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September 16, 2011

Sex Offender caught growing marijuana

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – September 16, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

For Immediate Release:

 LAWRENCEVILLE – A registered sex offender was arrested along with his parents Thursday after Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant located marijuana plants growing outside the family’s residence at 710 Clemson Lane.

 Information was received by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department that John Cepada Ross, 31, – a registered sex offender in Gwinnett County, was in possession of a firearm and had pointed the weapon in the direction of his neighbor following a disagreement.

 Deputies obtained a search warrant to locate the weapon at Mr. Ross’ residence. When they arrived, they found seven marijuana plants growing in plain view by the exterior of the residence. Sheriff’s deputies discovered more than four ounces of the drug packaged in plastic bags inside the house along with $27,000 in cash. The weapon was also located. The total weight including the plants growing outside was more than six pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $10,000.

 Mr. Ross was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was on the sex offender registry for a 2002 child molestation conviction. He is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

 Also charged for Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act possession of more than an ounce of marijuana were Judith Gail Ross, 60, of Lawrenceville and John A. Ross, 60, of Lawrenceville. Both posted an $11,200 bond and were released.

August 2, 2011

Inmate attempts to hire professional hit from jail

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – August 2, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett County deputies charged a Gwinnett jail inmate with trying to hire someone to kill another person.

 Richard Allen Fowler was in the Gwinnett County Jail on unrelated charges and was awaiting transfer into the state prison system. Jail officials received information that Mr. Fowler was attempting to hire someone to kill a female who he blamed for some problems he had in his life.

 An undercover Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputy posed as a person who could be hired to commit murder. Mr. Fowler met with the undercover deputy and offered him money to kill the female. He offered other information on where she could be located and places she might frequent.

 Gwinnett deputies obtained warrants last week and charged Mr. Fowler Monday with criminal solicitation and criminal attempt to commit a crime. Deputies did notify the female intended victim immediately about the threat so she could take all necessary precautions to protect herself.

 Mr. Fowler remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

July 28, 2011

Armed robbery suspect apprehended at Buford apartment complex

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – July 28, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com 

For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted for armed robbery following a brief foot chase at a Buford apartment complex Wednesday.

 Jeremy Oakley Biddle of Suwanee was wanted for an armed robbery that occurred on July 16 on Sugarloaf Parkway where he robbed a man of more than $500 at gunpoint. He is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 Sheriff’s deputies with the Fugitive Unit received a tip that Mr. Biddle was staying with friends at the Preston Hills at Mill Creek Apartments in Buford. Deputies watching the apartment observed Mr. Biddle get out of a car and enter the apartment door. They demanded that Mr. Biddle come out with his hands in the air, but he jumped from a bedroom window and tried to flee. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase.

 Deputies additionally charged him with obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Mr. Biddle is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

July 14, 2011

Fugitive Unit arrests man wanted for homicide

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140 

Media Release – July 14, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 For Immediate Release:

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit took a man wanted for felony murder and aggravated assault into custody Thursday.

Hunter Mason Davis, 17, was taken into custody after deputies met with his father and he agreed to help locate his son and have him turn himself in to authorities. Mr. Davis surrendered to the Fugitive Unit at the Sheriff’s Department Thursday.

Mr. Davis is accused of arranging a drug transaction and being present during the shooting of another man on June 28 in Lilburn.

The homicide was investigated by Gwinnett County Police.

June 16, 2011

Gwinnett Deputies arrest man wanted in $3 million fraud case

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – June 16, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com 

 Gwinnett Deputies arrest man wanted in $3 million fraud case

  For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies with the Fugitive Unit arrested a man Thursday afternoon wanted out of South Carolina for selling more than $3 million in fraudulent investments to South Carolina residents.

 Robert Dunnell House of Banegher Way in Duluth was arrested at his residence without incident Thursday by Gwinnett deputies.

 He is being held on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant for South Carolina authorities. He was wanted for Fraud Securities/Violation of the Uniform Securities Act.

 For more information on the crimes, please contact the Office of the Attorney General of South Carolina at 803-734-3970.

May 20, 2011

Routine jail visit ends in drug arrest

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 

Media Release – May 20, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 For Immediate Release:

 Routine jail visit ends in drug arrest

A man was arrested on drug charges at the Gwinnett County Jail Friday after deputies noticed an odor of marijuana emanating from him as he arrived to pick up the property of another inmate.

 Jordan David Mendez, 19, of Duluth was questioned by deputies about the smell and admitted to smoking marijuana just prior to coming to the jail. Deputies discovered 14 small baggies of marijuana inside his vehicle. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and crossing the guard line with drugs.

 He is currently being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

April 8, 2011

Female inmate attacks deputy – April 8, 2011

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – April 8, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 For Immediate Release:

 A Gwinnett County Jail inmate attacked a female deputy today in a housing unit and will be charged with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

 Ernesteen Crawford, 51, of Atlanta was lined up with a group of other female inmates in the unit awaiting pill call when she began a loud verbal outburst. When the deputy walked down to talk to her, Ms. Crawford without warning struck the deputy in the face with a closed fist.

 The deputy and inmate fought briefly until help arrived. Deputies had to use a Taser to subdue Ms. Crawford and she had to be placed in a restraint chair due to her violent behavior.

 Ms. Crawford is being charged with felony obstruction and is now being housed in a maximum security unit for female inmates. The deputy was not seriously injured.

Ms. Crawford is currently being housed at the Gwinnett County Jail on felony probation violation charges and has been here since January.

March 28, 2011

Man dies after becoming unresponsive

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – March 28, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 For Immediate Release:

A 26-year-old man died Saturday after he became unresponsive in a holding cell at the Gwinnett County Jail.

 Quincy William Franklin was brought in to the Gwinnett Jail shortly after midnight Saturday by Lawrenceville Police on a probation violation. He had been picked up by police in DeKalb County Friday night.

 Mr. Franklin was placed in a holding cell with two other inmates in admissions. At 12:37 p.m., Mr. Franklin was still snoring loudly in a holding cell with two other inmates. At 12:52 p.m., deputies came to remove one of those inmates to be processed and Mr. Franklin could not be awakened and was not responsive. Medical personnel in the jail responded. Mr. Franklin was given CPR and an ambulance transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 An autopsy was performed Monday, but the results of that autopsy are pending toxicology results. The Gwinnett Sheriff’s Department is conducting internal and criminal investigations into the death, which is standard procedure in all deaths that occur while someone is in custody.

February 24, 2011

Second Suspect in Meth Fire arrested by Gwinnett deputies

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – February 24, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

For Immediate Release:

 The Gwinnett Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit located and arrested a second man Wednesday night involved in a fatal fire incident that left three children dead last week.

 On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit was able to confirm with Gwinnett Police that Joseph Perez was at the scene of the house fire that occurred at 1197 Spring Mill Drive in Lilburn. Deputies located Mr. Perez while searching for Ivan Gonzalez, wanted for three counts of murder, arson and drug trafficking charges related to the deaths of the three children. Mr. Perez was interviewed by deputies in the search for Mr. Gonzalez.

 As Gwinnett Police and Gwinnett Sheriff’s Deputies shared information on the case, deputies learned that Gwinnett Police had received a name of Joe Perez and nothing further as being someone who was present at the time of the fire.

 Armed with the information Gwinnett deputies provided on Joseph Perez, Gwinnett Police put together a photo line-up and took out drug trafficking warrants once he was positively identified.

 Gwinnett deputies with the Fugitive Unit went back to Mr. Perez’s address in College Park and arrested him for trafficking in methamphetamine. He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

November 4, 2010

Press Release – November 4, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – November 4, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies and U. S. Marshals arrested a man Wednesday night wanted out of New Orleans for attempted murder.

Information was developed that Latrell Coleman, 18, of Harvey, Louisiana was staying at a family member’s residence on Beaver Springs Lane in Norcross and was wanted by the New Orleans Police Department for attempted 2nd degree murder.  He was accused of shooting a man in the head on November 1 on Bourbon Street. The man who was shot survived.

 When deputies and U.S. Marshals arrived at the Norcross residence Wednesday, they found Mr. Coleman hiding upstairs in a bedroom. He was arrested without incident and was taken to the Gwinnett County Jail where he is awaiting extradition back to New Orleans to face charges.

 For more information on the attempted homicide, please contact the New Orleans Police Department.

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