News for Tuesday, October 2, 2007


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Sammons gets 'thrill' with first start

ATLANTA - Brian McCann didn't play in the season finale at Houston, but the Braves still had two players from Gwinnett County in the starting lineup.

Petrino keeping low profile on sideline

FLOWERY BRANCH - Bobby Petrino hasn't exactly enjoyed perfect working conditions as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

'Win-win for everyone' Power Lunch program aims to make reading fun

NORCROSS - A nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy is starting a mentoring program in two Norcross elementary schools.

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Psychiatrist charged with sex assault Lawrenceville doctor accused of touching female patient

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville doctor has been arrested following allegations he improperly touched a female patient, police said Monday.

Man sentenced to 5 years for molesting 3-year-old

LAWRENCEVILLE - Pam Elliott doesn't think the five years her son-in-law will spend in jail for molesting a three-year-old family member is long enough.

Business Briefs

EMS named to Fast 50

Sports briefs


South's Small delivers big-win game ball to hospitalized player

SNELLVILLE - It is not uncommon for high school football coaches to head right back to their offices on a Saturday after a game the night before - even after a big win like South Gwinnett's 20-9 upset of previously undefeated Parkview last Friday at Richard Snell Community Stadium.


World Briefs

Putin puts name on PM ticket

Broome can really fly

SUWANEE - Whenever the North Gwinnett softball team feels the need for speed, the Bulldogs know where to turn.

Memphis football player shot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A University of Memphis football player was fatally shot on campus in what police believe was a targeted attack, and classes were canceled Monday as a precaution.

Police reports

Three apartments burglarized

Norcross removes alcohol buffers near churches

NORCROSS - By a vote of 3-2 Monday night, Norcross City Council members removed previously set 100-yard buffers between churches and businesses with alcohol pouring licenses.

Medical examiner: Man's death not result of Tasering

LAWRENCEVILLE - An investigation into the death of a Norcross man reveals a Taser played no part in how the man died, authorities said Monday.

Locals named to Top 40 under 40

DULUTH - Three local men were named to Georgia Trend magazine's 40 Under 40 list for 2007.

Coming to a neighborhood near you On The Agenda

ZONING CASES - ON THE AGENDA: Here's a look at rezonings and other requests the county commission will consider today. The panel meets at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

People briefs

Britney Spears temporarily loses custody of sons

Irons gets first tackle, first win in NFL

ATLANTA - Even with DeAngelo Hall held out for the first quarter, Falcons rookie David Irons didn't get any playing time at cornerback Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Former PTA treasurer faces theft charges

SNELLVILLE - The former treasurer of Shiloh Elementary's Parent Teacher Association has been arrested on theft charges.

SCHIP shouldn't become the start of socialized medicine for everyone

The current debate in Congress regarding the State Children's Health Insurance Program is one that should concern us all.

Football notes: Defensive line key to Lions' win over No. 1 Norcross

Heading into last Friday's Norcross-Peachtree Ridge game, all the talk was about the Blue Devils' receivers going up against the Lions' secondary.

Silverbacks fall to Seattle in title game

The Seattle Sounders finished on top of the regular season standings in the USL First Division, and it wasn't because of luck.

Buford votes on contract to purchase electricity

BUFORD - The Buford City Commission agreed Monday night to allow Chairman Phillip Beard to enter into an interim contract with the Municipal Electric Cities of Georgia consortium to purchase supplemental electrical power for the city.

Hawks report for camp with good health, playoff expectations

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks' goal of ending the NBA's longest playoff drought already is off to a good start.

No mistaking 'the jihad way'

Dr. Esam Omeish resigned as a member of the Virginia Commission on Immigration after his anti-Israel remarks in support of 'the jihad way' were posted on YouTube. He told a news conference that jihad has nothing to do with violence, but instead is about inner struggles leading to spiritual triumph. We've heard this before. Such explanations are presented after a terrorist act or a radical is exposed. Radicals also have been known to lie, especially to 'infidels.'

Tax break on energy-saving appliances this weekend

ATLANTA - Homeowners worried about their electric bills, interested in helping to lower energy demand or simply looking for a bargain can take advantage of a sales tax holiday later this week.

GCPS names semifinalists for Teacher of the Year

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools has named 20 semifinalists in this year's Teacher of the Year competition.

Forensic investigator: Woman shot to death

DULUTH - The Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Monday a 66-year-old woman found dead in her home Friday died from a gunshot wound.

Nation briefs

Amish mark first anniversary of school shooting

Lanes on Ga. Highway 53 to be closed 2 days

GAINESVILLE - Drivers heading out Ga. Highway 53 from Winder or Braselton into Hall County should plan for lane closures on Wednesday and Thursday.

Georgia Power asks Public Service Commission for rate increase

ATLANTA - Georgia Power is seeking approval of a 7 percent increase to its customers' base rates - a move that would add about $6.67 to the average monthly bill.

Feds: Man was Nazi guard Officials say Lawrenceville resident worked at concentration camps

LAWRENCEVILLE - Paul Henss was born in Germany 85 years ago.

Prep roundup

SUWANEE - Mill Creek opened the Region 7-AAAAA fastpitch softball tournament on Monday with a commanding 10-3 victory over North Forsyth in a game played at Peachtree Ridge.

Pitching, clutch hits missing for Braves down stretch

ATLANTA - Clubhouse attendants could barely keep up with all the players cleaning out lockers or moving into new ones. And as they stood before a sudden crush of media, the Braves could barely contain their newfound confidence.

Man wounded in shooting

NORCROSS - A Lawrenceville man underwent surgery Sunday night following a drive-by shooting and is expected to survive, police said Monday.

Are standing ovations rewards or just part of the performance?

Please, no applause. I insist. And by all means stay sitting. No reason for a standing ovation. Not yet, anyway.

Rufus Millsap

Mr. Rufus Lee David Millsap, age 64, of Chattanooga, TN, died Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at Memorial Health Care System Chattanooga following a sudden illness. Arrangements by Young's Funeral Home ...

Jerry Elliott

Jerry Ann Dodson Elliott, age 67 of Duluth, died September 28, 2007. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at Duluth Church of Christ, with ...

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Reddish Miller, age 73 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, September 28, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, October 1, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Alma Perry

Mrs. Alma Perry, age 87, of Statham, Georgia, died September 30, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Emanoil Datcu

Emanoil Datcu, age 57, of Jefferson, GA, died suddenly on Saturday, September 29, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,

Pearl Crowe

Mrs. Pearl Roberta Crowe, age 89, of Buford, GA, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewitt Crowe. She is survived by ...

Cathryn Powledge

Cathryn Clark Powledge, 84, of Decatur passed away Saturday, September 29, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard. M. “Jack” Powledge, Jr. She is survived ...

Paul Caron

Paul Caron died on Saturday, September 29, 2007. He was a loved husband, father and friend. He touched many lives in a meaningful way. Paul was a talented baseball player ...

Robert Ford

Robert Lee Ford, II, age 35, of Mitchell, GA, passed away September 30, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Mildred Gunter

Mildred Louise Gunter, age 58, of Buford, died Saturday, September 29, 2007 at Peachtree Christian Hospice. Born August 28, 1949 in Forsyth County, she was the daughter of the late ...

David Underwood

David J. Underwood, age 30, of Loganville, GA, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA, 770-466-1544. Please sign online ...

David Motz

David A. Motz, age 21, of Suwanee, GA, passed away September 30, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Evelyn Roseberry

Evelyn Lena Roseberry, age 80, of Lithonia, died September 28, 2007. She was a charter member of Norris Lake Presbyterian Church, as well as a past member of Eastern Star ...

Tynie Clay

Tynie Dial Clay, age 94, of Summerville, formerly of Tucker, Georgia, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010 ...

William Paris

William “Billy” C. Paris, age 52, of Lawrenceville, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Tuesday, October 2, 2007 in the Stateroom ...

William Hill

Mr. William Glenn Hill, age 87, of Hoschton, Georgia, died Saturday, September 29, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.

Hubert Cofield

Hubert Clifford Cofield, Jr., age 74, of Tucker, GA, died Sunday morning, September 30, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Home & Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726 ...

Mark Goddard

Mark D. Goddard, age 56, of Buford, GA, passed away October 1, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...