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19-year-old charged with shooting, paralyzing man

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have arrested a Snellville teenager for allegedly shooting and paralyzing a man during a drug-deal robbery last month.

Gwinnett police took Travis Bernard Hood, 19, into custody Monday night. He's charged with aggravated battery, armed robbery and weapons possession in the Dec. 20 shooting that left Snellville resident Curtis Ray Criff, 24, paralyzed from the waist down.

According to Hood's arrest warrants, he shot Criff with a .380 handgun while holding him up for money and marijuana at a Highpoint Court apartment complex in Snellville around 6:30 p.m.

Criff's spinal cord was severed in the shooting, the warrants say.

Hood remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond pending a probable cause hearing.

The victim has 12 arrests dating back to 2003 on charges ranging from criminal trespass to possession and distribution of marijuana and cocaine, records show. The arrest is Hood's first in Gwinnett.

Arson suspect faces judge

A Norcross woman accused of setting her apartment on fire during a domestic dispute Monday will remain jailed for the time being.

Tina Varela-Bailey, 30, faced a judge for an initial appearance Tuesday in Gwinnett Magistrate Court. She was advised of her charges -- first-degree arson and battery -- and appointed an attorney before being led back to confinement, where she remains without bond.

Her bond won't be addressed until a later hearing, said her attorney, John Longabaugh.

Varela-Bailey allegedly set fire to a closet in her Ivey Park Lane residence during a clash with her live-in boyfriend about 5 a.m.

A sprinkler unit contained the fire to the closet area. No serious injuries were reported, officials said.