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Customer robbed at gunpoint at Gwinnett Kroger

Customer robbed at gunpoint at Gwinnett Kroger

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A customer at a Gwinnett County Kroger was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning.

It happened at around 11 a.m. at the store in the 6000 block of Singleton Road, near Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said investigators are looking for two or three suspects, including at least one man and one woman. Witnesses said the suspects are all black and in their 20's.

One suspect pointed a gun at the victim and took the victim's phone, wallet and cash. The suspect also fired the weapon, but no one was hit; a shell casing was recovered in the Kroger parking lot.

The suspects drove away in a brown or gold sedan.

The robbery is under investigation.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

CEO ordered to jail over drug recall

CEO ordered to jail over drug recall

NORCROSS, Ga. -- A federal judge has given Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Chief Executive Officer Jared Wheat until Friday morning to report to jail.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr., who previously found that Wheat and his company failed to fully implement a recall on supplements for weight loss and erectile dysfunction, wrote in a ruling this week that the court does not have confidence that the defendants will pursue the recall to its fruition without coercion.

Pannell has also ordered Sean Smith, a senior vice president with the company, to be jailed along with Wheat until Hi-Tech recalls versions of Fastin, Lipodrene, Benzedrine and Stimerex-ES.

The Federal Trade Commission has been in a legal battle with the company since 2004, after fraudulent claims on Hi-Tech’s packaging were brought to the consumer-protection agency’s attention.

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- At least three Gwinnett County women have fallen victim to a recent phone scam, and now police are hoping to pass along information that could help prevent future cases.

Four people have come forward, saying they received calls from someone claiming to be Lt. Pierson with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division.

The suspect told the victims they had outstanding warrants for failure to appear for a jury summons. They were asked to use pre-paid debit cards to pay the associated fines and avoid arrest. All four victims told police the caller sounded professional and was very convincing.

Three victims purchased Green Dot MoneyPak cards over the phone in the amounts of $525, $810 and $962. The fourth victim did not make a purchase.

Suspect shoots at Gwinnett police officer

Suspect shoots at Gwinnett police officer

NORCROSS, Ga. -- No one was hurt when a suspect opened fire on a veteran Gwinnett County police officer.

It happened at around 10:20 p.m. Sunday during an attempted traffic stop near the intersection of Dawson Boulevard and Graves Road.

Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Troy Tobler said the police officer spotted a dark-colored four-door sedan speeding through the area. The officer activated his cruiser's blue lights and started a traffic stop.

Someone inside the sedan rolled down a window and fired three to five shots at the officer, according to Tobler. The officer was not hit.

The suspect's car sped off, but another police officer found it at the Sienna Heights Apartments in the 1300 block of Graves Road. Its driver was arrested for reckless driving. A passenger was not charged.

Man shot in Gwinnett County McDonald's parking lot

Man shot in Gwinnett County McDonald's parking lot

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are working to identify four persons of interest after a man was shot in the parking lot of a Gwinnett County McDonald's Friday morning.

The shooting happened at around 12:20 a.m. at the restaurant on Indian Trail Lilburn Road near Oakbrook Parkway in unincorporated Norcross.

Gwinnett County Police said the victim, 29-year-old Savan Sun, was talking to friends near his car when he heard gunshots ring out from the QuikTrip next door to the restaurant.

Sun was struck by a bullet just below his knee and was taken to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. He and his friends told police they did not know why the suspects shot in their direction.

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram