smoke out of the building.

No injuries were reported.

Police seek

drive-by suspect

•DULUTH - As of Wednesday, no arrests have been in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting at the Lakes of Sweetwater apartment complex Monday night.

According to the police report, an officer met with a man who said that while walking, a suspect approached him, grabbed him by the neck and stuck a gun into his ribs.

The suspect never said a word, and when the victim turned around, a gold Chrysler drove up next to them and started shooting at the suspect.

The victim ran away when the shots started. A witness said he heard eight shots and watched the vehicle drive out of the complex with its lights off.

The suspect fled the area on foot.

The victim reported no injuries and said he had seen the suspect walking around the complex before but did not recognize the car.

Appliances stolen from model home

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Several appliances were reported stolen Oct. 22 from a model house in Lawrenceville.

According to the report, police arrived at 7:25 p.m., and saw that the home had been broken into through the living room window.

The screen had been cut and there were footprints from the window into the house.

The complainant alleges that several appliances were stolen from the house. An officer stated in the report that the appliances had apparently been taken out the front door, "as there were gauge marks leading from the hallway carpet, across the foyer floor and ending at the front door."

The appliances were delivered on Oct. 17, and the complainant said he thought it was an inside job because the suspect or suspects would have known that the appliances had been delivered.

- From staff reports