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Missing 20-year-old located at Grady Hospital


POLICE-missing-person-Kinsey-CanovaGwinnett Police had been investigating a missing person case involving a 20-year-old white female last seen around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, at Hartsfield Jackson Airport.

Kinsey Canova, who was driving a purple 2008 Mazda 3 with Georgia tag BLA 1733 to drop off her boyfriend at the airport, was apparently involved in an automobile accident and was transported to Grady Hospital for treatment.

No one from Atlanta area law enforcement nor the hospital had notified the family of the Georgia Tech student who lives and works in the Norcross area.


Arrest made in murder and home invasion case in unincorporated Auburn


An arrest has been made in the armed robbery and felony murder case which has been under investigation by the Gwinnett County Police Department Homicide Unit.

Marquavis Benton, a 26-year-old black male, is being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center, where he remains in custody without bond.

The Griffin Police Department assisted the GCPD Homicide Unit in arresting Benton on Dec. 12 in the death of 45-year-old Brian Whitfield who died Dec. 6 outside his 1735 Flowery Branch Road residence in unincorporated Auburn. Whitfield was found in his driveway of apparent gunshot wounds. A passerby noticed a male lying in the driveway and called 911.

Police found the homicide appeared to have occurred during a home invasion robbery. There were items missing from inside residence, and a 2005 Dodge Ram “Rumblebee” edition was stolen. The truck was recovered Dec. 9 in Atlanta and the wheels and radio had been removed. Police acted on several tips which resulted in the recovery of the truck and identification of the suspect.

Charges made in fake diploma case


The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating a series of reports, filed by students, stating they have received fake diplomas from their school. The school used the name New Life Technical Academy and was operated by a married couple, 43-year-old Stanley Jean and 35-year-old Yessica Jean.

The investigation revealed there is a real, accredited school by the name New Life Technical Academy in Hapeville but the school operated by Stanley and Yessica Jean is not accredited; they are not affiliated and used the school name without permission. Yessica Jean worked for the real school in 2012.

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Barrow roundup nets 36 fugitives


State and local law enforcement agents combed the streets of Barrow County yesterday looking for wanted fugitives and other criminal and traffic law violators.

Twenty-two fugitives were arrested in a large-scale roundup that involved a number of agencies.

Officials from the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Auburn Police Department, Winder Police Department, Statham Police Department and State Probation and Parole swarmed through Barrow County searching for wanted felons.  This large-scale arrest operation was spearheaded by State Probation Officials, who organized the round-up in cooperation with local agencies.

The Sheriff’s Office also utilized traffic checkpoints at multiple locations on county roadways.  Fourteen individuals were arrested in the checkpoints from charges ranging from driving without a license, suspended license and possession of marijuana.

Jackson County Commission may withdraw from new reservoir


Requested change in Parks Creek contract could mean water authority would own 25% share

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is considering a request for an amendment to the Feb. 28, 2000 intergovernmental contract between the City of Jefferson and theBoard of Commissioners and Jackson County Water & Sewerage Authority.
The request came from the water authority, according to County Manager Kevin Poe.
“The water authority has expressed a desire to own 25 percent of the facility,” said Poe.
Approval of the contract amendment would “take the Board of Commissioners out of the mix” and leave the contract between Jefferson and the water authority. Bonds would be floated to construct the reservoir for which Jefferson has been awarded a 505 Permit from the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

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