Man accused of faking bomb in box
BRASELTON - A man was arrested Friday after allegedly claiming to have placed a bomb in a box and sending it to a day care center with his son's mother.
Richard Scott Cook, 45, of Gainesville, met his son's mother to collect the boy for visitation and pay child support. Cook had packaged his payment in several boxes. One box was labeled "Open last," according to the police report. When the son asked what was in the boxes, Cook said, "A bomb," according to the report.
The woman returned to her job at Discovery Point Day Care Center and called 911. As it was after hours, most of the children had gone home. Law enforcement officers from three departments were called out. Braselton police evacuated the building and Hall County firefighters turned off the gas. Gwinnett County's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team used a robot and a camera scanner to determine that no explosive device was present.
Cook was charged with simple battery and disorderly conduct. He is free on $5,200 bond.
Law enforcement classes to start
WINDER - The Barrow County Sheriff's Office is taking applications for its fourth annual Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy.
The fall session will begin Sept. 24 at the County Line Annex of the Sheriff's Office at 905 Mulberry Road in Winder. Classes will be held for 11 Mondays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The class is free to Barrow County residents with clean criminal records.
Students will learn about criminal law and procedure, peace officer requirements, family and domestic violence, training, enforcement, crime scene investigations, patrol, criminal investigations, detention center operations, gangs, traffic enforcement, crisis negotiations, narcotics investigations and hands-on weapons training.
Applications are available at the Sheriff's Office in the Barrow County Courthouse and at the front desk of the jail. The class will hold 20 to 25 students and the deadline to apply is Sept. 17.
Mailboxes reported stolen
BARROW COUNTY - A resident of Clyde Boyd Road in Winder reported his mailbox stolen during the overnight hours of Aug. 14. The man told sheriff's deputies the black mailbox was worth about $50.
The next day, a woman living on Fred Kilcrease Road in Auburn reported her mailbox stolen during the overnight hours.
Thief takes man's heat pump
WINDER - A homeowner on Gage Drive in Winder reported the home's Lennox heat pump taken from its foundation Friday.
The pump was valued at $1,600.