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Former Sheriff's Major sentenced to prison


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Chief Judge Melodie Snell Conner told a high ranking former Sheriff's deputy that he violated the public's trust when he lined his pockets with taxpayer money.

Former Maj. Nicholas Neal was sentenced to two years in prison, with another eight on probation, Friday morning. He turned himself in to the Gwinnett County Jail Monday at 7:06 a.m.

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Over 300 participate in Gwinnett Fire's '5-Alarm 5K'


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Firefighters held an annual event for a good cause on Saturday, to benefit a non-profit near and dear to their hearts.

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services held their annual 5-Alarm 5K Run/Walk at 8a.m. in downtown Lawrenceville.  Approximately 300 runners participated in the event.  The run started and ended at the Lawrenceville Lawn and dotted its way through the downtown square.  All proceeds from the run benefit the Gwinnett Fire Employee Benevolent, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to help firefighters during time of need. 

The run also serves as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race.

Snellville Zaxby's damaged in Friday fire


SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Fire at a Snellville chicken eatery, Friday night, could put the restaurant out of commission – at least for a while.

Firefighters responded at 7:22 p.m., to reports from employees of a grease fire in the kitchen at the Zaxby’s restaurant located on the 3900 block of Stone Mountain Highway Southwest.

Crews found smoke showing from the front door of the restaurant on arrival.  The building was already evacuated and there were no injuries reported.  Firefighters deployed two attack hose lines and quickly extinguished the fire.

The blaze caused extensive damage to the kitchen and smoke and water damage was present throughout the dining room.  There was only slight fire extension in the attic of the building, fire officials said.

Gwinnett parents killed in murder-suicide; daughter grazed by bullet


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Three Gwinnett County children called police after their parents died in a murder-suicide Friday morning.

Detectives were dispatched to a house in the 400 block of Laurelton Circle at around 12:40 a.m. When they arrived, they spoke with the children -- ages 8, 14 and 16 -- who live in the home.

The children told police their parents got into a physical altercation. During the fight, the mother, 43-year-old Paula Gonzalez, retrieved a handgun and fired several shots at the father, 51-year-old Lucio Jimenez.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington said Jimenez was killed in the gunfire, while the couple's daughter was grazed by a bullet. The daughter was transported to an area hospital with a superficial wound.

After killing her husband, Gonzalez fatally shot herself, Washington said. The couple had been married almost 20 years.

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Suspect sought in Waffle House armed robberies


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Waffle House restaurants have been the target of two separate armed robberies in Gwinnett County. 

The crimes happened a month apart, both around 5 a.m. The first took place on July 13 at the Waffle House located at 2320 Satellite Boulevard in unincorporated Duluth. The second occurred at the Waffle House located at 1205 Lakes Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville on August 17.

In both robberies, witnesses told police that a man walked into the restaurant with a gun demanding money. He then walked behind the counter and stole the entire cash register.

The suspect is described as a man between 20-and-30 years old. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, dark-colored pants and a dark colored mask.

Police believe he's driving a black four-door car -- possibly a Hyundai Elantra.

Lightning blamed for sparking major Lawrenceville house fire


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Lightning is said to be responsible for an early morning house fire in Lawrenceville, Ga., Sunday.

Rape suspect arrested in Lawrenceville


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Police have arrested a man accused of rape in Lawrenceville.

On July 30, a woman told police that she was visiting her friend on Northside Drive when another man allegedly pulled out a syringe with an unknown liquid inside of it. The man then allegedly held the syringe against the woman's neck and told her not to make a sound. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her, took $40 and left the house.

After an investigation, investigators identified the suspect as 44-year-old Robert Veit.

On Monday, deputies with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, took Veit into custody. He was arrested without incident at a local bait shop.

Veit is charged with rape, two counts of aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment.