Police/fire reports


Man attacked by drinking partners

•WINDER - A man began 2007 with a slashed left wrist after reportedly drinking with friends at his home Monday.

According to a police report, three men went over to another man's house to drink with him. When the men ran out of liquor, a man who lived in the house went to buy more. When he returned, the man's girlfriend, who was nine months pregnant, told him the three men had tried to hit on her while he was out. Police reports state that the men began fighting, and one of them allegedly struck the man who lived in the house in the face with a gin bottle and cut his wrist with a knife.

The girlfriend told police that one of the men pushed her back and hit her in the stomach.

The men kicked the mailbox before they left.

The injured man told police he knew the name of only one of the men. Police continue to investigate.

Man turns violent in Wal-Mart parking lot

•WINDER - An Auburn man reportedly on his way to a psychiatric hospital became violent in the Wal-Mart parking lot Tuesday.

Auburn police had been called to the man's home earlier Tuesday. Sgt. Danny Kerns said the man was off his seizure medication and had been drinking all day. The man's fiancee and her sister were transporting him to a psychiatric hospital in Athens when he became violent, allegedly striking the fiancee and trying to kick out the car window.

The man was subdued by Auburn police and Barrow County sheriff's deputies in the Wal-Mart parking lot on U.S. Highway 29.

No charges were filed. Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the man to Barrow Community Hospital.

Trailer stolen

•WINDER - A 2002 16-foot trailer was reported stolen from Mobile Hydraulics.

The trailer was valued at $10,000.


Man robbed while jogging in park

•NORCROSS - A 19-year-old man told police Dec. 27 an armed man attacked and robbed him while he was running in Best Friend Park in Norcross.

According to a police report, the victim was jogging near the tennis courts in the park when a black man armed with a knife grabbed him from behind.

The victim told police he tried to run away, eventually escaping after the man took his wallet containing his driver's license, credit cards and $300.

The victim's alleged attacker fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Man claims he was robbed by teens

•LILBURN - A 48-year-old Lilburn man was carjacked Saturday night at a Circle K gas station in Lilburn after pumping gas, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

The man told police two teenagers were standing near his car while he was pumping the gas. He said he was putting away the gas nozzle when one teen ran over and stuck a pistol in his back.

The man said the teens pulled his jacket over his head and took him against his will from the gas station to an apartment complex in Tucker, where they took his wallet and money at gunpoint and fled in his 1993 Nissan Maxima.

DeKalb County police found the stolen vehicle and detained two teenagers. Because Gwinnett County police could not locate the victim to identify the teens, they were released after police took their contact information.

Man shot through front door of house

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 47-year-old Lawrenceville man was shot in the arm Friday night through the front door of his Sundale Drive home.

The man, who was in extreme pain and could not make a statement for the police, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment.

The man's wife told police her husband was sitting in the living room watching television when he heard the front door jiggle. The woman told police her husband was shot after he got up to check on the noise.

Police later arrested a man at the intersection of Monfort and Old Norcross roads, and a neighbor of the man who was shot identified the arrested man as one who she saw running through a yard after the shooting.

Ladarrwin Copeland, 25, of Lawrenceville is being held on an aggravated assault charge in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

Thieves use car to steal ATM from store

•SNELLVILLE - Someone drove a vehicle through the front door of a convenience store Saturday and stole part of an automated teller machine, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

The burglar took the part of the ATM that houses the money and left behind the upper portion of the machine. The ATM contained $1,500 to $3,000, according to the police report.

The owner of the Texaco station at 3490 Centerville Highway told police the employee who closed the business said he had set the alarm but that she did not receive a call from the alarm company about the burglary.

While investigating the incident, police noticed the alarm never went off and that the store's camera system was also not working. Police also found vehicle parts that could be used to identify the make and model of the vehicle.

Fire Department

Fire destroys

Barrow house

•WINDER - A fire of undetermined cause destroyed a home at 140 Cedar Creek Road Dec. 27. More than half the house was gone by the time fire fighters arrived, according to Capt. Mark Melvin, Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services.

Firefighters battled the fire from within the home but were pulled out moments before the roof collapsed, Melvin said. The crews also had water supply problems because of the home's distance from the nearest fire hydrant.

The family was displaced. One child was at home at the time of the fire. That child was offered help from the Children After the Fire program, which works to reduce the child's emotional trauma.

Electrical fire at business reported

•BUFORD - Firefighters found flames coming from an electrical room at a Buford business on Nelson Brogdon Boulevard Monday after a passerby reported the blaze.

The fire was extinguished and the electrical company was notified by firefighters to repair or fix the electricity if needed.

Firefighters said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

The business was closed at the time and no injuries were reported.

Children playing with candle blamed in Lawrenceville fire

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters believe children playing with a lit candle caused a fire Saturday in a home on Towne Park Drive in Lawrenceville.

Residents were home at the time but escaped without injury after the candle lit a mattress on fire in an upstairs bedroom.

Firefighters said a resident of the home attempted to place the mattress in a bathroom tub to extinguish the flames but was unable to extinguish the fire.

There was minor damage to the bedroom and bathroom as a result of the blaze.

- From staff reports