Employee charged with stealing cash

•STONE MOUNTAIN - A Target security guard told police that he saw an employee steal money from the store.

Sir Walter Jackson of 5100 W. Mountain St. in Stone Mountain was arrested Wednesday morning after police recovered $200 missing from a register.

According to a police report, the security guard said Jackson had stolen about $950 from the store. He said Jackson stuffed the money in his socks.

The security guard said a number of Jackson's alleged thefts were caught on store surveillance video.

Waffle House robbed at gunpoint

•DULUTH - Three men armed with guns robbed a Duluth Waffle House on Thursday morning, police said.

Two black men and one white man entered the store at 3335 Steve Reynolds Blvd. about 2:30 a.m. carrying semi-automatic handguns, according to a police report.

Witnesses said one man went behind the counter and demanded an employee empty the register.

The men also took money from customers before they ran out of the restaurant.

Undercover drug sting nets 5 arrests

•WINDER - Barrow County sheriff's deputies arrested five men this week as a result of a three-week undercover drug investigation.

Artis Lamar Johnson, 43; Earnest Branvard Badger, 49; Dominique Maurice Brown, 19; and LaQuincy Rico Shields, 27, all of Athens, were arrested and will be prosecuted on federal charges of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and marijuana, police reports state.

Charles Rodney Wilson, 17, of Athens was arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and marijuana but due to his age does not meet requirements for federal prosecution, police reports state.

Narcotics investigators seized $39,895 in connection with the investigation.

17-year-old faces trespass charges

•WINDER - Barrow County sheriff's deputies arrested a 17-year-old in connection with several incidents of trespass and property damage in the Matthews School Plantation subdivision.

Cory Davis of Winder was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of interference with government property and two counts each of criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. He is also accused of damaging several windows at the alternative school on Mulberry Road.


Two injured in fire

•LAWRENCEVILLE - An 8-year-old playing with matches ignited a fire on Silva Fox Court that sent the boy and his father to the Gwinnett Medical Center for heat exposure Friday afternoon.

The injuries were not life-threatening, Gwinnett County Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters, dispatched at 4:14 p.m., found the single-story house at 1571 Silva Fox Court with heavy smoke showing on arrival.

The blaze was contained to one bedroom with slight extension to the attic. The fire caused heavy damage to the room and sent smoke throughout the house.

The father and son were the only two home at the time of the fire.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist two adults and one child displaced by the damage.

Reports of person trapped prove false

•DACULA - Reports of a person trapped in a burning home Friday morning proved false, firefighters said.

The residents of the home at 2774 Michelle Circle in Dacula were outside when fire crews arrived shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Firefighters are unsure what caused the fire.

- From staff reports