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Man shot to death in Peachtree Corners

Man shot to death in Peachtree Corners

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a Peachtree Corners extended stay hotel.

The victim, Eric Marshall, was shot and killed at around 1:20 a.m. Friday at the Homestead Studio Suites on Jimmy Carter Boulevard, according to Gwinnett County Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

Marshall's body was found in the breezeway of the 100 building. Ritter said the victim had been shot multiple times in what police believe was a drug-related altercation.

Investigators think Marshall was 31 or 32 years old and may have recently relocated to metro Atlanta from California. Ritter said police canvassed the area and are now following up on leads.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5300.

 

Ex Gwinnett commissioner's son sentenced for bribery

Ex Gwinnett commissioner's son sentenced for bribery

ATLANTA -- The son of a former Gwinnett County commissioner and another man were each sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison on charges stemming from a bribery scheme.

Former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, her son John Fanning and an associate, Carl "Skip" Cain, pleaded guilty in May in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for Lasseter's influence and vote for a proposed real estate development in her district.

Fanning and Cain were sentenced Tuesday to four years and nine months in prison. They were charged in the bribery scheme and also were accused of conspiring to traffic cocaine.

Lasseter was sentenced earlier this month to two years and nine months in prison.

Prosecutors have said all three are cooperating with authorities in an ongoing investigation into corruption in Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

Mich. shooting suspect arrested in Ga.

Mich. shooting suspect arrested in Ga.

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The second of three young men wanted in connection with a shooting that wounded five people at a southeast Michigan roller skating rink in December has been arrested in Georgia.

Waterford Township Police said in a statement that 21-year-old Tre-Andis Jamison of Pontiac is being held in Gwinnett County after being taken into custody there Monday by the FBI. He was named earlier this year in a warrant on assault with intent to murder, conspiracy and firearm possession charges.

Police said the Dec. 23 shooting at the Rolladium Skating Center in Waterford Township involved two rival Pontiac gangs. About 290 people were inside the rink, about 25 miles northwest of Detroit.

A 17-year-old was arrested in January in the case. Investigators are still searching for 18-year-old Robert Lee German.

Norcross installs new cameras in parks to hinder vandals

Norcross installs new cameras in parks to hinder vandals

 

City of Norcross, Georgia  - In an effort to protect taxpayer dollars this summer, the City of Norcross is expanding its "Police and Citizens Together" (P.A.C.T.) surveillance program into local parks. Traditionally considered a neighborhood watch effort, P.A.C.T’s community-based action strategies will be also focused on reducing the amount of vandalism in public areas during months when warm weather increases use of green spaces. Norcross'  P.A.C.T. strategy for parks not only calls for increased police camera surveillance and increased foot patrol by the Norcross Police Department and Public Works staff, it also encourages citizens to report suspicious or illegal activity when they see it happening.

Police use DNA to ID serial rapist

Police use DNA to ID serial rapist

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police recently used DNA evidence to solve two rape cases.

DNA from both rapes was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which provided investigators with a match to 27-year-old Jerson Antonio Gomez.

The first case happened in December 2008, when a 28-year-old woman told police she encountered a Hispanic man with a knife on Singleton Road in unincorporated Norcorss. She said the man tried to rob her and, after discovering she had no money, dragged her into the woods and raped her.

The second case also took place in unincorporated Norcross. The 51-year-old victim said that she returned to her Kay Drive house in January 2009 and found a man with a pistol in her bedroom. The suspect robbed and raped her, she said.

DNA was collected at both scenes; earlier this month, it was linked to Gomez, who has a history of similar crimes in Emerson, Ga.