ATLANTA - A push to reinstitute Georgia's hate crimes law cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday, marking the latest chapter in the legislation's rocky 8-year history.
BETHLEHEM - Two Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputies are on administrative leave and face obstruction charges after police were called to their home in response to a domestic dispute last week.Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said Lt. Derrick P. Locklear and Cpl. Rose Linder work at the Gwinnett County Jail and were arrested at their home in Bethlehem on March 4. "Both were arrested and brought to the jail," Bourbonnais said.
Thieves steal new BMW, watch•LAWRENCEILLVE - A Lawrenceville man told police two men robbed him at gunpoint Sunday morning and stole his BMW 750 Li. According to a police report, the owner of the BMW and his brother-in-law had just arrived at their home on Jackson Bluff Drive about 6 a.m. with the car when two black men with guns made the men get on the ground. One of the men said the robbers took his $30,000 watch and other expensive jewelry he was wearing plus cash and a check he intended to use for payment of the newly purchased car. The brother-in-law, visiting from Canada, said the men took his wallet but dropped it as they ran away when they noticed it contained only Canadian money.
SUWANEE - The early-season matchup of two 2006 Final Four teams didn't quite live up to the hype on Tuesday at Collins Hill High School.
WINDER - Builders are no longer under annual sewer tap restrictions in Barrow County.Commissioners' votes were tied 3-3 on lifting those restrictions in Tuesday's county commission meeting. Chairman Doug Garrison broke the tie in favor of abolishing the annual sewer tap maximums placed on each builder. Commissioners Roger Wehunt, Isaiah Berry and Ben Hendrix voted against abolishing the restrictions. For the past year, each builder in Barrow County was allowed a maximum of 50 sewer taps per year. In a public hearing in February, builders told commissioners the restrictions could cause them to take the better part of a decade to finish some developments.
NORCROSS - A man wanted in his home state of West Virginia on charges of rape was arrested Monday afternoon at a Norcross bus station.Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said 39-year-old Richard Martin of Wheeling, W.Va., was arrested by members of the Sheriff's Department Fugitive Unit about 4 p.m. Monday at the Greyhound bus station at 2125 Beaver Ruin Road. Bourbonnais said deputies were waiting for Martin at the station as he got off a bus. She said deputies believe Martin had been hiding out in Houston for more than a month when they received information from West Virginia investigators who thought Martin was heading to Gwinnett County to visit relatives or a family friend. "Our fugitive team followed up and found out he would be coming in on a bus," Bourbonnais said. "They waited for him and arrested him as he got off the bus."
LAWRENCEVILLE - Both lanes of Sugarloaf Parkway were closed for more than 6 hours Tuesday after a crew digging near the roadway struck a gas line.Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said the gas leak began when a contracting crew for Jackson EMC struck a 2-inch line at Sugarloaf and Isham Drive as they were using an auger to install a utility poll. "Sugarloaf Parkway is a heavily used area and traffic was interrupted for a while, but officers were able to divert traffic away from the area," Rutledge said. "At no time was traffic at a complete standstill."
Support our armed servicesThe next time you meet a member of our armed forces, at least give him or her a smile and maybe a sincere thank you. Most live paycheck to paycheck, if supporting a family, in substandard housing, all the while pledging to give their very life for the cause of freedom. Half of their "bosses" in Congress think they are serving a worthless cause, while those that profess to "honor and support" the cause ignore the poor and inadequate medical care provided to our wounded or injured heroes through the bureaucracy referred to as the Veterans Administration.
Associated PressATLANTA - Josh Smith still finds it hard to believe that the Atlanta Hawks have won four straight without leading scorer Joe Johnson.
DULUTH - When children enter the foster care system, often the only things they have are the clothes they are wearing.
Who does Angela Speir think she is? And this guy Bobby Baker ought to know better.
LOGANVILLE - Three boys arrested Monday on charges in connection with the fire that destroyed four homes in a Loganville retirement community Sunday evening appeared at a juvenile court arraignment Tuesday.Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine said the boys appeared in front of Judge J. Stanley Rhymer at the Walton County Juvenile Court in Monroe about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rhymer ruled the three will appear again in court when the arson case is heard March 23.
BUFORDMUN, OK Mrs. Ok Hui Mun, age 75, of Buford, GA, passed away March 12, 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.* DACULA CLOUSE, FRANKLIN Franklin Leroy Clouse, age 80, of Dacula, GA, passed away March 13, 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.* LAWRENCEVILLE TARLETON, ERNEST Ernest Luther Tarleton, age 94 of Lawrenceville, died March 12, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.* LOGANVILLE HOLLAND, JOYCE Joyce Holland, age 64 of Loganville, GA, passed away on March 12, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .* MONROE LITTLETON, STEVEN Steven Jerome Littleton, age 86 of Monroe, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .* MORROW CAMP, MARGUERITE Marguerite Nunnally Camp, age 87 of Morrow, died Monday, March 12, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .* SNELLVILLE MARTIN, RALPH Mr. Ralph Martin, age 84, of Snellville, GA, formerly of Buford, GA, passed away March 13, 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.* TUCKER MURRAY, SARAH Sarah Joyce Murray of Tucker, Ga. entered into rest on March 12 and joined her husband and soul mate, Edward Murray, Sr. in heaven. Known fondly by many as Jaybird, Sarah Joyce was a true southern lady who was full of spunk, generosity, love and life. Sarah Joyce was 77 years-old and was preceded by her parents Arxty Opholus and Sallie Eula Carroll Stone, sisters Gladys Williamson and Dorothy Balko, and daughter-in-law Lisa Ann Murray. She is survived by her sisters Bertha Kohler and Ilah Huellemeier, brother Arxty Opholus Stone, Jr., brother-in-law Bob Huellemeier, sons Edward Jr., Michael Fanning and James Simmons Murray, daughter Anita Murray Adams, son-in-law Michael Adams, daughter-in-law Becky Pinson Murray, grandchildren Joyce Amber Adams Mangle, Shannon Lee Murray, Jacqueline Ellen Murray Fulcher, Michelle Murray Haley, Edward Ian Michael Murray, Amanda Blake Murray, Mary Amanda Adams, Richard Pinson Murray and Aimee Michelle Adams, great grandchildren Michael Parker and Alexa Joan Haley, Michael Clayton Fulcher and Carter James Mangle. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 16 at 1pm at Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment will be held at Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two days after defeating the Charlotte Checkers 7-4 at the sterling new Charlotte Bobcats Arena, the Gwinnett Gladiators were beaten by the same score.
BUFORD - A 63-year-old man was killed Tuesday when heavy equipment fell on him at a local landfill, police said.
DULUTH - Scott Hudgens may have planted the seed that became a $3 million endowment for the Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council, but he never wanted anyone to know.
SUWANEE - What a difference three minutes make.
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc.'s chief executive officer and board chairman jobs are held by different people, and it wants to keep it that way when the nation's third-largest carrier emerges from bankruptcy.
Morris News ServiceATLANTA - The State Election Board ordered Tuesday that a former Auburn poll watcher undergo training for illegally handling two absentee ballots during the Nov. 8 voting.
Her high school basketball career ended on Friday, but Maya Moore picked up the first of what is expected to be many postseason honors on Tuesday.
SNELLVILLE - Snellville officials agreed to offer City Manager Jeff Timler a 4 percent pay increase Monday night. But even this gesture did not come without controversy and heated deliberation.According to the agenda for Monday night's City Council meeting, Councilman Robert Jenkins would address "personnel issues." Timler's future with the city has been uncertain since he made allegations regarding the city's noncompliance with terms of his contract. Timler, Snellville's first city manager, has said councilmembers tried to force him out and failed to complete required performance reviews and give him raise. He rejected a settlement offer of $51,000 nearly two weeks ago.
ATLANTA - A man remained in jail Tuesday on assault and cruelty charges after authorities said a hospital surveillance camera captured him trying to suffocate his 3-month-old son.
ATLANTA - The state will step in to temporarily fund Georgia's financially strapped children's health insurance program while waiting for Congress to provide a permanent fix, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday.The governor said he will ask the Legislature to move money already in the state's Medicaid budget into PeachCare for Kids, which provides health coverage for nearly 280,000 children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but who can't afford private insurance. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, joined Perdue in Tuesday's announcement. Perdue said he decided to act based on news last week that the Democratic-controlled U.S. House is moving to provide $735 billion to cover federal shortfalls in children's health insurance in Georgia and 13 other states. The money is included in a supplemental spending bill moving through the House that also continues funding for the war in Iraq. "Congress' recent action gives me confidence that using these funds as a stopgap is appropriate to meet the needs of our children,'' the governor said in a prepared statement. "This will allow us to keep this important program intact while we wait for our federal partners to finish their work.'' While some of the affected states have enough federal money on hand to run their children's health programs well into the spring, PeachCare is due to run out of federal funds at the end of this month. As a result, the state Department of Community Health, which oversees PeachCare, froze the program's enrollment as of Sunday. The uncertainty also prompted the General Assembly to halt the 2007 session for two weeks. Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday. Since the session began in January, state and federal elected officials essentially have been playing a game of chicken over the looming shortfall, with each side calling on the other to put up the money to plug the gap. Perdue and legislative leaders have blamed the deficit on a faulty federal formula that has left Georgia underfunded since PeachCare's inception a decade ago. But several members of Georgia's congressional delegation - Democrats and Republicans alike - have faulted the state for poor planning. "The state knew how much money they were going to get from us three years ago,'' U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said last week. There had been signs that the state was going to provide stopgap funding for PeachCare well before Tuesday's announcement. Early this month, a House budget subcommittee voted to cut Perdue's request for his new Go Fish Georgia program from $13 million to $5 million. The governor's $50 million land conservation initiative also has been eyed by lawmakers looking to redirect money into PeachCare. Neither would come close to the projected $131 million the state needs to cover PeachCare through Oct. 1, the start of the next federal fiscal year. The Medicaid program, however, has the deep pockets necessary to temporarily plug the PeachCare deficit. "Using Medicaid for temporary funding is the right solution,'' Richardson said. For their part, legislative Democrats welcomed Perdue's decision to tap into Medicaid money to keep PeachCare running. But Democratic leaders argued that the governor could have taken that step weeks ago, before the enrollment freeze. "We're ecstatic at the position the governor is taking,'' said Sen. Kasim Reed, D-Atlanta, the Democrats' point man on PeachCare in the Senate. "We believe that position is what the Democrats have been talking about for more than two weeks.'' During a news conference, Reed and other Democrats also called on the governor and Department of Community Health to use the bailout as an opportunity to lift the enrollment freeze. But DCH officials weren't prepared to make that commitment on Tuesday. "We're still digesting the information,'' agency spokeswoman Dena Brummer said. "As far as whether the freeze will be lifted, the verdict is still out.''
ATLANTA - Legislation allowing local governments to ask their voters whether to allow Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages squeaked past a Senate committee Tuesday.The Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee voted 4-3 to send the bill to the Rules Committee, which then will decide whether it reaches the Senate floor. The legislation has been pushed primarily by lobbyists for supermarkets and convenience stores, who want the same opportunity to sell beer and wine on Sundays that now applies to restaurants and some bars. Supporters also have argued that 47 states already allow Sunday sales of alcohol. Georgia, Connecticut and Indiana are the only exceptions. But the bill is opposed by Christian conservatives who don't believe alcohol should be sold on a day set aside for worship. The original version of the bill also drew fire from the liquor lobby because it would have limited Sunday sales to beer and wine. To address that issue, the measure's chief sponsor, Sen. Seth Harp, R-Midland, expanded it to include distilled spirits. The bill's amended version allows communities wishing to put Sunday sales before their voters to schedule a referendum either allowing Sunday sales of beer and wine only or putting beer, wine and hard liquor on the ballot. Harp also extended an olive branch to religious groups by amending the original bill to prohibit Sunday sales before noon. "We were not trying to be offensive to anybody,'' he said. "We were trying to make it available for sale after church.'' But Jim Beck, president of the state chapter of the Christian Coalition, said no compromise will make the bill acceptable to those who oppose Sunday sales of alcohol for religious reasons. "This matters to values voters,'' he said. Earlier in this year's legislative session, the committee's chairman, Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, introduced a resolution calling for a study committee to conduct an overall examination of Georgia's liquor laws instead of considering various piecemeal changes. But Shafer didn't stand in the way of Tuesday's committee vote on Harp's bill, although he abstained from voting on the measure. "This proposed change should be considered in a larger context,'' he said after the vote. "We may still move forward with a study committee.'' Although time is growing short in this year's session for the full Senate to pass the Sunday sales bill, Harp said he is optimistic that it will make it through the upper chamber and move on to the House. If the measure gets through the General Assembly, however, its prospects still would be uncertain. Gov. Sonny Perdue, who does not drink, has said it would take some convincing for him not to veto it.
SNELLVILLE - Alex Beebe's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh plated Seth Adkins to give Brookwood a 2-1 win over Chattahoochee on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON - Late mortgage payments shot up to a 3 1⁄2-year high in the final quarter of last year and new foreclosures surged to record levels as borrowers with tarnished credit histories had trouble keeping up with monthly payments.
SUWANEE - Won S. Lee, founder of the Korean-American Community Patrol in Suwanee, died of natural causes Saturday.Lee was recognized by city officials last month for his dedication and service to the residents of Suwanee. Suwanee police Chief Mike Jones, who honored Lee and members of his patrol last month, said, "These citizens step up and build bridges between the Korean-American community and the police department." Lee and the Korean-American Patrol have acted as translators and cultural ambassadors, particularly where the police department is concerned. Jones did not actually meet Lee formally until November 2006, although Lee and his patrol had been assisting residents in Suwanee for about 10 years. "When the three young men were killed in an automobile accident here recently, the Korean-American Patrol were very helpful to us in understanding the families and people involved," Jones said. The need for Lee's help brought the Suwanee police department and the Korean-American Patrol together. "Because of his heart and his true desire to help the people of the community, I just fell in love with him right from the start. I'm really going to miss him, and I just wish I had known him longer," Jones said. It is Jones' intent to strengthen the relationship between the city's police department and the Korean-American Patrol. Lee's daughter, Sue Chae, is supportive of the working relationship between the two organizations. The Korean-American Patrol is an all-volunteer group of citizens. "Lee was an American citizen and very proud of it, but he was also very proud of his heritage," Jones said.
Al Sharpton's desperation is showing. His recent attacks on presidential candidate Barack Obama and his threat to withhold his support have exposed the trick behind Sharpton's magic act. His audience is leaving the tent and Sharpton is scrambling for relevancy.
Ernest Luther Tarleton, age 94 of Lawrenceville, died March 12, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.
Joyce Holland, age 64 of Loganville, GA, passed away on March 12, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .
Franklin Leroy Clouse, age 80, of Dacula, GA, passed away March 13, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...
Steven Jerome Littleton, age 86 of Monroe, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest ...
Mr. Ralph Martin, age 84, of Snellville, GA, formerly of Buford, GA, passed away March 13, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...
Marguerite Nunnally Camp, age 87 of Morrow, died Monday, March 12, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry ...
Mrs. Ok Hui Mun, age 75, of Buford, GA, passed away March 12, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...
Sarah Joyce Murray of Tucker, Ga. entered into rest on March 12 and joined her husband and soul mate, Edward Murray, Sr. in heaven. Known fondly by many as Jaybird ...