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Man admits mailing threats to metro Atlanta schools

Man admits mailing threats to metro Atlanta schools

ATLANTA -- An Oak Lawn, Ill. man pleaded guilty in federal court last week to mailing threats to four metro Atlanta schools.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said that 29-year-old Valtrez Stewart admitted to mailing the threats in January and February of last year. The notes were created out of collages of letters clipped from newspapers and magazines. They included threats of a bomb going off and killing at least 20 people, and promises of brutal murders if money was not paid to certain people.

Stewart pleaded guilty to sending the letters to Marietta High School, Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Northview High School in Johns Creek and Stephenson Middle School in Stone Mountain.

Body found, victim's grandson arrested

Body found, victim's grandson arrested

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have arrested the teenage grandson of a man whose body was found last Friday.

Officers found the body of 59-year-old William Andre Stridion while performing a welfare check on him. Stridion's body was found in his unit at the Valencia Park apartment complex on Peachtree Corners Circle in unincorporated Norcross.

Over the course of the investigation, police determined Stridion had been stabbed to death.

Evidence at the scene gave investigators probable cause to suspect Stridion's grandson, 19-year-old Arion Henderson, was involved in his death.

Henderson was arrested in his hometown of Lawrenceville and charged with murder, aggravated assault, theft and concealing a death. He is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Jail.

2 arrested in fatal apartment shooting

2 arrested in fatal apartment shooting

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody Police have arrested two men in connection with a fatal shooting at the Pointe at Perimeter Apartments near Perimeter Mall.

Investigators said 32-year-old Ivan Perez was shot shortly before 4 p.m. Dec. 26 outside Building 8. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

On Dec. 30, police arrested 30-year-old Kevin Stallworth in Jonesboro in connection with Perez's death. A Norcross man, 33-year-old Antiwan Lane, was also arrested and charged with murder for hire. Both suspects are being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

Police have determined that Perez "was not the intended target" of this apparent murder-for-hire case, according to Dunwoody Police spokesman Mike Carlson.

Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call Dunwoody Police at 678-382-6908. Anonymous tips can be left at www.dunwoodypolice.com.

County installs informational kiosks in Justice Center

County installs informational kiosks in Justice Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County is working hard to ensure that crime victims and witnesses can find information about their cases with ease.

Earlier this week, the District Attorney's office unveiled a series of informational kiosks throughout the county Justice and Administration Center. The computer-based system available at the kiosks provides a wide range of judicial information that can be navigated through a series of inquiries.

The county hopes to expand the kiosk program to police precincts and the sheriff's department in the near future.

Neighborhood Watch in Lilburn foils multiple crimes

Neighborhood Watch in Lilburn foils multiple crimes

Lilburn - According to Teresa Czyz of SafetySmart Lilburn, 3 recent crimes in Lilburn were foiled by resolute neighbors and a successful business and neighborhood watch.  Below is the letter that was sent to 11Alive detailing the 3 separate instances. 

We love this story, because it shows that when neighbors and residents are vigilant, we can help solve crimes and fight back against crime. Visit SafetySmart at http://www.safetysmartlilburn.org/ 

 

Gotcha!

What does a volleyball net, a retired police dog named Zeus and two neighbors have in common?   In the Brandlwood neighborhood it all added up to the capture and arrest of two burglars by the Lilburn Police Department (LPD). 

GWINNETT: Court to consider speedy trial claim

GWINNETT: Court to consider speedy trial claim

ATLANTA -- A death penalty defendant who has been awaiting trial for a Gwinnett County killing since March 2005 is asking Georgia's top court to dismiss all charges for violations of his right to a speedy trial for the second time in less than two years.

Khahn Dinh Phan is asking the Georgia Supreme Court to dismiss his charges because he said the state has "chronically underfunded" the death penalty defense system.

Phan was accused of the December 2004 shootings of a Vietnamese couple and their two-year-old son over a gambling debt. The father and son died, while the wife suffered severe injuries.

Phan was appointed two public defenders, but the case lagged amid a funding delay. Prosecutors say Phan brought the delays upon himself.

Norcross man arrested after trying to meet minor for sex

Norcross man arrested after trying to meet minor for sex

DALTON, Ga. -- A Norcross man was arrested in north Georgia Sunday after trying to meet with a minor for sex.

Larry Justus Jr. is being held in the Whitfield County Jail. The 36-year-old is charged with attempted child molestation and violating the Computer Pornography Act.

When Justus arrived at a designated location , he was met by FBI agents and members of the Northwest Georgia Safe Child Task Force instead of an underage child, according to Brian Lamkin of the Safe Child Task Force.