Fire destroys Winder home
WINDER - A family was displaced Friday when fire destroyed their home in the 1400 block of Jones Road.
When firefighters arrived on the scene at 11 a.m., they found the house about 75 percent consumed. The fire completely destroyed the home and is still under investigation, according to Lt. Scott Dakin, spokesman for the Barrow County Fire Department.
No one was at home at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross and Barrow County's Children After the Fire program assisted the family.
Winder trailer fire called suspicious
WINDER - A Saturday morning fire that destroyed a trailer is considered to be of suspicious origins, Dakin said.
Firefighters responded to a fire at Anderson Merchandising on Barrow Industrial Parkway just east of the Walton County line, at 4:40 a.m. Arriving crews initially believed a building was on fire but found a trailer nearly two-thirds consumed. The trailer and its cargo were completely destroyed, but firefighters managed to save the nearby trailers.
Barrow County Sheriff's Investigators are helping with the investigation.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 770-307-3084 or the Georgia Arson Hotline at 800-288-5804. The Arson Hotline offers a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists, Dakin said.
Deputies chase man on four-wheeler
AUBURN - A man driving a four-wheeler on a suspended license reportedly rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser Thursday.
Auburn police attempted to stop Jacob Gregory Orr, 17, of Bethlehem, when they reportedly saw him drive an off-road four-wheeler through a stop sign on Brown's Bridge Road, police reports state. Orr was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed without wearing a helmet.
Orr led Auburn police on a chase down Carl-Bethlehem Road, Peppers Road and Patrick Mill Road, during which Orr drove in the opposite lane of traffic and through yards, warrants state. Sheriff's deputies caught up with him on Patrick Mill Road when he flipped the four-wheeler. At one point, Orr gunned the vehicle and rammed it into the passenger side of a sheriff's cruiser as a deputy was exiting, warrants state.
Orr was arrested and charged with interference with government property, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and aggravated assault.
Orr is free on $19,200 bond.
Worker charged with shoplifting
WINDER - A Wal-Mart employee was arrested July 26 and accused of shoplifting over a four-month period.
Carrie Foster, 38, of Winder, was charged with theft by taking. Warrants state Foster took $766.24 worth of items from the Wal-Mart, where she was employed from March to July.
Foster is free on $1,000 bond.
Man accused of smoking pot with juvenile
AUBURN - Sue Xay Song, 19, of Winder, was arrested July 24 after telling police he had just smoked marijuana with a juvenile.
Auburn police pulled over Song's car when it crossed the fog line, the white line on the right side of the road. Officers discovered a juvenile in the passenger seat, less than 1 ounce of marijuana, a new computer and $808 in the truck.
Song told police he and the juvenile had just smoked marijuana, police reports state. Song was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lane, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute - second offense, possession with intent to distribute a counterfeit substance (cash) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Song is free on $12,200 bond.
Fire cause unknown
SNELLVILLE - Firefighters are unsure what caused a fire at a Snellville home Monday morning.
According to authorities, the blaze caused "extensive damage" to the inside of the home located on Shoemaker Lane.
No one was injured.
Men rob Taco Bell
STONE MOUNTAIN - Two men robbed a Stone Mountain Taco Bell on Thursday, a police report said.
According to the report, two black men armed with handguns approached a cashier an demanded money.
A manager handed the men bags containing more than $400 and more money from the register.