Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Three children were killed in the February 2011 fire on Spring Mill Drive in Lilburn.
A mother and man accused in a fatal math lab explosion in Lilburn in 2011 have pleaded guilty, just days before their trial was set to begin. According to WSB-TV, the pair -- Neibi Brito and Joseph Perez -- accepted plea deal in court Wednesday. Before Judge Melodie Snell Conner, they were sentenced to 50 years, the report said. The victims in the February 2011 explosion were: 21-month-old Stacy Brito, 3-year-old Jose Ivan Guevara and 4-year-old Isaac Guevara. Another man, Ivan Gonzalez, was also charged with murder and drug trafficking in the case. But, he has eluded capture. See also: Don’t miss any Lilburn news. Subscribe to Lilburn-Mountain Park's free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Police are still looking for a third suspect in fatal fire.
Gwinnett County Police Department Cpl. Jake Smith comments on the February 2011 fatal meth house fire in unincorporated Lilburn, the investigation and Wednesday's demolition of the house.
At the entrance of the neighborhood, the house has been a constant reminder of a tragic day; neighbors have hope that the destruction will help bring closure.
A call was made at 8:55 a.m. for one more walk-through to make sure the house at 1197 Spring Mill Drive was "all clear" and ready to meet its fate. At 9 a.m. on the dot, a bulldozer ripped through the garage to begin the systematic demolition of the so-called Lilburn Meth House, where three young children perished last year in an explosion and resulting fire caused by a meth-making operation. Neibi Brito and Joseph A. Perez were charged with the resulting death of Brito’s 3 small children – an 18-month old girl, a 3-year old girl and a 4-year old boy. A third suspect, Ivan Gonzalez is still at large. There was no cheering when the structure gave way a little after 9:30, when the roof fell to the ground. Neighbors who came out to witness …
Updated: In a little more than a half-hour, a tragic symbol in a Lilburn neighborhood was turned into a pile of rubble.
It took about a half-hour to remove the constant reminder of a tragedy that occurred last year in a Lilburn-area neighborhood. The so-called Lilburn meth house, where three young children died in an explosion and fire in February 2011, has been torn down. In a couple of months, 1197 Spring Mill Drive will be a green field. Demolition crews started at 9 a.m. sharp. By 9:35, the house at 1197 Spring Mill Drive was a pile of dusty rubble. John Krueger, owner of Viking Development Group, contracted to demolish the home, ran the bulldozer that made such quick work in bringing the main structure down. He said it will take a couple of days to clear debris, which will be taken to a local landfill. While the demolition provided some closure to …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Gwinnett Police: Heavy demolition "should" start in the morning.
Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith sent out this media release late Tuesday afternoon regarding the planned demolition of the meth house on Spring Mill Drive in unincorporated Lilburn: "FYI - the heavy demolition of the house involved in the meth fire that killed 3 children should start tomorrow morning. No promises from GCPD on this, of course." The boarded-up house at 1197 Spring Mill Drive has been standing at the entrance to the Spring Mill subdivision since a tragic explosion and fire took the lives of three young children in February, 2011. The mother and another man — Neibi Brito and Joseph A. Perez — were charged with three counts of felony murder and drug trafficking. A third suspect, Ivan Gonzalez, is …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Crews were prepping site of fatal 2011 fire Thursday, but heavy equipment will begin demolition Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Crews from a demolition company and Atlanta Gas were on scene at 1197 Spring Mill Drive Thursday to begin the process that many people have been waiting for at the former meth house. The site where three young children died in an explosion and fire caused by chemicals used to make methamphetamine will be leveled Wednesday, May 30. Previous Lilburn Patch articles on this case: Site of Fatal Meth Fire to be Demolished One Child Dead, Two Injured in Meth Fire Meth House Murder Charges Filed Second Man Arrested in Fatal Meth Fire Bank Cited for Meth House Deterioration Perspective: How Do We Make Sense of Fire Tragedy? John Krueger, president of Viking Development Group, which has been contracted to raze the house, says the first swipe by …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Burned-out, boarded-up house has been constant reminder of February, 2011 fire tragedy.
The lingering reminder of a meth house explosion and fire that took the lives of three young children last year in the Mountain Park area of Lilburn is expected to be bulldozed away this week. The Gwinnett County Police Department said in a press release Tuesday that the house located at 1197 Spring Mill Drive is scheduled to be demolished, possibly in the next few days. Previous Lilburn Patch articles on this case: One Child Dead, Two Injured in Meth Fire Meth House Murder Charges Filed Second Man Arrested in Fatal Meth Fire Bank Cited for Meth House Deterioration Perspective: How Do We Make Sense of Fire Tragedy? The house, located in the Spring Mill subdivision, off Five Forks-Trickum Road, has been boarded up for more than a year. …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Bank agrees to make overdue repairs.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chase bank has agreed to make long overdue repairs to a home where a meth explosion occurred last year. The house, located at 1197 Spring Mill Drive in unincorporated Lilburn, will either be repaired or demolished. Chase has requested bids for both projects, according to the AJC. If they bring the house up to code, they can reduce their fines of $9,000 down to $2,250. Three children were killed in the explosion. The children's mother, Neibi Brito, and two men, Joseph Alexander Perez and Ivan Gonzales, were accused of manufacturing meth in the home. "Knowing what happened there, I can't see anybody wanting to live on that corner, certainly not in that house," Kiefaber said to the AJC.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Joseph Perez was arrested while deputies searched for prime suspect Ivan Gonzalez.
The Gwinnett Sheriff's Department has arrested a second man believed to be involved in the Feb. 17 house fire in Lilburn that killed three young children. The fire at 1197 Spring Mill Drive in Lilburn was determined to be fueled by chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine. Gwinnett Police have charged Ivan Gonzalez with three counts of murder, as well as arson and drug trafficking in that case. Police are still looking for Gonzalez. The Sheriff's Department's Fugitive Unit deputies arrested Joseph Perez Wednesday night. Deputies say Perez was at the scene of the fire. Perez has been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, according to Sheriff’s Department Public …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Heroic efforts define the character of our community
Gwinnett Fire spokesman Tommy Rutledge said what many are probably thinking this weekend. At the end of a Friday press conference in front of the burned-out Lilburn home that was fueled by methamphetamine chemicals and resulted in the deaths of three young children, Rutledge called 1197 Spring Mill Drive “a typical home in a typical neighborhood … with a tragic incident.” The house was the scene of a Thursday afternoon fire, from which 18-month-old Stacy Brito, 3-year-old Ivan Guevara and 4-year-old Isaac Guevara died from burn and smoke inhalation injuries. See story here. Police have filed murder and arson charges on Ivan Gonzalez, 26, who was not in custody as of early Saturday afternoon. Officials are concerned that Gonzalez may be …