News for Tuesday, June 8, 2010


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Fishing buddies: Falcons spend quality time with veterans

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Jerious Norwood got skunked again.

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Spill facts as murky as water

NEW ORLEANS -- The cap over a broken BP wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is collecting more gushing crude day by day, but that's about the extent of the details known as authorities try to pinpoint how much oil is escaping, where it's going and what harm it will cause.

Police say fraud ring dismantled

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Recent arrests have dealt a significant blow to a sophisticated and widespread check-fraud ring that managed to bilk nearly a half-million dollars from commercial and private customers at two major banks, police said Tuesday.

Cops: Sexual passes made at local pool

LILBURN -- A Lilburn man faces felony charges after police said he made drunken, sexual propositions to several children at a neighborhood pool.

NATION: Vintage plane flips on landing at Reagan Airport

ARLINGTON, Va. -- A World War II-era biplane flying into Reagan National Airport to promote a film premiere flipped over Tuesday during its landing, temporarily closing the airport's main runway. No one was injured.

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DOT: Candidates can't put signs in right of way

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a message for political candidates: You are wasting money by putting signs in the right of way.

WORLD: Van der Sloot to walk through crime scene

LIMA, Peru -- Peruvian police plan to escort Joran van der Sloot, who has allegedly confessed to last week's killing of a 21-year-old business student in Lima, to the hotel where the crime occurred, officials said.

PEOPLE: Judge sets new bail for Lohan

LOS ANGELES -- A judge said Lindsay Lohan has violated terms of her bail, and she has set new bail for the actress at $200,000.

Man who posed as Texas basketball player faces felonies

ODESSA, Texas -- A 22-year-old man accused of posing as a high school basketball star in West Texas has been indicted on six felony charges, including sexual assault and tampering with government records.

Testimony opens in murder trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With a piercing stare, Brianna Morgan identified for jurors Devin Grell as the man who twice shot her on the lawn of her boyfriend's Lawrenceville home in 2008, leaving them both for dead.

Winder OKs budget amid turmoil

WINDER -- City council members voted 5-1 to approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, despite councilman David Maynard's admonishment to staff to present a budget that does not exceed last year's.

Barrow approves $1.4M sewer line

WINDER -- Barrow County took strides toward enhancing wastewater services with three important votes at its County Commission meeting Tuesday night.

Serenity House seeking permit for new location

BUFORD -- The future may hold a new home for the Serenity House of Buford Inc., which has been a meeting facility for Alcoholics Anonymous and other related organizations here for 16 years.

Perdue splits on gun bills

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday rejected a bill that had drawn the ire of the nation's attorney general for proposing that guns be permitted in the nation's busiest airport.

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Wolves captain taking vision to the next level

NORCROSS -- Scoring goals and setting up his teammates is just a normal game for Wesleyan senior lacrosse captain Davis Brown, who has been a part of the Wolves program for four years.The three-time team captain and attack man for the Wolves scored a team-high 47 goals and dished out a team-best 50 assists for a total of 97 points in 2010, leading Wesleyan to another exceptional season. The Wolves were 15-5, second in Area 3-AAAA-A and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to St. Pius.

Hawkins, Grimes lead local draft class

Chase Burnette perhaps summed up what many amateur baseball players in his position were feeling Tuesday during the second day of the 2010 Major League Baseball first year player draft."It starts as a dream," the former Buford and current Georgia Tech outfielder said.For Burnette and four other current or former Gwinnett County high school players, their dream came true Tuesday by being chosen as teams made selections in rounds 2-30.The two most recent players to earn the nod from the Daily Post for the top high school honors were the first two of the local players taken on the day.

Cantrell to lead Hebron

Will Cantrell never wavered from getting his dream job, the one he selected long ago.As a 9-year-old."I've known since third grade I wanted to be a high school basketball coach," the Providence Christian grad said. "I was in Miss (Kathy) Miller's class, I remember sitting there when the thought crossed my mind."Cantrell took the first steps toward that goal the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Monroe Area. Now, at just 26, he's a head boys basketball coach.

Nam 2nd at PGA Jr.

COLUMBUS -- Judy Nam of Buford posted a two-round total of 166 after Tuesday's final round, placing second in the overall girls division at the Georgia PGA Junior Championship.

CLINE: Wooden left us with great, simple lessons

The passing of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden last week reminded me that some of the best lessons we learn are simple ones. Success isn't always easy to attain, but the foundation needed to build success doesn't have to be overly complicated.

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Satterwhite loves his Comets Coaches praise loyalty of longtime South aid

SNELLVILLE - As he meandered through the South Gwinnett hallways as a nameless freshman, Clay Satterwhite rarely spoke. Head down, he didn't socialize with anyone, out of fear they wouldn't understand what he was saying.

Blue Jackets make Gladiators new ECHL affiliate

For the second straight season, the Gwinnett Gladiators are adding an NHL affiliate.

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Bush lawyer posts bail on attempted murder count

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A former White House attorney charged with trying to kill his wife at their Connecticut home has posted bail and is undergoing treatment at a mental hospital.

Runoff to pick Georgia's newest member of Congress

ATLANTA -- Voters in north Georgia -- many fed up with Washington -- will select a new congressman in a special election runoff on Tuesday.

Gwinnett Braves fall in slugfest at Norfolk 10-9

NORFOLK, Va. — Four Gwinnett Braves had multiple-hit games, including three-hit nights by Matt Young and Mitch Jones.

LETTERS: Obama using FDR's model to recovery despite its failure

Franklin D. Roosevelt became president during the Great Depression in the 1930s. He said he knew how to get the economy going again— lots of government spending, and for the government to take control of big parts of the economy. So he spent money like crazy and created agencies to micromanage most business activity. The bad news is that it didn’t work. The depression dragged on for another eight years.

THOMAS: Some know when its time to hit the door

Anti-Semite: ‘‘a person who discriminates against or is prejudiced or hostile toward Jews.’’

LETTERS: Solid waste program goes from bad to worse

Dear Mr. Bannister, et. al.:

Magazine names top doctors

LAWRENCEVILLE — Atlanta Magazine has released its annual list of “Top Doctors” from the metro area, and 12 Gwinnett Medical Center physicians made the cut, as well as one other Gwinnett resident.

'10-11 schedule remains division heavy

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators’ schedule for the 2010-11 season, their eighth here, was released Tuesday.

Bisher: Celtics' Rivers settles in the South

It hadn’t occurred to me that Doc Rivers might take leave of the Boston Celtics for any other job. And I still consider it highly unlikely, except for one thought that keeps running through my head.

Kaiser Permanente to open new location

LAWRENCEVILLE — Kaiser Permanente will hold the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its newest location in Lawrenceville on Thursday.

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LETTERS: Parade a great way to honor returning heroes

Saturday was a great day. It was so wonderful to see people line the streets of our city to honor our returning heroes during the parade.

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Harold Puckett

Mr. Harold O. Puckett, age 82, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Odus and Bessie King Puckett; sisters ...

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Mary Quesenberry

Mrs. Mary Quesenberry, age 74, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010. She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Harold Quesenberry, Sugar Hill ...

Claude R. Moore, Jr.

147;SONNY” Claude Rudd Moore Jr. or “Sonny” as he was affectionately called by friends and family lost his battle with Parkinson's disease and passed away on ...

Drema Sipsy

147;DAWN” Drema (Dawn) Sipsy, 69, of Auburn, GA formerly of Pulaski, VA died on June 7, 2010. She was the daughter of the late Frank O. Blankenship and ...

Adrian Arias

Adrian Gil Arias, age 28, of Suwanee, GA passed away Sunday, June, 2010. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Lareda Cole

Mrs. Lareda Cole, age 76, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

J.d. Kerlin

J.D. Kerlin, age 81 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 in the Chapel of ...

Harry Day, Jr.

Mr. Harry Allan Day, Jr., age 81, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Joan Brim

Joan Carolyn Brim, age 63 of Fayetteville, GA passed away June 5, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Judith Leeper

Judith Kuhl Leeper, age 74 of Milton, GA passed away June 3, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Harold Wages

Harold Edwin Wages, age 70 of Winder, lost a long and courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday ...

Myron Chapman

Mr. Myron Ray Chapman, age 68 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Esther Kay Bruce

Esther Kay Bruce, 78, of Grayson, Georgia, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully at her home on June 6, 2010. She is survived by her husband of ...

Endri Lipo

Endri Lipo, age 17, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 2, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Margaret Stephens

Margaret Inez Stephens age 84 of Snellville, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, June 9, 2010 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Louis Martinez

Louis M. Martinez, age 56 of Dunwoody, GA passed away June 4, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Rl Griffeth

Mr. RL Griffeth, age 73 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Kap Cho

Kap Y. Cho, age 78, of Duluth, GA passed away June 7, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535