News for Thursday, June 7, 2007


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Planned detention pond riles neighbors

LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents upset a neighboring home could be turned into a detention pond for an adjacent subdivision got plenty of trees to protect them from the sight of the water, but they had no luck in limiting additional houses in the development.

Properly cared for tomato plants can yield up to 15 pounds of fruit

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable plant grown. And really, no garden would be complete without them - they require relatively little space for large production. Each plant, properly cared for, yields 10 to 15 pounds or more of fruit.

The Gwinnett County Extension office receives more calls about tomatoes than any other vegetable. Using proper cultural practices and planting disease-resistant varieties will help yield healthy, tasty tomatoes in the garden.

Victim of Lawrenceville home invasion in stable condition

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man shot Tuesday night in Lawrenceville's Overlook Village trailer park was in stable condition Wednesday.

Lawrenceville police believe the shooting occurred during a random home invasion, Lt. Gary Kotkiewicz said.

Sky's the Limit

James arrives on NBA's ultimate stage

SAN ANTONIO - Headphones tilted back on his head, LeBron James walked the Cleveland Cavaliers through the shadowy tunnel and into the arena's gleaming lights - and their first NBA finals.

Letters to the Editor

Councilman deserves thanks for improving traffic signal It is time to set the record straight concerning who and how the left-turn signal was obtained at Dogwood Road and Ga. Highway 124 in Snellville.

Police Report

Man robbed, carjacked at park

•LILBURN - A Snellville man was robbed about 9 p.m. Sunday while at a Lilburn park, according to a police report.

The man was standing near his SUV in a parking lot near some baseball fields at Mountain Park at 5050 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn when he was approached by a young black man armed with a gun.

Dacula mayor rallies for rail

Jimmy Wilbanks is on board.

Test scores up in courses with new curriculum

ATLANTA - Georgia students in the grades and subjects where a statewide curriculum overhaul has been in place the longest are showing significant progress, according to test results released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

Woman charged with stealing Gwinnettians' mail, identities

LAWRENCEVILLE - When a Forsyth County resident failed to receive a credit card she applied for nearly a year ago, she told police she didn't think much of it because nothing had been charged to the card.

Ducks roll to first ever Stanley Cup title

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks aren't called mighty anymore. Now they can simply answer to Stanley Cup champions.

Gwinnett Gab

Tag renewal unavailable online

LAWRENCEVILLE - Internet and telephone tag renewals will not be available during a maintenance period this weekend.

Lawrenceville air taxi company aiming high

LAWRENCEVILLE - It would have been a beautiful day for flying. The sun was shining, the clouds were clearing and the sky was a brilliant blue.

sports calendar


June 11-15: Brookwood will host a baseball camp for boys entering grades 1-4 from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $100. To register, call the Brookwood Community School at 770-978-5064.

Police still looking for a suspect in Norcross shooting

NORCROSS - A lead in a Norcross homicide investigation didn't pan out and police are still trying to identify the suspect, Norcross police said Wednesday.

Girls field performer of the year: Work continues for Machovec after two state throwing titles

DACULA - It's two weeks after the girls state track meet and Dacula's Eve Machovec is throwing the shot put by herself.

Looking back at '02 draft

ATLANTA - In a way it seems like it was just yesterday.

Man indicted in arson that killed kids, mom, grandmom

HOSCHTON - A Jackson County grand jury Tuesday indicted Henry Lee Stringer, 34, who is charged with killing his two children, their mother and grandmother in Hoschton on May 30, 2006.

Tuesday's indictment came one year to the day after Stringer, of Auburn, was struck by a train in Buford.

Stringer faces 15 felony charges including six counts of felony murder, four counts of malice murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of cruelty to children and one count of arson, according to Tamie Thomas, Jackson County court clerk.

Local man accused of threatening Bush

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 22-year-old Lawrenceville man was indicted Tuesday on charges of sending letters threatening the life of the president, a U.S. attorney said Wednesday.

While Michael Robert Dejong, 22, was housed at the Gwinnett County jail serving time for other charges, Dejong mailed a letter addressed to "Clerks of Court, 75 Langley Drive" in Lawrenceville, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office press release.

"A threat against the life of the president must be taken seriously no matter the circumstances," said U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias in the release. "We have no tolerance for those who make such threats and they will face federal prosecution."

Patrick Crosby, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said the letter was sent by Dejong on April 17.

According to the release, the letter contained specific threats to kill the president and called for others to help. Dejong also indicated his letter was contaminated with anthrax, but no toxic substance was found, the release said.

GIRLS runner of the year: Drouin, father leave legacy

From the day 10-year-old Jackie Drouin ran with her first track team, he was there.

Area foreclosure rate rises

ATLANTA - Housing foreclosures are soaring throughout metro Atlanta, an alarming consequence of mortgage costs that increasingly are outstripping growth in wages, a regional planning agency reported Wednesday.

Man shot dead in robbery

NORCROSS - A patron of a Norcross restaurant was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in a robbery after he told two masked gunmen not to hurt a woman who works at the eatery, police said.

Lush colors, designs bring indoor settings to great outdoors

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

efore you decide to run to the store and buy new patio furniture, check your budget - and your design style.

Laying landscape fabric often isn't worth the effort

There should be a book about what not to do in your garden. And it would be easy to write - just request submissions.

Imagine the chapter headings: how not to prune, how not to climb a ladder, how not to use electric hedge shears, how not to mow on a hillside, where not to use an oak tree, never buy this plant, don't use landscape fabric and much more.

Don't use landscape fabric. Why? In theory, laying a barrier for weeds that allows water through should be a no-brainer. In practice, landscape fabric allows tiny new leaves of almost any plant, growing underneath, to penetrate and grow through the fabric. It also allows enough sunlight to filter through for seeds to germinate underneath and grow through.

Once plants are growing through the fabric, in addition to defeating the purpose of why you laid it, it will not remain where you carefully placed, it allowing more weeds and undesirables to grow around its edges.

Door opening for third-party contenders

The 18 presidential candidates - eight Democrats and 10 Republicans - who came to Saint Anselm College here for a pair of debates this week displayed a remarkable ability to ignore the real-world consequences of many of the policies they were advocating.

Swing Time

What's faith got to do with being president?

The top three Democratic presidential candidates participated in a forum Monday on the connection between their religious faith and political positions. The unusual gathering, broadcast live by CNN, was co-hosted by Sojourners, a Christian social justice network.

Local kids test mettle on the track

Track and field meets aren't everybody's thing. That's understandable.

Winder homeowner finds large bullet buried in yard

WINDER - A Lake Drive homeowner Tuesday discovered a 25 mm bullet buried in his backyard.

Police seek identity of man who robbed bank

DULUTH - The Gwinnett County Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who last week robbed a bank in Duluth.

Marshall E. Allen, Jr.

Marshall E. Allen, Jr. resident of Snellville, Ga. passed away peacefully this past Tuesday June 5th. Marshall is survived by his wife Martha Thomas Allen, his son David Allen and ...

Ruth Bennett Combs

RUTH Mrs. Ruth Bennett Combs, age 90, of Decatur passed away gently in her sleep, Monday, June 4, 2007. She is survived by her sister, Sara Bennett McKibben Sledge of ...

Pauline Morris

Mrs. Pauline Mangum Morris, age 86, of Buford, GA passed away on June 5, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. J. T. Morris. Surviving are: Son ...

Harold Cronic

Harold “Kudzu” Cronic age 84 of Winder, died June 5, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Jack Daurity

Jack D. Daurity, age 71, of Lawrenceville, GA, died June 6, 2007. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411,

Robert Madden

Robert Herman Madden, 58, of Madden Road, Bowdon, died Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at Crawford Long Hospital, as a result of a fall on April 22, 2007, from the roof ...