Lilburn police announce 2005 employee awards

LILBURN - The Lilburn Police Department announces the commendation of several department employees honored at the city's annual holiday luncheon. The employees were selected by the 2005 awards committee made up of their peers.

Investigator Kim Banks is the department's Officer of the Year.

Banks contributed to solving a case involving mini-storage warehouse burglaries, armed robberies and motor vehicle thefts. Her investigative techniques resulted in the arrest of six suspects and the recovery of more than $70,000 worth of property.

Communications Officer Pam Spearman received the 2005 Communications Officer of the Year award.

Karisa Wallace was named the department's 2005 Non-Sworn Employee of the Year.

Over the past three years, Wallace has been assigned to the Gwinnett County Joint Drug Task Force.

The following awards also were presented:

• 5-Year Accident Free Award: Banks and Officer Steve Bentley

• 15-Year Accident Free Award: Capt. Donny Kelly

• POST Advanced Certificate Award: Officers Bentley, J.D. Gann and Jeff Kinney received commendations for achieving the Georgia Peace Officers Standards Training Council's Advanced Certificate.

Local teen performs on USA World Showcase program

MONROE - Taylor Reid, a 13-year-old girl from Monroe, will perform on the USA World Showcase competition on PAX-i TV, which will be broadcast at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Reid won the opportunity to appear on the television show by winning an award in Las Vegas for singing an original Christian song, "For You."

She is the daughter of Wayne and Alison Reid. She attends Youth Middle School and Summit Baptist Church in Loganville.

Viewers can vote for Reid through Jan. 7. If she makes it to the top 25, viewers can continue voting for her through Jan. 14. Viewers can log on to www.USAworldshowcase.com to vote.

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