Gwinnett man drowns in Lake Allatoona Sunday
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A 26-year-old Snellville man drowned while trying to retrieve an inflatable float that had blown away from shore on Lake Allatoona Sunday.

Ryan Tyndall’s body was found by divers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about 60 feet offshore of Allatoona Landing.

“Apparently, the wind blew the float away from the banks about 4 p.m. yesterday,” Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton said. “Witnesses said he was swimming toward the float, then began struggling and then went under.”

Witnesses told the DNR that the man wasn’t wearing a life preserver.

This was the fifth drowning in Lake Allatoona this year and the 27th in Georgia.

Thief commits expensive purse snatching

A deputy was dispatched to Ingles Supermarket, 879 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, at 7 p.m. Sunday to investigate the theft of a woman’s pocketbook. The victim said she took her pocketbook out of her purse to make a purchase at a store, put the items in her car, then went to Ingles to buy ice cream.

As she looked over the ice cream, she turned her back to the shopping cart where she had placed her purse. When she returned to the cart, she noticed a short, skinny African-American female walk quickly past her.

When she attempted to pay for the ice cream, she realized her pocketbook was gone. She later received a call from her bank telling her that the thief had bought more than $400 in merchandise in four hours.

Semi driver cited for reckless driving

The driver of a tractor-trailer rig was arrested for reckless driving after his 42,000-pound load shifted and he kept driving. A motorist called to report the trailer’s wheels came off the ground when it rounded a curve on Interstate Highway 75 southbound.

Deputies and Emerson police officers attempted to stop the 2009 Volvo semi, but it continued into Cherokee County. The two officers pinched the rig onto the emergency lane but the driver, David Green of Naperville, Ill., would not get out.

The officers pulled the driver from the vehicle and handcuffed him. The driver said he did not pull over because he was arguing on his cellphone with his wife and never saw the officers. The Emerson officer said, however, that Green looked directly at him through the driver’s side mirror.

Green was cited for reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude, and hauling an unsecure load creating a safety hazard. He was taken to the Bartow County Jail.