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Lawrenceville man accused of stealing $2,000 watch from Sugarloaf Mills jewelry store

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GDP Script/ Top Stories for Sept 13th

Publish Date:  Sept 13th

From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Today is Wednesday September 13th, and happy heavenly birthday to NFL coach Tom Landry


I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Mall of Georgia Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

  1. Lawrenceville man accused of stealing $2,000 watch from Sugarloaf Mills jewelry store
  2. Annual Public Safety Festival returns to Coolray Field Saturday
  3. Lilburn appoints longtime police department member as new chief

All of this and more is coming up on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen daily and subscribe!


 Break 1 : M.O.G.


       Story 1. Lawrenceville Man Theft


Gwinnett County police have identified John Casey Rooks, a 37-year-old Lawrenceville resident, as the suspect who stole a $2,000 watch from Kay Jewelers at Sugarloaf Mills in May. Rooks has been charged with felony theft by shoplifting and is currently in Gwinnett County Jail on unrelated charges. He was first arrested on May 22 for misdemeanor probation violations but was released on June 6. Later, on August 15, Suwanee police arrested him on charges related to the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and tampering with evidence. The shoplifting charge was added on August 24, with a $3,500 bail set, while no bail is available for the controlled substance and tampering with evidence charges.....…….. read more at gwinnettdailypost.com


STORY 2: State officials will install median on Duluth Highway near Northside Gwinnett


The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has awarded a $5.9 million construction contract to Summit Construction and Development LLC to install a median on Duluth Highway, east of State Route 316 near Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Lawrenceville. The project aims to improve 0.5 miles of Duluth Highway by replacing the existing two-way left turn lane with a raised skinny median. This change will limit left turns to specific intersections, including Medical Center Boulevard, Hurricane Shoals Road, and the intersection where Professional Drive becomes Phillip Boulevard. The goal is to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes in the area. The exact construction start and completion dates are not yet available, and the project also includes sidewalk installation and curb/gutter improvements.


Story 3: Lilburn appoints longtime police department member as new chief

Chris Dusik, a law enforcement veteran with 20 years of experience, was appointed as the new chief of the Lilburn Police Department in Gwinnett County. Dusik, who grew up in Gwinnett County, had spent most of his career with the Lilburn Police Department, rising through the ranks from a police officer to captain. He expressed his commitment to maintaining the department's integrity, ethics, and exceptional service to the community. Dusik's appointment followed the retirement of former Chief Bruce Hedley, who had served for 12 years. The city conducted a thorough selection process and ultimately chose Dusik as the permanent replacement, emphasizing his leadership skills and community respect.We have opportunities for sponsors to get great engagement on these shows. Call 770.874.3200 for more info.

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Break 2:   Slappey- Tom Wages -  Obits – Cumming Fair


Story 4: The Play Parlor in Lawrenceville offers 'classic' games and a chance to connect


The Play Parlor in Lawrenceville is providing a space for people to reconnect and enjoy classic games. Founder Welch believes that the pandemic increased isolation and dependence on electronic devices, contributing to rising rates of anxiety and depression. To combat this, she established The Play Parlor, which prioritizes the mental, emotional, and physical health benefits of playing traditional games. Visitors can engage in chess, Monopoly, dominoes, cards, puzzles, karaoke, billiards, and darts. The venue offers private rooms and options for parties, date nights, and more. It is also available for charity events and after-school programs, emphasizing community service. The Play Parlor aims to promote relaxation, fun, and human connection in a safe and inclusive environment. It operates from Tuesday to Saturday and emphasizes health and safety, using a sterilizing machine for game pieces.


Story 5: Georgia Gwinnett College Tennis


Georgia Gwinnett College's men's and women's tennis teams showcased their skills at the Grizzly Invitational. The women's team, defending national champions, secured six match victories and Justine Lespes reached the championship match, narrowly losing to Ania Hertel from the University of Georgia. The men's team, ranked No. 1 in NAIA, had a successful start to their season with three players reaching the semifinals, including Aleksa Ciric, who finished second. Both teams are gearing up for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Regional, scheduled to begin on September 14 at the GGC Tennis Facility.


Story 6: Annual Public Safety Festival returns to Coolray Field Saturday


The Annual Public Safety Fall Festival is set to take place at Coolray Field on Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free family-friendly event offers the opportunity to meet and interact with first responders from the community. Attendees can enjoy giveaways, food trucks, and hands-on experiences with vehicles like SWAT and fire trucks. The festival aims to showcase the partnership between public safety agencies in Gwinnett County and the local community. It's an opportunity to learn about the specialized units within these agencies. Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville. For more details, contact Gwinnett Police Community Affairs at PDCommunityAffairs@gwinnettcounty.com.


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Break 3:  ESOG – Ingles 4 – Disney on Ice


Story 7: Softball Roundup


Madison Pickens' impressive performance led Buford softball to a 9-0 victory over Cambridge. Pickens, a senior, hit three home runs, bringing her season total to 10 in just 13 games, and drove in four runs. Other key contributors for Buford included Tavye Borders, Izzy Rettiger, Adriana Martinez, and Emma Grace Williams, who pitched a shutout while striking out four. Buford remains undefeated at 13-0 for the season. In another game, Wesleyan dominated Lumpkin County with a 10-0 victory, led by Macey Cintron's pitching and Shayla Bahr's hitting. Mountain View fell 10-2 to Walnut Grove, while Discovery lost 17-0 to Chestatee. Providence Christian defeated Holy Innocents’ 8-4 in another matchup.


Story 8: Georgia Gwinnett College


Georgia Gwinnett College is organizing two in-person fall Preview Days on October 14 and November 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. These events offer prospective students the opportunity to learn about various aspects of the college, including programs of study, admissions, financial aid, and student housing. Attendees can explore the campus, engage with student ambassadors to gain insights into their experiences at GGC, and enjoy food, music, and giveaways. Additionally, there will be breakout sessions conducted in Spanish. To participate, students can register for Preview Day at www.ggc.edu/preview.


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And now, Leah McGrath, corporate dietician at Ingles markets talks with us about foods that help with swollen feet

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