Family escapes house fire
•WINDER - A family of five escaped their burning home unhurt early Saturday morning, thanks to a son. The boy woke his parents about 5:30 a.m. when he discovered their Smith Cemetery Road home on fire.
The fire is believed to have started from an alarm clock cord plugged into the wall, authorities said. The home's smoke detector did not sound and the homeowner told firefighters he had not tested it in a long time.
The fire destroyed one room and displaced the family.
Three Winder-area blazes keep firefighters busy
•WINDER - Three Winder-area fires kept Barrow County firefighters busy Friday night.
The first fire burned less than 1 acre of woods on Briscoe Mill Road about 8:30 p.m.
At 10:10 p.m., firefighters extinguished about one-half acre of burning woods on Chancey Circle.
As crews fought that fire, they saw heavy smoke coming from the Tom Miller Road area. Firefighters found an abandoned house in the 1000 block and about one-half acre fully engulfed in flames.
All fires were caused by a human act but investigators have not determined whether they began by accident or were set deliberately, said Lt. Scott Dakin, spokesman for Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services.
Braselton police officer
seizes $57,500 from car
•BRASELTON - A Braselton police officer seized $57,500 in cash from a car during a traffic stop March 20.
The officer pulled the car over for weaving in traffic and driving very slowly, police reports said. In his report, the officer stated he smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana and the driver and passenger were very nervous.
A search of the trunk turned up the cash. Police reports said the driver and passenger both denied knowledge of the money.
Because the driver's and passenger's licenses were both suspended, the officer had the car towed to police inventory, the report said, and the cash was placed in property and evidence.
Police find about $26,000, marijuana during traffic stop
•BRASELTON - Braselton police officers arrested two men and seized $25,884 and less than one ounce of suspected marijuana during a traffic stop Sunday.
The officer stopped the car for having a burned-out tag light, police reports said.
Police arrested Robert Lee Craig, 22, and Craig William Howard, 23, both from Charlotte, N.C. Both men were charged with false or secret compartment and possession of marijuana. Craig was also charged with tag light requirement, no insurance and expired tag.
- From staff reports