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April 22, 2015

Gonzalez Arrest

A joint effort between the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service has resulted in the arrest of fugitive Ivan Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was wanted on charges stemming from a February 2011 house fire that killed three children, 21-month-old Stacy Brito, 3-year-old Jose Ivan Guevara and 4-year-old Isaac Guevara.  On scene investigators determined that the fire was caused by the production of Methamphetamine inside the house and that Ivan Gonzalez was one of three adults in the residence producing or processing the drug.  Gonzalez, however, fled the scene before police and fire personnel arrived.

Gwinnett County Police investigators obtained warrants for Gonzalez’s arrest, charging him with (3) counts of Murder, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Trafficking Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine and (3) counts of Arson in the 1st Degree – Endangering a Human Life.

Through the course of their investigation, investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office developed leads that Ivan Gonzalez had fled to the Apatzingan, Michoacan area in Mexico, his native country.  Working with the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, investigators obtained a Provisional Arrest Warrant through the Department of Justice.

In September 2014, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies received notification from the U.S. Marshals Service Mexico Foreign Field Office that Ivan Gonzalez had been taken into custody by Mexican authorities in the city of Uruapan, Michoacan.  Extradition proceedings commenced and Ivan Gonzalez is currently being booked in at the Gwinnett County Jail.

U.S. Marshals Task Force Commander Keith Booker said, “Today’s arrest was a direct result of the cooperation between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. We can’t change what happened, but we can make sure that those responsible are held accountable.”

Sheriff Butch Conway has harsher words, saying, “Ivan Gonzalez came to this country illegally where he manufactured and distributed drugs, caused the death of three innocent young children and stained the neighborhood where he burned a house down. Then, like the cockroach that he is, he fled back to his home country to avoid prosecution for the crimes that he committed here. I am glad to welcome him back to America, where I hope he spends the rest of his natural life behind bars.”

April 21, 2015

GMTF Stargell Arrest

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force arrested a Checkers employee for selling drugs from his work place after he sold marijuana to an undercover officer on three separate occasions from the Checkers fast food restaurant at 919 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville.

When he was arrested on April 16th, 34 year old Derek Stargell was in possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.  He was charged with (3) counts of Sale of Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to distribute Marijuana.  Stargell is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail with no bond.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force is comprised of deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Lilburn Police Department, Lawrenceville Police Department, Duluth Police Department and Suwanee Police Department.  The Gwinnett Metro Task Force was formed in 2012 to investigate drug and vice complaints in Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Duluth and Suwanee.

April 2, 2015

GJAC Exhibit

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners placed a wrecked patrol vehicle in front of the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center yesterday to serve as a powerful reminder about the importance of safe driving.

Last year, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Lunt was parked alongside a roadway with his patrol vehicle’s lights activated to provide visibility and protection for a road crew working on the highway. He was struck from behind by a driver who was allegedly under the influence. The driver informed police at the scene that he was changing the music on his phone right before he struck the patrol vehicle.

Deputy Lunt sustained serious injury from the impact of the collision and has not yet returned to duty. In addition to the collision that occurred with Deputy Lunt, 52 Gwinnett County work vehicles have been struck as a result of motorists’ unsafe driving practices since 2000. In 1993, Gwinnett County Police Officer Chris Magill was killed by a drunk driver while waiting in his cruiser for a tow truck to transport the car of another drunk driver.

The Sheriff’s Office is an active supporter of the Move Over Georgia committee, a diverse group that includes personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, County and city police and fire departments, the Georgia State Patrol and Gwinnett County residents. The committee works to educate drivers about Georgia Code, Title 40-6-16, also known as the “Spencer Pass Move-Over Law,” which requires Georgia drivers to move over one lane, if possible, or to slow down below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights is operating on the shoulder of the roadway.

The patrol vehicle that Deputy Lunt was driving will be on display at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center with a banner reinforcing the Move-Over Law message throughout the month of April.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners placed a wrecked patrol vehicle in front of the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center yesterday to serve as a powerful reminder about the importance of safe driving.

Last year, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Lunt was parked alongside a roadway with his patrol vehicle’s lights activated to provide visibility and protection for a road crew working on the highway. He was struck from behind by a driver who was allegedly under the influence. The driver informed police at the scene that he was changing the music on his phone right before he struck the patrol vehicle.

Deputy Lunt sustained serious injury from the impact of the collision and has not yet returned to duty. In addition to the collision that occurred with Deputy Lunt, 52 Gwinnett County work vehicles have been struck as a result of motorists’ unsafe driving practices since 2000. In 1993, Gwinnett County Police Officer Chris Magill was killed by a drunk driver while waiting in his cruiser for a tow truck to transport the car of another drunk driver.

The Sheriff’s Office is an active supporter of the Move Over Georgia committee, a diverse group that includes personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, County and city police and fire departments, the Georgia State Patrol and Gwinnett County residents. The committee works to educate drivers about Georgia Code, Title 40-6-16, also known as the “Spencer Pass Move-Over Law,” which requires Georgia drivers to move over one lane, if possible, or to slow down below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights is operating on the shoulder of the roadway.

The patrol vehicle that Deputy Lunt was driving will be on display at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center with a banner reinforcing the Move-Over Law message throughout the month of April.

October 29, 2014

Halloween Safety

In preparation for Halloween trick-or-treating fun, Sheriff Butch Conway encourages parents to be aware of the 471 registered sex offenders currently residing in our community.

“We work hard to ensure that registered sex offenders in Gwinnett County are living where they tell us.  It’s important that our citizens know who they are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Conway.  Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they or their families spend time, especially in anticipation of Halloween trick-or-treating.

“If you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood, but will do so in a different neighborhood, it’s a good idea to check that address beforehand so that you know which houses to avoid,” adds Sheriff Conway.

Citizens can visit our website at www.gwinnettcountysheriff.com and click on the “Sex Offenders” link, select “Search for Offenders in your Area” and follow the instructions to check their neighborhood for offenders.  The site is very user friendly and features many other beneficial tools, such as the ability to sign up for free automatic notifications if an offender moves within a specific radius of any address that you enter.  The alerts are in real time and sent out via e-mail as soon as a new offender has registered with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

The site also offers numerous links to year round safety tips for parents and children.  Halloween is a special time of year for many children and we encourage parents to take these simple steps to help ensure a safe and fun night for their families:

•    A responsible adult should accompany children under 12 years old when trick-or-treating
•    Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant and never obscure visibility
•    Have your trick-or-treater wear reflective clothing
•    Children over the age of 12 and who are responsible enough to go without you should stay in groups, follow a pre-determined route and watch for cars
•    Check your local law enforcement agency’s website for registered sex offenders in your area
•    Remind children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and to only approach homes that are well lit
•    Let children know to tell a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual
•    Teach children to bring treats home before eating them.  Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well
•    Teach your children to say “NO” and “GET AWAY” from any person or situation making them scared, uncomfortable or confused, even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting.  Teach them to trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult about any incident
•    Consider safe alternatives to trick-or-treating, such as parties at home, schools or community organized events
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October 7, 2014

Automated External Defibrillators

For immediate release:

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office began issuing automated external defibrillators (AED) today. By the end of next week, all GCSO patrol vehicles will be equipped with this life saving device.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions. The American Heart Association estimates that 568,400 Americans suffered cardiac arrest last year.

One hundred AED units were purchased using drug forfeiture funds. Sheriff Butch Conway says, “If one of these AEDs saves a life, it is a worthwhile expense.”

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October 1, 2014

Beat the Heat NOPI Nationals

For Immediate Release:

Our Beat the Heat team will be competing in the NOPI Nationals Supershow on Friday, September 19 at 6:00 pm at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Younker will be racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in his modified 2004 VW Jetta (photo attached).  The NOPI National Supershow runs Friday through Sunday and attracts over 30,000 visitors. Deputy Younker is an active member of the Gwinnett County Beat the Heat team, which is a team of local law enforcement officers who volunteer their time to educate our communities about the dangers of illegal street racing, distracted driving and DUI. No tax dollars are used to maintain this program.

Event attendees are encouraged to visit the Gwinnett County Beat the Heat booth, located near the event’s main stage.

For more information about our Beat the Heat team or to schedule them to visit your youth organization, visit www.bthgwinnett.org or follow them on Facebook.
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September 19, 2014

Beat the Heat

For Immediate Release:

Our Beat the Heat team will be competing in the NOPI Nationals Supershow starting on Friday, September 19 at 6:00 pm at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Younker will be racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in his modified 2004 VW Jetta (photo attached). The NOPI National Supershow runs Friday through Sunday and attracts over 30,000 visitors. Deputy Younker is an active member of the Gwinnett County Beat the Heat team, which is a team of local law enforcement officers who volunteer their time to educate our communities about the dangers of illegal street racing, distracted driving and DUI. No tax dollars are used to maintain this program.

Event attendees are encouraged to visit the Gwinnett County Beat the Heat booth, located near the event’s main stage.

For more information about our Beat the Heat team or to schedule them to visit your youth organization, visit www.bthgwinnett.org or follow them on Facebook.
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September 12, 2014

Warrant Sweep

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office has concluded a two day warrant sweep that resulted in the arrest of 73 wanted persons and the service of 106 arrest warrants.

On September 10th and 11th, 154 law enforcement officers from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett Felony Probation and Gwinnett Parole joined forces to serve warrants in Gwinnett County.

The success of this warrant sweep is attributed to the hard work of everyone involved.  “Warrant service requires a lot of preparation and a lot of knocking and talking.  This operation was particularly successful and we appreciate the efforts of our deputies and the Gwinnett Felony Probation and Gwinnett Parole officers,” stated GCSO Field Operations Division Commander Major Kirk Williamson.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office provides warrant service for all law enforcement agencies in Gwinnett County and our Field Operations Division serves approximately 3,000 warrants per year.

September 5, 2014

Jenkins Arrest

For immediate release:

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office SWAT negotiators convinced a barricaded murder suspect to peacefully surrender tonight after a two hour standoff at a home in  Lawrenceville.

Suspect Devon Jenkins, wanted by Duluth Police for the August 6 murder of Adam Schrier and the shooting of a woman and young child, initially refused to leave the home at 311Bedford Bay Lane, barricading himself in the upstairs area of the home with 4 young children and an adult female inside.  Sheriff’s SWAT team members safely secured the adult female and two of the children and established contact with Jenkins via cell phone.

The LAV150 armored personnel carrier, provided to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office by the federal 1033 program, which allows the military to give law enforcement a variety of surplus equipment, enabled SWAT negotiators to safely gain close proximity to the home for peaceful negotiations and to maintain communication via the LAV’s speaker system after Jenkins’ cell phone died.

SWAT negotiators successfully persuaded Jenkins to bring the two remaining young children, ages 3 and 4, to the front door of the residence, where they were safely released to their mother.  Jenkins surrendered to awaiting SWAT team deputies and was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without further incident.

Sheriff Butch Conway was at the scene and, as promised, placed calls to Congressman Hank Johnson’s cell phone (which was discovered to be a wrong number) and office.  He was advised by the Congressman’s staff that Congressman Johnson was not available and that the Sheriff’s message would be relayed.  As of this press release, Sheriff Conway’s call has not been returned.
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September 2, 2014

Murder Arrest – Stidwell

For immediate release:

Deputies assigned to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit successfully apprehended a fugitive wanted for an August 14th murder by authorities in Cook County, Illinois on Sunday, 08/30/14.

Deputies were quick to follow up on a lead that 19 year old Devon Stidwell was at the Extended Stay of America at 3390 Venture Parkway in Duluth.  As they arrived at the location, deputies observed Stidwell and an acquaintance leaving the parking lot by vehicle.

Responding Gwinnett County Police officers, already in the area at the request of deputies, conducted a felony stop of the vehicle and Stidwell was arrested.  The driver of the vehicle, 23 year old Stacy Hall, was discovered to have an outstanding probation violation warrant in Gwinnett County and was placed under arrest.  He was also charged with Giving False Name or Information.

Devon Stidwell and Stacy Hall were transported to the Gwinnett County Jail, where they are being held with no bond.
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