Amanda C. Coyne

Hyperlocal digital reporter

Amanda Coyne is a hyperlocal reporter for the AJC, covering Gwinnett County. Previously, she worked at the Greenville News in Greenville, S.C., covering business and state politics. Amanda also covered the 2016 South Carolina presidential primaries for the USA Today Network and has written about pageantry for Cosmopolitan.com. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a native of New York.

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Gwinnett holding information sessions on MARTA referendum
 Gwinnett County will hold at least 15 events intended to educate voters about the upoming referendum on a new tax to pay for transit projects and MARTA expansion. The county announced the open house-style education sessions Thursday evening. They will be held across the county, from Norcross and Snellville to Buford and Dacula. Gwinnett County...

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Gwinnett County will hold at least 15 events intended to educate voters about the upoming referendum on a new tax to pay for transit projects and MARTA expansion. The county announced the open house-style education sessions Thursday evening. They will be held across the county, from Norcross and Snellville to Buford and Dacula. Gwinnett County...
Cops: Burglars break into Gwinnett home, steal PlayStation, iPhone
 Four men broke into a Snellville home and stole $1,900 worth of items, including a PlayStation 4, Gwinnett County police said. Surveillance cameras at the victim’s home captured much of the Jan. 4 break-in. A man holding a handgun entered the Broxton Lane home through a window around 9 a.m., police said. That man searched the home while...

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Four men broke into a Snellville home and stole $1,900 worth of items, including a PlayStation 4, Gwinnett County police said. Surveillance cameras at the victim’s home captured much of the Jan. 4 break-in. A man holding a handgun entered the Broxton Lane home through a window around 9 a.m., police said. That man searched the home while...
GDOT closing I-85 lanes in Gwinnett overnight for widening project
 Drivers in Gwinnett County should keep their eyes on the clock next week. The Georgia Department of Transportation will be closing lanes on Interstate 85 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for five days.  READ | Owner will take action on Gwinnett gas station falling into sinkhole The closures will begin on Monday, Jan. 21 and last through the evening...

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Drivers in Gwinnett County should keep their eyes on the clock next week. The Georgia Department of Transportation will be closing lanes on Interstate 85 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for five days.  READ | Owner will take action on Gwinnett gas station falling into sinkhole The closures will begin on Monday, Jan. 21 and last through the evening...
Lawrenceville City Council seeking candidates for open seat
 The Lawrenceville City Council will fill an open seat at its Feb. 4 meeting. But, first, the body wants to see some candidates. Councilman Tony Powell resigned at the first council meeting of 2019 in order to fulfill a campaign promise to serve only eight years in the position. His term has 11 months remaining, so the council must choose...

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The Lawrenceville City Council will fill an open seat at its Feb. 4 meeting. But, first, the body wants to see some candidates. Councilman Tony Powell resigned at the first council meeting of 2019 in order to fulfill a campaign promise to serve only eight years in the position. His term has 11 months remaining, so the council must choose...
Duluth cop fired after arrest for allegedly threatening to kill wife
 A Duluth police officer has been fired following his arrest on a felony charge of terroristic threats and acts, the department said in a press release. Keri Sean McNaughton, 33, was arrested early Monday morning at his Buford home after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife in the head, a Gwinnett County police report says. McNaughton was...

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A Duluth police officer has been fired following his arrest on a felony charge of terroristic threats and acts, the department said in a press release. Keri Sean McNaughton, 33, was arrested early Monday morning at his Buford home after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife in the head, a Gwinnett County police report says. McNaughton was...
Owner will take action on Gwinnett gas station falling into sinkhole
 The owner of a Buford gas station that’s slowly falling into a sinkhole has “committed to take immediate action,” the city’s director of public safety said. The city first told the station’s owner, Irfanali Momin, to demolish the building or fix the sinkhole on May 30, 2018. The sinkhole was much smaller...

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The owner of a Buford gas station that’s slowly falling into a sinkhole has “committed to take immediate action,” the city’s director of public safety said. The city first told the station’s owner, Irfanali Momin, to demolish the building or fix the sinkhole on May 30, 2018. The sinkhole was much smaller...
One suspect ID’d in Gwinnett restaurant burglary, both still at large
 Gwinnett County police have identified one suspect in the Jan. 6 burglary of a Norcross Vietnamese restaurant. Brice Hayes, 33, of Lilburn, served as lookout and driver during the early morning robbery, police say. The suspect who allegedly broke into the I Luv Pho location on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and emerged with a safe two hours later...

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Gwinnett County police have identified one suspect in the Jan. 6 burglary of a Norcross Vietnamese restaurant. Brice Hayes, 33, of Lilburn, served as lookout and driver during the early morning robbery, police say. The suspect who allegedly broke into the I Luv Pho location on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and emerged with a safe two hours later...
Duluth crime fell in 2018, police data shows
 Crime in Duluth decreased by 6 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, police data shows, a drop Duluth police attribute to community engagement and education. “Working together through community outreach programs, homeowners associations and social media engagement builds trust,” Chief Randy Belcher said in a press...

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Crime in Duluth decreased by 6 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, police data shows, a drop Duluth police attribute to community engagement and education. “Working together through community outreach programs, homeowners associations and social media engagement builds trust,” Chief Randy Belcher said in a press...
Gwinnett’s Infinite Energy Center ditches Pepsi for Coke
 Duluth’s Infinite Energy Center has joined the rest of metro Atlanta in ditching Pepsi for hometown beverage company Coca-Cola. The center, which hosts events from hockey games and concerts to conferences and elections, announced a new long-term partnership with Coca-Cola on Wednesday. Coke will be the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage...

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Duluth’s Infinite Energy Center has joined the rest of metro Atlanta in ditching Pepsi for hometown beverage company Coca-Cola. The center, which hosts events from hockey games and concerts to conferences and elections, announced a new long-term partnership with Coca-Cola on Wednesday. Coke will be the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage...
Cops: Pair takes purse from car in Gwinnett, spends $2K on victim’s cards
 A man and a woman stole a purse from a car parked at Harbins Park and spent $2,000 on the victim’s purse within minutes, Gwinnett County police said. A woman’s car was broken into at Harbins Park on Jan. 13, and her purse was stolen, a police report says. Credit card records showed the woman’s card being used to purchase ...

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A man and a woman stole a purse from a car parked at Harbins Park and spent $2,000 on the victim’s purse within minutes, Gwinnett County police said. A woman’s car was broken into at Harbins Park on Jan. 13, and her purse was stolen, a police report says. Credit card records showed the woman’s card being used to purchase ...
Gymboree expected to close all metro Atlanta stores, file for bankruptcy
 Gymboree is expected to close all of its remaining stores, including 13 in metro Atlanta, as part of a new bankruptcy filing, according to media reports. READ | All metro Atlanta Pollo Tropical locations have closed The company previously declared bankruptcy in 2017, closing 450 stores, including locations in Atlanta, Kennesaw and Duluth...

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Gymboree is expected to close all of its remaining stores, including 13 in metro Atlanta, as part of a new bankruptcy filing, according to media reports. READ | All metro Atlanta Pollo Tropical locations have closed The company previously declared bankruptcy in 2017, closing 450 stores, including locations in Atlanta, Kennesaw and Duluth...