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Gwinnett townhouse fire ruled arson

Gwinnett townhouse fire ruled arson

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A recent townhouse fire in Snellville has been ruled arson by the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The fire broke out at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of Highpoint Road. Gwinnett County Fire Lt. Colin Rhoden said it was spotted by a passerby. The fire started in a front room near the home's entryway and caused moderate damage.

Evidence at the scene led investigators to determine the fire was intentionally set, according to Rhoden. A similar fire in the same townhouse in September 2013 may have also been arson. Officials are now looking in to both fires.

Rhoden said no one was home at the time of Tuesday's fire.

Arson is a felony and carries a sentence of 1 to 20 years in jail. Georgia Arson Control is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone who can help investigators is asked to call Gwinnett County Fire at 678-518-4890.

Gwinnett man convicted of child molestation

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 38-year-old Lawrenceville man has been convicted in Cobb County of molesting a young girl.

Adrian "Shawn" Burney was found guilty Thursday on two counts of child molestation. He will be sentenced Mar. 28 and faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

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Burney was previously jailed in Alabama after pleading guilty to raping two underage girls in that state. He was brought to Cobb County upon being paroled.

The Georgia victim, now 24, testified in court. She told jurors Burney lived with her family and began molesting her when she was 8 years old. The abuse continued for four years and consisted of Burney touching the victim inappropriately and exposing himself to her.

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

DECATUR, Ga. -- An elementary school principal is among 14 people the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested in a sting operation targeting suspected child predators.

Dr. John McGill, principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.  He has been suspended from his position. He is due in court for his first appearance Tuesday.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander reports that the Douglas County School System superintendent announced on Monday that Dr. Sandra Williams will serve as interim principal of the school effective March 10. Williams is a retired former principal of the school. The central office will handle administrative duties until Williams arrives.

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Would-be kidnapper at large in Snellville

Would-be kidnapper at large in Snellville

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Police are hunting for a man who reportedly tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl in Snellville Tuesday night.

The victim told Snellville Police the man approached her near Meadow Trace Drive and Bramble Way.

Police said the girl claimed the man told her he lost a puppy and tried to lure her into his car, but she ran off.

The teen described the man as white and clean-shaven. He had a Midwestern accent and wore a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled tight around his face.

The man was driving a red older model full-size pickup truck with some rust damage.

Officers are stepping up patrols in the area Wednesday morning. Authorities said they don't believe the incident is connected to other reported attempted abductions in Gwinnett County.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Snellville Police at 770-985-3555.

Final suspect in robbery spree pleads guilty

Final suspect in robbery spree pleads guilty

(WXIA) -- The final member of a crew that robbed at least five armored cars in metro Atlanta has pleaded guilty to his part in the crimes.

Quentin Booker entered his plea Friday in federal court to five counts of armed robbery and two counts of using a firearm during a crime. He and his co-defendants were convicted of a number of crimes between October 2010 and March 2011 that netted them more than $470,000 in cash.

Booker, 36, of Douglasville acted as a lookout during five armored car robberies, including:

* A Dunbar Armored courier making a cash pickup at Mex-America Latino Services in Marietta on Oct. 7, 2010

* A Dunbar Armored courier restocking cash in the ATM at a Bank of America in Buford on Nov. 11, 2010

Mother and son killed in murder-suicide

Mother and son killed in murder-suicide

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A missing Gwinnett County mother and her son have been found dead in what police believe is a murder-suicide.

Thuy Phan, 48, and her 24-year-old son Vincent were reported missing Thursday evening by family members.

After Thuy Phan's oldest son found her car in Rock Springs Park in unincorporated Lawrenceville, police began searching the park, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

Thuy and Vincent Phan's bodies were found shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area of the park. Ritter said investigators determined Thuy Phan shot her son, who had been diagnosed with autism, and then turned the gun on herself.

A motive for the murder-suicide has not yet been established.

Man arrested for shooting arrows at cops

Man arrested for shooting arrows at cops

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County man has been arrested for attacking his wife with a hatchet and then firing arrows at responding officers.

The incident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday at a house on Laurel Tree Court in unincorporated Snellville.

Police responded to the house after a woman called 911 and said her husband, 28-year-old Thomas Burt, hit her in the hand with a hatchet and threatened to shoot her with his bow and arrows.

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Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said police arrived and tried to convince Burt to leave the house. He refused and then threatened the officers.

Shortly after midnight, Burt fired an arrow through the front door of his home, according to Smith. The arrow grazed one officer's face.