News for Tuesday, March 28, 2006


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James Smith

James Timothy (Tim) Smith, age 41, of Winder, GA, passed away March 27, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Pauline Reaves

Mrs. Pauline Rutledge Reaves, age 87, of Bethlehem, Georgia, died March 27, 2006. Funeral arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-6706.

Salvatore Russo

Salvatore Joseph Russo, age 65, of Green Valley, AZ and formerly of Buford, GA, passed away March 27, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan ...

Alvin Smith

Alvin L. “Chubby” Smith, age 69 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM, Friday, March 31, 2006 in the ...

Police Reports

Rockbride Road Waffle House robbed

•STONE MOUNTAIN - A masked man on Friday robbed the Waffle House restaurant at 1945 Rockbridge Road.

High-rises to go through regular review

LAWRENCEVILLE - Despite being the first in Gwinnett County, a high-rise rezoning filed last week will take the same path as those submitted for subdivisions and shopping centers.

Senate passes Taser bill

ATLANTA - Police agencies that wish to make Taser stun guns part of their arsenal would have to meet training requirements set by the state under a bill approved by the Senate Monday.

The legislation, which passed 52-1, would require police departments to develop policies for using Tasers that comply with standards established by the Georgia Peace Officer Training Council.

Officers designated to use Tasers would have to complete a training course developed by the council and meet its certification requirements.

The issue caught the General Assembly's attention last year following the death of a Lawrenceville man in May 2004. Frederick Jerome Williams died at the Gwinnett County Detention Center after being stunned multiple times by a Taser during a struggle with deputies.

Williams' widow has filed a lawsuit against the county and Taser International, manufacturer of the stun gun.

The bill passed the House overwhelmingly last month.

However, it must return to the lower chamber before it can become law because of a slight change made by the Senate.

BellSouth Classic vendors eyeing the green

DULUTH - Call it controlled chaos.

It's late Monday afternoon at the BellSouth Classic - three days before the annual golf tournament begins - and everyone is on the move. They scurry to answer cell phones or dart off in golf carts to solve last-minute problems.

Some got here not long after the sun came up and will be lucky to make it home for Leno or Letterman.

Dacula schools hold 'Walk to Baghdad' to support troops

DACULA - The distance from Dacula to Baghdad is about 6,752 miles. Driving that far could take five straight days with no sleep or breaks - the kind of trip that would have kids asking, "Are we there yet?" a record number of times.

Sports briefs


North's Voigt to sign softball scholarship

North Gwinnett softball player Adele Voigt will sign a scholarship today to the University of South Carolina in the school's media center at 2:15 p.m.

Senate approves legislation for crackdown on gangs

ATLANTA - The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Monday aimed at giving prosecutors additional tools to target members of youth gangs.

The legislation, which cleared the House two weeks ago, passed the Senate 48-3.

Before it can become law, however, it must return to the House to vote on changes made by the Senate.

The measure would do away with a requirement in current law that forces prosecutors to establish a "pattern'' of gang activity - meaning two or more gang-related crimes have occurred - before they can make a case against a suspect.

The legislation also makes it illegal for people who have no business being at a school to loiter on the property.

"Gang members are recruited in schools,'' said Sen. David Adelman, D-Decatur, who presented the bill on the Senate floor.

Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, criticized the bill's definition of "criminal street gang'' as overly broad.

Under the legislation, police could declare any group of three or more people who engage in "criminal gang activity'' a criminal gang, based on evidence such as common signs, tattoos, graffiti or clothing.

The bill's critics have argued that young people who aren't gang members but use such symbols could be wrongly accused of crime.

But Adelman said he has seen no evidence of police abusing the current law against gangs.

"I don't think this means any greater risk of profiling than anything that's in existing law,'' he said.

The Senate amended the bill on Monday to strengthen the provision against loitering on school grounds. The amendment also folded into the bill a second measure adopted by the Senate earlier this year requiring college police departments to make records of their criminal investigations available to the public.

The bill, introduced into the House by Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn, passed the lower chamber 124-45.

Watkins resigns from North girls hoops job

Tony Watkins resigned as the North Gwinnett girls basketball coach on Monday, stepping down to join his oldest son at Heritage in Rockdale County.

Collins Hill blanks Brookwood 3-0

SUWANEE - Daniel Warzon was 2-for-2 with a 3-run home run as he led Collins Hill past Broookwood 3-0 on Monday.

Political exercise

Man charged with threatening DA

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Duluth man was arrested Monday for charged with making threats against Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter last week, prompting authorities to place Porter and his family under surveillance.

Duluth OKs collections for red-light tickets

DULUTH - Drivers who fail to pay their ticket for running a red light in Duluth will soon face a collections agency.

Brookwood keeps hold on county title in thrilling finish

HOSCHTON - The team title chase on Monday night came down to a traditional Gwinnett rivalry - Brookwood vs. Parkview.

Japanese company to move headquarters to Suwanee

LAWRENCEVILLE - A company that makes hand and toe warmers will build its North American headquarters in Gwinnett.

Mycoal Products Corp., which manufactures various body-warming products, will locate in a nearly 88,500-square-foot facility in Suwanee - the first American operation for the Japanese company.

Police search for pregnant teen's father

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are searching for a Lawrenceville man accused of impregnating his 16-year-old daughter.




Charlotte Helen "Ethridge" Kenerly, age 71 of Snellville, died Friday, March 24, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010.*



Shawn Michael Lippman, age 19, of Dacula, GA, died March 24, 2006. He is survived by: Father, Michael Lippman of Dacula; Mother, Laura Lake of Lawrenceville, GA; Grandmother, Mary Lynne Lake of Lawrenceville, GA. Mr. Lippman was employed at Chico's for 6 months. Memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter or The Disabled American Veterans in memory of Shawn Michael Lippman. Tom M. Wages Funeral Services, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411,



Mrs. Pearline Elinburg Duncan, age 89, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Arthur Duncan, sons, Douglas Duncan and Harold Duncan, and grandson, Jeremy White. She is survived by her: Daughters and Son-in-Law: Joann Garner, Oakwood, GA, Mary and Terry White, Buford, GA; Sons and Daughter-in-Law: Robert "Bob" and Linda Duncan, Gainesville, GA, Roy Duncan, Flowery Branch, GA; 13 Grandchildren; Several Great Grandchildren; Several Great Great Grandchildren; Several Step Grandchildren; Sister-in-Law: Mrs. Velvie Duncan Woodward, Fayetteville, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Duncan was a native of Gwinnett County, GA. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist Faith. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Ruel Martin and Rev. Michael Youngblood officiating. Interment in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Buford, GA. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Albert Cannon, age 80 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, March 24, 2006. Mr. Cannon was a Mason for 36 Years, a Veteran of WWII, Korean & Vietnam Conflicts and retired from the Army as an E-7. He is survived by his Wife: Nora Cannon, Enterprise, AL; Children: Regina Gulley, Enterprise, AL; Janet Roles, Crestview, FL; James Cannon, Jacksonville, FL; Sisters: Arline Holloway, Lawrenceville; Mary Higginbotham, Chestnut Mountain; 5 Grandchildren; 2 Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces & Nephews; Extended Family Member: Pete Jones. Mr. Cannon's body was donated to science and there will be no services at this time. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA. 30045. (770)962-3100


Chris Hoskins, age 24 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on March 20, 2006. He is survived by: Mother: Nancy Hoskins, Lawrenceville; Brother, Eric Hoskins, Lilburn; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Born and raised in Lawrenceville, Chris attended Central Gwinnett High School and was a 2002 graduate of Phoenix High School. Since then he has been doing what he enjoyed most, remodeling older homes. He was preceded in death, just eighteen months ago, by his father, "Smitty" Hoskins. Chris was loved passionately by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 P.M. at All Saints Lutheran Church with Rev. Nancy Lund officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 until 6 P.M. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the Smitty Hoskins Memorial Fund in care of All Saints Lutheran Church, 722 Rockbridge Road, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 in the memory of Chris Hoskins. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411,



Melna Augusta Smith died early Sunday, March 26, 2006. She was born Oct. 24, 1919 in Demopolis, AL, and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a graduate of Hume Fogg High School, and attended Vanderbilt University where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. Melna had a passion for genealogy, and was a member of the Jamestown Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, the First Families of Tennessee, the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century, United States Daughters of 1812, Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars, and The National Society Magna Carta Dames. She was a longtime resident of Lawrenceville, GA where she was a founding member of Lawrenceville's first Garden Club. She was an avid bridge player, and learned to love the game of golf. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, GA and was a member of the choir for 30 years. She is survived by her sister & brother-in-law, Margaret & Henry Creel; children, and their spouses, Melna and Jim Henderson, Riley Powell Smith, Jr. and his wife, Dr. Kari Addante, Margaret and David Tyrrell; grandchildren, Beth Larlee, Leah Dryden, Melissa Solberg, Melna Bourland, and Victoria Lewis; great grandchildren, Maggie Dryden, Sarah Dryden, and Hoyt Solberg. She believed the best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been, and the memories we've made along the way. She will be missed by all. Services will be on Thursday at 2PM at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Scholarship fund. Family will receive visitors 2-4 and 6-8 on Wednesday at Wages and Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.



Emma Tibbits, age 98 of Monroe, formerly of Conyers, passed away Monday, March 27, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544.*



Mrs. Lois R. Ferencik, age 77, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2006. She is survived by her: Husband of 58 years: Mr. Andrew Ferencik, Sugar Hill, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Karen Scott, Folsom, CA, Linda Ferencik and Michael Bremer, Grass Valley, CA, Laura and Gary Bekebrede, Suwanee, GA; 3 Grandchildren: Shauna Scott, Jarod Bekebrede, Aaron Bekebrede; Great Grandson: Caleb Bekebrede; Sisters: Jeanette Meyers, Sarasota, FL, Barbara Wright, San Diego, CA, Phyllis Saffell, Oregon, Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Ferencik was a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Buford American Legion Post Ladies Auxiliary, The Red Hat Society, and the Buford Senior Citizens Center. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Alpharetta, GA. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Zahan officiating. Interment in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Mr. F. G. Martin, age 83, of Winder, Georgia died March 27, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.*

Fisherman rescued from river

NORCROSS - Seven months after a fisherman drowned at Jones Bridge Park, another angler narrowly escaped being swept away or succumbing to hypothermia Sunday when he was rescued by firefighters.

Senate OKs immigration compromise

ATLANTA - The final version of a crackdown on illegal immigration in Georgia is halfway home.

Gladiators coach fined for game misconduct, could face suspension

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle will be fined for his actions following Sunday's 4-3 loss to South Carolina. It remains to be seen if the league will also impose a


Work on new traffic control center begins

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's dream of controlling traffic from one room will be one step closer, when officials break ground on a Department of Transportation facility today.

Whose country is this anyway?

Observing the pro-immigration demonstrations in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta and elsewhere in recent days, I wondered: Whose country is this? Why are many illegal aliens who broke our laws to get here and who continue to break our laws to stay here, demanding that the United States not only allow them to remain, but support them with the taxes of law-abiding citizens? Have we gone mad?

Sports calendar


April 3-7: Renz Baseball will be holding a baseball/softball Spring Break Camp April 3-7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. The cost per camper is $125. Eight indoor baseball/softball cages and private lessons are available. For more information or to register, visit or call 770-271-4554.

Depth not a concern for Lions' golf team

Some high schools may have one or two good golfers to center its team around. In Region 7-AAAAA it takes at least three if not more to have a good team.