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

Man who falsely claimed to represent Migos, scammed Emory University indicted
 A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. Woods allegedly operated companies, including Global Talent Agency...

Posted: 23 hours ago

A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. Woods allegedly operated companies, including Global Talent Agency...
Gwinnett man charged with forcing goat to ingest cocaine and whiskey
 A Grayson horse trainer has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after he was seen on video force-feeding cocaine and whiskey to a goat, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said. Sergio Palomares-Guzman, 28, was arrested Thursday after deputies were given a video of the incident by a tipster. The incident occurred on a ranch...

Posted: a day ago

A Grayson horse trainer has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after he was seen on video force-feeding cocaine and whiskey to a goat, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said. Sergio Palomares-Guzman, 28, was arrested Thursday after deputies were given a video of the incident by a tipster. The incident occurred on a ranch...
Gwinnett PD: Woman targeted immigrants in shipping scam
 Gwinnett County police are looking for a woman they say targeted unauthorized immigrants in a shipping scam that netted “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”  Lorena Mena, 44, of Lawrenceville, is wanted on multiple charges of theft by deception. Police have identified at least six victims. READ | DOJ: Man who falsely...

Posted: a day ago

Gwinnett County police are looking for a woman they say targeted unauthorized immigrants in a shipping scam that netted “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”  Lorena Mena, 44, of Lawrenceville, is wanted on multiple charges of theft by deception. Police have identified at least six victims. READ | DOJ: Man who falsely...
Gwinnett County approves $6M plan for new bridge, multi-use path
 The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has awarded a contract for more than $6 million to build a bridge over the Alcovy River and a new multi-use path in Lawrenceville. The contract for $6,041,798 was awarded on Feb. 6 to CMES, Inc., the lowest of four bidders for the project. READ | Gwinnett JROTC leader resigns after &lsquo...

Posted: a day ago

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has awarded a contract for more than $6 million to build a bridge over the Alcovy River and a new multi-use path in Lawrenceville. The contract for $6,041,798 was awarded on Feb. 6 to CMES, Inc., the lowest of four bidders for the project. READ | Gwinnett JROTC leader resigns after &lsquo...
DOJ: Man who falsely claimed to rep Migos, scammed Emory indicted
 A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. PREVIOUSLY | Emory paid $37,000 to bogus bookers claiming to represent...

Posted: a day ago

A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. PREVIOUSLY | Emory paid $37,000 to bogus bookers claiming to represent...
Get free Chick-fil-A breakfast at metro Atlanta locations Tuesday
 Chicken fans, it’s your lucky day. Chick-fil-A is giving away free chicken biscuits all morning on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The  fast food chain will give out the biscuits at all of its metro Atlanta locations from the time they open Tuesday until 10:30 a.m., when breakfast ends and the kitchens switch over to lunch preparation. Chick-fil-A...

Posted: a day ago

Chicken fans, it’s your lucky day. Chick-fil-A is giving away free chicken biscuits all morning on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The fast food chain will give out the biscuits at all of its metro Atlanta locations from the time they open Tuesday until 10:30 a.m., when breakfast ends and the kitchens switch over to lunch preparation. Chick-fil-A...
Cops: Smiling man used forged check to get $9,400 from Gwinnett bank
 Gwinnett County police are looking for a man they say used a forged check to get nearly $10,000 from a local bank. The man cashed a forged check for $9,400 at a Wells Fargo on Indian Trail Road in Norcross on Jan. 13. He was wearing a blue hoodie and a black vest. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gwinnett County police are looking for a man they say used a forged check to get nearly $10,000 from a local bank. The man cashed a forged check for $9,400 at a Wells Fargo on Indian Trail Road in Norcross on Jan. 13. He was wearing a blue hoodie and a black vest. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives...
Gwinnett JROTC leader resigns after ‘inappropriate comments’ reported
 Parkview High School’s JROTC instructor has resigned after a Title IX investigation was opened looking into his behavior, Gwinnett County Public Schools said.  Maj. Ron Tootle, who had been with the school for nearly eight years, resigned on Jan. 30, citing personal reasons, said Sloan Roach, a district spokeswoman. A Title IX...

Posted: 2 days ago

Parkview High School’s JROTC instructor has resigned after a Title IX investigation was opened looking into his behavior, Gwinnett County Public Schools said.  Maj. Ron Tootle, who had been with the school for nearly eight years, resigned on Jan. 30, citing personal reasons, said Sloan Roach, a district spokeswoman. A Title IX...
Gwinnett cops seek information on person of interest in homicide
 Gwinnett County police are hoping witnesses will feel safe to come forward after Charles “Carlos” Bacote was arrested.  READ | Gwinnett PD seeks person of interest after home burglarized twice Bacote, who also goes by “Los,” was arrested on Feb. 12 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gwinnett County police are hoping witnesses will feel safe to come forward after Charles “Carlos” Bacote was arrested.  READ | Gwinnett PD seeks person of interest after home burglarized twice Bacote, who also goes by “Los,” was arrested on Feb. 12 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault...
Cops: Man complains about Gwinnett Target security, returns to steal
 After a security guard at a Peachtree Corners Target stopped a man from buying a storage container with an unpurchased Xbox One inside, the man called the store to complain. A month later, the man returned to the store, put another Xbox One in a storage container and walked out without paying for either item, police say. READ | Gwinnett...

Posted: 3 days ago

After a security guard at a Peachtree Corners Target stopped a man from buying a storage container with an unpurchased Xbox One inside, the man called the store to complain. A month later, the man returned to the store, put another Xbox One in a storage container and walked out without paying for either item, police say. READ | Gwinnett...
Tessa Thompson to star as notorious jewel thief Doris Payne in upcoming biopic
 Actress Tessa Thompson will star in an upcoming biopic of international jewel thief and metro Atlanta resident Doris Payne, according to Variety. >> Read more trending news  Payne, 87, has stolen approximately $2 million worth of jewelry and other items over her six-decade career. She was last arrested in July 2017...

Posted: 4 days ago

Actress Tessa Thompson will star in an upcoming biopic of international jewel thief and metro Atlanta resident Doris Payne, according to Variety. >> Read more trending news  Payne, 87, has stolen approximately $2 million worth of jewelry and other items over her six-decade career. She was last arrested in July 2017...