News for Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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Failure to yield

Phillip Henderson of B&H Wrecker prepares to pull a Hyundai sport utility vehicle upright following a mid-morning crash along U.S. Highway 278 Monday. According to Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, spokesman for the Covington Police Department, the driver of the SUV pulled out of the Wachovia parking lot and attempted to cross all lanes of 278 when it was struck by the driver of a Chrysler sedan, who was traveling eastbound. No injuries were reported. The driver of the SUV was cited for failing to yield.

Two men arrested following motorcycle chase

COVINGTON - Two men are facing charges of speeding, reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer after they allegedly led authorities on a chase with speeds reaching 120 mph through two counties Sunday morning.

Leaders defend water progress

ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta wants to work with the rest of Georgia to solve the state's short- and long-term water needs, not simply grab as much as it can get from its neighbors.

Report: Salmonella tied to barbecue

COVINGTON - A report released by the East Metro Health District shows that an outbreak of food-borne pathogen Salmonella Newport in Newton County could be associated with a barbecue festival held in October.

County wins impact fee battle

COVINGTON - Newton County claimed victory in Superior Court Monday in the prolonged battle over its impact fee ordinance with local and state home builders associations.

Vick sentenced to 23 months Deception added to punishment

RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick was sentenced to prison Monday for running a dogfighting operation and will stay there longer than two co-defendants, up to 23 months, because he lied about his involvement when he was supposed to be coming clean to the judge who would decide his fate.

Heritage squads chalk up impressive wins

CONYERS - The Heritage basketball teams took care of business Saturday against Alpharetta with both teams registering convincing wins.

Walton Blotter 12-11-07

MONROE - The following arrests and charges have been reported by the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the Monroe Police Department, the Loganville Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and the Social Circle Department of Public Safety:

Alcovy wins Baldwin Brawl; Eagles second at South Metro Tournament

COVINGTON - Alcovy's 171-pounder Trey Twiford not only went undefeated at the Baldwin Brawl, he was also named the tournament's Most Valuable Wrestler as the Tigers won the tournament.

Ric Latarski - Don't pity Michael Vick

Another chapter in the book of life of Michael Vick is closed, although the final chapter has yet to be written.

Smith nets 25 in Hawks' win

ORLANDO, Fla. - Josh Smith had 25 points and a season-high 16 rebounds and Joe Johnson scored 24 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 98-87 on Monday night.

Darrell Huckaby - Working with a living legend has its perks

One of the big advantages of having a living legend coaching at your school is that you never know who might stroll into the gym to watch him coach.

Health Report 12-11-07

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Newton County Health Department. Any score below 90 is considered failing.

Events 12-11-07

Tuesday

Vick's future in the NFL uncertain

ATLANTA - Michael Vick knows where he'll be spending most of the next two years, locked away in a federal prison, doing his time for dogfighting.

People Briefs

Cusack says he wanted film to tell human side of Iraq war toll

World Briefs

Mortar shells hit Iraq prison, killing at least 5

Nation Briefs

Bottle of scotch sells for $54K at liquor auction

Montana mining town hosts funeral of local hero Evel Knievel

BUTTE, Mont. - Mourners began gathering Monday for the funeral of Evel Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil who helped put his hometown on the map with death-defying stunts and near-fatal crashes that made him an international icon.

Police ID Colo. church gunman Cops reveal shooter had been kicked out of school

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The gunman believed to have killed four people at a megachurch and a missionary training school had been thrown out of the school about three years ago and had been sending the place hate mail, police said in court papers Monday.