News for Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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11th spy suspect arrested

NEW YORK -- A shadowy money man for a Russian spy ring whose members were assigned a decade or more ago to infiltrate American society was captured overseas, authorities said Tuesday, becoming the last of 11 arrests made over three days in one of the largest such busts in recent years.

King Kong swings back into action at Universal Studios

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Over two years ago, a fire ravaged the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot, turning several famous outdoor sets into ashes and apparently setting iconic giant gorilla King Kong free. At least, that's how the fact-meets-fantasy story line goes in ''King Kong 360 3-D,'' an immersive addition to the studio tour opening Thursday.

WORLD: Iraqi general among dead

BAGHDAD -- A series of bombings and shootings around Iraq Tuesday claimed 13 lives, including four policemen, an Iraqi army general and a 9-year-old girl, Iraqi officials said.

PEOPLE: Fox marries beau Green

LOS ANGELES -- Megan Fox has tied the knot with longtime boyfriend Brian Austin Green.

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Chairman gives up county car, vows to clear his name

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Chairman Charles Bannister said Tuesday he will be exonerated, after his Monday night arrest on DUI charges.

Breathalyzer passed; alphabet, standing tests prompted Bannister's arrest

LILBURN -- Field sobriety tests that included reciting the alphabet and standing on one leg proved to authorities Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charles Bannister was too intoxicated to be driving his county-issued Ford Crown Victoria, according to reports released Tuesday.

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Palin reveals lessons learned with special-needs son

In the first ever P.U.R.E. celebration to support Zachariah's Way, a ministry to teach churches how to support special-needs families, Sarah Palin used the opportunity to talk about the lessons her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, has taught her.

Truck hits Buford man in driveway

BUFORD -- An 84-year-old Buford man was killed while standing in his driveway Monday morning when an errant truck left the roadway and struck him, police said.

Police: 3 men rob Lilburn Family Dollar

LILBURN -- A clerk opening a local Family Dollar store was greeted by three men Tuesday morning, one brandishing a handgun before the trio fled with the contents of the store safe, police said.

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Former AP of Open Campus to head school

Open Campus will have a new leader next school year -- but many returning staff members and students will recognize him. Earlier this month, the Rockdale County Board of Education approved current Open Campus Assistant Principal Frank Daniels to lead the school beginning with the 2010-11 school year. This follows the May announcement of current Open Campus Principal Michael Mauriello's departure to be principal of Davis Middle School next school year, upon Wayne Watts' retirement.

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CLINE: One man's undying spirit of patriotism

This weekend we'll grill burgers, play games, wear red, white and blue caps and shirts, and watch fireworks, all as a way to show our patriotism. But guys like Ed Head show it another way -- by serving our country.

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Stinchcomb still reveling in Super Bowl win

Jon Stinchcomb lived out every football player's dream in February when he won the Super Bowl. But one of the sweeter rewards of the victory didn't come until mid-June. That's when the Parkview grad and his New Orleans Saints teammates were given their Super Bowl XLIV rings, a lasting and tangible prize for knocking off Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the world's biggest football game. View Super Bowl ring inside this story.

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Aminu part of Clippers hopeful future

Two first-round draft picks with potential to crack the starting lineup have the Los Angeles Clippers' front office feeling pretty good about the future. And free agency is still a day away.

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World Cup experience resonates with locals

For many Americans, the World Cup is something experienced on TV. Three local teens got a much closer look. Amanda Wall of North Gwinnett, Jeffrey Lutton of Wesleyan and Lindsay Schwartz of Eagle's Landing were among 16 kids from across the U.S. who were selected by the Best Buy at 15 Program to attend the World Cup in South Africa.

Cops searching for bank robbery suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville bank was robbed Tuesday morning, police said. Gwinnett County police responded to the SunTrust branch at Sugarloaf Parkway and Lawrenceville Highway about 10 a.m. and are searching for the only known suspect, spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

71-year-old woman killed in two-car crash

DULUTH -- A two-car collision in Duluth claimed a 71-year-old Lilburn woman early Monday, police said.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Berkmar's Harvey signs with Brenau

Berkmar grad Gabby Harvey, who played basketball last season at Tusculum College (Tenn.), has signed a letter of intent to play for Brenau College in Gainesville.

Sheriff Conway defends actions in Bannister arrest

Sheriff Butch Conway released a statement Tuesday backing up his department's handling of the arrest of BOC Chairman Charles Bannister.

84-year-old killed in Buford by runaway truck

BUFORD -- Gwinnett County police have charged a Gainesville man with homicide by vehicle after a truck hit and killed an 84-year-old man as he stood in his front yard Monday.

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Hulu launches $10 video subscription service

LOS ANGELES -- Online video site Hulu, under pressure from its media company parents to generate a profit, has launched a subscription service with access to older episodes of popular television shows.

Bannister: 'I will be completely exonerated'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett BOC Chairman Charles Bannister said Tuesday he will be exonerated after his Monday night arrest on DUI charges.
Full police report inside this story.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Berkmar's Harvey signs with Brenau

Berkmar’s Harvey signs with Brenau

NATION: Storms hamper cleanup ships

Storms hamper cleanup ships

LETTERS: Airport expansion will affect many more than those living next door

Dustin Greene seems to think that only a “few people” live near the airport or in a flight path (“Expanded airport needed for an area the size of Gwinnett,” June 25, Page 8A).

Emory Eastside to break ground on 2 projects

SNELLVILLE — Emory Eastside Medical Center will break ground on two expansion projects this morning.

G-Braves come back to beat Mud Hens

TOLEDO, Ohio — Starter Ryne Reynoso struck out eight batters and the Gwinnett Braves beat Toledo 7-3 in the series opener Tuesday.

OUR VIEW: Residents want DUI questions answered now

Late Monday night, as thunder, hail and heavy rain skimmed the northern borders of this county, a storm of another kind was brewing in Gwinnett. That’s when word began spreading of the arrest of Charles Bannister, the two-term commission chairman and the county’s top elected official.

Breast center receives national accreditation

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Breast Center, a three-location affiliate of Gwinnett Medical Center, was recently awarded a full, three-year national accreditation.

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CLINE: One man's undying spirit of patriotism

This weekend we’ll grill burgers, play games, wear red, white and blue caps and shirts, and watch fireworks, all as a way to show our patriotism. But guys like Ed Head show it another way — by serving our country.

THOMAS: Don't deport a man who saves many lives

What should be done with a man who infiltrated the terrorist group Hamas, spied for Israeli intelligence and broke up terror attacks, saving countless Israeli, as well as Palestinian, lives? Most people would say he should be honored. Not the U.S. government, it’s trying to deport him.

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Robert Powell, Sr.

Robert Smith Powell Sr., 68, of Norcross died Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010. Graveside services will be held 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 29th, 2010 at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in ...

Mabeth Sims

Mrs. Mabeth Sims, age 70 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

John William Hughes, Jr.

JOHN “BILLY” John William (Billy) Hughes, Jr., age 61, of Roswell, Georgia passed away June 27, 2010 at North Fulton Medical Center. Mr. Hughes was born in Miami ...

Jack Tibbs

Jack Bowen Tibbs, age 83 of Loganville, GA passed away June 26, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Soon Lee

Mrs. Soon D. Lee, age 90, of Duluth, GA passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Gianni Shields

Gianni Jerod Shields, age 3, of Lawrenceville, GA died June 23, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

James Parker

Mr. James Franklin Parker, age 66, of Hiawassee, GA passed away on Monday, June 28, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Robert Dowdy

Robert Ellis Dowdy, age 74 of Otto, NC passed away June 26, 2010. Arrangements by Beck Funeral Home, 706-782-9599

Sarah Haynie

Sarah “Betty” Haynie, age 78, of Winder, GA, passed away June 28, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Hughes Johnson, Jr.

Hughes David Johnson, Jr., age 54, of Loganville, GA, passed away June 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Kenneth Keever

Kenneth Wayne Keever, age 57 of Suwanee, died June 27, 2010. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel ...

Chad Litton

Chad R. Litton, age 31, of Buford, GA passed away June 25, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Mark Case

Mark Allen Case, age 57 of Canton, GA passed away Sunday, June 27, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Robert Firster

Robert K. Firster, age 71, of Dacula, GA passed away June 27, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Victoria Mealor

147;VICKIE” Victoria “Vickie” Lynn Daurity Mealor, age 54, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2010 after a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer. She ...

Joan Minor

Joan Dailey Minor, age 71, of Snellville, Georgia, went to be with her Lord & Savior on June 27, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her ...

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