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Teens removed from filthy Snellville home, parents arrested

Teens removed from filthy Snellville home, parents arrested

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A Snellville husband and wife were arrested for keeping their home in such deplorable condition that their children were removed by the state.

Alan Gregory Tate, 52, and Jacqueline Marie Tate, 46, were charged with first-degree cruelty to children. Bail was set at $5,700 each.

Snellville Police Capt. C.G. Roberts said DFCS removed the couple's two sons, ages 17 and 15, from the house in the 1800 block of Pharrs Road. The teens were released to their grandparents' custody.

Health officials called the home an "imminent health hazard" and said they found cockroaches, cat feces and trash everywhere.

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- At least three Gwinnett County women have fallen victim to a recent phone scam, and now police are hoping to pass along information that could help prevent future cases.

Four people have come forward, saying they received calls from someone claiming to be Lt. Pierson with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division.

The suspect told the victims they had outstanding warrants for failure to appear for a jury summons. They were asked to use pre-paid debit cards to pay the associated fines and avoid arrest. All four victims told police the caller sounded professional and was very convincing.

Three victims purchased Green Dot MoneyPak cards over the phone in the amounts of $525, $810 and $962. The fourth victim did not make a purchase.

Suspect creeps up on women and robs them

Suspect creeps up on women and robs them

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Police are warning shoppers to be aware of a man who is creeping up on women and stealing their valuables right out of their purses -- and he's being very bold about it.

Snellville Police released surveillance video of the suspect who stole a woman's wallet from her purse while she was shopping at the Kroger on Highway 124. They're convinced he's done it before.

The video shows a woman shopping; while she's looking for a product in one of the aisles, the man creeps up behind her, reaches into her purse and steals her wallet.

"Her purse is laying in the top basket of the shopping cart and its wide open," said Snellville Police Capt. Carey Roberts.

Man hurt in Gwinnett shooting

Man hurt in Gwinnett shooting

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating a shooting in unincorporated Snellville.

It happened at around 12:15 a.m. Monday at a house in the 2900 block of Trotters Pointe Drive, off Everson Road. A woman called police to report that her fiancé was shot in the back as he slept.

Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Troy Tobler said investigators determined several suspects pulled up outside the couple's home, shot at the house and then drove away.

The victim, a man in his 40's, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. Tobler said he is expected to recover.

Police are now looking for a four-door pickup truck, possibly black or maroon, in connection with this crime.

Tobler said police do not believe the shooting was random, but think the victim was an unintended target.

Bank robbery suspect shot dead by Gwinnett police

Bank robbery suspect shot dead by Gwinnett police

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County police officer shot and killed a bank robbery suspect Monday morning.

The suspect was shot shortly after 9 a.m. after reportedly robbing the Wells Fargo at Lawrenceville Highway and Bethesda School Road in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said investigators responded to an armed robbery call at the bank. The suspect ran from the Wells Fargo to Bethesda United Methodist Church, about half a mile away, where he was confronted by a police officer in the rear parking lot.

Police said the suspect hit the officer over the head with an "Airsoft gun". The officer fired several shots, hitting the suspect multiple times and killing him. The suspect was identified as 24 year old John Schneider.

The police officer was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center and treated for a cut on his head.

Lawrenceville man charged with beating stepchild to death

Lawrenceville man charged with beating stepchild to death

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Lawrenceville Police have charged a 35-year-old man with fatally beating his stepchild.

The 2-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was found unresponsive in a back bedroom at Bertrand Hounkpatin's home on Jan. 25.

Police said Hounkpatin disciplined the victim shortly before the child was found, and an 11-year-old sibling tried to perform CPR on the baby. The victim was later pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Autopsy results released Tuesday revealed that a pattern of abuse contributed to the child's death, according to police. None of the other children living in Hounkpatin's house showed signs of abuse.

Hounkpatin was charged with felony murder and three counts of cruelty to children. He is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram