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Matti's Call: Minnie L. Byrd

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Gwinnett County has issued a Mattie’s Call for Minnie Byrd. Byrd is 94-year-old black female who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

She was last seen on Downs Way in Norcross on Thursday, April 7 at around 2:30PM. Byrd is about 5’2 and weights 130 pounds.

Upon her disappearance she was wearing a black and red hat, a black coat and a carrying a black purse.

If anyone has any information about this individual they ask that you contact the Gwinnett County Police Department at (770) 513-5000.

Inmate dies in holding cell at Gwinnett County Jail

Inmate dies in holding cell at Gwinnett County Jail

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Gwinnett County Sherriff's Department) A 26-year-old man died Saturday after he became unresponsive in a holding cell at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Quincy William Franklin was brought in to the Gwinnett Jail shortly after midnight Saturday by Lawrenceville Police on a probation violation. He had been picked up by police in DeKalb County Friday night.

Mr. Franklin was placed in a holding cell with two other inmates in admissions. At 12:37 p.m., Mr. Franklin was still snoring loudly in a holding cell with two other inmates. At 12:52 p.m., deputies came to remove one of those inmates to be processed and Mr. Franklin could not be awakened and was not responsive. Medical personnel in the jail responded. Mr. Franklin was given CPR and an ambulance transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but the results of that autopsy are pending toxicology results.

Reward now $50,000 for leads to arrest of jewelry thieves

BUFORD, Ga. – Tara’s Fine Jewelry is now offering a $50,000 reward for leads on the arrest and conviction of four gunmen who robbed his store, earlier this week.

Owners of the store were originally offering a $10,000 reward.

Suspects arrested in string of cooking oil thefts

BUFORD – Two suspects believed to  have stolen cooking oil from five restaurants in Gwinnett County, including: Famous Joes, Five Guys, Arby’s, Friends House Chinese and La Ma Chaci have been arrested and charged with criminal trespassing, theft by taking, and possession of tools during the commission of a theft.

The suspects, Jason Dehart and Jessica Edgar drove a beige Ford F1250 pickup truck with a plastic 300 gallon tank and pump in the back and they would pull up to outdoor storage tanks and pump the oil out into their tanks.

According to Gwinnett County, at the time of the arrest, Edgar was in custody for a similar crime in Jackson County.

Possible Meth Lab Uncovered in Idlewood Apartments

Possible Meth Lab Uncovered in Idlewood Apartments

DULUTH – (Gwinnett County Sherrif’s Department) The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and Immigration Customs Enforcement agents arrested three men Thursday night in an apartment off Boggs Road after they discovered a large amount of methamphetamine inside the residence while serving a search warrant.

Deputies along with ICE agents were at the location in order to serve a warrant based on a tip they received. The incident occurred at Idlewood Apartments at 1435 Boggs Road in Duluth.

Upon entry into the apartment, they found four to five gallons of liquid methamphetamine, approximately 158 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a semi-automatic weapon.

They contacted the county’s Hazmat team and DEA also was notified of the hazardous materials on scene.

Crime Continues Double-Digit Decreases Throughout Greater Gwinnett Place

Crime Continues Double-Digit Decreases Throughout Greater Gwinnett Place

(DULUTH)—New statistical data released by Gwinnett County Police shows significant decreases in crime throughout greater Gwinnett Place.

The compiled data covers reported incidents occurring from 2007 through 2010 with an overall 33% decrease.

Gwinnett County K-9 Unit Pay Last Respects to 11-Year-Veteran Officer Aiko

Gwinnett County K-9 Unit Pay Last Respects to 11-Year-Veteran Officer Aiko

On Wednesday, December 22nd, members of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department are gathering to celebrate the life of K-9 Officer, Aiko. The eleven year veteran and right hand of Sargent Paul Corso, was most noted for his work with the Duluth “Run Away Bride” case in 2005.  

The services of Aiko will be held at Oak Rest Pet Gardens Funeral Home Cemetery located at 2691 Harbins Road, off Hwy. 316 in Dacula at 2:00 p.m. 

Oak Rest Pet Gardens donates its services as a tribute to K-9 Officers serving the public interest.   K-9 Officer “AIKO” will be laid to rest in the Garden of Honor at Oak Rest Pet Gardens alongside many other K-9 Officers previously laid to rest.

Services will include several of the Gwinnett Police Department K-9 Units.