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.

Latest from Amanda C. Coyne

Who has to pick up roadkill in Gwinnett County?
 Reader Lee asks: That is something I’ve always wondered. Seeing dead wildlife on the side of the road, I still often wish someone would have already removed it, thus preventing me from falling into an emotional tailspin, wondering if that deer had kids or a husband or was the star of her recreational bocce ball league.  In Gwinnett...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Reader Lee asks: That is something I’ve always wondered. Seeing dead wildlife on the side of the road, I still often wish someone would have already removed it, thus preventing me from falling into an emotional tailspin, wondering if that deer had kids or a husband or was the star of her recreational bocce ball league.  In Gwinnett...
Gwinnett PD: Trio ran ‘elaborate’ Craigslist plane ticket scam
 Gwinnett County police have arrested two people and are searching for a third suspect in connection with a Craigslist scam in which people were duped into paying for Delta flight tickets and Comcast cable boxes that didn’t exist.  Teisha Dunbar, 26, of Decatur, and Nicholas Gates, 29, of Palmetto, were arrested Nov. 17 and charged...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Gwinnett County police have arrested two people and are searching for a third suspect in connection with a Craigslist scam in which people were duped into paying for Delta flight tickets and Comcast cable boxes that didn’t exist.  Teisha Dunbar, 26, of Decatur, and Nicholas Gates, 29, of Palmetto, were arrested Nov. 17 and charged...
Second Gwinnett Waffle House location fails inspection within a week
 A second Waffle House location in Gwinnett County has failed a health inspection, less than a week after another location. The Waffle House on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road in Suwanee earned a 60/U on its Nov. 20 inspection. Its last inspection, in August, was an 88/B. On Nov. 16, a Waffle House on S. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville...

Posted: a day ago

A second Waffle House location in Gwinnett County has failed a health inspection, less than a week after another location. The Waffle House on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road in Suwanee earned a 60/U on its Nov. 20 inspection. Its last inspection, in August, was an 88/B. On Nov. 16, a Waffle House on S. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville...
Gwinnett man convicted of molesting juvenile relative for 11 years
 A Gwinnett County man has been convicted on molestation and incest charges for sexually abusing a juvenile female relative for more than 10 years, the district attorney’s office said. Mongkhon Leekomon, 64, was convicted of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and incest on Nov. 17 after a four-day trial. Leekomon began abusing...

Posted: a day ago

A Gwinnett County man has been convicted on molestation and incest charges for sexually abusing a juvenile female relative for more than 10 years, the district attorney’s office said. Mongkhon Leekomon, 64, was convicted of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and incest on Nov. 17 after a four-day trial. Leekomon began abusing...
Gwinnett park installing synthetic turf in $2.3M field upgrade
 The multi-sport athletic field at Mountain Park Park will get an upgrade this winter, Gwinnett County announced. The field, home to football, soccer and lacrosse games, will be rebuilt using $2.3 million in SPLOST funds. The field, press box, baseball backstop and dugouts will be demolished. Synthetic turf will be installed, along with a...

Posted: a day ago

The multi-sport athletic field at Mountain Park Park will get an upgrade this winter, Gwinnett County announced. The field, home to football, soccer and lacrosse games, will be rebuilt using $2.3 million in SPLOST funds. The field, press box, baseball backstop and dugouts will be demolished. Synthetic turf will be installed, along with a...
Gwinnett trash, recycling pickup delayed for Thanksgiving
 You’re going to have to hang on to those empty bean cans and that turkey carcass for an extra day this week. Gwinnett County trash and recycling collection will be delayed due to Thanksgiving. Gwinnett County typically picks up trash and recycling on Thursdays and Fridays, but pickups will be pushed back one day due to the holiday....

Posted: a day ago

You’re going to have to hang on to those empty bean cans and that turkey carcass for an extra day this week. Gwinnett County trash and recycling collection will be delayed due to Thanksgiving. Gwinnett County typically picks up trash and recycling on Thursdays and Fridays, but pickups will be pushed back one day due to the holiday....
Gwinnett teacher quits after alleged ‘inappropriate’ texts to student
 A Mill Creek High School teacher has resigned after being accused of sending “inappropriate” text messages to an 18-year-old student. Danny Thetford resigned from his position as a science teacher at Mill Creek on Nov. 16, citing personal reasons, said district spokesman Bernard Watson. Thetford was employed with the district...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Mill Creek High School teacher has resigned after being accused of sending “inappropriate” text messages to an 18-year-old student. Danny Thetford resigned from his position as a science teacher at Mill Creek on Nov. 16, citing personal reasons, said district spokesman Bernard Watson. Thetford was employed with the district...
WATCH: Suspect throws Molotov cocktail into Gwinnett business
 Gwinnett County fire investigators are looking for a suspect who threw a Molotov cocktail into a Lilburn business. The suspect was captured on surveillance video lighting the incendiary device and throwing it through a window of a Waypoint Homes office in Lilburn shortly before 7 a.m. on Nov. 13. Waypoint Homes is an Arizona-based property...

Posted: 4 days ago

Gwinnett County fire investigators are looking for a suspect who threw a Molotov cocktail into a Lilburn business. The suspect was captured on surveillance video lighting the incendiary device and throwing it through a window of a Waypoint Homes office in Lilburn shortly before 7 a.m. on Nov. 13. Waypoint Homes is an Arizona-based property...
Gwinnett adding fall break in 2018-2019 school year
 Gwinnett County Public Schools students will have an extra break next school year: The district has added a five-day fall break in October for the 2018-2019 school year. Here are some key dates for Gwinnett students and parents to know: The first day of school will be Aug. 6.
Fall Break will be Oct. 4-9.
Classes are cancelled for Election...

Posted: 4 days ago

Gwinnett County Public Schools students will have an extra break next school year: The district has added a five-day fall break in October for the 2018-2019 school year. Here are some key dates for Gwinnett students and parents to know: The first day of school will be Aug. 6. Fall Break will be Oct. 4-9. Classes are cancelled for Election...
Cops: 3 charged after claiming to have bomb in Gwinnett bank robbery
 Three people have been charged with robbery after allegedly robbing a Loganville credit union on Nov. 3, Gwinnett County police said. Devon Morris, 17, of Decatur; Nilsa Urena, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a 16-year-old juvenile have all been charged with robbery.   Morris is incarcerated at the Douglas County Jail and the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Three people have been charged with robbery after allegedly robbing a Loganville credit union on Nov. 3, Gwinnett County police said. Devon Morris, 17, of Decatur; Nilsa Urena, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a 16-year-old juvenile have all been charged with robbery.   Morris is incarcerated at the Douglas County Jail and the...
Guests hope to bridge gaps at ‘Come Meet a Black Person’ mixer
 The half dozen or so white people who showed up to the first-ever “Come Meet a Black Person” mixer Thursday had, in fact, met a black person before. “I cheated coming here. I do have some black friends,” said Niall Mathieson, a white Barnesville retiree who drove nearly 90 miles to the event because he was interested...

Posted: 4 days ago

The half dozen or so white people who showed up to the first-ever “Come Meet a Black Person” mixer Thursday had, in fact, met a black person before. “I cheated coming here. I do have some black friends,” said Niall Mathieson, a white Barnesville retiree who drove nearly 90 miles to the event because he was interested...