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Heath Hamacher

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Be aware of local outdoor burning regulations

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With spring just days away, many minds will turn to cleaning, inside and out.

Suwanee offers prizes to promote Gateway

The city of Suwanee will soon use a new campaign -- one that involves free prizes -- to promote its Gateway, the city's oldest and largest commercial area. The Suwanee Gateway is a four-square-mile commercial area that boasts more than 300 restaurants, shops and other businesses. Through the campaign, called "Get It in the Gateway," participants can win daily prizes and a grand prize package valued at more than $1,000.

Man pleads not guilty in 1976 murder of art student

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man charged with the 1976 killing of a Columbia, Mo., art student pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges Monday.

No verdict in therapist's trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jurors continue to deliberate in the trial of Cliff Tillery, a former therapist charged with sexually assaulting a former patient in his Norcross office.

No verdict in therapist's trial

LAWRENCEVILLE — Jurors continue to deliberate in the trial of Cliff Tillery, a former therapist charged with sexually assaulting a former patient in his Norcross office.

Man held in stabbing death

Marcus Dewayne Huff, 35, of Norcross, turned himself in to an off-duty DeKalb County police officer Sunday.

Bomb scare shuts Norcross roads

NORCROSS -- A bomb scare Tuesday afternoon caused police to cordon off an area on Dawson Boulevard near Graves Road, officials said.

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Eight displaced by blaze

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville home was heavily damaged Monday morning when a fire broke out in the kitchen.

Motorcycle rider killed in crash

DULUTH -- A man was killed Saturday night when his motorcycle crashed into a sport utility vehicle near Ga. Highway 120 and Meadow Church Road.

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Wounded veteran gets help getting back on road

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Operation One Voice is an organization known for helping the families of special forces troops wounded or killed in combat.

Officials hoping to make Relay bigger

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Local American Cancer Society officials are hoping to make the world's largest Relay for Life even bigger.

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Teams from all over compete in robotics contest

DULUTH -- With the women's Southeastern Conference basketball tournament under way next door, fans and competitors of a different sort filled the Gwinnett Civic Center on Saturday.

Official hoping to make Relay bigger

LAWRENCEVILLE — Local American Red Cross officials are hoping to make the world's largest Relay for Life even bigger.

Man indicted in stabbing death

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County grand jury recently indicted a Norcross man on charges he stabbed a man to death inside a Duluth bakery more than three months ago.

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Colorful exhibit comes to Suwanee

SUWANEE -- A new, colorful addition to Suwanee City Hall comes courtesy of Seattle-based artist Koryn Rolstad, whose work is displayed all over the world.

2 arrested in massage parlor bust

An undercover vice operation has uncovered yet another local massage parlor operating unscrupulously, police said. Gwinnett County police investigators, who routinely perform compliance checks on massage parlors to ensure they are only providing services allowed by law, arrested two people Monday and cited a third at the Lucky Good Hands Massage inside the Mall of Georgia.

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'Trail of Dreams' walk for reform stops in Lawrenceville

Wednesday, four college students on their way from Miami to Washington converged on the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in hopes of speaking with Sheriff Butch Conway.

Snellville police looking for robber

A string of area robberies have authorities looking for a mild-mannered bandit. Snellville police said it is possible that the man who robbed a Blimpie on Monday is responsible for several stickups across the county.

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'Trail of Dreams' walk for reform stops in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE — Wednesday, four college students on their way from Miami to Washington converged on the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in hopes of speaking with Sheriff Butch Conway.

Suspected drug kingpins arrested in bust

Authorities said Monday that a months-long narcotics operation has ended, culminating in the arrests of two kingpins and several street-level drug dealers.

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Fundraiser to benefit Gastric Cancer Fund

On Feb. 18, along with her family, Jennifer Hill would've celebrated her 33rd birthday.

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66 firefighters get promoted at ceremony

On Sept. 19, Fire Chief Bill Myers said, 1,400 years of experience walked out the door by way of retirements.

City gears up for car show

HOSCHTON -- Whether you're a car enthusiast, just want to get out of the house and have a little fun or help cure cancer, the third annual Mill Creek Car Show has something for you.

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Agencies work together to locate noncompliant sex offenders

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In a coordinated, countywide sweep, more than 100 law enforcement officers went knocking on doors Thursday evening looking for noncompliant sex offenders.
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Police searching for suspects involved in check washing scheme

NORCROSS -- Authorities are hoping to catch up with several suspects they said used a check washing scheme to bilk a Norcross business out of thousands.

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Hospital celebrates 25th year in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After turning 25 in December, Gwinnett Medical Center officially celebrated the anniversary of its Lawrenceville campus Tuesday.

House fire sends man to hospital

BUFORD -- A man was rushed to the hospital Tuesday evening after suffering severe smoke inhalation when his house caught fire, officials said.

Gwinnett fifth-healthiest Ga. county

LAWRENCEVILLE — According to a report released by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gwinnett County is the fifth-healthiest county in Georgia.

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Police: Man connected to multiple thefts

Police believe an Atlanta man accused of robbing a Mall of Georgia jewelry store on Feb. 8 is responsible for at least four other area capers.

Man accused of trafficking

NORCROSS -- A Scottsdale man found himself in the hands of Gwinnett authorities after police said they caught him selling drugs out of a Norcross hotel recently.

Suwanee to share findings from Buford Highway study

The city of Suwanee is hosting a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to share findings related to the Buford Highway Transportation Study.

Authorities searching for person who set fire to Barrow house

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Barrow and Gwinnett authorities are seeking the public's help in figuring out who set fire to a vacant house and a stolen car.

Jewel theft suspect leaves hospital

LAWRENCEVILLE -- One of two men accused of stealing more than $150,000 in jewelry from the Mall of Georgia has been released from the hospital.

Indictments handed down for murder

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville woman accused of killing an infant she was baby-sitting was indicted on murder charges Thursday.

Fire injuries send man to hospital

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County fire investigators are looking into what caused a fire Thursday afternoon that sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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Dogs meet new inmate best friends

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In a dispiriting landscape of concrete and stainless steel, nothing livens up a cell block quite like a handful of playful dogs clamoring for attention and exercise.
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Polar Plunge planned

BUFORD -- While the temperature is forecasted to rise ever-so-slightly by Saturday, Polar Plunge organizers are hoping to see as many people as possible "Freezin' for a Reason" at Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Water Park.

Police release name of man shot by cop

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Authorities have identified the man shot by a Gwinnett County police officer Monday as 31-year-old Michael Terrell McCorkle of Lawrenceville.

Medical center stresses heart health

SNELLVILLE — February is National Heart Month, and officials from Emory Eastside Medical Center are urging people — especially women — to be heart smart.

Physician performs area's first angioplasty

JOHNS CREEK — Emory Johns Creek hospital is now performing emergency angioplasty, officials said.

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Officer wounds suspect in shootout

NORCROSS -- A man shot by a Gwinnett County police officer Monday is in critical condition but is expected to survive, authorities said.

Program raises funds for Haitians

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An organization known for its community outreach efforts and taking care of its own recently focused its efforts to help provide relief to victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Police call double shooting at theater murder/suicide

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The double fatal shooting outside a Lawrenceville movie theater was an apparent homicide/suicide, officials said Friday.

Police cite massage parlors

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police on Thursday night wrote 11 citations during a multi-county and jurisdiction massage therapy sting operation.

Suwanee Farmers Market extends its evening hours

SUWANEE -- City officials announced recently that the 2010 Suwanee Farmers Market will not only be open for business on Saturday mornings, but Tuesday evenings as well.

Mother indicted on child cruelty

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Indictments handed down Thursday include a mother accused of threatening her child with boiling water and a man police said has an affinity for snatching money from store clerks.

Police identify victim of apparent homicide

DULUTH -- Police have identified a man found dead in his apartment Tuesday afternoon but have remained tight-lipped about details surrounding his death.

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Police: Man smashes 29 TVs at Lilburn Wal-Mart

LILBURN -- Talk about raging against the machine. The TV machine. Authorities have no idea what set off 23-year-old Westley Strellis on Wednesday afternoon, but say he took his frustrations out on 29 television sets at the Lawrenceville Highway Wal-Mart.AP video clip inside

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Cops find $1 billion in forgeries

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jail records show Lloyd Clifford Norris was arrested in 1993 for writing a bad check. His bond was $240.

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Son unable to save dad from fiery plane crash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Four men involved in a fatal plane crash this week were Lawrenceville residents who'd come together at the last minute for a quick flight around the county, according to a police report released Tuesday.

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