News for Thursday, June 3, 2010


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SPORTS BRIEFS: Burger named third-team All-American

Georgia freshman golfer Emilie Burger, a Mill Creek grad, has been named a third-team All-American by Golfweek Magazine.

1st fees for trash plan draw fire

When Bob McGaha received a letter Thursday from Gwinnett County about the new garbage and recycling program, he said he was "blind sided."

Gwinnett teen dies in wreck in Newton Co.

A 17-year-old Mountain View High School student was killed in a car crash in Newton County late Monday afternoon after he attempted to pass another vehicle on a double yellow line, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

4 now charged in bleach attack

Lilburn police made three additional arrests Thursday and effectively closed the investigation into a bleach-filled-balloon prank that went awry, leaving a boy seriously injured.

Dacula looking to extend sewer service

DACULA -- City leaders voted Thursday to take the first step toward extending sewer service from the Stanley Road pump station to serve commercial properties along Winder Highway.

Parade to honor returning local troops

After 10 months of teaching and fighting in the sun-baked Afghani desert, members of the National Guard's Gwinnett-based Alpha Company have returned home.

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600 students participate in annual leadership summit

SUWANEE -- Although they're on summer break, about 600 high school students went to school Thursday for a lesson in leadership.

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Snellville breaks ground on new police HQ

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville dignitaries shoveled red clay Thursday morning where a state-of-the-art police headquarters could stand by next February.

Deputy acquitted of beating woman

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A defense attorney for Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Hendryx Colon said battery charges against him were the result of a conniving girlfriend bent on having her way via the legal system.

Motorcyclist killed near North Gwinnett

SUWANEE -- A motorcyclist died near North Gwinnett High School on Thursday morning after colliding with a car, police said.

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Dacula's Mahaley transforms into state champion thrower

Eli Mahaley grew up playing football and never imagined he would one day be a state champion in another sport. The Dacula senior was a two-year starter on the Falcons' football squad, helping the team to back-to-back playoff berths.

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Grayson's Erassa leaves as one of Georgia's best

Two months ago, Grayson coach Rob Blaskiewicz didn't know if Kirubel Erassa would run during the track and field season. Erassa had just come off a cross country state championship in the fall and won a national indoor track title in Boston. Then he pulled his right hamstring in a meet at Georgia Tech.

Neal-Smith thrilled with honor

In her part of Lawrenceville, Ida Neal-Smith had the best of bargaining chips. Not far off Ga. Highway 124 near the Hooper-Renwick School, her childhood home had the neighborhood's only basketball goal. If the kids wanted to hoop, it was at her house. And if they were at her house, she was playing.

Regional pride up for grabs at NCAA tournament

For the four teams involved, the NCAA Atlanta Regional baseball tournament is the first step on the road to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. But for several players on three of those teams, it might as well be homecoming weekend.

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BP to lower cap over spill

METAIRIE, La. -- BP sliced off a pipe with giant shears Thursday in the latest bid to curtail the worst oil spill in U.S. history, but the cut was jagged and placing a cap over the gusher will now be more challenging.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Ex-governor Blagojevich goes on trial

CHICAGO -- The corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich began Thursday, 18 months after authorities arrested him at home at dawn one day and accused him of trying to sell the Senate seat that President Barack Obama had vacated for the White House.

WORLD IN BRIEF: US-Turkish man killed in Israeli raid

WASHINGTON -- A 19-year-old man with dual U.S.-Turkish citizenship was among the nine people killed in the Israeli raid on an aid flotilla in the eastern Mediterranean, the State Department said Thursday. That potentially complicates the Obama administration's attempts to remain neutral in the crisis.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Speed Channel host caught in CA fraud sting

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Prosecutors in California have charged 53 mechanics with defrauding auto shop customers, including the host of the Speed Channel reality show ''Chop Cut Rebuild.''

Cannabis caravans fuel medical pot boom in Montana

HELENA, Mont. -- As Bob Marley music wailed in the next room, the makeshift clinic hummed along like an assembly line: Patients went in to see a doctor, paid $150 and walked out with permission to buy and smoke medical marijuana.

State board to investigate Shiloh teacher

ATLANTA -- A Georgia licensing board will investigate claims that a Shiloh High School Teacher of the Year accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student violated the Code of Ethics for Educators.

3 arrested in Ga. in counterfeit document bust

CANTON -- Authorities in north Georgia have arrested three people they said provided fake identity documents to illegal immigrants.Local and federal agents acting on a tip busted the major counterfeit document operation in a Woodstock apartment Wednesday.

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'Golden Girl' Rue McClanahan dies

NEW YORK -- Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 76.
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Ga. ends holdout over pickup seat belt law

ATLANTA -- Georgia has joined the rest of the nation in requiring adults in pickup trucks to wear seat belts.Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday signed legislation removing the truck exemption from the state's seat belt law.

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White House: Baseball should reverse ump's mistake

WASHINGTON -- First the umpire blew the call.Now, in the view of the White House, so did Major League Baseball.Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs weighed in Thursday on the story that had the nation talking: umpire Jim Joyce's muffed call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. Galarraga on Wednesday night almost had the rare feat secured -- 27 up, 27 down -- except Joyce incorrectly called a runner safe on what would have been the final play of the game against the Cleveland Indians.
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G-Braves shut down in series finale with Indy

LAWRENCEVILLE — Brad Lincoln never got close to a no-hitter, but he finished off the G-Braves just the same.

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Getting to Know ... Jamie Dismuke

Jamie Dismuke, 40, is the hitting coach for the Gwinnett Braves. The Syracuse, N.Y., native joined the Braves’ organization in 2009 when the team relocated its Class AAA team to Gwinnett.

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Grayson's Erassa leaves as one of Georgia's best

Two months ago, Grayson coach Rob Blaskiewicz didn’t know if Kirubel Erassa would run during the track and field season.

BRODER: Oil disaster threatens to derail Obama

“This is the worst,” a Democratic friend exclaimed over the phone on Tuesday, the first day back at work after the Memorial Day weekend. I knew without asking what he meant — the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that dominated television coverage and was into its second month with no quick solution in sight.

McCULLOUGH: Even a mile beneath the sea, we can't escape the absurd

Just like with every other event-turned-saga in the modern world, the Gulf oil spill has entered into the realm of the ridiculous.

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Hazel Cruce

Mrs. Hazel Nash Cruce, age 80, of Madison, GA formerly of the Five Forks Community entered into rest on June 1, 2010 surrounded by her devoted family. She was preceded ...

Robert Shigley

Dr. Robert Nelson Shigley, age 85 of Sandy Springs, GA passed away May 27, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Joyce Simonton

Joyce Simonton, 65, of Loganville, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Billy Simonton, children, Travis and Roxana Simonton of Loganville, Stacy ...

Loretta Gray

Loretta Francis Gray, age 88 of Sandy Springs, GA passed away May 28, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Jordan Carter

Jordan Leroy Carter, age 71, of Statham, GA, passed away June 1, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Gordon Stubbings

Gordon “Bud” Stubbings, age 87 of Cumming, GA passed away May 28, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Patricia Landress

Patricia “Pat” Ann Carlton Landress, age 57, of Tucker, GA passed away June 1, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770 ...