Fatal Traffic Accident Takes the Lives of Three Norcross Teenagers

(Norcross) — Gwinnett County Police are investigating a fatal single car traffic accident that occurred around 10:16 pm on Friday, October 27th on Steve Reynolds Boulevard in unincorporated Norcross.

Officers arrived on the scene to find a black Toyota 4 Runner with extensive damage that had tumbled over an embankment. Three of the four occupants of the vehicle were found dead on the scene. The fourth occupant was transported to to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation has found that the 4 Runner, driven by 18 year old Brandon Martinez was traveling south on Steve Reynolds Boulevard in the left lane after leaving the Meadowcreek High School football game. The vehicle was traveling in the left lane as it approached a slower traveling vehicle. Based on witness accounts and evidence collected on scene, it was determined that Martinez swerved to the right to avoid a collision, and lost control of the vehicle. The Toyota 4 Runner veered to the right and went airborne after striking a guardrail, then colliding with a tree.

The collision resulted in the death of Martinez, 18 year old Nelson Umanzor, and 16 year old Naseer Alwakeel. The fourth passenger, 17 year old Mesiah Allen, remains in critical condition.

Speed is considered a contributing factor.

Man Snatches Jewelry While Pretending to Shop

(Buford, Georgia)  The Gwinnett County Police Department needs the public’s help in identifying a man who is accused of snatching jewelry on at least two separate occasions in Gwinnett County.  The suspect asks the sales associate to look at high-valued jewelry, then grabs it and runs out the door.

Incident #1:
Macy’s:                       3333 Buford Drive (Mall of Georgia), Buford, 10/09/2017, 5:30pm
Jewelry stolen:         2 chain necklaces, valued at $5,000

Incident #2:
Kohl’s:                        2270 Hamilton Creek Parkway, Buford, 10/12/2017, 6:00pm
Jewelry stolen:         diamond engagement ring, valued at $2,500


If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Numbers:  17-094252 Macy’s, 17-095347 Kohl’s

Click here to access reports, photos, and a video.  (17-095347 Video: Scroll to 10:43 to view the theft)

The Initial Tab for Gwinnett LEO Raises Will Be Expensive

The AJC is reporting that the first two months of raises approved by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners this past Tuesday for its law enforcement officers will cost taxpayers more than $2 million.

The 4 percent raise fro sworn members of Gwinnett’s police department, sheriff’s office, department of corrections and 911 call center comes in addition to an additional 3 percent raise approved for virtually all county employees.  About 4,700 Gwinnett County employees will be affected by the raises that go into effect on Nov. 4.

Heather Sawyer, the Gwinnett county spokeswoman, said the bill for the remainder of 2017 is estimated to be between $2.2 million and $2.3 million .

Man Shot in Leg Flags Down Private Ambulance

(Lawrenceville, Georgia) Gwinnett County Police are investigating a shooting that was reported when a man flagged down a private ambulance service while traveling in a vehicle on highway 316. The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Police have learned that the victim called his brother to pick him up from a Lawrenceville apartment complex. His brother arrived to find him suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. His brother began driving up highway 316 towards Gwinnett Medical Center when the victim saw a private ambulance service and flagged them down.

Police were called to the scene and the man was transported to the hospital by Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. At this point it is not clear where the man was when he was shot. It is also not clear what the circumstances were surrounding the shooting. Police are interviewing the victim and potential witnesses.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number(s):  17-099679

Career Expo Showcases Opportunities With Gwinnett County Government

(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 18, 2017) – Job seekers looking to begin their career with Gwinnett County Government are invited to the third annual Career Expo hosted by the Gwinnett County Department of Human Resources. The free event will be held Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

New this year, HR representatives will be available to provide free résumé critiques. Application and interview skills training sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m. after employee testimonials and a presentation about Gwinnett County employee benefits, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Career Expo gives job seekers an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from various County departments and learn about job opportunities in many fields: information technology; accounting and finance; administrative/clerical; protective services (corrections, fire and emergency services, police and sheriff); engineering; project management; and technical and field services.

Career seekers can visit www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com to view current vacancies and submit an application.

Law Enforcement Gets A Raise In Gwinnett County

Lawrenceville — In a surprise move Tuesday night Gwinnett County commissioners approved a pay raise to Gwinnett County law enforcement officers and other county employees.

In a last minute resolution the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners aproved a 4% pay raise to come on top of the 3% cost of living raise that all Gwinnett County employees receive. The raise will go into effect on Nov. 4.

This raise is one of many initiatives to boost employment numbers for the various Gwinnett County law enforcement agencies.

The AJC quoted commission chairman Charlotte Nash as saying, “County employees went without a pay raise for four years during the recession. While this Board was able to reinstate increases starting in 2014 with a market adjustment and each year thereafter with annual raises tied to performance, a further adjustment is needed to address hiring and retention issues. Our competitors are granting pay increases, too, and, frankly, we have to keep up or risk losing talented employees to other agencies.”

Gwinnett County has been struggling with a loss of employees over the past several years with 105 vacancies in the GCPD a year ago. Beefed up recruitment efforts, the creation of the new rank of master police officer which included a new paygrade along with pay differentials for officers in specialized units have reduced the number of vacancies to 93 earlier this month according to Chief Butch Ayers.

With a starting salary of just over $36,000, well below many other metro Atlanta departments, the police department is still battling with attrition. The county is hoping to further stem attrition with this raise.