Man says neighbor threatened him

GRAYSON - Police were dispatched to a domestic dispute in the Wisteria Place subdivision in which a Grayson man alleged his neighbor threatened him with a gun.

After arriving home from a meeting, the man said he noticed some trash in his yard. After picking up the debris, he went inside to get his kitchen trash to put out on the curb. While taking it outside, the man saw his neighbor pacing on his porch with a "long gun of some sort," according to the report.

The man said the neighbor was saying things that he could not understand. When the man turned to walk back inside, he said the neighbor verbally threatened him with the gun. The man immediately called police.

When police arrived, the neighbor said he came outside with a shotgun because his vehicle had been vandalized recently and thought someone was messing with it again. He said he told the man to get off his property but nothing else. In addition, the neighbor said the man had been stalking his family by looking in the fence and looking in the back window of their home, the report said.

The man told police he would obtain a temporary restraining order against the neighbor.

Deck of house catches fire

DULUTH - Gwinnett firefighters responded Thursday afternoon for a report of smoke and fire in the rear of a residence in the 4700 block of Westchester Court.

Upon arrival, first-due units found a wooden deck on fire behind the house. Crews extinguished the blaze and prevented it from spreading to the interior of the dwelling, Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Truck fire closes part of interstate

NORCROSS - Gwinnett firefighters responded Friday morning to a truck fire that shut down a southbound portion of Interstate 85.

Crews found a truck carrying a partial load of tennis shoes fully involved on arrival, Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

A single hose line was used to extinguish the blaze that shut down two lanes of the interstate, just south of Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

The exact cause of the fire is undetermined.

Firefighters find food on fire

DULUTH - Gwinnett firefighters were called Friday afternoon to a report of a possible fire at the Idlewylde Apartments on Boggs Road.

Emergency workers found light smoke conditions inside a first-floor apartment unit, Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. The fire was contained to a cooking pot on the stove that was already out.

Employees evacuated the building as firefighters responded to the three-story structure.

Residents were allowed to return to their apartment as firefighters worked to remove smoke from the unit of origin.

No injuries were reported.

Man takes security camera from store

DULUTH - A heavily tattooed Atlanta man was arrested for attempting to steal a surveillance camera at the Frys Electronics store on Commerce Avenue.

A store employee told police he witnessed the man remove a security camera from a shelf, remove it from its box and conceal it in the left arm of his jacket, according to a police report. The man was apprehended by the employee in the store's parking lot.

Woman accused of forged prescription

DULUTH - A Duluth woman was arrested for forging a prescription for Xanax at a Rite Aid on Pleasant Hill Road.

When processing the prescription, the attending pharmacist noticed there was no specified quantity and called the woman's doctor to verify, according to a police report. The doctor's office informed the store that the woman was a previous employee and had taken a pad of blank prescriptions when she left.

The woman, who was arrested previously for the same issue, told police it was an old prescription form and had recently decided to fill it, the report said. She stated she has a number of medical ailments and did not have enough money to see a doctor.

When asked if she wrote out the prescription herself knowing the she had not been given consent by a physician, she said "yes, and I'm sorry."

Woman says her son threatened

DULUTH - A woman called police when her son was threatened at knifepoint by his former roommate and was chased and threatened.

The woman told police she was outside her residence talking to her son when his former roommate approached him and began arguing, a police report says. That's when the former bunk mate pulled a large butcher knife out of his pants and threatened her son and began "coming at him pointing the knife."

The knife-wielding man went back into his apartment before police arrived and did not come to the door when officers tried to contact him, the report said.

The victim asked police to press charges.