Monday, March 8, 2010

Judge Facing Teen Alcohol Charges Resigns

A Cobb County judge accused of serving alcohols to minors is stepping down.

Woodstock municipal judge Diane Busch was charged with allowing underage drinking in her home, police said.

WSB-TV spoke to Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin on the phone Sunday night and Tumlin confirmed Busch is stepping down.

Police said Busch is charged with 21 misdemeanor counts, including 10 counts for providing alcohol to minors in December 2009 at her Cobb County home.

Jimmy Berry, Busch's attorney, said the judge went to bed after a holiday party and didn't know that 10 teens were drinking in her basement.

Berry's comments contradict a police report where Busch said she would rather have teenagers drinking at her home than "out driving around."

Ed: Apparently, this judge has no concept of the law as it applies to her. Has anyone stopped to recognize that her last name is a "beer name?"

Search Resumes Today For Missing Boater

The search for a missing boater along the Chattahoochee River will resumed Monday morning, according to Atlanta news sources.

The scene is just south of Abbotts Bridge Road in Duluth and learned that a second person believed to have been with the missing man was rescued by a group of people in a nearby boat. Authorities told Martin that the group could not get to the other boater. The second person was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with symptoms of hypothermia. Temperatures in the water are typically between 45-48 degrees year round.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation, but it happened following a release of water from the Buford dam.

The boat reportedly struck a log in the river, causing it to overturn and sending the two men into the cold waters.

Investigators said thet the two were not wearing life jackets according to a witness. The victims are identified as friends who were enjoying a day on the river. The missing man is in his late 50's. Firefighters have been in contact with the man's wife. His name has not yet been released.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was responsible for the water release, said conditions are usually dangerous and the rivers treacherous after such a release.

The Corps has a special hotline for people to call for details on when the releases will happen. The number is 770-945-1466.

Rescue crews from Forsyth, Gwinnett and Johns Creek assisted with the investigation.

Explosions Blow Up Manhole Covers In Gwinnett

Firefighters blamed a buildup of methane gas for a series of explosions that blew at least three manhole covers into the air Sunday night along Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker.

Southbound lanes of Lawrenceville Highway near Jimmy Carter Boulevard were still closed on Monday morning. All lanes of the busy highway were closed for about 10 hours.

Firefighters used fans to clear the methane gas from manholes and sewers in the area. Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the explosion.

"It could have been a power surge," said Capt. Tommy Rutledge, of the Gwinnett County Fire Department. "It could have been any number of things, but right now we're not sure what exactly caused the explosion."

Workers from AT&T were called out because the explosions damaged some of their underground equipment in the area.

"There are about 8-10 vaults in this area," said Rutledge. "We found high concentrations of methane gas."

There's no word on when the southbound lanes of Lawrenceville Highway will reopen.

Commuters who usually drive south of Lawrenceville Highway are using the Stone Mountain Freeway/Highway 78.

City of Marietta; WSB; AP; Georgia News Network.

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