Friday, February 26, 2010

Park where Snellville man died has history of murders

The Hall County park where Snellville resident Richard Schoeck was killed has a history of murders. There have been at least 5 murders there in the last 30 years, which is quite a bit for Hall County. This is an interesting article and a video is at the bottom of the page. Changes will be made to the park - lighting, barricades, hours of operation, etc in order to make the park more secure.

Murders Not Rare at Hall Park
You may remember that on the night of Valentine's Day a Snellville man was found shot to death in Belton Bridge Park. Not only do we have a follow up to this murder, we also have details on other killings that have plagued the secluded ...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Berkmar High School student arrested following fight

Berkmar High School is located on Pleasant Hill Road in Lilburn GA.

MyFox Atlanta
Berkmar Student Arrested After Fight
MyFox Atlanta
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (MyFOX ATLANTA) - Gwinnett County school officials said Tuesday that a violent fight last Friday at Berkmar High School sent one ...

Berkmar High School in Lilburn is having some challenges keeping students in the mindset for learning. Recently, the principal had to suspend all student's privilege to the cafeteria due to ongoing food fights. I think it's a great idea - the students will eat lunch in their 5th period classrooms. They'll have healthy lunches, but limited choices of what they can eat...and of course, they won't get to sit with their friends.

Unfortunately, the majority of the school population is having to pay for the issues of the few - and those who instigated this are not going to be very popular with the rest of the students. I'm all for using peer pressure and natural consequences to teach students that disrespectful behavior won't be tolerated in our schools. We don't pay taxes so kids can be unappreciative little jerks. We pay taxes so we can have an educated population.

I only hope that parents of the 'non-trouble' kids won't complain and want this plan revoked. Sorry your kid is affected by this, but please allow school administrators to enforce discipline to help all our children learn about life! Sometimes life isn't fair, and we all are harmed by the 'crimes' of others.

Gwinnett School Suspends Cafeteria Lunches
WSB Atlanta
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Students of Berkmar High School will be forced to eat their lunch inside their classrooms instead of the cafeteria until Feb 26, ...

Police Officer job opening City of Snellville GA

Job Opening for Police Officer posted this morning on the city website. Follow the link below for more information and an application.Snellville, Georgia -- Job Opportunities

The City of Snellville offers competitive Employee Benefits.For more information please contact Sherry Patton, Personnel Officer at (770) 985-3500 or

Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 1 arrests in Snellville

A man who lives on the 3000 block of Birchwood Trail, Snellville was arrested for parole violation on February 1, 2010.

A man who lives on the 1700 block of Brittany Dawn Drive, Snellville, was arrested on February 1, 2010 for simple assault.

A man who lives on the 3100 block of Sloping Terrace, Snellville, was arrested for aggravated child molestation on February 1, 2010

Money stolen from elderly woman

MyFox Atlanta
FOX 5 Special: Elderly Abuse
MyFox Atlanta
Flanagan said Harvey admitted to the family and Gwinnett County authorities, that she stole over $17000 dollars from Lindsey over a seven week period in ...

Burned man found behind Lawrenceville Wal-Mart

Burned man found behind Walmart
Atlanta Journal Constitution

When they arrived they found a man with second and third degree burns to about 70 percent of his body. The injuries are believed to be life threatening.

The man, whose name has not been released, was transported by ambulance to Grady Hospital, Rutledge said.

“It is unknown at this point how the fire started and the circumstances surrounding how the man was burned,” Rutledge said.

Man accused of stabbing wife had previous arrest for choking

Alleged stabber had previous arrest for choking wife
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Shelley Dunn, 27, later died at Gwinnett Medical Center. Phillip Dunn was released from the hospital on Monday and arrested. He faces a felony murder charge ...

Stolen car found on fire inside garage

Stolen Car Set On Fire Inside Garage
WSB Atlanta
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Officials are investigating who stole a 1996 Cadillac and then set it on fire inside a vacant garage in Snellville. ...

Murder of Richard Schoeck

Sunday murder remains unsolved
Gainesville Times
By Stephen Gurr As a funeral is held today in Snellville for a married Scout leader and father of three, Hall County authorities continue to investigate his ...

Man shot while waiting for wife at Hall County park
Atlanta Journal Constitution
But Richard Schoeck, 45, had planned to return to their Snellville home and work the following day, according to his mother Marion Schoeck. ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Rhonda Kelley, Family photo Richard Schoeck, a Cub Scout master from Snellville, was shot to death Sunday night at a Hall County park. ...

Remembering Richard Schoeck
45-year-old Richard Schoeck of Snellville, was found shot to death in Belton Bridge Park Sunday night. WNEG's Amelia Hines met with some of his friends today, who say that Schoeck made a big impact on their Northeast Georgia community. ...

Texting while driving dangers

Witness in Vehicular Homicide Texting-While-Driving Case Speaks Out
She was accused in Gwinnett County last week of vehicular homicide while texting -- hitting and killing a pedestrian on Sugarloaf Parkway, on October 30, ...

Former military contractor pleads guilty in kickback scheme

Contractor pleads guilty to $21 million profit in bid-rigging scheme
Terry Hall, of Snellville, Ga., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to committ bribery and money laundering charges in Birmingham federal court Wednesday. ...

Snellville Contractor Pleads Guilty To Bid Rigging - Atlanta News ...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A former Army sergeant turned civilian contractor from Gwinnett County pleads guilty to being part of a bid-rigging scheme that netted ...

Federal Bureau of Investigation - The Washington Field Office ...
WASHINGTON—Former military contractor Terry Hall, 43, of Snellville, Ga., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to pay more than $3 million in bribes to U.S. Army contracting officials stationed at Camp Arifjan, an Army base in Kuwait, ...

Former U.S. Military Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Money ...
By PR Newswire
17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Former military contractor Terry Hall, 43, of Snellville, Ga., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to pay more than $3 million in bribes to U.S. Army contracting officials stationed at Camp Arifjan, ...

Iraq War Contractor Guilty
Wall Street Journal
Terry Hall, 44 years old, of Snellville, Ga., pleaded guilty Wednesday in US District Court in Birmingham, Ala., to multiple counts of bribery, conspiracy, ...

Former military contractor pleads guilty in kickback scheme
Terry Hall, 43, of Snellville, Georgia, pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy in federal court in Birmingham, Alabama, ...

More cases of military corruption connected to Iraq war
The ex-sergeant, Terry Hall, 43, of Snellville, Ga., pleaded guilty Wednesday in an Alabama court to bribing several Army contracting officers at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, a supply center and contracting headquarters for U.S. troops ...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Crime reports from Gwinnett County Police

Crime reports from Gwinnett County Police -

Burglary, forced residential, on the 3900 block of Marham Park Circle, SW, Snellville. Incident January 26, 2010

Theft by deception, 1100 block, Athens Hwy, Snellville, January 28, 2010.

Theft by taking, 2300 block of Henry Clower Blvd, Snellville, January 27, 2010.

Burglary, forced residential, on the 800 block of Preserve Park Drive, Snellville, February 1, 2010.

Theft by taking, Shady Maple Trail, Snellville, February 11, 2010.

Burglary, non-forced residential, 3600 block, Park Hill Circle, Snellville, February 3, 2010.

Gwinnett officer defends self

I prefer my headline to the AJC's.

Gwinnett cop returns fire, hits shooter
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By Ty Tagami A Gwinnett County policeman returned fire on a man who ran from a traffic stop Monday, hitting the man once. The policeman was uninjured, ...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snellville man's body found in park

Snellville man found dead at Belton Bridge Park
Access North Georgia
GAINESVILLE - Police now identify the man found dead over the weekend in north Hall County as Richard Kevin Schoeck, 45, of Snellville.

Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland says Schoeck was in his pickup truck, waiting for his wife, Sunday night at Belton Bridge Park when he was shot and killed.

"The man's body was discovered by his wife, 38-year-old Stacy Schoeck, who called into the 911 center," said Strickland.

Schoeck's body was discovered around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at park in the northeastern part of Hall County.

The preliminary investigation indicated that Schoeck had parked his pickup truck at the park and was shot multiple times with a small-caliber pistol.

No arrests have been made in the case as police continue to investigate.

Police say Snellville man killed his girlfriend

Police: Boyfriend Killed 2nd Grade Teacher
WSB Atlanta
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Police say a 35-year-old Snellville man is being held at the Henry County jail on a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend, ...

Man Charged in Ga. Teacher's Death
MyFox Atlanta
(AP) -- Police said a 35-year-old Snellville man is being held at the Henry County jail on a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend, a second-grade ...
Her boyfriend, Dana McFarlane, 35, of Snellville, left the house and was driving in Rockdale County when he flagged down a sheriff's lieutenant and turned ...

2nd-grade teacher stabbed to death
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Snellville man arrested in Rockdale
Rockdale Citizen
The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest of a Snellville man who allegedly fatally stabbed his girlfriend over the weekend. ...

Police: Husband stabs wife, self

Husband stabs wife, then self in Walmart parking lot
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The couple has been identified as Shelley Dyan Dunn, 27, of Buford and Phillip Chad Dunn, 28, of Lawrenceville. “The meeting was a custody exchange between ...

Man allegedly killed wife outside Walmart
Following the incident, the female victim was transported to a hospital in Lawrenceville, Ga., where she was pronounced dead. ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Husband in Walmart stabbing released from hospital, jailed on murder charges
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Phillip Chad Dunn, 28, of Lawrenceville was released from Gwinnett Medical Center on Sunday night. He is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail on charges ...

Two identified in murder suicide outside Lawrenceville theater

Police identify 2 killed outside Ga. movie theater
(AP) - The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner has identified the couple who died of gunshot wounds in a murder-suicide outside a Lawrenceville movie theater ...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Honest officer, I just kept the vehicle

He claims just found the car parked with keys inside and wanted to drive it. Yeahhhh...this guy better pray I'm nowhere near his jury pool.
[an officer] ran the tag on a Chevrolet Tahoe and it came back as stolen out of DeKalb County during a carjacking. The carjacker was armed with a shotgun.

The driver claimed the car had been parked in his apartments in Lilburn for over a month with the keys inside.

He said he couldn’t resist the temptation and began driving the vehicle. He gave valuable information on the original crime and other crimes. We charged him with theft by receiving of the vehicle and turned the case over to DeKalb County.

Snellville Police News

Here are some of the shorter snippets of news from the Snellville Police Department's report for the month of January.

  • Officers responded to Auto Zone to meet with the manager who reported an employee theft. The employee had been stealing for over five years. He was taken into custody and booked on felony theft by taking charges.
  • An officer investigated an accident at Scenic Square. He ran the drivers on the computer to check the status of their licenses. One of the drivers was wanted for Kidnapping out of Gwinnett County. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver fled. A brief chase ensued and the driver was charged with Attempting to Elude as well as the Kidnapping charge.
  • Detectives are continuing the investigation of reported abuse to a two year-old. The parents took the child to Emory Eastside Medical Center; then transferred him to Scottish Rite Hospital. While some of the apparent injuries are explained by medical conditions, an expert at Scottish Rite Hospital believes some of them to be consistent with abuse. The child is developmentally disabled as well, further hampering the investigation. Charges are expected soon against the baby sitter.
  • Several Officers assisted Gwinnett County with a Burglary in Progress at Magill Elementary, with a possible Burglary in Progress on Grayson Parkway near North Crestview and with the track of a suspect who fled from Gwinnett officers on foot south of Everson after a traffic stop.

Identity thieves need bedding too

So, this answers our questions about how these people sleep at night. On a mattress, paid for with someone else's credit/identity. But not this guy - he's now sleeping on a jail mattress.

Snellville Police News
From Snellville January Monthly Report:

An officer with Homeland Security contacted us advising that someone had stolen his identity and had been using it to open credit accounts all over the country for the past five years. The officer received notification that a credit card in his name was used to purchase a mattress in Snellville.

We contacted the mattress store and learned that the man was coming the next day to pick up the mattress. Our officers placed the parking lot under surveillance and one investigator posed as a salesperson. Our investigator spoke with the man and told him to drive to the rear of the store and the mattress would be loaded. Officers took him into custody without incident.

Officers located several other forms of identification for many victims inside the perpetrator’s truck. During the interview, he confessed to using the same identity in Texas and other locations. Numerous charges are pending and the Secret Service has been notified.

Snellville Wachovia Bank robbery

This guy says he flushed the dye stained money. I feel sorry for the person who has to clean that toilet later.

Snellville Police News
From Snellville January Monthly Report:

We responded to a bank robbery at the Wachovia Bank on Scenic Highway. The perpetrator gave the teller a note demanding money. She placed the money in a bag along with a dye pack. As the robber crossed the Wal-Mart parking lot, the dye pack exploded. He disappeared from view around the corner of the building.

Investigators determined the same man robbed a bank a Cobb County. While trying to identify the perpetrator, the man robbed another bank in Dunwoody. A DeKalb County police officer observed a suspicious man running from the Bank of American and took him into custody. Before we could confirm it was the same suspect, he was released on bond from the DeKalb County Jail. Armed with our arrest warrant, we went to his residence in Gwinnett County.

While waiting on approval from the Gwinnett P.D. supervisor, we observed the suspect leaving the residence. He was taken into custody without incident. Once his lawyer arrived, he gave a videotaped confession to all three robberies. The man admitted that he flushed all the money from our robbery because the dye pack exploded on it. He was afraid this would lead to his capture.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Robbery suspects arrested

MyFox Atlanta
2 Robbery Suspects Arrested in Gwinnett
MyFox Atlanta
Gwinnett county police said Monday that they caught two suspected robbers after they got into a serious accident leaving the crime scene. ...

Teen shot in Lawrenceville

Teen shot in Gwinnett County
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The 17-year-old was shot in the leg at a home on Adams Landing Court near Lawrenceville. "Indications are present that the victim may have been involved in ...

Two people killed outside Lawrenceville theater

2 killed outside GA movie theater
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in Lawrenceville say two people died of gunshot wounds outside a movie theater, and they say it's likely a murder-suicide. ...

He hates these TVs!

"...police said a man grabbed a metal baseball bat in the sporting goods section and then walked to the electronics department where he destroyed 29 flat screen television that were on display.Officers arrested Wesley Strellis of Lawrenceville a few minutes later without incident.The televisions were reported to be valued at over $22,000.The reasons for Strellis actions remain under investigation at this time. The incident was caught on store surveillance video and no injuries have been reported. Strellis has been charged with 29 counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.

From WSB-TV2: Cops: Wal-Mart Customer Smashed 29 Flat Screen TVs with Baseball Bat

Man attacks TVs in Lilburn Walmart
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Strellis is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail. He has been charged with 29 counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree, police said.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Man arrested with $1.6 billion in fake Treasury notes

On Feb. 1, Gwinnett County sheriff's investigators were notified by an attorney that Lloyd Clifford Norris wanted to purchase a home by using a registered promissory note supposedly certified by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Gwinnett police Cpl. David Schiralli said.

"A copy of the promissory note was given to the investigator and with the assistance of the U.S. Treasury, the note was confirmed to be fraudulent," Schiralli said.

On Thursday, the suspect attended a loan closing at the attorney's office, where Norris presented the $225,000 note for payment to purchase a home in Lawrenceville, Schiralli said.

Duluth man arrested, $1.6 billion in phony Treasury notes seized
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Identity theft after documents stolen from hotel room

Man had ID documents stolen 5 years ago, now getting collection calls
Rome News Tribune
... said that his Social Security card, birth certificate and photo identification had been stolen from his hotel room in Gwinnett County back in 2005. ...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Abducted child found safe, arrests made

2 charged with abducting Ga. 4-year-old
Macon Telegraph
Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce says the boy was found safe Thursday afternoon in a Gwinnett County apartment complex. Pierce says 26-year-old ...

Suspects in Cobb child's kidnapping face hearing tonight
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Police were able to track Christian's location to a Gwinnett County apartment complex. "I don't think they realized what kind of technology we had available ...

Abducted four year old found safe
Access North Georgia
Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce says Christian Guevara was found safe Thursday in a Gwinnett County apartment complex about 4:30 pm Pierce ...

Family dog severely beaten in front of children

Pretty awful case of animal abuse.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Dog beaten by Gwinnett County man is fine, deputies say
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By Alexis Stevens A 2-year-old Dachshund is recovering and is "fine" after he was severely beaten by a Gwinnett County man, police said. ...

Arrest made in Genai Coleman case

Man Arrested in 2008 Murder of Preschool Teacher
News/Talk 750 WSB
... said DNA evidence was the key to cracking the case. Smith was found in Lawrenceville. He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County jail without bond.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Centerville North subdivision fearful of arsonist, reward offered

Gwinnett Fire Officials Warn Residents Of Arsonist
By Michelle Marsh, CBS Atlanta Reporter SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- People in one Snellville neighborhood are being warned there's an arsonist on the loose. ...

While there is no need for alarm, Gwinnett County Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge used to an e-mail to WSB Radio to urge area residents to "be alert to their surroundings and to report any suspicious vehicles, persons, or activities to the authorities immediately." Anyone with information should contact the Gwinnett Fire Arson & Explosives Section at 678-518-4890 or the Georgia Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804.

Rutledge added "we obviously want to capture the individual or individuals responsible before they become more aggressive or set fire to an occupied structure."

Reward in Snellville Arsons
News/Talk 750 WSB
Between January 19th and February 3rd, someone has set several small fires on Newcastle Way in the Centerville North subdivision in Snellville. ...

Gwinnett Police officer cleared

Gwinnett officer cleared in double-shooting
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By Andria Simmons Even as she lay dying from four gunshot wounds, Penny Schwartz yelled at a Gwinnett County police officer, "Shoot me! ...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Snellville DUI

A woman who lives on the 1400 block of Raintree Drive in Snellville was charged with DUI-Alcohol and failure to maintain lane.

Accused child molester kills self

Child molestation defendant in Gwinnett commits suicide
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By Andria Simmons An accused Gwinnett County child molester shot and killed himself at home Monday rather than return to court and sit through closing ...