A former Doraville police officer, Miles Bryant, has been indicted by a Gwinnett County grand jury on charges related to the murder of 16-year-old Susana Morales, who went missing last summer and whose remains were found in February. The four-count indictment, including malice murder and felony murder, also charged Bryant with kidnapping and false report of a crime. Police believe Bryant kidnapped and killed Morales between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on July 26, 2022, dumping her body in a wooded area near Drowning Creek off State Route 316. Since his arrest, other incidents have emerged and are under investigation.
The body of a child matching the description of a 4-year-old boy who went missing into the Yellow River Saturday night was discovered Sunday by rescue crews, Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services officials said.
Officials said the body was discovered just after 10:30 Sunday morning. The rescue crews had resumed their search at 8:15 a.m. at Yellow River Park after suspending their search due to nightfall on Saturday.
Fire officials said three boats were deployed into the river and worked with teams on the riverbanks to begin a grid search from the location in the river where witnesses placed the victim who was last seen downstream towards the Annistown Road bridge. "Search teams located a pediatric male that matched the description provided by the mother at 10:39 a.m. this morning," Capt. Ryan McGiboney said. "The body was removed from the water and turned over to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office for investigation."
Officials asked for prayers for the family.
The missing child was reported at 5:41 p.m. on Saturday when firefighters responded to a report of a river rescue at Yellow River Park, which is located at 3050 Juhan Road SW in Stone Mountain.
Three firefighters in Georgia were awarded the Gwinnett Chamber's Gold Medal of Valor for their bravery in rescuing a mother and daughter from the fast-moving waters of the Chattahoochee River. The trio of Firefighter Paramedic Capt. Jason Weese, and FireMedic Seniors Fred Rosser and Matthew Burton, train weekly to familiarize themselves with the conditions of the river, especially when water from Lake Lanier is released through Buford Dam, which causes the current to quickly pick up. The mother and daughter were out on a family fishing trip when the Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from the dam, causing the river's water level to rise and its current to speed up.
Gwinnett players racked up top honors on the Sandy’s Spiel All-State Basketball Teams for the 2022-23 season.
The award-winners included three first-team selections on the All-Georgia Team, which features the top players from all classifications — Brookwood’s Diana Collins and Wesleyan’s Chit-Chat Wright on the girls list and Grayson’s Gicarri Harris on the boys list.
Lanier’s Osmar Garcia was second-team All-Georgia, while Buford’s Ava Grace Watson, Grayson’s Tatum Brown, Hebron Christian’s Aubrey Beckham and Norcross’ Jania Akins were honorable mention All-Georgia. Head over to Gwinnett Prep Sports dot com for a list of honorees.
Andrew Carnes, Partnership Gwinnett’s former Vice-President of Economic Development, has left the economic development organization after nearly a decade to join Georgia Power as the Community and Economic Development Manager for the northeast region. The region Carnes will be working with includes about 24 counties and cities. Partnership Gwinnett is the economic development arm of the Gwinnett Chamber, which is currently looking at candidates to fill the vacancy created by Carnes’ departure. Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett President Nick Masino praised Carnes’ hiring by Georgia Power and said they are actively seeking a replacement to lead Partnership Gwinnett.
Mill Creek wrestlers Amantee Mills and Antonio Mills won titles in the National High School Coaches Association National Tournament in Virginia Beach over the weekend. Amantee won the senior national title at 126 pounds, while Antonio won the freshman national title at 113 pounds. Mill Creek sophomore Dominic Bambinelli was the runner-up at 152 pounds. Buford wrestler Drew Gorman also won the sophomore championship at 132 pounds in the tournament, going 7-0 and defeating Anthony Lucchiani of Stephens City, Va., in the finals.
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