News for Wednesday, August 18, 2010


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Man accused of beating woman with whiskey bottle

NORCROSS -- A Norcross man is facing several felony charges after police say he beat his estranged wife with a full whiskey bottle.

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12 cars stolen near malls

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police are looking for two men suspected in a rash of car thefts at three major Gwinnett malls earlier this month.

Officials approve Duluth TAD

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett officials approved the sixth tax allocation district in Gwinnett this week, signing off on the revitalization measure in Duluth.

Scammers take aim at Barrow residents

WINDER -- Be warned: Callers asking for cash to support emergency services in Barrow County are crooks, not philanthropists, officials say.

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On the move: Valet service offers help for GGC students

As students arrived at Georgia Gwinnett College's new residence halls Wednesday, a team wearing "Operation Move In" T-shirts stood by, ready to descend upon the vehicles.Photo slide show inside

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Ahlswede returns to court healthy

SUWANEE -- As competitive as Katherine Ahlswede is, it's always been in her nature to try to play through injuries or illnesses. So after the Collins Hill volleyball standout missed a week of action due to the swine flu early last season, she didn't think twice about trying to play through abdominal pain that persisted after she was cleared to return to the court.

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US combat troops exit Iraq

KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait -- As their convoy reached the barbed wire at the border crossing out of Iraq on Wednesday, the soldiers whooped and cheered. Then they scrambled out of their stifling hot armored vehicles, unfurled an American flag and posed for group photos.

Braves acquire 1B Lee

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves bulked up for the playoff race Wednesday, acquiring first baseman Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs. The Braves sent three minor-league pitchers to the Cubs, none of them considered top-level prospects.

Cops: Man shoots two neighbors

Police believe a man had complained about upstairs neighbors making too much noise before opening fire on them Wednesday evening, eventually turning the gun on himself during a four-hour, SWAT-involving incident.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Jurors were close to convicting Blagojevich

CHICAGO -- They were close. After three weeks of respectful but increasingly tense deliberations, 11 jurors were ready to convict Rod Blagojevich of what prosecutors called a ''political corruption crime spree'' that would have sent yet another former Illinois governor to prison.

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Director: AC units stolen from facility

Happy but dripping in sweat, Gina Rowell's 7-year-old daughter ran up to her Monday evening, the close of her first day back at the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club.

Gwinnett ACT scores improve

Gwinnett students continue to show steady improvement on the ACT, school system officials announced Wednesday.

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HAMMOCK: Paring down the RB talent

The initial group was pretty large -- the one that listed all of Gwinnett County's top football players by position from the decade of the 2000s. It included kids who were great high school players but went to smaller colleges, as well as others who went to BCS powers and eventually the NFL.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Morocco border blockade of Spain enclave suspended

MELILLA, Spain -- Activists in Morocco who have twice blockaded food shipments into a Spanish enclave in the last week to protest alleged abuses by border police agreed Wednesday to suspend their demonstrations until September, when the holy Islamic month of Ramadan ends, a merchants association said.

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Grayson coach likes his QB depth

Grayson's football team will have its third quarterback in as many seasons, making it one of the unknowns going into Saturday's season opener at the Corky Kell Classic.

Brookwood to retire Riley's jersey tonight

The Atlanta Dream team brings its "Take the Show on the Road" event to Brookwood High School today, giving Scott Terry and the Brookwood administrators the perfect chance to do something special for Amanda Riley, a beloved student who was on the basketball, cross country and track and field teams.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Bennett named to Georgia State baseball position

Former Georgia State pitcher Bobby Bennett, who most recently served as commissioner of the local Sunbelt Baseball League, has been named the director of baseball operations at his alma mater. Panther head coach Greg Frady, a Lawrenceville resident, announced the move Tuesday.

Hill looking to follow Thomas' path

ATLANTA -- Demaryius Thomas disproved the notion that a receiver can't thrive in Georgia Tech's spread option offense. Stephen Hill wants to prove Thomas' success wasn't a fluke.

PREP ROUNDUP: Broncos blast Newton 10-0

BUFORD -- Brandi Jones gave up two hits and struck out six batters in five innings to collect the win and help the Broncos shut out Newton County 10-0 on Wednesday.

Heyward's hit gives Braves win

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves did it again in their final at-bat, beating the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Jason Heyward's run-scoring single in the ninth inning Wednesday night.

Source: Tyler says he'll be judge on 'Idol'

NEW YORK -- A source close to Steven Tyler said the Aerosmith frontman told the source he will be a judge on Fox's ''American Idol'' next season.

Prosecutors: Snooki's behavior criminally annoying

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. -- Nicole ''Snooki'' Polizzi will face a new charge over her behavior at a beach last month, one that might not surprise viewers of ''Jersey Shore'' or followers of pop culture: annoying people.

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Braves acquire 1B Derrek Lee from Cubs

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have acquired first baseman Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs.Lee has put up disappointing numbers in the final season of his five-year, $65 million contract, hitting .251 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs. He's also been bothered by a sore back that kept him out of the Cubs' game Wednesday against San Diego.

Georgia officer charged with protecting drug deals

ATLANTA -- A 27-year-old Clayton County police officer has been charged with accepting bribes to protect drug deals and swiping guns and money from drivers he stopped for routine traffic violations.

GWINNETT GAB: Service unit to hold meeting for Girl Scout troops

Service unit to hold meeting for Girl Scout troops

Freeman on steady ascent

LAWRENCEVILLE — It took some time, but Freddie Freeman figured it out.

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DALY: Liquid insecticides can help control armyworms

The extension office has received many calls from homeowners who are concerned about large numbers of caterpillars attacking their lawns and what they need to do to control them. The insects are armyworms and they have the ability to damage lawns quickly.

LETTERS: Sheriff misused SWAT at eviction

According to your article on the Grabers’ eviction (“Officials: Duluth woman Tased during four-hour standoff, Aug. 13, Page 1A), it was stated that Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway “backed the action of his deputies.”

Brookwood to retire Riley's jersey tonight

As she battled cancer, Amanda Riley was set to be the recipient of a room makeover, courtesy of the Atlanta Dream women’s basketball team she followed.

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PARKER: Free speech isn't easy, nor is it always sensitive

NEW YORK — It is hard to imagine that anything has gone unsaid about the so-called ground zero mosque, but we seem to be missing an important point.

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THOMAS: Outsourcing: A solution to public debt

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — British Prime Minister David Cameron is calling for reinforcements to help him deal with the country’s massive debt, which has been caused by nonstop spending, severe recession and declining tax revenue. According to the UK’s Centre for Policy Studies, at the end of 2008, the national debt was 1,340 billion pounds ($2,090 billion US), which was 103.5 percent of GDP. This figure includes all the public sector pension liabilities such as pensions, and Private Finance Initiative contracts. It’s likely that figures for last year will be even more alarming.

Ron Williams

Ron Williams age 53 of Loganville, passed away Sunday, August 15, 2010. Funeral Service will be held 11 AM Saturday, August 21, 2010 in the Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Robert Clark

Mr. Robert N. Clark, age 74, of Hoschton, GA passed away on Monday, August 16, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Langley Wunderlich, Jr.

Mr. Langley H. Wunderlich, Jr., age 73, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Monday, August 16, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Bobby Cobb

Bobby Cobb, 75, of Norcross, GA, died August 17, 2010. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 19th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in ...

Frank Roberts

Mr. Frank G. Roberts, age 82, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Ruby Land

Mrs. Ruby Land, age 79, of Duluth, died Tuesday morning, August 17, 2010, in Lawrenceville, GA. Mrs. Land was a native of Richmond, Kentucky. She was a beloved wife and ...

Nancy Miller

Mrs. Nancy Jean Kelly Miller, age 63, of Norcross, GA passed away on Monday, August 16, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Dorothy Osowski

Dorothy Osowski, age 79, of Norcross, GA, passed away August 17, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Charles Norman

Charles "CW" Norman, age 64, of Loganville, GA died August 15, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Rhuland Burgess

Rhuland E. Burgess, age 83 of Auburn, GA passed away August 15, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Arthur Adams

Arthur Bolton Adams, age 90 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Sunday, August 15, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100,

James Boison

Dr. James Christopher Boison, age 85, of Norcross, GA, passed away August 15, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Dolores Niest

Dolores Sierra Niest, age 62, of Norcross, GA, passed away August 16, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757