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Fire, police briefs

Family displaced after garage fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - A family of four is receiving help from the American Red Cross after a fire damaged parts of their Lawrenceville home Wednesday.

Gwinnett County firefighters found flames coming from the garage of the home on Regal Court about 4:35 p.m. and were able to contain the blaze to the area.

Fire crews were forced to cut power to the home due to the damage in the garage, a Fire Department news release said.

Fire officials said the blaze may have been electrical in nature and appeared to have started accidentally.

Woman's kitchen destroyed by fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - A woman returned to her Lawrenceville home Wednesday afternoon finding it ablaze.

Gwinnett County firefighters believe the flame started accidentally in the kitchen of the home on Bridge Walk Drive.

Fire officials said the blaze destroyed the kitchen and extended slightly into the attic, sending smoke throughout the home.

Teen accused of selling school property on eBay

BUFORD - A Buford teen is accused of stealing a graphing calculator from a Hoschton high school then selling it on eBay.

According to an arrest warrant, 18-year-old Alexander Blake Shiver took the TI-83 from a classroom at Mill Creek High School during the 2007 semester, took it home and placed it for sale on the popular bidding Web site.

Authorities valued the calculator at $99.

Shiver was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Monday and released on a $1,200 bond the same day.

He is charged with theft of lost/mislaid property.

According to jail records, Shiver was arrested in July 2007 and charged with theft by shoplifting. He bonded out a day later.

Woman wanted for stabbing man with a screwdriver

STONE MOUNTAIN - A 40-year-old Stone Mountain woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a screwdriver, an arrest warrant reads.

Shelley Marlene Bascom of 600 Abberly Way is wanted on charges of aggravated assault.

According to the warrant, Bascom on Monday chased her boyfriend outside their residence to a location on Old Norcross Tucker Road in Norcross arguing, and she eventually stabbing the victim in the upper left arm with the tool.

Jail records show she has not yet been arrested.

Home intruder flees home without taking anything

NORCROSS - A Norcross woman said it was her dogs that alerted her to an intruder in her home Tuesday morning.

According to a police report, a black man armed with a large, black gun barged into the home on Singleton Road about 1:20 a.m.

The homeowner said the man kept repeating "give it up," until she told him she had nothing of value to hand over.

The intruder moved on to another bedroom in the home before fleeing in a white Dodge Durango.

The man was reportedly wearing dark clothing and a bandanna covering his face.

The victim told police nothing was missing from her residence, only one of her dogs, who ran after the suspect's SUV.

Man arrested after being stopped for speeding

BUFORD - An Atlanta man was arrested Sunday after police discovered he was wanted as a possible illegal alien.

According to a police report, Guillermo Antonio Marauilla-Fuentes of 300 Carpento Drive was pulled over on Buford Drive after police noticed his alleged erratic driving.

Police reported he handed over an El Salvadorian passport and driver's license. The passport was issued in May 2007 and had no stamps for entry into the United States, the report said.

Authorities made the arrest after finding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had a warrant out for 36-year-old Marauilla-Fuentes' arrest for failure to appear at a deportation hearing last year.

He was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center and issued a citation for speeding.

Man found passed out in SUV charged with having drugs

BUFORD - A Gwinnett County police officer wrote in a Feb. 15 report he jumped up and down on the running board of a Gainesville man's SUV in an attempt to wake him from what seemed to be a narcotics-induced sleep.

Baron Edward Hyatt III of 5755 Chestatee Landing Drive was found by the officer slumped over in the driver's seat of a Ford Excursion parked outside the Wal-Mart on Sardis Church Road shortly before 5 a.m. Friday.

According to the report, the officer's jumping almost shook 32-year-old Hyatt out of the driver's seat but did not cause him to wake up.

Emergency personnel were called to extract the man from the vehicle and were able to successfully stir the man.

Police found a baggie with nine pills later determined to be a generic form of Xanax.

After refusing a drug test, police arrested Hyatt and booked him into the Gwinnett County Detention Center on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and possession of drugs.