Police and Fire Briefs

Gas station employee slashed

with box cutter

•NORCROSS - An employee of the QuikTrip convenience store in Norcross told police a man approached her near an outdoor trash bin Monday and slashed her cheek and sleeve with a box cutter.

The employee said she was cutting items with a box cutter when the man approached her just after midnight Monday near the trash bin at 6182 S. Norcross Tucker Road. She said the man took the box cutter from her hand and said, "Payback is a (expletive)," according to a Gwinnett County police report.

The woman had a small, superficial scratch from her eye to her chin. The slash on her arm cut her jacket but did not break the skin.

The man was wearing a winter hat pulled down low and a scarf that covered his face. The woman said she did not recognize his voice.

Nutrition store

robbed Sunday

•SNELLVILLE - An employee of a General Nutrition Center store in Snellville told police a man entered the store Sunday and demanded money.

When the man came into the store at 3550 Centerville Highway, he picked up a bottle of colon cleaner and brought it to the register. The employee told police he was holding an item in his shirt that appeared to be gun, but she did not see a weapon.

The woman told police he screamed at her for the money and threatened to shoot her if she did not comply, according to the Gwinnett County police report.

The woman gave him $185, and the man fled in a small white car.

Construction leads to gas leak

•DACULA - A construction company struck a 1-inch gas line while digging with a backhoe near Hamilton Mill Parkway in Dacula, causing firefighters to reroute traffic and

evacuate nearby

businesses Tuesday morning.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said a crew digging a trench at an unoccupied house under construction struck the gas line close to the roadway.

Firefighters closed Hamilton Mill Parkway between Forest Vista Drive and Braselton Highway.

No injuries and no further evacuations were reported.

- From staff reports