police/fire reports

police Thief tells clerk to put store money in his pockets

DULUTH - Two Texaco employees said the store was robbed Friday night by men with automatic firearms.

The clerks said two black men entered the store at 2815 Club Drive about

10 p.m., a police report said. One clerk said one of the men demanded she open the register and stuff the money in his pockets.

Both clerks described the men as young and dressed in black. One was wearing

sunglasses and the other had a bandanna covering his face.

The men fled with about $1,000.

Employee: Thieves took cigarettes, money from store

LAWRENCEVILLE - Chevron gas station employees said three thieves weren't just looking for money Wednesday night.

Station clerks said three black men armed with handguns entered the store at 1850 Lawrenceville Highway about 10 p.m. demanding money and cigarettes, a police report said.

The men took about $800 from the store plus packs of Cool cigarettes and Swisher Sweets cigars.

The clerks said the men were about 25 years old and wearing handkerchiefs over their faces.

Norcross woman says daughter's friends robbed her

NORCROSS - A Norcross woman said she came Friday afternoon to find three young men robbing her home.

According to a police report, three black men ransacked her home, taking a radio, television and a number of videos.

The woman told police she recognized the three and believes they are friends of her daughter.

Man who jumped train during chase caught, police say

AUBURN - A man police say jumped onto a moving train following a high-speed chase April 2 was arrested Wednesday.

Auburn police arrested Jonathan David Lusk, 27, of Dacula, after having identified him as the passenger in the stolen vehicle.

On April 2, Auburn police stopped a car, which turned out to be stolen, driven by Douglas Huggins at 1:36 a.m. Huggins was wanted in Gwinnett County on charges of Superior Court probation violation, obstruction of law enforcement officer, theft by receiving and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, according to information released by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department.

After leading police on a 95 mph chase along Ga. Highway 8, Huggins pulled into the CSX rail yard in Auburn, where his passenger escaped by jumping on a moving train, according to police reports.

Lusk was charged with party to the crime of theft of a motor vehicle, felony obstruction and criminal trespass.

Man reportedly kidnaps woman for medications

AUBURN - A reported domestic disturbance call Thursday led to a man being arrested and charged with numerous kidnapping-related charges.

Auburn police answered a call about a man with a knife chasing a woman along Mount Moriah Road.

The woman told police that Benjamin Keith Fowler, 30, of Auburn had kidnapped her at knife point in Auburn. A driver, whose name has not been released, took her and Fowler to the Kroger at Hamilton Mill, against her will, to buy the woman's prescription pain medications.

Police reports state that Fowler threatened her with a "shallow grave."

The woman reportedly escaped the vehicle and ran down Mount Moriah Road. Police found injuries and bruises on the woman's upper body and red marks around her throat, police reports state.

Fowler is charged with two counts each of battery and aggravated assault

with a deadly weapon, criminal intent to commit armed robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, entering auto and criminal trespas.

Fowler remains in the Barrow County Detention Center.


Food on stove causes house fire

•BUFORD - Grease left unattended cooking on the stove caused a Buford family's home to catch fire Sunday morning.

The flames spread quickly, causing damage throughout the home on Old Suwanee Road, according to a Fire Department press release.

Three people were inside the home at the time but escaped without injuries.

- From staff reports