Father arrested after child found naked
WINDER - A Winder father was arrested Monday afternoon when his children, ages 2 and 3, were found wandering on Virginia Avenue near North Broad Street.
Police arrived to discover the little boy wearing only a pair of shorts and the little girl completely naked, reports state.
R.J. Hunt, 25, of Winder, was charged with two counts each of first degree cruelty to children and reckless conduct.
Police located Hunt at his home by information the children provided, police reports state. The children were at home with Hunt when he fell asleep and the children left without his knowledge, according to reports.
Officials with the Department of Family and Children Services took custody of the children. Hunt remains in the Barrow County Jail under $40,000 bond.
Vandals roll, egg houses
LAWRENCEVILLE - A number of homes inside a Lawrenceville subdivision were vandalized Sunday, according to a police report.
The resident of a home on Paris Drive inside the Sterling subdivision reported his home and vehicle were egged and trees in his front yard were toilet papered about 3 a.m.
Three more homes in the neighborhood were vandalized in a similar way Sunday morning. Trees in front of one home were strung with toilet paper and Christmas lights were removed from two other homes on Herndon Road and Aaron Way.
The resident of the home on Paris Drive said Sunday's incident was not the first of its kind.
Thief breaks into restaurant
LAWRENCEVILLE - It is unknown if anything was taken from a Lawrenceville restaurant that was broken into Monday, a police report said.
Police found the side glass door to McAlister's Deli on Old Peachtree Road shattered and three cash registers were pried open about 4:30 a.m. All registers were empty when police arrived.
Employees were not available at the time police arrived to determine if money was taken from the registers.
Gas leak forces evacuations
DULUTH - A gas leak on Satellite Boulevard near Ga. Highway 120 caused the evacuation of three businesses and shut down traffic in both directions for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
A landscaping crew struck a 2-inch high pressure line at about 3:30 p.m. while digging next to a shopping center under construction, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said. An emergency crew from the Atlanta Gas Light Co. stopped the leak at about 4:45 p.m., allowing roads to be reopened by 5 p.m.
"We are fortunate that the gas company was able to stop the leak minutes before the rush hour began," Rutledge said. "This is a heavily traveled and congested area."
Remax, the IceForum and a gas station were evacuated, but no injuries were reported, Rutledge said.