Gwinnett news January 20 2001
Five indicted in girl's death after keg party
The mother of a girl who held a keg party turned herself in Jan. 11 on charges she helped cause a fatal wreck by allowing the teenagers to drink at her home.
Roseanne B. Marks, 43, who was released on bond, was indicted last week for involuntary manslaughter and providing alcohol to someone underage.
The charges stem from the death of Shiloh High School student Kirby Cruce, 16, who was killed while driving home from the party at Marks' home.
Two other men also were indicted for involuntary manslaughter. Kamal Jamal Bhanvadia is accused of going to the liquor store to pick up the kegs of beer. Convenience store clerk Rahib H. Momin was indicted for selling Kirby beer without asking for proof of her age.
Britt Wayne Oxford and Benjamin Barrett Nelson, who allegedly gave Bhanvadia the money to buy the kegs, were indicted for underage possession of alcohol and for providing alcohol to underage people. Both turned themselves in.
Septic tank fee increases
The fee to dump sewage pumped from septic tanks will increase five-fold, the first time the county has raised the price in 10 years.
The county currently charges $25 per truck, but the fee will increase $100 a truck Feb. 1. Septic companies are required to dump the sewage at state-approved wastewater treatment plants.
According to Frank Stephens, deputy director for public utilities, the rate will make Gwinnett's prices competitive with other area counties.
Several companies that dump at the Crooked Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant say the increase will be passed on to their customers. A local company that charges $250 to pump a 1,000-gallon residential septic tank will charge $350 after the increase.
Woman allegedly shot by fiancé
A man who argued with his fiancée after having dinner and drinks is accused of shooting her to death Saturday night.
Henry Giddens Jr. and Helen Joanna Rivers had dinner and then argued. Police say Giddens then shot Rivers several times with a .38-caliber handgun.
Giddens, who is charged with one count of malice murder, is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail and is scheduled to go to court Thursday.
Sugar Hill manager asked to return bonus, raise
After city officials discovered Sugar Hill City Manager Frank Ginn had applied for a position in another county, they are asking him to return about $5,000 he received in pay increases and bonuses. Ginn applied Sept. 1 for Franklin County's county manager post.
The third city manager in three years, Ginn received a 10-percent pay raise and a $4,500 "year-end compensation adjustment" in December, according to city council records. The salary for city manager was about $50,000 a year.
Ginn told council members about the job in Franklin County in late December, about two weeks after they voted for his pay increase. He has not officially resigned from his position in Sugar Hill, but he has told the council he intends to accept the $70,000-a-year job.
Man indicted on molestation charges
A 44-year-old Clarkston man has been accused of luring a 14-year-old boy whom he met online to the mall and molesting him, according to police.
A Gwinnett grand jury indicted Douglas James Stickels Jan. 10 on charges of aggravated child molestation. He also was charged with reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes, court records state.
Apparently, Stickels, posing as a 28-year-old, e-mailed the teen photographs of himself and persuaded the boy to meet him at the Mall of Georgia. The boy's mother dropped him at the mall Sept. 29, thinking her son was going to a movie. The boy met the suspect instead.
The 14-year-old went back to Stickels' truck, where the man allegedly showed him photos of himself and initiated sexual touching. The man then drove to a more secluded area of the mall, where he sexually molested the boy.
Before dropping the boy back at the mall, Stickels gave him a nude photograph of himself wearing a black collar, according to court documents. The boy's mother went to police, who began the investigation in October.
Compiled by Lea Keel. Source information from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.