A look back at the Gwinnett Daily Post's top stories of the week. Father found guilty

A jury on Wednesday found Ethiopia native Khalid Adem guilty on one count of aggravated battery and one count of cruelty to children for using a pair of scissors to remove his 2-year-old daughter's clitoris in 2001. He has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.

Adem, who cried continually throughout the trial, told the judge after sentencing that he was innocent of the charges.

"I did not in any way commit this crime," Adem said. "I love my daughter, and I always wish the best for my daughter."

Teacher of the year

Tiffany English, a music teacher at Sugar Hill Elementary School, was named Thursday evening as Gwinnett's 2007 Teacher of the Year.

"I try to use my music lessons to teach children a truly meaningful musical concept that they can carry with them into other areas," English said. "And, conversely, I teach my music lessons so that children can see how the arts truly are reflected in all areas of study."

Also, Dana Griffith, a physical education teacher at Berkmar Middle School, was chosen as the Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Matthew Winking, a mathematics teacher at Phoenix High School, was chosen as the High School Teacher of the Year.

Amy Dew, a speech pathologist who teaches prekindergarten students with special needs at Barrow County Schools' Early Learning Center, was named the school system's Teacher of the Year.


Gwinnett tied with Gwinnett for top honors in a national construction contest when the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Plant shared a national award with the Shoal Creek Filter Plant.

"They were two completely independent projects," said Mike Kilgore, who oversaw the Shoal Creek Filter Plant. "They are totally independent in every nature."


Three years after two died in a drag-race crash on Peachtree Parkway, Wendy Jennings and Susan Osley, both now 20, pleaded guilty and will serve prison time. ... A woman was attacked at a Lucky Shoals Park in Norcross, making this the fourth recent attack by a man who fits a description obtained by Gwinnett County police. ... County Administrator Jock Connell met last week with a grand jury committee about his decision to restructure the government's internal audit division. ... An incident Oct. 18 in which about 20 Korean teens were kicked out of the Suwanee library has led some to question whether racism is involved. ... Oscar Hernandez-Hernandez, 26, of Duluth was arrested on charges he attacked a woman in her home and tried to rape her. ... Just days before a City Council election, Norcross leaders are divided on who the mayor pro tem is.

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