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1 dead in Snellville house fire

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- Officials have confirmed one death after a home fire in Snellville, Thursday afternoon.

When firefighter's arrived to the scene in the 2800 block of Esom Drive, SW, they saw smoke coming from the eaves of a two-story wood frame home.

Pulitzer Prize winner, Atlanta teacher Margaret Edson sits down with 11Alive

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- On stage right now at Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre is the award-winning one-act play "Wit".

2 arrested after 500 pounds of marijuana found in U-Haul truck

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities arrested two men after finding 500 pounds of marijuana in a U-Haul truck.

According to Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway's office, investigators with the Gwinnett Metro Task Force spotted a suspicious vehicle driven by 46-year-old Mark Anthony Spaziano, near the intersection of Cedars Road and Highway 316 in Lawrenceville around 1:30 pm. Tuesday.

With the assistance of Lawrenceville Police, investigators searched the vehicle and found 427 packages of marijuana totaling 504.3 pounds.The drugs had a street value of $1.2 million, according to authorities.



Co-workers of murdered woman testify they suspected abuse


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - The third day of testimony in the murder trial for Matthew Leili revealed accusations of abuse.

His ex-wife testified about her own abuse. "He would like to wrestle," Joanne Lucie said. "If he got mad, he’d hit a wall behind me or come this way, hit something." Years later, in 2011, Matthew's next wife, Nique, was killed. 

The group of co-workers who participated in a search after she went missing testified they'd suspected Nique was a victim of domestic violence. 

One testified that he thought Matt was a "wife beater." Another said, "She wore turtlenecks in the summer, which I found strange."

Derek Simpson said he was the first to spot Nique's dead body under leaves and twigs. He said he recognized her hair.

Daughter testifies against murder suspect stepdad

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The stepdaughter of a man accused of murdering his wife gave powerful testimony against him on Wednesday as the trial got underway.

"A couple of times, she would ask me, 'What do I do; do you think that I should leave - what do I do?'" Alex Peters, Matt Leili's stepdaughter said. "And of course I told her, 'Please leave.'"

Murder trial for man accused of strangling his wife begins

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- Jury selection entered a second day in the murder trial for a former Lawrenceville man charged with killing his wife.  

No injuries in Loganville house fire Thursday morning

LOGANVILLE, GA (WXIA) – Gwinnett County firefighters responded Thursday morning to a house fire in the 3900 block of Pine Village Place in Loganville.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage and bonus room of a single-story home.  A car inside the garage was also fully involved with the fire. Firefighters were forced to withdraw as the roof collapsed in the center of the home.

According to Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge, the house was considered a total loss. Siding on the houses on either side suffered significant melting to the exterior wall siding material. Rutledge said two vehicles – one in the garage of the burning house and one parked in the driveway – were also damaged by the fire.

No injuries were reported, either among the occupants, or among firefighters. The American Red Cross was contacted to provide temporary assistance to the five occupants of the home displaced by the blaze.