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Lilburn police searching for smash-and-grab suspect

Lilburn police searching for smash-and-grab suspect

LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn police are looking for a man accused of stealing lottery tickets during a recent smash-and-grab.

The suspect is accused of taking the scratch-off tickets from the Texaco on Lawrenceville Highway on Mar. 14.

Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley said the suspect cashed in the tickets at gas stations in Decatur.

The same suspect is accused of another smash-and-grab attempt at the Shell station on Lawrenceville Highway on Feb. 15. Hedley said nothing was stolen in that incident.

Surveillance cameras at the Texaco captured images of the suspect, described as a tall, dark-skinned black man with a shaved head. He drove a small white four-door sedan with no hubcaps, and with a front quarter panel painted black or gray.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Lilburn police at 770-638-2220.

89-year-old man's identity stolen

89-year-old man's identity stolen

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Police in Johns Creek are working to find a suspect accused of stealing an elderly man's identity.

Personal checks were stolen from the 89-year-old victim's home in early February, according to Johns Creek spokeswoman Rosemary Taylor.

Those checks were used to make purchases at Walmart stores in Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville and Rome.

Taylor said police believe the suspect worked as a health care provider to the victim.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. Tipsters can also leave information at crimestoppersatlanta.org.

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

DACULA, Ga. -- Authorities say 10 students at a high school northeast of Atlanta have been disciplined after school officials say one of them brought marijuana brownies to school and shared them.

Gwinnett County schools spokesman Jorge Quintana says an 11th-grade student brought the brownies to Dacula High School on Feb. 20. 

According to Quintana, the school began in investigation into the incident after receiving information that the brownies contained marijuana. 

Quintana said a total of 10 students were disciplined because he said the students received the brownies knowing marijuana was in them.

Stephen McDaniel's trial date set

Stephen McDaniel's trial date set

MACON, Ga. -- A trial has been scheduled for the man accused of dismembering a Mercer University law student in 2011.

Stephen McDaniel is set to go to trial Sept. 9. He was arrested in the June 2011 death of 27-year-old Lauren Giddings. Authorities say McDaniel was the woman's next-door neighbor and a classmate at Mercer University. Her torso was found in a trash bin near her apartment and police have not recovered the rest of her remains.

District Attorney David Cooke last week said he would not seek the death penalty against McDaniel, and eliminating capital punishment from the case could move it to trial faster.

Stephen McDaniel will not face death penalty

Stephen McDaniel will not face death penalty

MACON, Ga. -- District Attorney David Cooke says he will not seek the death penalty against a man accused of dismembering a law school student.

At a press conference Thursday, Cooke said he spoke with relatives of 27-year-old Lauren Giddings, who was dismembered in June 2011. Cooke says her father suggested he avoid seeking capital punishment against 27-year-old Stephen McDaniel because his family is uncomfortable with the death penalty. He said life in prison would be an acceptable punishment.

Teacher's son sentenced to prison for stealing retirement money

Teacher's son sentenced to prison for stealing retirement money

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The son of a retired Atlanta schoolteacher has been sentenced in Gwinnett County Superior Court to two years in prison after being found guilty of violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Levon Chett Barrett pleaded guilty to the charge against him. He will spend one year on house arrest and seven on probation after serving his time in prison.

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According to Georgia Attorney General's spokeswoman Lauren Kane, Barrett's mother died in September 2007, but Barrett continued to collect her retirement benefits until February 2010.

Lilburn man claims self defense in shooting driver

Lilburn man claims self defense in shooting driver

LILBURN, Ga. -- Police say a 69-year-old Lilburn man faces a murder charge after authorities say he shot and killed a 22-year-old man who had pulled into his driveway. 

Phillip Walker Sailors is being held without bond after the  Saturday night shooting outside his home in Lilburn.

An arrest warrant states that 22-year-old Rodrigo Abad Diaz of Duluth was shot in the head as he tried to drive away from Sailors' home.

Sailors' attorney, Michael Puglise, said it was late at night and he assumed the young man arrived for a home invasion.