Officer puts down injured deer

NORCROSS - A Gwinnett police officer was forced to use his gun to put down a severely injured deer on Interstate 85.

The animal was struck by a vehicle sometime before 7:30 a.m. Saturday on northbound

I-85 near Beaver Ruin Road. The officer found the deer struggling to move near the roadway. He "fired one round to the cranial vault" of the deer while facing a concrete barrier, according to a police report.

The officer contacted Gwinnett County Animal Control to remove the carcass.

Mattress fire causes hotel evacuation

NORCROSS - A small mattress fire temporarily evacuated some guests at a Norcross hotel late Tuesday night.

Firefighters were dispatched to the three-story Guesthouse Inn on Willow Trail Parkway at 10:37 p.m. Crews contained the fire to a guest room on the second floor of the hotel, where it had started, said Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge. The blaze was under control in about 30 minutes.

One male occupant of the room was treated at the scene for minor smoke exposure. A woman also in the room was not injured, Rutledge said.

All hotel guests were allowed to return to their rooms late Wednesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Rutledge said.

Woman arrested on charge of indecency

DULUTH - A woman who used a Waffle House parking lot as her personal toilet was arrested for public indecency and public intoxication.

A police officer was in the parking lot of the Pleasant Hill establishment when he noticed a man standing between two cars with his "arms spread out and his legs spread out as if he was hiding something," according to a police report. When the officer approached the odd scene, he saw the man was shielding a half-naked woman urinating. When her companion told her to stand up, she turned around and began to cry when she saw the officer. She was immediately arrested.

The man who served as her lookout told police he was a designated driver for the girl because she had been drinking throughout the night, the report states.