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Why No Radar or Laser Guns to Catch Gwinnett Speeders?

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- If you're driving through most of Gwinnett County these days, you can ignore those highway signs that warn about speed detection devices...at least the hi-tech ones.

That's because right now Gwinnett County and most local city police departments can't use radar or laser guns to target speeders.

The reason those devices are banned is because most of Gwinnett's police agencies lost their certification to use them as of January 1st.

Not because police did anything wrong, but because local and county politicians are tied up in a legal battle over whose tax dollars pay for services like public safety.

Until that spat is settled, the state won't certify police agencies to use radar or laser speed guns.

That may be good news to some drivers, but not all.

"It won't help the safety factor with people driving around and there are speeders out there," motorist Gwelda Adkins told 11 Alive News on Wednesday.

Why No Radar or Laser Guns to Catch Gwinnett Speeders?

Why No Radar or Laser Guns to Catch Gwinnett Speeders?

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA - If you're driving through most of Gwinnett County these days, you can ignore those highway signs that warn about speed detection devices...at least the hi-tech ones.

That's because right now Gwinnett County and most local city police departments can't use radar or laser guns to target speeders.

The reason those devices are banned is because most of Gwinnett's police agencies lost their certification to use them as of January 1st.

Not because police did anything wrong, but because local and county politicians are tied up in a legal battle over whose tax dollars pay for services like public safety.

Until that spat is settled, the state won't certify police agencies to use radar or laser speed guns.

That may be good news to some drivers, but not all.

"It won't help the safety factor with people driving around and there are speeders out there," motorist Gwelda Adkins told 11 Alive News on Wednesday.

Georgians win big in $355M drawing

Georgians win big in $355M drawing

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by GA Lottery)

Lottery players in the Peach State came out peachy keen in Tuesday’s $355 million Mega Millions drawing. In Georgia, five players matched the first five numbers and won $250,000 each. An additional 19 players won $10,000 each by matching the first four numbers and the Mega Ball.

 

Winning numbers were: 4-8-15-25-47 and the Mega Ball was 42.

Two Charged After Celebratory Gunfire Kills Norcross Man

Two Charged After Celebratory Gunfire Kills Norcross Man

NORCROSS, GA -- A family's New Year began with a tragic event as they gathered with relatives to ring in the New Year. Celebratory gunshots rang out at the stroke of midnight and one of them went into their home.

Sergio Martinez, age 34 was killed when the bullet came through a window in the front of the family's home in Norcross. It hit him in the head. When Gwinnett County Police Officers arrived at the home they found Martinez lying dead on the kitchen floor.

The victim's niece said the family liked to stay home on New Year's Eve because it was safer than being out on the streets. Sixteen family members and relatives were in the home when the bullet crashed through the window. Marlen Martinez said her uncle was looking out a kitchen window at fireworks when he was shot. It was one minute before the stroke of the New Year. "My husband was right here, and my daughter and my nephews and nieces were all around him," she said.

More Bombast, Maybe? Woodall Replaces Linder in Congress

More Bombast, Maybe?  Woodall Replaces Linder in Congress

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- Two new members of Congress from Georgia will be sworn in Tuesday in Washington. Austin Scott of Tifton and Rob Woodall of Gwinnett County were part of a tide that swept Democrats out of power in the House of Representatives and swept Republicans in.

Woodall says his 7th district constituents want him to pursue repeal of the health care reform law -- even though some of the benefits have already started to kick in.

"What I hear from constituents 99 times out of a hundred is, 'I benefit from this, but it's the wrong thing to do and I want you to repeal it anyway,'" Woodall said at the Gwinnett County office he took over Monday.

The office is not in a state of upheaval, the first clue that this transition between old and new is probably among the smoothest in America.

Mega Millions jackpot rolls to $330 million for Tuesday's Drawing

Mega Millions jackpot rolls to $330 million for Tuesday's Drawing

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by GA lottery)

Mega Millions is gearing up for a mega grab for Tuesday’s drawing. Because of increased sales, the jackpot was raised to an estimated $330 million to a single annuity winner. It only takes $1 for a chance to win big.

Any lucky player who matches all five white ball numbers, along with the Mega Ball number, could win approximately $12.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option. Or a player could select the cash option and win a single payment worth approximately $208 million.

The Symphony of Laura's Life

A Lilburn woman spent her whole life battling a form of autism -- but never knew she had it. Now, with knowledge, perspective, and one impressive musical talent, she's trying to help others in the same boat. 

"Music is in everything for me," says Laura Nadine. "Everything I see, every person I meet ... it's like a symphony of life, and everyone has their own unique tune."

The symphony of Nadine's life has definitely been unique; it has been had more than its share of uncertainty. She is a violin virtuoso and, now, a music teacher for children with disabilities.

But why?

Nadine traces it back to a disorder that, for a long time, she never knew she had.

"They didn't really diagnose girls with Aspberger's [Syndrome]," Nadine says. "It wasn't even on the tip of the tongue."