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September 16, 2010

Press release September 16, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – September 16, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

The Pelham Police Department charged a woman and a Gwinnett County male inmate with conspiracy to escape and other crimes after they conspired together to break the inmate out of the Pelham City Jail.

Jason Joseph Clark, 30, was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison and had been sent to the Pelham City Jail by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office to be housed until the state had open bed space for him.

Last weekend, Camilla Police stopped a suspicious vehicle and encountered Tamah Jada Wallace, 24, of East Point and a 1-year-old child inside the car. They also discovered an Ak-47 assault rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, and numerous items for survival in the wilderness. Further investigation revealed that she had a connection with Gwinnett inmate Jason Clark, who had just been moved to the Pelham City Jail, 10 miles from Camilla.

Police in Camilla and Pelham listened to subsequent phone recordings between Ms. Wallace and Mr. Clark in the Pelham Jail. Those calls revealed that she was in the area to conduct a jail break in Pelham in order to free Mr. Clark, her baby’s father, from prison.

Pelham Police charged her with conspiracy to aid the escape of another, conspiracy  to commit reckless abandonment, criminal attempt to commit reckless abandonment, cruelty to children in the first degree and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

 Mr. Clark was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime of escape, criminal solicitation to commit a felony and criminal attempt to possess a firearm by a convicted felon. The child was taken into state custody. Ms. Wallace is being held at the Pelham Jail and Mr. Clark has been transferred back to the Gwinnett County Jail where he is being held in maximum security.

Gwinnett County recently entered into an agreement with the Pelham City Jail to house sentenced inmates for $22.50 a day, which is the same rate Gwinnett is reimbursed by the state to house those sentenced inmates. Due to the closing of state prisons, inmates are backing up in county jails due to lack of bed space. The Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office does not have the staff to open additional housing units at the jail in order to handle the backlog of prisoners from the state.

For additional information on the arrests which occurred in Pelham, please contact the Pelham Police Department at 229-294-6000.

Press Release September 16, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – September 16, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com 

For Immediate Release:

A man attending court on an unrelated matter was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant and then charged with possession of marijuana after deputies discovered drugs on him during a pat down search.

Deputy Mike Lawler was working inside a courtroom when a prosecutor from the Solicitor’s Office told him a man named Khainan Murdock, 27, of Duluth was scheduled to come to court and there was an active warrant for him out of Cobb County for failure to appear in court there.

Deputy Lawler spotted Mr. Murdock when he came into the courtroom and detained him until he could confirm the warrant out of Cobb County. During a pat down search, the deputy discovered a small bag of marijuana in his pants pocket.

He was charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce and was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.

Mr. Murdock was in court Wednesday for an arraignment hearing on charges of hit and run, driving without a valid license, and giving police a false name or information.

August 30, 2010

PRESS RELEASE – AUGUST 30, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – August 30, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

For Immediate Release:

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman Friday night in Buford wanted out of South Carolina for accessory after the fact to felony murder.

Tina Louise Harper, 27, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., was arrested at her sister’s residence on King Arthur Court in Buford after Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies were contacted by the Horry County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina.

Ms. Harper was taken into custody without incident in the living room of the residence. The homicide occurred in South Carolina on August 21. Warrant information stated that Ms. Harper had knowledge of the persons involved in the murder and gave false and misleading statements to investigators in order to help those responsible escape detection.

Ms. Harper is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant for South Carolina authorities.

August 11, 2010

PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 11, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – August 11, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 For Immediate Release:

 A woman, who left her dog in a hot car at the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center Tuesday, was arrested for cruelty to animals after deputies were preparing to force entry to the car to get the obviously distressed animal out of the vehicle.

 The outside temperature at the time was 97 degrees, but inside the car deputies took a reading with a laser thermometer at 148 to 150 degrees. The little dog named Benji was in obvious distress and panting heavily. Deputies were about to force entry to the locked vehicle when a woman who said Benji belonged to her came running out of the courthouse.

 Carmencita Defreitas Spinola was charged with one count of cruelty to animals and was taken into custody at the courthouse by Gwinnett deputies. Benji was given water by deputies and after being in the air conditioning of the car seemed to be recovering. The dog was released to a male passenger and he said he would take the dog home immediately. Deputies noted in a report that Ms. Defreitas Spinola had only left the window barely cracked in the extreme heat.

 A conservative estimate before deputies were notified by an employee about the dog put her in the building for more than 30 minutes.

PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 10, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – August 10, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

For Immediate Release:

 A murder suspect turned himself in to deputies at the Gwinnett County Jail Tuesday afternoon after deputies with the Fugitive Unit spoke at length to the man’s mother and girlfriend.

 Ahmad Brown is accused of shooting Deonte Moore to death at 1600 Ridge Brook Trail in Duluth on June 10.

 The Gwinnett Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit received the case to locate Mr. Brown from Gwinnett Police homicide detectives. Deputies believe the conversations they had with the two women contributed to Mr. Brown turning himself in without incident at the jail.

 Mr. Brown is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

August 5, 2010

Press Release – August 5, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – August 5, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

For Immediate Release:

Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies with the Fugitive Unit arrested a man today wanted for aggravated battery after he shot a man in Norcross on July 20.

Gwinnett deputies learned yesterday that Antwan D. Greene 34, was living at an apartment complex on Tree Summit Parkway in Duluth. Further information revealed that he was scheduled to move out of the apartment today. Deputies set up surveillance on Mr. Greene and arrested him in a rental truck on Pleasant Hill Road.

He is accused of shooting a man on Jones Mill Road July 20 causing him to lose his spleen and half of a kidney, according to warrants.

Mr. Greene was taken into custody without incident and is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

July 29, 2010

Press Release – July 28, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – July 28, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

For Immediate Release:

 A Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital Wednesday evening after he was attacked by an inmate at the Gwinnett County Jail.

 Deputy William Lamb was working a housing unit when inmate James Leon Washington suddenly and without warning attacked him. Mr. Washington struck the deputy in the face and then began pounding his head into the concrete floor inside the jail’s unit.

Two other inmates in the housing unit rushed to the deputy’s aid and pulled Inmate Washington off of the deputy until other deputies could reach him.

 Deputy Lamb was unconscious and unresponsive when deputies first arrived and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was treated and is being released.

 Mr. Washington has been placed in J-Pod on super max status and charges against him are pending.

 He is currently in jail on charges of criminal damage to property second degree and violation of probation.

July 21, 2010

Press Release – July 21, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – July 21, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

  For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies with the Fugitive Unit arrested a man Tuesday evening wanted for failure to appear in court on an earlier kidnapping charge, two counts of battery and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony crime.

 Michael Francis was taken into custody at 2109 Holland Place at Holland Park apartments in Lawrenceville.

 When deputies arrived at the apartment, they observed Mr. Francis on the balcony of the apartment with a female. He initially tried to flee by attempting to jump from the balcony, but instead ran back into the apartment where deputies forced entry and arrested him in the kitchen.

 Mr. Francis was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant for failing to show up for his arraignment July 8, 2010 on kidnapping charges. He also faced additional charges for battery and for conspiracy to commit a felony crime after he contacted a supplier and attempted to purchase a half pound of marijuana.

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

June 23, 2010

Press Release – June 23, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – June 23, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

For Immediate Release

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man today in Norcross wanted out of Queens, New York for weapons trafficking charges.

Detectives in New York contacted the Gwinnett Sheriff’s Department today and stated they believed Ishi Moise was residing at 933 Pepperwood Trail in Norcross.

Sheriff’s Fugitive deputies went to the location and discovered Mr. Moise’s car in the driveway. A short time later, they arrested him as he got into his vehicle to leave the residence. He is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail awaiting extradition back to New York to face the charges there.

He reportedly was acquiring firearms from Georgia and selling them in New York.

May 14, 2010

Press Release – May 11, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – May 11, 2010

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com 

For immediate release:

Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies serving a routine eviction arrested a woman after discovering 20 marijuana plants growing inside a Norcross residence.

Jonda Lynn Bernice Carethers, 30, was charged with manufacturing marijuana after deputies discovered the plants growing in a small room off the first floor of the townhome located at 6351 Views Trace in Norcross.

She had a fairly elaborate system established with exhaust fans, lights and humidifiers. She stated at the time of her arrest the plants were hers and she was trying to learn how to grow them.

This is the second incident in a week involving an eviction and marijuana. Last week, a Snellville man was arrested after deputies carrying out an eviction discovered six marijuana plants growing inside the back of a TV. He was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana.

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