Smoke from South Ga. fires seen in county
•LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County firefighters said smoke from wildfires in South Georgia may have been seen in the county Sunday.
Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said multiple call were made between 9:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. to 911 reporting a strong smoke smell and a haze throughout portions of the county.
Rutledge said fire units at various stations were called out but found no active fires burning within the county.
Rutledge suggests all people check with the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal's Office before conducting any outdoor burns. He said weather along with dry vegetation are a key factor in determining whether or not it is safe to burn on a particular day.
Even though it is currently open burning season, there is no burning allowed on Sundays or after dark, Rutledge said.
Workers robbed at Pizza Hut
•NORCROSS - Two Pizza Hut employees said they were robbed outside the Norcross restaurant Tuesday morning.
According to a police report, the two were leaving to make a business deposit when they were approached by a black man with a gun in the parking lot.
The man demanded money and took a deposit bag containing more than $1,000. After taking the money the man sprayed the two in the face with pepper spray then fled.
The employees were taken from the store at 6050 Singleton Road to the Gwinnett Medical Center.
Tractor-trailer reported stolen
•BRASELTON - A truck driver reported his purple Peterbuilt tractor-trailer missing from the Pilot Travel Center on Ga. Highway 53 on April 16.
The driver told Braselton police he parked his truck at the fuel island on the back side of the station, then went inside to eat. When he returned, the truck was gone, police reports state.
Braselton police seize cash, drugs
•BRASELTON - Braselton police arrested two men and seized $30,144 and less than one ounce of marijuana after stopping a car for window tint violations Sunday.
Juan Cavazos, 30, of Gainesville, and Richard Mendoza, 27, of Lawrenceville, were arrested and charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Police discovered the cash inside the car's rear quarter panel, police reports state.
Teens accused of hitting police car
•BRASELTON - Two 17-year-old girls were arrested Sunday and charged with underage possession of alcohol after their car pushed a police cruiser into a guardrail.
Braselton police were called to the scene of a parked car on Interstate 85. When the officer arrived, he found the car's occupants incoherent, the radio turned up loudly, all the doors locked and the car sitting in drive with the driver's big toe on the brake, police reports state.
To keep the car from running into traffic, the officer pulled his cruiser in front of the girls' car, according to police reports. While officers tried to get the driver's attention, she took her toe off the brake and it rolled into the cruiser, police reports state. The driver then accelerated and pushed the cruiser into a guard rail. Officers broke the rear windows to enter and gain control of the vehicle.
Braselton police arrested Mary Elizabeth Nicholson, 17, of Atlanta and McKinley Jane Lenker, 17, of Marietta. Both girls were transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.
Braselton police officials do not yet have an estimate on the cost of damage to the cruiser.
- From staff reports- From staff reports