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Teens arrested for throwing log at Gwinnett police car


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Five teenagers face felony charges after throwing a log at a Gwinnett County Police cruiser Monday evening.

It happened at around 9:30 p.m. while the officer behind the wheel drove to work for his morning watch shift.

The officer was driving west on Ronald Reagan Parkway just past Webb Gin House Road when he noticed something hanging across the road. As he slowed down, he saw something being thrown at his car. He swerved, but the object hit his hood and headlight, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera.

The officer got out of his car and saw duct taped stretched across the road's center guardrail next to several large pieces of wood. He also saw a log stuck in his cruiser's broken headlight.

Stolen World War II memorabilia returned to owner


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Valuable World War II memorabilia stolen during a home burglary in Gwinnett County has been returned to its rightful owner.

The victim called 911 on Mar. 26 to report the break-in at his house in unincorporated Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said someone stole a laptop, cell phone and jewelry from the home. The jewelry included ribbons, aviation pins and rank insignias from World War II -- items the victim received from his late grandfather.

Two days later, police found a stolen car at the Park Crossing Apartments off Dickens Road. Pihera said investigators recovered several stolen items from the car, including the jewelry.

A detective used a name engraved on a bracelet to track down the victim. The victim picked up the stolen memorabilia Monday at Gwinnett County Police headquarters.

Ex-girlfriend says ex-Falcon planned to kill her dog


ATLANTA -- The ex-girlfriend of former Atlanta Falcon linebacker Prince Shembo said she believes he planned to kill her dog. The part-time student, model and actress spoke for the first time Monday about what happened to her pet Yorkie.

Shembo was arrested last week and charged in connection with the beating death of her dog Dior. Denicia Williams said after leaving Dior with Shembo while she went into another room, she came back to find her dog close to death. "I saw him laying in the cage with his eyes open and he was breathing but, (there was) no response from him," she told 11Alive News.

Williams said she first defended Shembo but she eventually confronted him when his explanation didn't make sense. "And he goes, 'What if I told you that I did hurt Dior?", she said. "And I was like, 'What did you do?' He said, 'I kicked him.' And I was like, once? And he said no."

Father of victim: Sheriff Hill shooting was accident


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The father of the woman shot by Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is speaking out about the incident that seriously injured his daughter.

Gwenevere McCord's father told 11Alive on Friday that the May 3 shooting was an accident.

It's a statement echoed by McCord, who told Gwinnett police detectives the two were practicing "police tactics" when Hill shot her by mistake. McCord talked to detectives at Gwinnett Medical Center, where she's still being treated for the gunshot wound.

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Gwinnett Braves player charged with rape in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gwinnett Braves shortstop Elmer Reyes was arrested in Ohio over the weekend on rape and kidnapping charges.

According to a report from Franklin County (Ohio) Municipal Court, the victim met Reyes, 24, while attending a minor league baseball game at Huntington Park in Columbus on May 22. The victim, her friend and Reyes later met up for drinks at a restaurant.

Reyes told the victim and her friend that he did not want them to drive home because they had been drinking, according to the report. The victim said Reyes paid for her and her friend to spend the night at the Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown hotel, where he had a team room.

Vehicle into Yellow River in Snellville


SNELLVILLE, GA (WXIA) -- Police said four people were rescued from a vehicle that went into the Yellow River near the intersection of Norris Lake Road and Lake Drive Tuesday evening.

After the car went into the river, Terrance Cooksey managed to free his 5-year-old daughter, Jenisis, and her 8-year-old stepsister Amunique.

Cooksey said he performed CPR on Jenisis. She was taken to the Children Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. She remained in critical condition on Wednesday with water in her lungs. Her family said they were hopeful of a full recovery.

DeKalb Fire pulled the vehicle from the river on Wednesday.

New complaint about Snellville nursing home


SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Another family has come forward to 11Alive with claims of neglect at New London Health Center in Snellville.

11Alive's Duffie Dixon broke the story about a police investigation into the nursing home and since her first report five weeks ago, numerous families have come forward with complaints against the facility.

Tim Hinds recalled taking his mother, Patricia, to New London Health Center in 2013 when she was 79. Doctors diagnosed her with pancreatic cancer which had spread to her lungs and liver. They gave her three to six months to live.