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Buford Verizon store burglarized again


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Police say a Verizon store in Buford has been broken into twice this year.

The most recent incident at the store, which is located on Cumming Highway, happened on June 11.

The burglar used a tool to smash through the front glass door to the business. He then entered the store and forcefully pulled the phones and tablets from the displays before placing them in a black bag. After he finished, he picked up tool and exited through the broken glass door.

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The incident looks similar to a March burglary. In that incident, the suspect shattered the window of the store, and burglarized it in less than two minutes.

Gwinnett firefighter rescues woman trapped in burning home


BUFORD, Ga. -- An off-duty Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy saved a woman from a burning home in Gwinnett County on Sunday.

The fire broke out on Westbrook Street in Buford, Ga. around 5 p.m.

Four people were inside the home when the blaze started and three of them were able to get out safely.

But a woman was trapped inside as the flames began to spread.

That's when the deputy grabbed a ladder and got the woman out.

Fire crews arrived and were able to knock down the fire but the home is a total loss.

The American Red Cross is now helping the four occupants.


Ga. woman celebrates 103rd birthday


BUFORD, Ga. – A Georgia woman celebrated her 103rd birthday Tuesday.

Bessie Faulkner turned 103 over the weekend. Family and friends came together at the Buford Senior Center to celebrate on Tuesday.

Organizers say Bessie visits the center almost every day and enjoys socializing with other seniors and playing bingo.

The grandmother of nine said that she doesn't have any secrets to her longevity.

"I've worked hard my entire life," she said.

Bessie was born on June 21, 1912 and has lived through the Great Depression, Prohibition, and the Civil Rights movement.

Man's body found near truck in Gwinnett County


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a wooded area of Gwinnett County.

The remains were discovered Tuesday afternoon in the 2000 block of Flowery Branch Road. A 911 caller said the body was lying face down near a green pickup truck.

The deceased man was identified Wednesday as 37-year-old Christopher Landress of Buford. Police said it appeared Landress died several days before his body was found.

Landress' body showed no visible signs of external trauma. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Police identify motorcyclist killed in Buford crash


BUFORD, Ga. -- Police have identified the victim killed in a Saturday morning motorcycle accident in Gwinnett County.

Police said Thomas Gerald Aldridge, 68, of Dacula, Ga. was killed around 11 a.m. on Buford Dam Road when he clipped a car in front of him while trying to pass and then hit the side of a truck that was one car ahead and attempting to turn left.

Aldridge was declared dead at the scene.

No other injuries were reported in the crash and said that, based on investigation of the scene, Aldridge was at fault.

No drugs or alcohol are suspected as factors in the accident; however, excessive speed may have played a role police said.

The Gwinnett County Police Department's Accident Investigation Unit responded to the scene and is handling any future investigations of the accident.


Prince Shembo waived by Falcons after dog charges


BREAKING: The Atlanta Falcons have waived linebacker Prince Shembo in light of the charges filed against him by authorities in Gwinnett County this afternoon.

"We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo. We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo," the team said in a statement released late Friday afternoon.


THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Additional details are forthcoming. Our earlier story follows below:

BUFORD, GA (WXIA) – Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the kicking death of a Yorkshire terrier owned by his former girlfriend.

1 arrested in Gwinnett County murder


BUFORD, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have arrested one suspect in a fatal shooting in Buford.

Keenan Robinson, 26, was charged with felony murder and armed robbery. He is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

At around 4:40 p.m. Friday, the Gwinnett County Police Department 911 Center received a call that a male had been shot at the Hartford Run Apartments in the 2600 block of Hartford Run.

In a statement, officials with the Gwinnett County Police Department said that officers assigned to the North Precinct responded to the apartment where they discovered 27-year-old Marquez Glover had been shot multiple times. Glover's body was discovered just inside the home.

The officers performed a protective sweep of the home to make sure there were no other victims. Multiple guns were found inside the home but it is unclear if any of them are the murder weapon.