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Badge and Bar: Man released 2 weeks ago from prison arrested after SWAT standoff
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A Dahlonega man, who had been released two weeks earlier from a Georgia prison, was arrested April 4, 2019, after a standoff with the SWAT team at a Buford home.

A homeowner trying to sell her Buford home was told this week someone was squatting at the Garrett Road residence.

What police found was a Dahlonega man who had been released two weeks earlier from a Georgia prison, according to online records.

Gwinnett County Police took the call around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4.

“He was able to be identified as Christopher Osterloh and it was confirmed that he did not live at the house or have permission to be there.  Further research revealed that Christopher was former military and he was claiming to have weapons,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles wrote in a news release.

The SWAT team and negotiators arrived on the scene. Osterloh refused to come out after making contact with the negotiators, police said.

Police said the standoff ended shortly after 5 p.m.

“Eventually the S.W.A.T. team deployed a chemical irritant into the home. Christopher surrendered shortly after the deployment,” Rundles wrote.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections online database, Osterloh was released March 23 from the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison. His most recent case involved theft by taking in Gwinnett County, though he has previous convictions in Hall County.

Those charges include criminal trespassing, pointing a gun at another, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and impersonating an officer.

No one was injured in the incident, and Osterloh was taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

Authorities: Woman held at knifepoint in Flowery Branch

A 58-year-old Flowery Branch woman allegedly put a kitchen knife to the throat of another woman around midnight Wednesday, according to authorities.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the woman was arrested Wednesday morning after she allegedly “threatened to kill the (32-year-old woman) by putting the knife to the victim’s throat when the victim arrived home from the store.” There were reportedly several witnesses.

Booth said it happened at a Stoneridge Drive residence, where both women live.

The woman was arrested after midnight and taken to the Hall County Jail, where she was charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

Authorities: North Hall man accused of selling stolen cars for scrap metal money

A North Hall man allegedly took the term “cash for clunkers” to a whole new level, according to arrest information from a Hall County Sheriff’s Office case.

Law enforcement had eyes on the man for roughly two months until his April 1 arrest for theft by taking and theft by deception.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said the man was “selling stolen cars for scrap metal and reaping the financial benefits.”

Those cars included a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina, 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, a 1996 Jeep, a 1995 Toyota Camry and a 1993 Plymouth Voyager.

While representing himself as the owner, the man sold the cars to a local metal recycling business for more than $200 each, authorities said.

Investigators arrested him at a Gainesville residence.

“When arrested, he was found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and a glass methamphetamine smoking device,” Ware wrote in a news release.