Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Police: 3 Arrested In Counterfeit Bust At Discover Mills Mall

Three people are in custody following an investigation into counterfeit goods that were allegedly being sold at Discover Mills mall.

Nadir Nathajiwani, 52, and Neermeen Jiwani, 50, were arrested and charged with "forged and/or counterfeit trademark."

"There was someone from the merchandise retail stores who hire the people to authenticate merchandise. They were at the location, they were able to say that that was not a real item," Gwinnett police Cpl. David Schiralli said.

During their investigation, an undercover officer was able to purchase a counterfeit Chanel handbag, Schiralli said. Nathajiwani and Jiwani have both posted bond.

Police said in a separate case, police executed a search warrant at the Jewelry Castle store, and arrested Mia Jarvis, 51, of Lawrenceville on two counts of forged and/or counterfeit trademark.

During Jarvis's case, police confiscated dozens of pieces of bogus jewelry and other items, including 48 "Baby Phat" necklaces, four Coach handbags, two Coach wallets, 37 pairs of Chanel earrings, three "Hello Kitty" necklaces, 18 Louis Vuitton hair clips and hair bands and six Burberry hair bands, according to the police incident report.

Former 'American Idol' Finalist Arrested In Georgia

A former "American Idol" finalist is out of jail after Savannah authorities arrested her in connection with a fight in a local park Monday night.

Savannah-Chatham police said they reported to a 50th Street park around 9:40 p.m. to find 22-year-old "Idol" finalist Stephanie Edwards fighting with 20-year-old Laquilla White.

According to a police report, the women were separated without any injuries. Edwards told police the fight began after she received several harassing phone calls.

According to the "Idol" Web site, Edwards was an 11th place finalist in its sixth season, which aired in 2007. The site also lists Edwards hometown as Savannah.

Both women were taken to the Chatham County jail where spokesman Deputy Ron Robinson says they each made the $1,300 bond by midnight.

Bags Of Stolen Mail Found Ditched In Dumpster

Thieves stole bags of mail from four apartment complexes, according WSB-TV. Douglasville police said they are concerned personal and private information taken from the mail could be in the hands of criminals. Concerned residents are worried, too.

"You can't help but worry about that identity theft," said Khris Parker, a resident at one of the apartment complexes.

The thieves ditched the mail in a dumpster after going through it, police said.

Police kept the mail that appeared to have been tampered with and the unopened mail was returned to the post office.

The apartment complexes involved with this incident were Villas at West Ridge, Stewarts Mill Landing, Century Park West and Arbor Terrace. Police said they have obtained surveillance video and will use it to try to identify the thieves.

UPDATE: Pilot Heard Loud Bang Before Plane Hit Man

The pilot of a plane that struck and killed a 38-year-old jogger from Georgia on a South Carolina beach says he heard a loud bang before the engine failed and he was forced to make an emergency landing.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board said that while the aircraft was at 13,000 feet, the pilot noticed the instrument panel was vibrating and oil began to cover the windshield before the bang.

The engine stopped and the pilot tried to land. Pharmaceutical salesman Robert Gary Jones of Woodstock, Ga., was listening to his iPod while jogging on a Hilton Head beach. He was killed when the plane hit him from behind on March 15.

Pilot Edward I. Smith of Chesapeake, Va., and a passenger walked away from the crash landing.

3 Men Accused Of Soliciting Sex At Kmart

Gwinnett County police have cited three men accused of soliciting sex in a Kmart restroom.

The citations follow an undercover sting operation by the Gwinnett County Vice Unit at the Kmart located in the 1600 block of Buford Highway in Buford. Police said they acted on a citizen complaint about lewd acts occurring between adult men in the Kmart restroom.

Police cited Jerry Lane Casper, 56, of Duluth; Alejandro Dearo, 37, of Dacula; and Kenneth David Butler, 44, of Buford. All were cited with loitering for the purpose of engaging in solicitation of sex acts in a public place, a misdemeanor offense.

Investigators said undercover officers made contact with one of the men via the Internet and set up a meeting for the strict purpose of engaging in sex.

When the undercover officer entered the restroom, authorities said he made contact with the suspect and after a brief conversation, the suspect solicited the officer for a sex act.

Police said they confronted two other men who were in the restroom and the men said they were there for the same reason, at which point all three suspects were cited.

The attorney for Kenneth Butler said that his client is innocent and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"He is a diabetic and having some problems and what he was in the restroom for - he will be able to substantiate that through court and doctor's record. The facts alleged in the ticket are completely false. [Butler] was at the wrong place and the wrong time. He had nothing to do with this sting operation," said Curt Hilbert with Hilbert Law Firm.

Hilbert pointed out his client was not taken into custody but only received the citation.

430 DeKalb School Employees May Lose Jobs

The school board unanimously voted Tuesday to give interim superintendent Ramona Tyson the authority to reduce up to 430 positions from the central office. The exact number of employees will be determined in May.

The layoffs are needed to help with an anticipated $88 million shortfall, but board members anticipate the shortfall will be even worse. The proposed layoffs will not affect teachers or anyone involved directly with instruction. However, some positions in human resources, information systems and school resource officers are among those that may be cut.

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