News for Wednesday, January 17, 2007


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Evelyn Green

Evelyn Windsor Green, age 62 of Conyers, died Tuesday, January 16, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest ...

Thomas Reeves

Thomas Robertson Reeves, age 53 of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, January 7, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, January 20, 2007 at Oak Hill Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, with ...

Harold Harless

Harold Russell Harless, age 82 of Loganville, Georgia, passed on Tuesday, December 19, 2006. A Memorial Gathering of Family and Friends is planned for Saturday, January 20, 2007 from 1:00 ...

Benny Sears

William Benny Sears, 64 of Marietta died Tuesday, January 16, 2007. Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2007 at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, Marietta, Georgia with ...

Marianne Goodwin

Mrs. Marianne Goodwin,age 57, of Buford, GA, passed away January 17, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Roy Brown

Roy A. Brown, 67, of Lawrenceville, GA, died January 17, 2007. Arrangements are pending by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Brenda Padilla

Mrs. Brenda Sue Padilla, age 58 of Hiawassee, GA, passed away on January 15, 2007 following a period of declining health. Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee in charge of arrangements ...

Allyne Shaw

Allyne H. Shaw, age 83 of Loganville, died Tuesday, January 16, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, January 19, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Roger Nickerson

Roger Allen Nickerson, age 73, of Lilburn, GA, died January 17, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .

George Arris

George Anthony Arris, age 69 of Suwanee, died January 15, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Phillip Weldon

Phillip Lamar Weldon, of Tucker, GA, passed away at the age of 78. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Raymond Gustafson

Mr. Raymond H. Gustafson, age 90, of Duluth, GA, passed away January 17, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Kamalaben Shah

Kamalaben C. Shah (Raja), age 83 of Duluth, GA, passed away January 16, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Planners vote against high-rise

LAWRENCEVILLE - A proposal that would have brought more than 300 residents to the aging Gwinnett Place Mall was denied by planning commissioners Tuesday.

Local hoops teams will head south for state tourney

The inability to find a suitable host site in metro Atlanta will have north Georgia's basketball teams headed down I-75 for the state tournament.


In Brief

Man robs two businesses in one night

•NORCROSS - Police continue to search for a man who robbed two businesses Monday night.

According to a police report, a black man entered the Texaco Station at 5496 Buford Highway in Norcross and stole nearly $500 from the register.

The station clerk told police the man attempted to make a purchase before spraying him in the face with pepper spray and fleeing the store with money from the register.

Police believe the same man robbed another business in DeKalb County about 30 minutes before the Norcross robbery.

Classic makes switch from BellSouth to AT&TFCC approval of merger finalizes name change for PGA event

DULUTH - At least it gets to keep the Classic.

Access to colleges reducing retention

ATLANTA - Two of the state university system's core goals, expanding access and improving student retention rates, are working at cross purposes, at least in the short term, system Chancellor Erroll Davis said Tuesday.

In his first "State of the System'' address since becoming chancellor less than a year ago, Davis said a recent surge in enrollment in the system's 35 schools is being accompanied by a reduction in retention rates.

"This means we will need to continue to focus our attention and our resources on improving retention, even as we expand access,'' Davis told members of the Board of Regents.

The chancellor pointed to efforts already under way to keep more students in school, including $2.2 million in this year's budget for more faculty advisers and supplemental teaching at the five institutions with the lowest retention rates.

Davis said the university system's enrollment of nearly 260,000 students grew by 2.5 percent between the fall of 2005 and last fall, almost twice the rate of the last few years.

Technological marvels

Fourth man arrested in connection with alleged call girls

LAWRENCEVILLE - A fourth man charged in connection with the case involving two alleged high-end call girls turned himself over to deputies Tuesday afternoon.

Man charged with impersonating officer

NORCROSS - The investigation of an abandoned vehicle on Holcomb Bridge Road led to the arrest of a 48-year-old man Thursday night. He was charged with impersonating an officer.

Prep roundup: Allison leads Parkview boys to 115-85 win

SNELLVILLE - Travis Allison buried eight 3-pointers and hit for a career-best 37 points as Parkview surged past South Gwinnett 115-85 on Tuesday.

Snellville man found dead in Ala.

LAWRENCEVILLE - What was once a missing person investigation into the disappearance of a 61-year-old Snellville man is now a homicide investigation.

Collins Hill girls, Norcross boys bring impressive region streaks to same gym tonight

Tonight, at Collins Hill High School, two of the most impressive winning streaks in Gwinnett history will converge on one floor.

The Collins Hill girls, ranked No. 1 in the state and in the nation by USA Today, haven't lost a regular season region game since Dec. 13, 2002 - a span of 59 games.

Broncos stick around for win

SNELLVILLE - No matter what Shiloh tried it just couldn't shake the Brookwood girls. The Generals built two seven-point leads, but could never put away the Broncos.




In loving memory of Sysouvanh Simmasouk (10-04-1973 to 01-04-2007). Sysouvanh lived her life to the fullest. Everyone who has known her, knew that she loves kids and pets. She was loving, caring, and fun to be with. She always thought of other's first. When it comes to being silly, she knows how to make us laugh. We all love her dearly, she will be missed. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville.



Ramona Eason, age 53, of Buford, passed away January 15, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518. 770-945-9345. Please sign the online guest registry at*



John Walker, age 83 of Dacula, passed away January 15, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*



Mr. Dave L. Poss, age 60, of Hoschton, Georgia passed away on Sunday January 14, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia (706)367-5467*



Vito Rappa, age 81 of Panama City Beach, FL, died January 15, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Marie Jackson Rappa; daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Mike Chisolm of Snellville; son and daughter-in-law, Al and Clara Rappa of Snellville; sister, Lucille Owens of Morrow, GA; grandchildren, Kelli Chisolm, Katrina Gregorich, Stacie Cook, Jeremy Rappa; great grandchildren, Nathan Gregorich, Hailey Gregorich and Connor Cook. Mr. Rappa was a Naval Veteran of World War II. He served in the Pacific on the USS Bayfield. He was a printer by trade, and had been employed by the Atlanta Journal and Dittler Brothers Printing Company. Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 18 at 2pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with Dr. Ron Davidson officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12noon until service time at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200



Mary Vorwald, age 50 of Snellville died Thursday, January 11, 2007. Arrangements by the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. (770)979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at *



Prosecutors asking to shorten sentence for Auburn man

MOBILE - Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to reduce the length of jail time an Auburn man faces for smuggling cocaine into the United States.

Philanthropist, activist was a colorful character

Georgia lost a legend last weekend. Tom Watson Brown, a rich man and a soft touch for politicians of nearly all stripes, died at age 73 of complications from diabetes.

His funeral is to be held today at 2 p.m. at Hickory Hill estate in Thomson, where his great-grandfather, fiery national populist leader Tom Watson, lived and worked a century ago.

Barrow County chase ends in arrest

WINDER - A car chase for a man wanted in two Georgia counties ended in the arrest of a 37-year-old Hoschton man Monday night.

Gwinnett teams will participate in state robotics competition

LAWRENCEVILLE - Some Gwinnett County robotics teams will participate in the FIRST Lego League state competition Saturday at Georgia Tech's Student Center.

Gwinnett Place names new manager

DULUTH - Simon Property Group has appointed James "Nick" Nicolosi as manager of Gwinnett Place Mall.

Nicolosi has served as mall manager for Northlake Mall since 2004 and previously held the assistant mall manager position at SouthPark in Charlotte, N.C.

In his new role, Nicolosi will oversee the day-to-day operations of Gwinnett Place Mall and manage all aspects of the center including budgeting, tenant relations, lease administration, security, operations, community involvement and marketing.

Prior to joining Simon in 2003, Nicolosi worked in the mortgage and financial planning industry. His interest in real estate and background in real estate finance, coupled with exposure to his wife's career in commercial property management, led him to his position at SouthPark.

He was promoted to mall manager for Atlanta's Northlake Mall, where he has spent the last two and a half years with Simon.

Nicolosi holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He lives in Dunwoody with his wife, Mary, and 15-month-old daughter, Gabriella.

Serving northeast metro Atlanta since 1984, Gwinnett Place Mall is anchored by four department stores including JCPenney, Parisian, Macy's and Sears. Shoppers also have over 220 specialty shops from which to choose.

For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit

Allen drops 45 on Central in Meadowcreek win

NORCROSS - Sometimes there's just nothing you can do.

Students build machines that can lift children's toys

LOGANVILLE - Grayson High School students in Charles Kachmar's Engineering III class are lifting, pinching, scooping and shoveling their way through Gwinnett County's Academic Knowledge and Skills curriculum.

Gladiators trade Mulherin to Toledo for defenseman

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators traded rookie forward Bruce Mulherin to Toledo in exchange for defenseman Jon Sitko on Tuesday.

Smart people act foolish in Duke scandal

When Woody Allen said, "The brain is the most overrated organ," he must have had in mind North Carolina's Research Triangle, home both to the scandalous Duke lacrosse team "rape" fiasco - and to more Ph.Ds per capita than just about anywhere else in America.

Commission OKs land buy, pay increase

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commission Chairman Charles Bannister lost two political fights Tuesday - and he won't get a raise, either.

Jury selection begins in Coke trade secrets theft case

ATLANTA - One hundred potential jurors filed into a federal courtroom Tuesday for the start of the conspiracy trial of a former Coca-Cola secretary accused of stealing trade secrets from the world's largest beverage maker in an effort to sell them to rival Pepsi.

Two indicted on drug trafficking charges

ATLANTA - Two men arrested in Gwinnett County have been indicted on multiple drug trafficking charges by a federal grand jury.

Sports calendar


Jan. 20: Walk up registration for Collins Hill Athletic Association baseball will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Collins Hill High School. For questions, or to register online, go to Late registration will be Jan. 26 at an increased price.

GAC girls beat rival Wesleyan in matchup of state-ranked powers

NORCROSS - The start was horrendous, but the finish Tuesday night was beautiful for the Greater Atlanta Christian girls basketball team.

Lanier needs more water, group says

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lake Lanier Association has proposed adding 2 more feet of water to the lake as a solution to ongoing water wars and questions of sustained growth.