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Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

Robbery suspects arrested in Piedmont Park

Robbery suspects arrested in Piedmont Park

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police arrested two men suspected of robbing two juveniles at gunpoint in Piedmont Park Monday night.

Police first received the robbery call at around 11:45 p.m., according to Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones. They set up a canvass and quickly captured Dwight Young and Kristopher White, both 22.

Investigators also found the suspects' weapon and determined that it was a pellet gun made to look like a full-size semi-automatic 9mm pistol, Jones said.

Young and White were taken to the Fulton County Jail on armed robbery charges. Police learned that Young had a warrant from Lawrenceville Police for probation violation, according to Jones.

Nobody was injured in the robbery. Jones said a parent showed up at the park to take the two victims home.

Woman charged with shooting husband in head

Woman charged with shooting husband in head

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have charged a 63-year-old woman with murder after her husband was found dead of a gunshot wound.

Hannah M. Chung was taken into custody Sunday after her husband, 64-year-old Young Chung, was found dead in the couple's Lawrenceville home, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

Gwinnett County EMS originally responded to a cardiac arrest call at the couple's house, Ritter said. When they arrived, they discovered that Young Chung had actually been shot.

Hannah Chung is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

3 arrested in Peachtree City home invasion

3 arrested in Peachtree City home invasion

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police have arrested three people in connection with a recent home invasion and shooting.

The incident happened July 13, when a woman told police that two men burst into her home and demanded money, according to Peachtree City Police spokeswoman Capt. Rosanna Dove.

One of the suspects shot at the woman when she tried to run from the house, Dove said. The victim was grazed by a bullet, but managed to get to a neighbor's house and call for help.

Police announced Tuesday that three people had been arrested for the robbery and shooting. Gilbert and Ted Jefferson, both 27, were charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary. Neither man lives in Peachtree City; Gilbert lives in Lithonia, while Ted is from Snellville.

A third suspect, 28-year-old Christopher Falkner of Peachtree City, was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Church youth leader sentenced to life in prison

Church youth leader sentenced to life in prison

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A former church youth leader has been sentenced to life in prison after prosecutors say he posed as a girl on MySpace to find boys to molest.

Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Timothy Hamil ordered a life sentence for 29-year-old Antoine Johnson for molesting two boys ages 13 and 14 and attempting to lure a third child in 2008.

Johnson is a former intern and summer camp organizer at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula. He had testified that he created a fictitious online identity on MySpace using a photo from a real account in Texas.

The judge called his scheme "absolutely diabolical." The evidence included a taped interview, in which Johnson mimics the falsetto voice he used as "Kristen" while talking to boys.

Mich. shooting suspect arrested in Ga.

Mich. shooting suspect arrested in Ga.

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The second of three young men wanted in connection with a shooting that wounded five people at a southeast Michigan roller skating rink in December has been arrested in Georgia.

Waterford Township Police said in a statement that 21-year-old Tre-Andis Jamison of Pontiac is being held in Gwinnett County after being taken into custody there Monday by the FBI. He was named earlier this year in a warrant on assault with intent to murder, conspiracy and firearm possession charges.

Police said the Dec. 23 shooting at the Rolladium Skating Center in Waterford Township involved two rival Pontiac gangs. About 290 people were inside the rink, about 25 miles northwest of Detroit.

A 17-year-old was arrested in January in the case. Investigators are still searching for 18-year-old Robert Lee German.

2 charged in Zaxby's robbery

2 charged in Zaxby's robbery

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Snellville Police have issued warrants for two men suspected of robbing a fast food restaurant last year.

The incident happened in the early morning hours of Oct. 15 at the Zaxby's on West Main Street.

Police said a gunman wearing a Halloween mask forced four restaurant employees into the back of the store, where he locked three of them in a cooler and made the fourth open the safe and give him cash.

A getaway driver parked near the Zaxby's helped the gunman escape.

Tuesday afternoon, police announced they had enough evidence to charge two people with the robbery.

The suspected gunman, Kyle Ishmael Dixon, has been charged with five counts of armed robbery and four counts of false imprisonment. The man believed to be his getaway driver, Brian Lee Jackson, faces one count of armed robbery.