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

Runaway bride, ex-fiance trade lawsuits

The relationship between runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks and her former fiance, John Mason, turned ugly this week when the pair traded lawsuits in court.

Wilbanks launched the first strike, filing a suit that said Mason defrauded her by selling the rights to her story and used the profits to buy a house in Dacula. She is seeking half of the $500,000 in a book deal plus furniture and wedding gifts from her family and friends.

On Friday, Mason filed a countersuit against her for emotional distress, saying that his personal and private life was ''virtually destroyed'' by Wilbanks' pre-wedding flight to New Mexico.

Red Clay, Aurora debut shows in new venues

Live theater returned to Gwinnett this week as the Duluth's Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center and Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre both debuted plays.

The Red Clay, which moved into Duluth after the Aurora left the city for new digs in Lawrenceville, debuted its first show, "Educating Rita." The play tells the story of a married woman who signs up for a university course. She ends up learning more than she expected from the instructor, a washed-up, cynical writer. It runs through Nov. 5.

The Aurora performed its first show at its temporary performance space at Lawrenceville City Hall. "Glorious!," which runs through Nov. 5, is an American premiere. Construction continues on the Aurora's new space, a 100-year-old church building on Pike Street.


A trio of gunmen held a family of a SunTrust Bank bank employee at gunpoint overnight to try to rob that Lawrenceville bank Friday, FBI officials said. ... The Georgia High School Association ruled that North Gwinnett High School's football team used an ineligible player, and the verdict could mean the forfeiture of games for the state-ranked Bulldogs. An appeal by North will be heard on Tuesday by the GHSA. ... A forecast by the Atlanta Regional Commission predicts the 20-county Atlanta region will add nearly 2 million jobs and more than that many people by 2030. ... Police have discovered another case of bigamy in Gwinnett County. Shawnta McBride, 31, is accused of having six husbands. ... A school bus driver, Gwendolyn Kenan, 63, of Snellville, could face a misdemeanor traffic charge in an accident on Club Drive in which five children were hospitalized. ... Peachtree Ridge High School was presented with the nearly 3-foot-tall Governor's Cup, an award for the best improvement in its class in SAT scores, by Gov. Sonny Perdue and other dignitaries. ... The trial of Loganville man Khalid Adem, a native Ethiopian accused of circumcising his young daughter five years ago, is set to begin Oct. 23. ... Some local drivers who have received tickets for going straight in an altered right-turn-only lane in Lawrenceville's square said they will fight the tickets in court. ... County commissioners voted to increase pay for police, sheriff's deputies, firefighters and corrections officers.

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