News for Saturday, June 30, 2007

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July 3-9: The Collins Hill 12-and-under team is looking for two players for the Disney Tournament. Contact Bill Clark at 770-841-2276 or e-mail at billbclk@charter.net for more information.

July 16-20: The Cage indoor facility in Buford will offer pitching, hitting and fielding lessons. Cost is $110 and includes lunch. For more information call 770-401-2844.

Even in turmoil, we will overcome our obstacles

I've heard it said of Atlanta in the springtime that if you don't like the weather, hang around a few minutes - it will change. The person that first said that hasn't seen anything unless he's been to Seattle.

Shooting lab mixes technology, basketball

SUWANEE - Video games aren't always bad for you.

Fire, Police reports

Copper wire stolen

from construction site

•LAWRENCEVILLE - An electrician reported the theft of $2,000 worth of copper wire from a Lawrenceville construction site.

Letters to the Editor

U.S. should make Mexico's laws our immigration policy

I think we should implement these harsh immigration laws:

No special bilingual programs will be in our schools except those taught as a foreign language. No ballots except in our own language. All government business will be conducted in our language.

Youth roundup: Renegades win prestigious baseball tourney

The 13-and-under South Gwinnett Renegades won the championship at the prestigious Baseball Player's Association Georgia State Championship at Harrison Park in Marietta.

The tournament featured 16 of the top teams in Georgia. The two-time defending Greater Gwinnett Baseball League Champions won their pool and then defeated the Duluth Spartans, Druid Hills Redwings and the highly-ranked East Cobb Longhorns 7-2 for the title.

Their season record now stands at 37-6-2 with four tournament titles.

The team now qualifies to represent Georgia at the BPA World Series in Cherokee, N.C.

They previously received a berth in the USSSA AAA World Series in Battle Creek, Mich.

Consumer spending rises, construction spending stronger than expected

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers boosted their spending in May as their incomes grew solidly, an encouraging sign that high gasoline prices haven't killed people's appetite to buy. Inflation moderated.

Thieves use forklift to steal ATM

LILBURN - Forklifts aren't just for construction and DOT workers causing delays on Georgia highways. The machine used for heavy lifting seems to have found its way into the hands of some money-hungry thieves.

Gordon, Johnson aim to keep momentum

AP Auto Racing Writer

LOUDON, N.H. - The last time crew chief Chad Knaus was suspended by NASCAR, driver Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team responded by winning two of the four races he missed.

Where there's smoke...

Cleanup of dead fish is complete

LAWRENCEVILLE - A cleanup to remove dead fish from a Suwanee lake has been finished, a county official said.

Techies get in line for new iPhone

LAWRENCEVILLE - John Brickner was so eager to purchase an iPhone on Friday he and a friend camped out in a parking lot the evening before the debut of the device.

Man, 19, drowns in Lanier

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville resident drowned in Lake Lanier on Thursday, officials said Friday.

One dead, another injured in shooting

DULUTH - One man is dead and another injured following a 3:20 a.m. double shooting at the IHOP at 2178 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth on Friday.

Ray Anthony Knowlin, 32, of College Park, is expected to survive his gunshot wounds. Gwinnett County police had not released the name or age of the deceased at press time. He is described as an adult black man.

Police arrest suspect in bank robbery

SUWANEE - In less than a week, local police responded to a bank robbery, identified a suspect, secured a warrant and arrested a man in connection to the robbery.

Gwinnett County and Suwanee Police on Friday arrested David Yong Yi, 36, of Suwanee, in connection with the Monday robbery of the BB&T bank at 2885 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee Police Department Spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said.

Byers said an officer on patrol noticed Yi's Honda Accord parked at the Country Inn and Suites on Jimmy Carter Boulevard on Friday morning and found Yi inside one of the rooms shortly before 5 a.m.

Upsets rule at Wimbledon: Hingis, Blake hit the exits

AP Tennis Writer

WIMBLEDON, England - Until Friday, Laura Granville went five years without winning a third-round Grand Slam match against anyone, much less Martina Hingis. Knocking off the 1997 Wimbledon champion made all the American's toiling in tennis' minor leagues worth it.

Local high school football games set for TV

A successful debut season of putting local high school football on TV has brought Play-By-Play Advertising back for season No. 2.

Officials urge people to leave fireworks to pros

DECATUR - It's been nearly three years since some fireworks became legal in Georgia, but local Fire Department officials still feel it's important to educate their community members how to safely use the popular illuminations.

Gwinnett, DeKalb, Forsyth, Barrow, Cherokee, Fulton and Cobb counties hosted a fireworks safety event at the DeKalb County Fire Academy in Decatur on Friday morning. Just in time for the Fourth of July, attending fire officials focused on the importance of using fireworks properly.

"The idea was to have metro fire departments sharing fireworks safety tips and showing what can happen if you're not safe," said Gwinnett County Fire Department Spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge.

Spokespeople from many Atlanta-area departments aimed to urge consumers of the importance of using only legal fireworks and remembering to always read the instructions on the packages items used.

"You have to remember that with fireworks there's always a potential for injury and a fire," Rutledge said.

Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine also attended the event, mentioning the dangers of using sparklers and other fireworks and how to prevent disaster.

"Just Monday some kids in Savannah were playing with some Roman candles - which are illegal in Georgia - and they were holding them in their hands and part of the flame bulb flew inside a house and burned it to the ground," Oxendine said. "A family of four was displaced and a firefighter was injured."

OBITUARIES

ALPHARETTA

PAREDES, MARY

Mary Paredes, age 59, of Alpharetta, GA, passed away June 29, 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.*

ATLANTA

NALLEY, DANNIE

Dannie Sue Nalley, age 81, of Atlanta, GA, died June 27, 2007 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

BEIER, RICHARD

Richard Ian Beier, age 62, of Lawrenceville, died June 28, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Gail Beier; his daughter, Natali Boaron and her husband, Ami and their four children, Ilai, Yarden, Noa, and Elad; sister Roz Gross, niece, Donna Fuchs and husband Danny and son David; and sister-in-law Peggy Lefer. Graveside services will be held Monday, July 2, 2007 at 2:00 pm at, Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Scott Saulson officiating. Please sign online guestbook at www.edressler.com. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care of, Atlanta, 770-451-4999.

TA, TIEN

Tien Xuan Ta, age 19, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 28, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

LOGANVILLE

BIRD, FRANK

Frank Bird, Jr., age 85 of Loganville, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

SUWANEE

REILLY, JANE

Jane Reilly, age 86, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 28, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

Gwinnett Village director hoping road project will spur revitalization

LAWRENCEVILLE - Accurate Printers is in the last office building on Oakbrook Parkway, before the road dead-ends at Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Duluth police to honor retiring general with bike ride

Staff Intern

DULUTH - In Duluth, this Fourth of July is about much more than fireworks and sparklers.

Priceless shot

Kingston can work outside a D.C. office

If he had it to do over again, I suspect he would do it differently. Georgia's Republican 1st District Rep. Jack Kingston created a firestorm a few months ago when he complained publicly about the new Democratic majority's decision to go to five-day work weeks, instead of the customary three.

The reaction to his comments was swift and negative, including a broadside from a certain cranky columnist. After all, Congress isn't exactly the most beloved institution in the land. To grump about toiling away five days a week at a job that doesn't require heavy lifting or a leather tool belt doesn't garner a lot of sympathy from working stiffs.

Frank Bird, Jr.

Frank Bird, Jr., age 85 of Loganville, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online ...

Dannie Nalley

Dannie Sue Nalley, age 81, of Atlanta, GA, died June 27, 2007 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Mary Paredes

Mary Paredes, age 59, of Alpharetta, GA, passed away June 29, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Tien Ta

Tien Xuan Ta, age 19, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 28, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Jane Reilly

Jane Reilly, age 86, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 28, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Richard Beier

Richard Ian Beier, age 62, of Lawrenceville, died June 28, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Gail Beier; his daughter, Natali Boaron and her husband, Ami and their four ...