Entries in Gwinnett County (4)


Six Women Arrested in Ladies-Only Gambling Ring

ABC News(GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga.) -- Police have arrested six women and seized 10 gambling machines in connection with an alleged all-female gambling league that was reportedly operating in a quiet residential neighborhood in Gwinnett County, Ga.

Police said they received an anonymous tip from a person who was upset about his spouse gambling too much at a home on Michaels Circle in Duluth, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported.

They busted the home and discovered it was essentially a "social club for women," complete with four gambling machines and $15,000 in cash, according to WSB-TV.

Neighbors told WSB-TV that they'd had no idea an alleged gambling league was operating in their midst, though they did see cars come and go from the home "day and night." Sometimes as many as 10 cars and even limousines would swing by, carrying groups of "older ladies."

"It seemed this was a woman's-only organization," Cpl. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department told WSB-TV. "Men would come, but they were not permitted to gamble."

The police department arrested Mi Hui Yi, the woman who ran the alleged gambling operation, and from her learned of a second home around the corner on Old Norcross Road. When police raided it, they found women in the process of gambling, and several of them fled through the back of the house, Smith said.

Police arrested five more women there and seized more cash and six additional gambling machines. The six women have been booked into jail in Gwinnett County on multiple gambling-related charges, Smith said.

Gwinnett County police did not respond to ABC News calls for comment on the case.

Police are not yet sure whether there are more locations involved in the alleged gambling operations.

"That just goes to show you, you don't know what's going on right next door," Smith told WSB-TV.

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Noted UGA German Literature Professor Faces Prostitution Charges

(GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga.) -- A renowned University of Georgia professor was snared in a prostitution sting by Gwinnett County police Thursday.

After contacting German literature professor Max Reinhart, 65, using a phone number he listed in the transsexual escort section of, detectives arranged to meet him at a room he rented at a Norcross, Ga., GuestHouse Inn. An undercover detective entered the room, discussed the services Reinhart was to provide, and agreed to pay $60 for half an hour's worth, said Cpl. Jake Smith, a Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman.

Once the money changed hands, police officers placed Reinhart, who was going by the name "Sasha," under arrest for prostitution and keeping a house of prostitution, Smith said. Reinhart faces up to a year in jail for both charges.

After being held for nearly nine hours, Reinhart was released Thursday night on a $4,800 bond. He will be tried at Gwinnett County Magistrate Court in Lawrenceville, Ga.

UGA spokesman Tom Jackson said Reinhart, who has taught in the university's Germanic and Slavic Studies department since 1988 and held tenure since 1994, will have to report the arrest to the Athens, Ga., school, but it is not yet clear what disciplinary action, if any, will be taken against him.

"In my 24 years representing the university, this is definitely a first," Jackson said.

An expert on early modern Germany, Reinhart is the author or editor of eight books, the UGA student newspaper reported Friday. He is currently scheduled to teach a new course in the fall on the relationship between Islam and the work of the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, according to the Germanic and Slavic Studies department website.

Reinhart could not be reached for comment Friday.

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‘If Fred Got Two Beatings Per Day…’ Homework Asks

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Third graders in in Gwinnett County, Ga., were given math homework Wednesday that asked questions about slavery and beatings.

Christopher Braxton told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta that he couldn’t believe the assignment his 8-year-old son brought home from of Beaver Ridge Elementary school in Norcross.

“It kind of blew me away,” Braxton said. “Do you see what I see? Do you really see what I see? He’s not answering this question.”

The question read, “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

Another math problem read, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled.

“I was furious at that point,” Braxton said.

“This outrages me because it just lets me know that there’s still racists,” said Stephanie Jones, whose child is a student at the school.

“Something like that shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade,” parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV. “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”

“In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity,” Gwinnett County school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Roach said the teachers were attempting to incorporate social studies into math problems.

“We understand that there are concerns about these questions, and we agree that these questions were not appropriate,” she said.

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Home Invasion Suspect Allegedly Kills Two Little Boys

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.) -- Georgia police have arrested a man accused of a gruesome killing, allegedly stabbing to death two young children and seriously wounding another child and their father.

Antonio Cardenas Rico, 28, was arrested by Gwinnett County police early Thursday morning and charged with two counts of murder, after a heart-rending 911 call made by Elvis Garcia, the father or stepfather of the children.

Police say Rico knew the Garcia family, but they did not yet know the nature of their relationship.

Police say Garcia entered the family's basement apartment and allegedly stabbed to death two little boys, Edward Garcia, 1, and Bradley Garcia, 3.

After the attack, around 6:30 p.m., Elvis Garcia, 23, bleeding from a stab wound to his chest, called 911 from a cell phone and ran outside to a neighbor, police said.

"He killed my children," Garcia told neighbor Lewon Thomas, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"He wanted me to go back and see what happened," Thomas told the paper. "It was horrific."

Thomas said Elvis told him that Rico was the boys' mother's ex-boyfriend.

Police, however, could not confirm how Rico knew the family.

"He knew the family, but we don't know the exact nature of their relationship," Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Two of the children were declared dead at the scene, but another unidentified 3-year old boy was evacuated to a children's hospital in Georgia. Elvis Garcia was taken to the hospital by ambulance and is in "serious condition," Smith said.

Police have not identified the boys' mother, but said she was not at home at the time. She is, they said, being questioned by police.

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