News for Saturday, June 16, 2007

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Three Gwinnett players in Sporting News' top 99 list

To see just how firmly Gwinnett County is now established as a high school basketball hotbed, you don't have to look any farther than the Sporting News' list of the top 99 seniors for next season.

Fraud prevention cuts off gas purchases in mid-fill

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - So you're at the gas station filling up your vehicle, and without warning the gas pump shuts off.

Years later, Dooley still a good guy

The first time I met Vince Dooley was at a restaurant at St. Simons Island. It was early 1965, and he was sitting alone in the near-empty eatery having dinner. I walked over and introduced myself and congratulated him on the winning season in his first year at UGA. Despite my having interrupted his meal, he was gracious and acted as though he was genuinely pleased to have my assessment of his coaching performance.

Youth roundup: GSA 92 Phoenix Red wins fourth state championship

For the fourth year in a row, the girls GSA 92 Phoenix Red have won the Georgia state soccer championship in Columbus.

GSA beat North Atlanta Soccer Association (NASA) 3-0 to win the U-15 Girls title. This is familiar territory for the GSA team, which has previously won the state championship as U12, U13 and U14.

'Madam' skips media event

NORCROSS - Lisa Taylor, the alleged Sugarloaf "Mansion Madam," was a no-show at a press conference scheduled Friday at her attorney's Norcross office.

Instead, Taylor's attorney, Mark Issa, spoke on behalf of the 43-year-old adult entertainer, addressing the prostitution charges brought against his client and an indictment issued Wednesday.

"She's trying to keep herself busy, focused on what's going on in her regular life rather than what's in her legal life," Issa said.

'Crazy' life becoming routine for Norcross' Aminu

NORCROSS - He went in with his eyes wide open, knowing full well what was coming.

Father's Day gift ideas for your '08 candidate

The great Wayne "Thurmon" Hudson, according to legend, was under the hood of a '66 Camaro in the service bay at Ginn Motor Co. in Covington when a peanut farmer from Plains walked in soliciting votes for governor of Georgia - this was 1970, understand - and held out his hand to introduce himself.

New football league scores in Gwinnett

No helmets. No shoulder pads. No problem.

Police Reports

Man robs Little Caesar's

•SNELLVILLE - Police are looking for a man who robbed a Snellville Little Caesar's Pizza on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a police report, a black man entered the store at 4002 Stone Mountain Highway about noon pointing a gun at the employees while demanding money out of the register.

The manager was ordered to open the register, and the man fled with $21.

The store's manager described the thief as wearing blue jeans, a baggy and panty hose over his head. He thought the man was in his late teens or early twenties.

Woman suspected of stealing money from patient

•LILBURN - A Decatur woman is suspected of stealing more than $17,000 from an Alzheimer's patient she cares for.

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 14 -16: The Greater Gwinnett Baseball League will take on the Lanier Baseball League in the Chattahoochee River Brawl Tournament at Bunten Road Park and Mountain Park. Age groups include 9-and-under through 14-and-under and inlcude at least three games. For more information, call 678-957-0885 ext. 221.

Malnourished dogs found in Snellville moved to foster home

LAWRENCEVILLE - Several Doberman pinschers police say had been malnourished have now left a local animal clinic and have been moved into a temporary home while an investigation against their owners is being completed.

Gwinnett Chamber named finalist for national award

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce is one of three finalists competing for the National Chamber of the Year award, sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

OBITUARIES

ATHENS

KULIG, SUE

Ms. Sue Myers Kulig, age 51, of Athens, GA, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. Otis A. Myers, Jr. She is survived by her: Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Michael and Jennifer Kulig, Flowery Branch, GA, Jacob and Christie Kulig, Lawrenceville, GA; Four Grandchildren: Corwin, Isabella, Angel and Lucas Kulig; Mother: Gertrude Myers, Moline, IL; Sisters: Jody Borisek, Seattle, WA, Kathy Gill, Seattle, WA. Ms. Kulig was born December 24, 1955 in Buffalo, NY. She was a 1974 graduate of Moline High School, Moline, IL and attended DeKalb College. She was a registered nurse in Hospice Care. She was of the Catholic Faith. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Kennedy Smartt officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

BUFORD

WIGENTON, TERRELL

Terrell "Terry" Wigenton, age 63 of Buford died Thursday, June 14, 2007. A memorial service will be held 1 P.M. Saturday, June 16 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Strickland officiating. Terry is survived by his wife of 39 years Betty Ann Wigenton; sons and daughter-in-law- Timothy Mark Wigenton, of Buford; Terrence Matthew and Crystal Lynn Wigenton, of Jefferson; Tate and Angela Strayhorn, of Gillsville; Lee and Stephanie Smith, of Canton; John Damren, of Buford; brother and sister-in-law- Henry Thomas, Jr. and Denise Wigenton, of Lawrenceville; sisters-and brothers-in-law- Mary Yvonne and Walter Glen Lubbess, of Commerce; Karen Patricia and William T. Hubbard, of Conyers; granddaughters- Miah Anne Wigenton, Ashlyn Briann Wigenton; nieces- Tammy Smith, Danielle Cassie Peterson, Stephanie Nicole Wigenton, Melissa Michelle Thompson; nephews- Charles Anthony Hobbs, Eugene Hobbs, Henry Allen Hobbs, Joseph Scott Wigenton. Several cousins also survive. Mr. Wigenton was a member of New Bethany Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Saturday, June 16 from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518. 770-945-9345. Please sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

ELLIJAY

ROSS, DONALD

Mr. Donald Perry Ross, 72, of Ellijay, died Thursday, June 7, 2007, at his residence. He was born Aug. 4, 1934, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to the late Robert Layne and Ruth Riedel Ross. He was a life insurance agent for over 30 years with Prudential Financial Services in Snellville/Decatur. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janice Ruth Ross of Ellijay; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn Ruth Ross, Mary and Christopher Laird of Atlanta, Donna and Jim Stull of Ellijay; brother and sister-in-law, Robert L. and Martha Ross of Birmingham, AL; and two grandsons, Harrison Laird and Grant Laird. Funeral services were Sunday, June 10, 2007, at 2 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper with the Rev. Mary Johnson and the Rev. David Smedley. Organist was Samuel Polk. Pallbearers were Harrison Laird, Grant Laird, Michael Strickland, Kenneth Strickland, Myron Bullock, Richard Camp, Tom Wilson, and Terry Hahn. Donations may be made to St. Andrews Sewanee School, 290 Quintard Rd., Sewanee, TN 37375, where he was a graduate.

LAWRENCEVILLE

COLBAUGH, EVELYN

Evelyn Colbaugh, age 77, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 14, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

SUWANEE

DISTER, RICKY

Ricky Kyle Dister, age 48, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 14, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

PAYNE, EUGENE

Eugene Payne, age 36, of Suwanee, died Wednesday, June 13, 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 www.stewartfh.com.*

Letters to the Editor

Highways need better efficiency, not HOT lanes

I have been following the articles in the paper regarding the proposed high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to be developed on our congested interstate highways. I don't think they should be developed.

The HOT lanes would not reduce congestion as suggested by the Gwinnett director of transportation and Georgia DOT engineers. The present HOV lanes are underutilized now and the application of a toll fee to use them surely would not make them more attractive to most highway commuters.

88-home subdivision coming to Braselton

BRASELTON - Braselton is about to get another subdivision.

Plans show an 88-home community rising on 47 acres on Ednaville Road in the Jackson County area of Braselton. All homes will stand on 15,000-minimum-square-foot lots, span at least 2,400 square feet and have brick, stone, stucco or cement-based facades.

Braselton's Future Land Use Map shows the area as medium-density, single-family residential, which permits 1.5 to 2.5 homes per acre. Plans show a proposed 1.88 homes per acre in the subdivision. The property holds a Braselton drinking water supply well.

Sheriff, major leave for 6,700-mile motorcycle ride

LAWRENCEVILLE - Many wouldn't agree to a trip involving a motorcycle ride over miles of gravel roads and fitting three weeks of clothing into one bag, but Sheriff Butch Conway and Maj. Mike Powell are gearing up for such a trip and they're doing it for some special kids.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Conway and Powell will take on 6,700 miles as part of the 2007 Iron Torch Ride to benefit the Special Olympics of Georgia.

The pair leaves Sunday for Alaska and will ride from Prudhoe Bay to Key West, Fla., making stops through Canada and the United States until ending at the Florida location July 7.

The duo shipped their personal Harley motorcycles from Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson to Alaska two weeks ago in preparation for the ride.

I-85 widening to begin soon

LAWRENCEVILLE - A $10 million "quick-fix" to Interstate 85 could begin soon, after the Georgia Department of Transportation announced a contract Friday.

Gwinnett Coalition wins United Way diversity award

LAWRENCEVILLE - For 17 years, The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services has worked to promote community diversity. Those efforts were recognized Thursday when the Coalition earned the United Way Valuing Diversity Award at the United Way Atlanta's annual meeting.

The ceremony was held in the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium. The Coalition will receive a $1,500 grant as part of the award.

In brief

Bernanke: Banks key credit sources

•WASHINGTON - Banks play an important, though perhaps somewhat diminished, role in providing credit as consumers and businesses increasingly turn to other financial players, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.

Black is back with North softball

By Ben Beitzel

Staff Writer

ben.beitzel@gwinnettdailypost.com

It's not like Randy Black really needed to furnish North Gwinnett a resume.

After all, he really never left.

Man dies in one-car accident in Duluth

DULUTH - Investigators are working to determine what caused a 40-year-old man to run his Mustang off the road Friday morning.

Gwinnett County Police Department Spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said Dennis Scott Rice of Flowery Branch was killed Friday when his car struck a traffic barrel, leaving the left lane, swerving right, traveling down an embankment and overturning.

Moloney said Rice was traveling east on Ga. Highway 316 west of Boggs Road about midnight when he wrecked. Rice's Mustang was the only car involved in the accident.

Moloney said there are no obvious signs as to why Rice's car left the roadway.

"At this time, it is unknown if drugs and or alcohol were factors in the fatality," Moloney said. Rice was wearing his seat belt, Moloney added.

The scenic route

Duo indicted on murder charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County grand jury Wednesday indicted a man and woman suspected in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy and injuring another teen.

Cleondre Lacey, 19, of Lawrenceville was indicted on one count of murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm. Stephanie Brianna Buskey, 20, of Johnson City, Tenn., faces one count of felony murder and armed robbery.

Lacey and Buskey were arrested March 17 after Gwinnett police investigators were led to believe the two were involved in a drug-related robbery turned shooting at Kenneth Cunningham's home on Sundale Drive.

According to a police report, officers found Cunningham shot to death inside the home and his 18-year-old friend Paul Theodore Mayhew outside suffering from gunshot wounds.

Cunningham was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mayhew was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center.

Bixby honored with ECHL media relations award

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Gwinnett Gladiators' Dustin Bixby was selected as the American Conference's recipient of the ECHL Media Relations Award for 2006-07.

Sue Kulig

Ms. Sue Myers Kulig, age 51, of Athens, GA, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. Otis A. Myers, Jr. She ...

Donald Ross

Mr. Donald Perry Ross, 72, of Ellijay, died Thursday, June 7, 2007, at his residence. He was born Aug. 4, 1934, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to the late Robert ...

Evelyn Colbaugh

Evelyn Colbaugh, age 77, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 14, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Eugene Payne

Eugene Payne, age 36, of Suwanee, died Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign the ...

Ricky Dister

Ricky Kyle Dister, age 48, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 14, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Terrell Wigenton

Terrell "Terry" Wigenton, age 63 of Buford died Thursday, June 14, 2007. A memorial service will be held 1 P.M. Saturday, June 16 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart ...