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Teen fakes kidnapping after failing college class

Teen fakes kidnapping after failing college class

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A Johns Creek man was arrested Thursday after admitting to police that he faked his kidnapping.

Aftab Aslam faces several felony charges, including terroristic threats, false statements and tampering with evidence.

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The 19 year old disappeared Apr. 27. He initially told police he was drugged and held prisoner, according to Johns Creek spokesman Doug Nurse.

Aslam's parents received a text on the day their son vanished, saying the teen had been kidnapped and warning them not to call police. Nurse said investigators determined the text was sent from near Aslam's home, and eventually learned Aslam had purchased the phone and sent the text.

Gwinnett man accused of killing roommate arrested in Fla.

Gwinnett man accused of killing roommate arrested in Fla.

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County man was arrested in Florida after going on the run late last week.

Stephen O'Reilly is accused of killing his roommate, 28-year-old Brent Francis, on Mar. 30 at the home they shared on Hurndon Road in unincorporated Snellville.

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Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said Francis was stabbed multiple times and was able to tell officers that O'Reilly had attacked him before he was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Investigators eventually found O'Reilly, 24, driving the victim's Toyota Camry in Pensacola, Fla. He was arrested Monday and is being held in the Escambia County Jail awaiting extradition to Gwinnett County.

3 charged with stealing iPhones from students

3 charged with stealing iPhones from students

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Three teenagers have been charged with stealing iPhones from four students at Peachtree Ridge High School on Mar. 8.

Kamoni Conley and Keanu Lewis were arrested Mar. 22, while a warrant was issued Monday for Derek Higgs. All three suspects are 17 years old.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said investigators learned of the thefts from one of the victims, who told them his iPhone had a tracking function and was pinging from a house in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

A woman at the Legacy Drive home told police she'd bought the phone from someone. After speaking with the woman and the person who sold her the phone, investigators were able to identify the three suspects, Ritter said.

Higgs has been charged with burglary and theft, while Conley and Lewis each face three charges of theft by receiving. All three were booked in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

Penske shooting suspect to go on trial in May

Penske shooting suspect to go on trial in May

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The man accused of shooting and killing three people at a Kennesaw Penske Truck Rental facility three years ago will go on trial later this year.

A Cobb County judge has set a May 28 trial date for 63-year-old Jesse James Warren.

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The Temple man is accused of killing Jaider Felipe Marulanda of Lawrenceville, Robert Gonzalez of Dallas and Vance Springer of Woodstock, and injuring two others when he opened fire at the truck rental business on Jan. 12, 2010.

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Conviction upheld for woman who killed daughter-in-law

Conviction upheld for woman who killed daughter-in-law

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the conviction and life prison sentence for a woman accused of killing her daughter-in-law in a Target store parking lot in Snellville.

Joanna Hayes had appealed her 2011 conviction to the Supreme Court, arguing that there was not enough evidence to convict her of killing Heather Strube in 2009.

In a ruling released Monday, the high court disagreed and upheld the conviction.

Authorities say Strube was in the middle of a divorce with her husband Stephen. Prosecutors say the couple had just completed a child custody swap when Strube was killed, and contend Hayes didn't want her daughter-in-law to get custody of the child.

Prosecutors say Hayes wore a wig and mustache to look like a man when she shot Strube.

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

DACULA, Ga. -- Authorities say 10 students at a high school northeast of Atlanta have been disciplined after school officials say one of them brought marijuana brownies to school and shared them.

Gwinnett County schools spokesman Jorge Quintana says an 11th-grade student brought the brownies to Dacula High School on Feb. 20. 

According to Quintana, the school began in investigation into the incident after receiving information that the brownies contained marijuana. 

Quintana said a total of 10 students were disciplined because he said the students received the brownies knowing marijuana was in them.

Teacher's son sentenced to prison for stealing retirement money

Teacher's son sentenced to prison for stealing retirement money

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The son of a retired Atlanta schoolteacher has been sentenced in Gwinnett County Superior Court to two years in prison after being found guilty of violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Levon Chett Barrett pleaded guilty to the charge against him. He will spend one year on house arrest and seven on probation after serving his time in prison.

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According to Georgia Attorney General's spokeswoman Lauren Kane, Barrett's mother died in September 2007, but Barrett continued to collect her retirement benefits until February 2010.