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GDP Script/ Top Stories for Tuesday May 23rd

Publish Date: May 22  Monday

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

Today is Tuesday May 23rd , and happy 31st birthday to Aaron Donald

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I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Peggy Slappey Properties

  1. Morning fire destroys mansion near Lawrenceville
  2. Joseph Mark kicks off campaign for Gwinnett County sheriff
  3. And Gwinnett police search for vehicle of interest in a fatal hit-and-run incident


Plus, we hear from Karen Woodrich of the Natural Resources Conservation Service about the purpose and partnership of the agency’s conservation programs


We’ll have all this and more on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast.


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       Story 1. fire


A massive fire engulfed a 15,000-square-foot mansion in Lawrenceville, according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services officials. The cause of the fire remains unknown as investigators continue their work. Fire crews arrived at the home on Lebanon Road after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting the blaze. The fire had already spread from the basement to the first and second floors when firefighters arrived. Insufficient water pressure required additional resources, including a helicopter equipped with a 100-gallon water bucket to help douse the flames. Despite their efforts, the fire was only brought under control after several hours. The vacant mansion sustained severe damage, and fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire.


STORY 2:  mark


Joseph Mark, a former military police officer and current private investigator, has announced his candidacy for Gwinnett County Sheriff in the 2024 race. Concerns about crime in the county and staffing issues within the jail system motivated Mark to run for the position. He plans to challenge incumbent Sheriff Keybo Taylor in the Democratic Party primary. Mark has approximately 25 years of law enforcement experience, having served as an MP in the Army and worked as a private investigator. His priorities include addressing youth involvement in street gangs by providing alternative paths and mentorship opportunities. Mark also aims to tackle mental health issues and reduce recidivism by offering medication-assisted treatment and behavioral therapy to those in need. He believes that extended jail stays worsen mental health issues and strain the jail system. To improve morale and staffing, Mark intends to focus on retention, recruitment, and raising salaries for deputies. He aims to incentivize deputies to live in Gwinnett County by offering compensation that aligns with the area's higher cost of living.


Story 3: Vehicle


Gwinnett police are searching for a "vehicle of interest" in a fatal hit-and-run incident involving a pedestrian. On March 3, officers responded to a call on Dawson Boulevard in Norcross and found the body of Razak Ndego Iddrisa. Investigators believe a Dodge Ram struck him while he was walking, and surveillance footage captured a white Dodge Ram entering a nearby property around the time of the collision. The driver fled the scene, but parts of the truck were found. The Gwinnett Medical Examiner's Office determined the death to be traffic-related. Anyone with information is urged to contact Gwinnett police investigators or remain anonymous by contacting Atlanta Crime Stoppers for a potential cash reward. ……Stay updated on this story at gwinnettdailypost.com…we’ll be right back


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STORY 4: Asian American


Gwinnett County celebrated Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with an event at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. The event aimed to showcase AAPI community members who have chosen Gwinnett County as their home. Additionally, an AAPI Heritage Month exhibit is currently on display at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center until the end of May. You can read more about the celebration, get more information about seeing the exhibit, and see beautiful photos at gwinnettdailypost.com


Story 5: HOF


Former Dacula quarterback Terry Harvey and Parkview offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb have been nominated for the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2023. Both Harvey and Stinchcomb are already members of the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame. They join last year's candidates, offensive lineman Jeff Backus and linebacker Rennie Curran, as well as former Indianapolis Colts and Hebron Christian football coach Jeff Saturday, on this year's ballot. The organization's board, comprising coaches, athletes, administrators, and media members, is expected to complete the voting process this month. The 40-member Class of 2023 will be inducted on October 21 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.




Story 6: Raymond


Kalif Raymond, an NFL wide receiver and kick returner for the Detroit Lions, will be hosting a free youth football camp at his former school, Greater Atlanta Christian, on June 3. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration opening at 8 a.m. It is open to children between the ages of 8 and 13, and participation is not limited to GAC students. Raymond, who has seven years of NFL experience, had a remarkable college career at Holy Cross. In 2022, he recorded 47 catches for 616 yards. For more information and a link to sign up for the camp, please go to gwinnettdailypost.com.….We’ll be back in a moment



Story 7: Dugout


At the Gwinnett Dugout Club's season-ending celebration for high school baseball, Parkview players stood out by claiming two of the top three individual player awards. Colin Houck was named the Hugh Buchanan Player of the Year, while Landon Stripling was recognized as the Two-way Player of the Year. Norcross' Nick Lanning was honored as the Pitcher of the Year, and Jake Bova from Dacula received the John B. Sawyer Coach of the Year award. Wesleyan was crowned as the Team of the Year, and the Field of the Year honor was given to Seckinger, a first-year program. Collins Hill's Nathan Koerner was recognized with the Gino Vizzi Courage and Perseverance Award…..more in a moment


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And Now Karen Woodrich of the Natural Resources Conservation Service describes the purpose and partnership within one of the agency’s conservation programs.

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