Gas leak at Mall of Georgia evacuates stores
BUFORD - An early morning effort to replace light bulbs inside the Mall of Georgia caused the evacuation of five stores about 11 a.m. Thursday.
A diesel-powered lift used in the predawn hours leaked carbon monoxide into the store. Gwinnett firefighters treated eight people on the scene who suffered from nausea and vomiting.
The stores were reopened at 1:12 p.m.
Gas leak closes Ga. Highway 20
GRAYSON - A broken gas line caused the closure of all lanes of Ga. Highway 20 from Herring to Moon Road on Thursday afternoon.
A backhoe struck a 4-inch gas line while digging at about 1:35 p.m., Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said.
The leak was brought under control by Lawrenceville Gas at 3:23 p.m. Firefighters reopened the highway at 3:48 p.m., Rutledge said.
No evacuations and no injuries were reported.
A house identified as being in the hot zone was not occupied at the time of the leak, Rutledge said.
Home break-ins reported in Buford
BUFORD - Break-ins were reported at three Buford homes Monday and Tuesday. Two break-ins occurred on Pebblebrook Drive, and in both cases the back doors had been kicked in.
On Monday, witnesses told Gwinnett police officers they saw two men running from the site where a Pebblebrook Drive home had been invaded. Witnesses described one man as Hispanic and one as dark skinned, police reports said.
On Tuesday, a homeowner reported his Pebblebrook Drive rental home had been broken into.
The owner of a Little Mill Parkway home discovered on Tuesday the door to the home forced in.
Nothing was taken in any of the break-ins, police reports said.
Man robs woman at stop sign
NORCROSS - A woman gave a robber an empty wallet when he threatened her with a knife Tuesday.
The woman told police she was stopped at a stop sign when a black man came from the woods and stuck a knife in her open car window. When she gave him the wallet, he disappeared back into the woods.
There were no suspects.
Suspected drugs found in package
GWINNETT COUNTY - A Fed-Ex employee alerted Gwinnett police to a package suspected of carrying marijuana on Monday. Police opened the package to find what they suspected was marijuana reportedly worth $290,510, police reports said.
The suspected marijuana was shipped from McAllen, Texas, to an Atlanta address.
Woman discovers peeping Tom in clothing store
BUFORD - A woman discovered a peeping Tom while trying on clothes in a dressing room Tuesday.
The woman dropped her cell phone while changing clothes at Plato's Closet, 1600 Mall of Georgia Blvd. When she bent to pick it up, she discovered a man flat on the floor looking at her from under the door.
The man left the store. He is described as a white man, age 20 to 25 with blond hair, about 5 foot 10 inches tall weighing 180 pounds.
Man arrested, charged with child molestation
NORCROSS - Bernardo Amastal Toxtle, 26, of Norcross, was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy. He is accused of committing those acts on a girl under 10 years old.
The girl was subjected to the alleged abuse from January 2006 until September, according to arrest warrants.
Toxtle remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
Auburn policeman to appeal firing
AUBURN - Former Auburn police Cpl. Danny Sridej will appear before Auburn's mayor and City Council members to appeal his recent termination. The appeal hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Auburn City Hall council chambers.