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Police say 2 men admit to Waffle House armed robberies

Police say 2 men admit to Waffle House armed robberies


NORCROSS, Ga. -- Norcross Police say two men suspected in armed robberies at two Waffle House restaurants in Gwinnett County have admitted to the crimes.

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According to police, 21-year-old Otis Lee Barnes and 19-year-old Robbin J. Haynes entered the Waffle House at 5565 Buford Highway in Norcross at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday and robbed the employees there at gunpoint.

Less than 12 hours later, the men reportedly robbed a Waffle House at Club Drive and Pleasant Hill in unincorporated Gwinnett County. A video camera captured the suspects' vehicle, and Gwinnett officers located the men after a search for that car.

1 killed, 2 hurt in Gwinnett shooting

1 killed, 2 hurt in Gwinnett shooting


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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating an overnight shooting that killed one person and wounded two more.

The victims were shot at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bristol Court Apartments on Westchase Village Lane in unincorporated Norcross.

Gwinnett County Police spokesman Jeffery Richter said two men and a woman were shot. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition. The woman's injuries were not considered life-threatening. No names have been released.

Woman charged in fatal I-85 wreck

Woman charged in fatal I-85 wreck

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman has been arrested after a fatal accident that tied up traffic on Interstate 85 for hours Thursday morning.

Maria Catalina Zelaya Torres, 44, of Norcross has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license. She is in the Gwinnett County Jail on an immigration hold.

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The wreck happened shortly after 7 a.m. on northbound I-85 at Steve Reynolds Boulevard in unincorporated Duluth.

Man gets life for trafficking 14-year-old girls

Man gets life for trafficking 14-year-old girls

ATLANTA -- A convicted pimp has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for prostituting two teenage runaways.

Derek Spencer, 34, was found guilty Thursday on charges of human trafficking, statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, pimping, pandering, sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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According to information presented in Fulton County court, Spencer met the 14-year-old victims at a southwest Atlanta convenience store in October 2012 and invited them back to his Fletcher Street home.

Man sentenced for trying to buy teen sex slave

Man sentenced for trying to buy teen sex slave

ATLANTA -- A Norcross man will spend 10 years in federal prison for trying to buy a 14-year-old girl to be his sex slave.

Carl Skow was sentenced Wednesday. After getting out of prison, he will register as a sex offender and spend the rest of his life on supervised release.

According to information presented in court, Skow, 37, posted an online ad that offered a young girl money for sex. An undercover federal agent found and responded to the ad, telling Skow he could help him buy a teenager from Guatemala.

"The defendant's attempt to purchase an underage girl from Guatemala makes plain the fact that human trafficking is indeed a form of modern day slavery," Homeland Security Special Agent in Charge Brock D. Nicholson said in a release.

Ex-Hindu Temple of Ga. leader charged with fraud

Ex-Hindu Temple of Ga. leader charged with fraud

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The leader of a now-defunct Hindu temple has been charged with 32 counts of fraud and obstruction.

Annamalai Annamalai, 48, headed up the Hindu Temple of Georgia. He has been indicted on federal charges related to several financial schemes, including the temple's filing for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

"Annamalai exploited his position as a leader and spiritual adviser to enrich himself by fleecing the people who trusted him with their most personal information," IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Veronica F. Hyman-Pillot said in a release.

6 vehicles involved in deadly rush hour wreck

6 vehicles involved in deadly rush hour wreck

NORCROSS, Ga. -- One driver was killed and and two others were hurt in a six-vehicle accident at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Singleton Road Thursday morning.

Gwinnett County police said it appears 22-year-old Jacob Nicholson of Gainesville was driving his blue Honda Odyssey too fast and in the wrong lane when he crashed into several cars stopped at the light.

Witnesses told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie that the minivan went flying into the air and landed on a tan Honda Accord, killing its driver, 59-year-old Cynthia Thornton of Norcross.

"I think the little old lady, she didn't see it coming," said witness Mike Alvarado. "It was pretty bad."

Nicholson was ejected from his minivan. He is still in critical condition at Gwinnett Medical Center Friday morning.