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Two crimes, two surveillance videos

Two crimes, two surveillance videos

ATLANTA -- Two metro Atlanta police agencies are looking for your help trying to catch criminals.

Both crimes were captured on surveillance video. One was an aggravated assault; the other was an auto theft.

The victim in the auto theft is so frustrated with crime that he's putting up his own money to help catch the thieves.

Forest Park Police are trying to identify a man who got into a fight with another customer at the Texaco gas station on Forest Parkway. He is wanted for aggravated assault.

Police said he was actually the victim in the fight but as the man he was fighting ran from the store, he followed him with a gun and fired shots at him. The victim was not hit. The suspect eventually left the scene in a red Chevrolet Impala.

Woman steals while others give to child with cancer

Woman steals while others give to child with cancer

BUFORD, Ga. -- While most people went to a cancer fundraiser in Buford with generous hearts, one woman went with the intention to steal.

The fundraiser was for a 12-year-old boy who has cancer for the second time in his short life.

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Connor McMahon battled and beat the cancer he got when he was 3 years old. After he was cured, he started a program called Connor's Hope to help other children with cancer.

After learning earlier this year that he had lymphoblastic leukemia again, the battle was on. Connor's Hope is now helping his family defray exorbitant medical costs.

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.

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.

Man, child reported missing in Iowa spotted in Gwinnett

Man, child reported missing in Iowa spotted in Gwinnett

BUFORD, Ga. -- A missing man and his 5-year-old son were involved in a police chase in Gwinnett County last week.

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A police officer pulled over 33-year-old Jeremiah E. Johnson's car after the man ran a red light at the intersection of Nelson Brogdon Boulevard and Buford Highway in Buford on Jan. 11.

While running the car's information, the officer learned Johnson was reported missing in Iowa and that he had taken his son, Johnnathon Johnson, during a custody dispute with the child's mother, according to Gwinnett County Police. The officer spotted Johnnathon in the back seat of the car.

When the officer asked Johnson to step out of the car, the suspect drove away, with the child still inside. The officer followed, but lost Johnson's car as it crossed into Forsyth County, police said.

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."

Armed man killed by Gwinnett Police

Armed man killed by Gwinnett Police

BUFORD, Ga. -- One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Gwinnett County Tuesday evening.

The incident happened shortly after 8 p.m. at the Alexander North apartment complex on North Alexander Street in Buford.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said police found five or six people smoking marijuana outside the apartments.

The investigators began to frisk the suspects when one of them, 20-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez-Gonzalez, pulled out a gun and held it to his head, Smith said.

The officers asked Hernandez-Gonzalez to drop the gun; when he didn't, they unsuccessfully shot him with a Taser.

Smith said Hernandez-Gonzalez then pointed his gun at the officers, who fired at him, killing him.

Nobody else was hurt. Smith said the three officers who shot at Hernandez-Gonzalez were placed on routine administrative leave.