Monday, May 13, 2013
Officers also used a Taser on Rodney Pike, who had warrants out of Forsyth County. An officer was injured, but will be OK.
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Monday, May 13
Gwinnett Police have identified the person who was shot dead Monday (May 13) in Buford in an officer-involved shooting as Rodney Pike, 38, of Buford. According to a police news release, Pike had warrants out of Forsyth County. The incident arose when police responded to a "wanted person located" call at 5307 Pass Court address in Buford about 3:39 p.m. Monday, police said. The caller also advised that Pike was a drug user and would run from police. According to the Gwinnett Police news release: Several officers arrived on scene at 3:58 PM. Upon sight of the officers, Pike fled on foot and entered a parked vehicle a short distance away. Pike refused to comply with the officers' verbal commands to stop. Officers attempted to use a Taser …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Joseph Tyler Sivonda was taken into custody Thursday in Duluth.
After a week-long search, Gwinnett County Police have apprehended a suspected serial rapist from the Norcross area. Joseph Tyler Sivonda, 23, was taken into custody Thursday morning (May 9), according to a news release from police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. "A team of Gwinnett County Police Department detectives, U.S. Marshals, and deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit located Sivonda at an apartment in Duluth," continued Smith. Read more on Norcross Patch.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Three are arrested in a raid on a Duluth business, and funds are seized.
A Suwanee man was among three people arrested earlier this month in a gambling raid on a Gwinnett business, according to police. On May 3, Gwinnett Police executed a search warrant for commercial gambling at the Sweetwater Bar and Grill on Old Norcross Road in Duluth, according to police records. Fred Benjamin Ferguson of a McGinnis Ferry Road address in Suwanee, a manager, was arrested on charges of commercial gambling, keeping a gambling place, and possession of gambling devices, police said. Also arrested were Katherine Stephens of Marietta, a bartender, on a commercial gambling charge; and bar owner Elie W. Germanos of Dacula, on charges of commercial gambling, keeping a gambling place, and possession of gambling devices. Undercover …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Some Suwanee residents were booked into the Gwinnett jail recently.
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Wednesday, May 8
The following Suwanee residents were booked into the Gwinnett Detention Center recently: This information was obtained from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. It does not indicate a conviction. Questions should be address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss any Suwanee news. Subscribe to Suwanee Patch’s free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Suwanee News Week: Reviewing some top local news stories.
Click on the links below for more information. POLICE ISSUE WARNING: Gwinnett Police asked residents to be on the lookout for a "suspicious" white van. There were reports that men in the van were attempting to lure neighborhood children; an instance was reported near North Gwinnett High in unincorporated Suwanee. MCCANN REHABS IN GWINNETT: The Atlanta Braves' All-Star catcher and Duluth High grad was spending the weekend at Coolray Field to hone his surgically repaired shoulder. SUWANEE EVENTS: Weather was not cooperative as such events as Food Truck Fridays and the Suwanee Farmers Market moved into Town Center Park. SCHLOTZSKY'S OPENS: The fast-casual restaurant chain rolled out a new eatery near I-85 in the Suwanee Gateway. BRISCOE FIELD…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Gwinnett Police, Suwanee Police both have been told of similar incidents, one reportedly in Sugar Hill.
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Thursday, May 2
Update: 9:45 a.m., May 2. North Gwinnett High School is located in unincorporated Suwanee. According to an email from Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones, there have not been "any incidents like this inside our city at this time. The incidents described ... occurred in the county and not the city." ---- Gwinnett Police are warning residents in Suwanee and Sugar Hill about "suspicious males" and a white van seen in these areas. According to an announcement Thursday (May 2), Gwinnett Police said "separate incidents that are similar in nature" have occurred in the Hedgerows subdivision near Camp Branch Road, and in the Vanderbilt subdivision off Level Creek Road near North Gwinnett High (which is in unincorporated Suwanee). Suwanee Police also …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The cousins, one of whom is a Suwanee resident, crash into a Gwinnett women's restroom from the ceiling above, according to police.
A Suwanee resident and his cousin face peeping tom and public drunkenness charges after Gwinnett Police say they crashed into a theater's women's restroom from the ceiling above. "Just being stupid," one arrestee said of the April 28 incident at the Venture Value Cinemas in Duluth, according to the incident report. Eduard Alexander Kovynev of a Dalwood Drive address in Suwanee was booked into the Gwinnett Detention Center on April 29. His cousin, Eduard Petrovich Kovynev of a Rex, Ga., address was arrested on similar charges. The matter was first noticed by a Gwinnett Police officer working an off-duty job at the theater. The officer heard a "noticeable and loud crash" coming from the women's restroom area, about 10:30 p.m. The officer …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The incident happened Monday morning, according to police.
Updated 6:14 p.m., April 22 The suspect in a home invasion is dead after being shot by police in the Norcross area. According to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter, the suspect forced entry into a home at Woodland Ridge Apartments at 301 Tree Trail Pkwy. in unincorporated Norcross Monday morning (April 22). Read more on Gwinnett Patch.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Teague has been released from the hospital after being wounded in the recent hostage incident.
The Gwinnett Police officer who fatally shot the Suwanee hostage-taker during the April 10, 2013 standoff also was involved in another high profile incident. Sgt. Jason Teague has been released from the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to his left forearm. The wound came in a gunfire exchange with Lauren Brown, who held five Gwinnett firefighters hostage for several hours after a 911 call that was a hoax. Teague also was involved in the 2005 Brian Nichols slaying saga that began in a courthouse in Atlanta, according to a Gwinnett Police news release. Nichols, who was on trial for rape, beat a courthouse deputy, grabbed her gun, and then shot to death a judge, a court reporter and another deputy before fleeing, according to reports…
Recordings include suspect Lauren Brown's 911 call and early radio reports from a Gwinnett firefighter explaining the situation.
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Wednesday, April 17
Gwinnett Police released audio from the April 10, 2013 standoff in Suwanee, during which Lauren Brown held five Gwinnett firefighters hostage and was subquently shot and killed by police. The audio includes a 911 call by Brown, who told a dispatcher that he was suffering from a heart attack and later held the firefighters hostage after they had arrived at his home on Walnut Grove Way. Also included is Gwinnett Fire Department radio traffic, including a report from a firefighter that Brown was armed and wanted to get the utilities to his home re-connected. Attached are excerpts from those recordings. See also: