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2 teen burglary suspects arrested

2 teen burglary suspects arrested

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta Police have arrested two North Fulton teens suspected of multiple crimes.

Thomas Williams III, 18, of Roswell was taken into custody Monday, while 17-year-old Jaiquan Lynch of Alpharetta was arrested a day later. Investigators said the suspects burglarized at least six homes over the past few months.

"These arrests are the result of excellent investigative work by our detectives," said Gary George, director of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. "A major break in this case occurred when a concerned citizen called police regarding a suspicious vehicle in her neighborhood."

Lynch and Williams have each been charged with six counts of residential burglary. They confessed to all the crimes, George said.

Man charged with DUI after hitting cop car

Man charged with DUI after hitting cop car

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- An Alpharetta man was arrested Thursday night after driving drunk and rear-ending a police car.

Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon said that at about 10 p.m., 53-year-old Henry Wilson slammed into a patrol car driven by Alpharetta police officer Keith Nurse. Nurse was stopped at the intersection of Westside Parkway and Hembree Road, waiting for the light to change.

Wilson was arrested and charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane. The damaged patrol car was towed to Alpharetta public safety headquarters.

Nurse was taken by ambulance to North Fulton Hospital, where he was evaluated and released.

Second suspect arrested for shooting at cars

Second suspect arrested for shooting at cars

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta Police have arrested a second Roswell man accused of shooting at cars and a restaurant earlier this week.

Javon Dacosta Toppin, 22, was taken into custody Tuesday, just hours after the first suspect, 26-year-old Rashaun Yusef Stevens, was arrested.

Alpharetta Police spokesman George Gordon said the two were responsible for shooting a high-powered pellet pistol at cars and businesses in the area of Mansell Road and Highway 9 on Monday. The pair hit nine parked cars and fired three shots into the window of the Mexi-Cali Grill, Gordon said.

Both men were charged with felony aggravated assault and property damage.

Man sentenced to time served for obstruction

Man sentenced to time served for obstruction

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- An Alpharetta business owner has been sentenced to nine months of time served in federal prison for conspiring to lie to investigators in a sexual harassment trial.

James Pefanis, 46, pleaded guilty to the charges against him in June.

Read about the case against Pefanis.

Pefanis was first indicted in December 2010 on counts of obstruction of justice and perjury.

Home invasion suspects rob, tie up family

Home invasion suspects rob, tie up family

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Investigators are looking for three suspects accused of robbing and typing up an Alpharetta family in their home.

The dad told investigators he was working in his garage on Garrick Point at around 8:45 p.m. Thursday when the supects, armed with semi-automatic guns, forced him inside the house.

According to the police report, the mom tried to run, but was caught in the laundry room by one of the men.

Reward Increases in Animal Cruelty Case

Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based security firm, will contribute $5,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) who shot a mixed breed pit bull in the head with an arrow with a metal tip. The dog was found wandering the streets in Southwest Atlanta Tuesday evening, Sept. 13. The dog, aptly named "Arrow," is expected to recover from its injuries.

To anonymously submit information related to the dog's injury, call the Help Stop Dog Fighting hotline at 877.215.2250 or submit information at www.helpstopdogfighting.com.

"We need to apprehend this person before another animal or person is injured," said CEO Greg Norred, of Norred & Associates.

The tip line was established as part of the company's overall pro-bono campaign to stop dog fighting.

2 charged in liquor store robbery

2 charged in liquor store robbery

CUMMING, Ga. -- Two Metro Atlanta men have been arrested and charged in connection with the Sept. 2 armed robbery of a Forsyth County liquor store.

Jonathan Blake Reid of Alpharetta and Jamario Stephan Barnwell of Union City remain in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond. They are both 21 years old.

The men are accused of robbing Sharon Crossing Beverage on Peachtree Parkway, according to Lt. Col. Gene Moss with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

"A black male entered the business, armed with a handgun and wearing a mask," Moss said. "He demanded money from the two clerks inside the business."

Witnesses noticed a suspicious 2009 Toyota Corolla parked behind the liquor store shortly before the robbery. They took down the license plate number and gave it to police, Moss said.

Investigators traced the car to a house in the Johns Creek jurisdiction and subsequently found both suspects at the home.