News for Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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30 arrested in large-scale Gwinnett 'gang sweep'

About 30 believed gang members arrested during sweep

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Husband, wife charged in gun battle with police

Husband, wife charged in gun battle with Duluth police.

Feds: Lawrenceville man tied to largest pirating operation in Southeast

Lawrenceville supplier sentenced in federal crackdown on CD, DVD counterfeiter.

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Cagle wants reversible lanes on I-85

Lieutenant governorsays jobs, infrastructure will be key to legislative session.

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Norcross man involves police, young child in chase

4-year-old boy taken along on shoplifiting chase

Gwinnett Chamber asks legislators to focus on jobs

Chamber presents agenda to legislators.

Air-conditioner thieves caught on tape

Air-conditioner theft caught on video.

Water supply task force report headed to governor

The state's report outlining a program that would fund low-interest loans for planning and building new reservoirs and wells aimed at increasing Georgia's water supply has been approved and now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

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5 months since death, how mother died may never be known

Five months later, officials rule wife's cause of death is beyond determination.

GAB: Realtor honored for charitable work

A realtor has been recognized for his efforts in helping foster children.

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1 arrested in gas station manager's slaying

1 man tied to Norcross slaying, robbery.

Stone Mountain Holiday Inn celebrates renovations

The Holida Inn Express staff of Stone Mountain is planning a ribbon cutting to showcase new renovations at the hotel.

Former Falcon opens nutrition store

Lawrenceville store run by former running back, Mike Pringle.

Hotel proposals sought for Gwinnett Center

Officials seek proposals for hotel at Gwinnett Center

Public complaints scarce at budget hearing

Few comments at Board of Commissioners public budget hearing

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2 charged in Duluth fatal stabbing

Police charge two suspects in Duluth fatal stabbing.

Airport process questioned by committee

Airport committee members frustrated by request for proposals.

Gwinnett largest county to earn 'work ready' status

Gwinnett first of five core metro counties to earn certification

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Director of DA's victims program to retire

Director of DA's victim-witness program worked at office since 1987

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President Obama marks Iraq war's end

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday saluted troops returning from Iraq, asserting that the nearly nine-year conflict was ending honorably, "not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home.". Marking the conclusion of the war at a military base that's seen more

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Parkview wrestlers reading buddies for Camp Creek students

Every couple of weeks, Parkview High School wrestlers take time out of their schedules to tutor second graders next door at Camp Creek Elementary.

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NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said.

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Soldier on Christmas leave surprises daughter at Snellville elementary school

Soldier returns from Afghanistan to surprise his daughter at Pharr Elementary

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CAL THOMAS: By his own words, Obama shouldn't get second term

In his latest in a series of interviews on "60 Minutes" last Sunday night, the president took positions that are the polar opposite of what he was saying as recently as last spring.

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ESTHER CEPEDA: Wrong way to fight a slur

Here's a perfect example of why do-gooders who crusade for the personal dignity of illegal immigrants have all but lost the war of rhetoric.In November, the American Heritage Dictionary added the term "anchor baby" to its new fifth edition. The entry read: "A child born to a noncitizen mother

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Commission races could become nonpartisan

For more than a decade, the races for Gwinnett's commission seats have been much more contentious in the primary than in the general election.. In fact, at times, the races have been decided in the summer because there was no Democrat to face the winner of the Republican primary.. Soon

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Fatal stabbing sheds light on underground nightlife issues

Man's stabbing could prompt crackdown on Duluth nightlife.

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Bilingual Santa Claus spreads good cheer in multitude of languages

A Korean and English speaking Santa Claus is at Gwinnett Place Mall for the holidays.

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North's Alabi has carved his niche as one of Gwinnett's top defensive ends

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It may not be 100 percent fair to refer to Justin Alabi as a late bloomer. After all, he has had plenty of athletic gifts since an early age.. A more accurate statement might be that it took the North Gwinnett senior defensive end some time to find

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Falcons after more than another winning mark

ATLANTA -- The guys who currently play for the Atlanta Falcons find it a little hard to believe.. Nine wins used to be a big deal for this franchise?. "Really? I never knew that," said defensive end Ray Edwards, who signed with the Falcons before this season. "I guess

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Hawks need Teague to take over at point

ATLANTA -- The Hawks are counting on Jeff Teague to prove he can play in the 2011-12 season like he did in last season's playoffs.. Teague, the 2009 first-round pick from Wake Forest, had only career 10 starts before Kirk Hinrich strained his right hamstring in the Hawks' clinching

Norcross home involved in prostitution ring

Norcross house one of several involved in prostitution ring

Gwinnett Chamber asks legislators to focus on jobs

Chamber presents agenda to legislators.

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President Obama marks Iraq war's end

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday saluted troops returning from Iraq, asserting that the nearly nine-year conflict was ending honorably, "not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home.". Marking the conclusion of the war at a military base that's seen more

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Cagle wants reversible lanes on I-85

Lieutenant governorsays jobs, infrastructure will be key to legislative session.

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Norcross man involves police, young child in chase

4-year-old boy taken along on shoplifiting chase

Water supply task force report headed to governor

The state's report outlining a program that would fund low-interest loans for planning and building new reservoirs and wells aimed at increasing Georgia's water supply has been approved and now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

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Husband, wife charged in gun battle with police

Husband, wife charged in gun battle with Duluth police.

GAB: Realtor honored for charitable work

A realtor has been recognized for his efforts in helping foster children.

30 arrested in large-scale Gwinnett 'gang sweep'

About 30 believed gang members arrested during sweep

Feds: Lawrenceville man tied to largest pirating operation in Southeast

Lawrenceville supplier sentenced in federal crackdown on CD, DVD counterfeiter.

Air-conditioner thieves caught on tape

Air-conditioner theft caught on video.

Georgia Power names metro north manager

Fran Forehand to manage Georgia Power's metro north region, which includes Gwinnett.

Class AAAAA prep basketball standings

Basketball standings in Region 7-AAAAA and 8-AAAAA

Johnson begins play with U.S. Under-23 soccer team

Brookwood grad among pool for 2012 Olympic squad

Gwinnett has 15 selections to Georgia Junior Bowl

Showcase for state's top junior football players is Dec. 30

Gwinnett Prep Rally to feature football finals

Local TV show to spotlight Buford, Grayson

HAMMOCK: Swim meet at Tech a boost to Atlanta swimming

Meet at Tech brings Olympic-level talent to town this weekend

Girls lacrosse clinic planned by Step Out Sports

Event open to girls in grades 1 to 8

Old Suwanee Christian to host basketball tourney this week

Games are Friday and Saturday at the Buford school

Win for Wyn Foundation awards five scholarships

Three Mill Creek winners join county recipients

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Re-energized Gladiators prepare for crucial stretch

The Gwinnett Gladiators play at home today against Florida, the start of a crucial seven-game stretch to finish out December.

Mill Creek boys hoops soaring from start

Balanced scoring, team defense keep Hawks unbeaten

Former Falcon opens nutrition store

Lawrenceville store run by former running back, Mike Pringle.

Stone Mountain Holiday Inn celebrates renovations

The Holida Inn Express staff of Stone Mountain is planning a ribbon cutting to showcase new renovations at the hotel.

Gwinnett largest county to earn 'work ready' status

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County has been designated as a "Georgia Certified Work Ready Community," becoming the first of the five core metro Atlanta counties to earn the certification that represents a dedication to providing top-notch job training.

Mill Creek boys hoops soaring from start

When he talks about his Mill Creek team, Chad Rogers doesn't easily find a catalyst.

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THOMAS: By his own words, Obama shouldn't get second term

President Obama doesn’t suffer from amnesia, but apparently he hopes the public does.

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30 arrested in large-scale Gwinnett 'gang sweep'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County police led a large-scale, multi-departmental "gang sweep" Wednesday, arresting an estimated 30 gang members for alleged crimes ranging from burglary to murder.

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President Obama marks Iraq war's end

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday saluted troops returning from Iraq, asserting that the nearly nine-year conflict was ending honorably, "not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home."

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CLINE: 'Tis the season of positive thinking

'Tis the season of positive thinking

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Breakout season for Mountain View girls hoops

For the first two basketball seasons at Mountain View, the girls players just weren't there. Glimpses of talent showed, but the sheer number of players on the roster was underwhelming.

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Re-energized Gladiators prepare for crucial stretch

DULUTH -- Short-handed and playing a compacted schedule, the Gwinnett Gladiators were forced to use their energy stores judiciously.

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North's Alabi has carved his niche as one of Gwinnett's top defensive ends

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It may not be 100 percent fair to refer to Justin Alabi as a late bloomer. After all, he has had plenty of athletic gifts since an early age.

Class AAAAA prep basketball standings

Basketball Region Standings

Frances James

Frances Newton James, age 93, of Duluth, GA passed away December 10, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757.

Connie Evans

Connie Lee Evans, age 74, of Gulfport, MS, formerly of Jefferson, GA who passed away on November 23, 2011. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Rayford Bonds

Rayford “Buddy” Bonds, Jr., age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away November 13, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Michael Payne

Michael Lee Payne age 64, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy W. Payne, son, Andrew L ...

Lynn Paschall

Lynn Hammond Paschall age 52 of Loganville, GA entered into rest on Friday, December 9, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Paschall of Loganville; mother, Carolyn Richardson of ...

William Gasaway

Mr. William (Tom) Gasaway, age 91, of Winder, GA passed away on December 12, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Ralph Howard

Mr. Ralph Lee Howard, age 86, of Decatur, GA who passed away on December 13, 2011. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Bebian Salter

Bebian Salter, age 50, of Duluth, GA passed away on December 11, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

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Charles Tignor

Charles Wesley Tignor, Sr. of Hoschton, previously of Kennesaw, passed away on December 12, 2011 at the age of 79 at Peachtree Christian Hospice, following a lengthy illness. Born on ...

Lewis Duck

Lewis Stanley “Stan” Duck, age 69, of Patterson, CA, formerly of Braselton, GA who passed away on November 30, 2011. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Bill Masterson

Bill Masterson, age 68 of Duluth, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 7 PM Thursday, December 15, 2011 at The Journey Church, Buford. Pastor Allen ...