Our network

Crime

Disabled veteran accused of killing father

Disabled veteran accused of killing father

ETOWAH, N.C. -- A disabled veteran has been accused of killing his 71-year-old father after a fight at a home in western North Carolina.

Michael Stephen Walker, 44, of Etowah, N.C., is charged with murder in the death of Gerald Walker on Sunday night. Gerald Walker lived in Lilburn.

Police say Michael Walker called 911 and said his father had a heart attack.

Henderson County Sheriff's deputies also say Michael Walker told a 911 dispatcher that he had fought with his father for almost an hour earlier. He said his father had attacked him.

Capt. Frank Stout said it was obvious to officers that Gerald Walker had been dead for some time. An autopsy was planned Tuesday to determine the cause of death.

It was not clear if Michael Walker has an attorney.

4 arrested for operating pill mill in Gwinnett

4 arrested for operating pill mill in Gwinnett

LILBURN, Ga. -- Four people face federal charges after being arrested for operating a pill mill in Lilburn.

On Jan. 22, a federal grand jury indicted brothers and pain clinic owners Larry and Randy Webman. Randy Webman's 29-year-old daughter Dara Webman, the office manager, was also arrested. All three are believed to be from Hollywood, Fla.

The fourth defendant is 45-year-old Dr. George Williams of Duluth.

RELATED | 11Alive investigates suspected pill mill

According to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, the Webman brothers operated a pain clinic on Lawrenceville Highway near Berkmar High School. Williams wrote prescriptions "without legitimate medical purposes," and Dara Webman collected money from customers.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Man robbed, shot in his driveway

Man robbed, shot in his driveway

LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn Police have released a sketch of an armed robbery and shooting suspect.

The crime occurred at around 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at a home on Greenleaf Drive.

The victim told police that he was robbed at gunpoint in his driveway. The suspect then shot the victim in the lower back, according to Lilburn Police Capt. Ben Haynes.

A forensic artist made a sketch of the suspect based on the victim's description.

"We believe someone will be able to recognize the person in the sketch and help us solve this case," Haynes said in a statement.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or Lilburn Police at 770-638-2218.

Woman arrested for lying about attempted kidnapping

Woman arrested for lying about attempted kidnapping

LILBURN, Ga. -- A Lilburn woman was arrested Monday for making up a story about an attempted kidnapping and telling it to police.

Pamela Ann Strong is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail. She has been charged with false report of a crime, according to jail records.

Strong broke down in sobs when she appeared before a Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Tuesday morning.

Lilburn Police spokesman Capt. Ben Haynes said Strong told investigators she saw a man attempt to kidnap a child from Park Avenue Thrift on Aug. 30.

Investigators interviewed Strong for a second time on Sept. 14, when she admitted that she made up the story, Haynes said.

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.