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4 arrested for Facebook shoe robberies

4 arrested for Facebook shoe robberies

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Detectives said Tuesday they had arrested four people in connection with a series of four robberies in the Sweetwater Road area of Gwinnett County. The victims in each case were selling athletic shoes online.

The robberies took place over a four-week period from mid-November to mid-December. Investigators said the victims in the robberies were each approached on Facebook, offering to purchase the shoes for more than the victim was asking for.

Police said that when the suspects met the victims, the suspects would snatch the shoes and take off.  In one incident, one of the victims gave chase, and was confronted by the suspect, who had a handgun. In another case, the victim was robbed at gunpoint.

County offices closed, trash pick delayed for New Year's Day

County offices closed, trash pick delayed for New Year's Day

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- All Gwinnett County government offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day.

Trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day for customers who usually have their trash collected on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Visit sustainablegwinnett.com for a detailed pickup schedule.

All offices will be opened normal business hours on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Gwinnett man alerts police to murder in his home

Gwinnett man alerts police to murder in his home

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have made an arrest after finding 62-year-old Peggie Robinson of Gainesville stabbed to death inside a garage in Dacula on Saturday.

Wolf Griffin, 32, is in custody, charged with aggravated assault and felony murder. He made his first court appearance at 9 a.m. on Sunday.  He was held without bond. 

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Police found the victim's body after responding to a home in the 2900 block of Evergreen Eve Crossing.

One of the residents of the home called 911 from the parking lot of police headquarters at around 1 p.m. 

He told the dispatcher that he left the home with his grandson, daughter, wife and dog because they suspected the grandson's father had done "something horrible."

Police: Gwinnett teens victimized by foreign sexting sites

Lawrenceville, GA. -- Gwinnett Police are warning parents and students they're seeing more and more sexting pictures posted online-and there's nothing they can do about it.  

In the past, when pictures were posted on Instagram or Facebook, local police had legal avenues they could take.  Those sites, with US-based servers holding their information, are usually compliant.  Corporal Jake Smith said in one recent case, they easily had the photo removed from Instagram. 

"Unfortunately, the same photo then made its way onto a site hosted in China," Smith said.  "And we don't have any recourse as far as taking that down or requiring them to give us data on who posted that photo."

Hacking expert Gregory Evans said only novice internet business owners keep their sites in the US.  Most experienced website owners have faced lawsuits and subpoenas, and reacted. 

Highway patrol to crack down on drunk drivers this New Year's Eve

Highway patrol to crack down on drunk drivers this New Year's Eve

(WXIA) -- New Year's Eve is one of the deadliest drinking holidays of the year.

This year, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is doing more to prevent alcohol-related crashes.

According to a release, law enforcement will distribute 50,000 drink coasters in some of the state's busiest bar districts. The coasters will contain a QR code to guide patrons to a directory of services that will help them get home safely if they've had too much to drink.

THe GOHS also offers a smartphone app that connects users to cab and tow companies. Check out the Drive Sober app.

Last year, the state saw 1,119 drunk driving crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. Nearly 700 people were injured in those wrecks, while 20 died.

Man exposes himself in theater showing Justin Bieber movie

Man exposes himself in theater showing Justin Bieber movie

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Police are looking for a man accused of exposing himself to two children as they watched a movie about Justin Bieber.

The incident happened Thursday evening at the Regal Snellville Oaks movie theater on East Main Street in Snellville.

Snellville police said the man walked into a theater showing Justin Bieber's Believe and sat down next to two juveniles. He reportedly exposed himself to the victims.

The victims ran from the man and into a bathroom, while the suspect left the movie theater.

The suspect is described as about 60 years old, Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing dark colored pants and an orange long sleeve shirt. The suspect may have left the theater in a white or light colored Mercury SUV.

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

Atlanta-area unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in November.

That's down seven-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.7 percent.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor said local employers added 14,300 jobs last month in such industries as trade, transportation and warehousing; government; leisure and hospitality; and education and health care.

The number of unemployed Atlanta-are residents dropped fron 190,266, considerably down from October's 208,877 and last November's 223,686.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate at 5.1. The highest was 10.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.