Police/fire reports


Unattended food left cooking causes fire

•STONE MOUNTAIN - Firefighters determined Tuesday night food left unattended cooking on the stove of a Stone Mountain home caused a fire that damaged the kitchen.

The fire caused minimal damaged to the kitchen and sent slight smoke throughout the home, Lt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman wrote in a press release Wednesday.

One adult and three children were home at the time and escaped from the home at 2848 N. Deshong Road without injuries, according to the release.

Although the family was displaced from the home, they denied assistance from the American Red Cross.

Smoking light bulb cause of evacuation

•LILBURN - A Lilburn McDonald's restaurant was evacuated Tuesday evening after employees reported signs of smoke to firefighters.

Firefighters found light smoke inside the restaurant located at 4133 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn and determined a burned out light in the basement was the source of the smoke.

Rutledge said damage was contained to the light fixture with no extension.

The restaurant was able to reopen when firefighters determined the problem and left the scene.

Outlet causes house fire

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters believe a fire that caused heavy damage to the master bedroom of a Lawrenceville home originated at an electrical plug inside the room Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was contained to the bedroom with slight extension to the hallway and smoke throughout the remainder of the home at 450 Plantation Blvd.

Rutledge said the cause of the fire appears accidental and originated at the plug in the bedroom on the back corner of the house.

No one was at home at the time and no one was injured. Two adults were displaced due to the damage and have requested assistance from the America Red Cross.


Man charged with trying to carjack four people

•HOSCHTON - A man allegedly attempted to rob four people of their vehicles after he wrecked his car on Hog Mountain Road about 8 a.m. Monday.

Police arrested 35-year-old Anthony D'Alessandro of 3214 Mill Springs Circle in Buford shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday after he allegedly attempted to carjack his fourth vehicle of the morning on Ga. Highway 124 in Houschton. He faces charges of hijacking a motor vehicle.

According to a police report, D'Alessandro wrecked his 2000 Volvo S80 and then attempted to rob a man of his truck. D'Alessandro was thrown from the vehicle and then attempted to rob three other drivers of their vehicles according to the report.

Police arrested D'Alessandro and he was transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center where he remained as of press time Wednesday.

School police

North student charged with making threats

•SUWANEE - A North Gwinnett student toting a ski mask was arrested at the school just before Gwinnett County Public Schools' winter break after he reportedly made statements about "shooting up the school" and threatened to shoot a student in the head.

The 17-year-old student, who did not have a weapon and did not act on the alleged threats, reportedly made the comments to a female student after she asked him why he had the mask, said Jorge Quintana, the school system's spokesman.

Another student and a teacher who overheard the statements told Gwinnett County school police the masked teen told the girl "he would get the teacher's attention, pull the trigger, and laugh" and "he wouldn't mind doing 15 years for shooting her."

The student was arrested after the school reported the threats, Quintana said.

"The school system does not take threats against staff or students lightly and in addition to the criminal charges, plans to take this student to a disciplinary panel," Quintana wrote in an e-mail. "A student going to a panel is out of school pending that process. The disciplinary outcome of the panel is not something we can disclose as it is protected student information."

Burglars damage

equipment at Grayson

•LOGANVILLE - A burglar who broke into Grayson High School on Sunday by breaking a window with a concrete block damaged $1,400 in school property, according to a Gwinnett County school police report.

The break-in happened between 5:40 and 5:50 a.m. Sunday, but the school's alarm was not triggered, officials said.

Several cold storage containers, valued at $400, and a computer valued at $1,000 were damaged in the break-in.

Computers stolen

•SNELLVILLE - Burglaries of nine trailers at Norton Elementary resulted in the loss of $13,500 in school property, according to a Gwinnett County school police report.

The break-ins happened between 7:45 p.m. Dec. 18 and 6 a.m. Dec. 19. The door windows of the trailers were broken out, and the burglar then unlocked the doors by reaching in, the report states.

Once inside, the burglar forced open file cabinets and threw things on the floor. Three laptops valued at $2,500 each were stolen, said Quintana. The school system will replace the laptops, he said.

Police had made no arrests in the case as of press time Wednesday.


House burglarized

•WINDER - On Jan. 1, a woman told sheriff's deputies that several items were missing from her home, valued at $205.

Police reports state there was no sign of forced entry and the home was in complete disarray.

Deputy reports assault

•WINDER - An alleged assault in front of law enforcement officers landed a Winder man in jail.

On Dec. 29, deputies went to a home in response to a domestic dispute call. While authorities were at the home, Billie McMurty of Winder, no age given, went to the home and allegedly assaulted a member of the family.

McMurty was arrested and charged with simple battery.

Man's pistol stolen

•WINDER - A man who chose not to sell his pistol woke up to find it gone, police reports state.

The man told sheriff's deputies that someone had tried to buy his pistol the night of Dec. 11, but he refused to sell it. The man said he left the pistol on the seat of his vehicle, then went to bed.

The next morning he had a bad feeling about the weapon, so he checked his vehicle and found it gone, he told deputies.

- From staff reports