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Raw Video: Destruction of Gwinnett Water Tower

The Gwinnett County water tower was taken down this week. Here's live video of the event.

Driver May Not Be Charged After Fatally Hitting 7-Year-Old Girl

SNELLVILLE, GA -- A 7-year-old Loganville girl is dead after being hit by a car in Gwinnett County over the weekend.

Gwinnett County police say Lidia Brown ran into the road and was hit by 41-year-old Brian Turner as he drove his Jeep Wrangler along a road in Loganville on Saturday. Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter says the girl died shortly after being taken to Eastside Medical Center in Snellville.

Ritter said Turner likely will not be charged in the accident. Authorities say speed and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident.

The incident remains under investigation.

Grand Jury Denies Indictment of Bannister

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Gwinnett Co. DA Danny Porter sought an indictment of former Gwinnett Commissioner Charles Bannister on perjury charges resulting from testimony by a grand jury last week, but was denied by that same grand jury.

Porter's actions came after Bannister's testimony before the grand jury as part of an investigation into county land deals.

The indictment was sought over Bannister's denial that he met with Martin Hewatt in February 2009 in his office, regarding an appraisal on a tract of land that is the subject of litigation.

11Alive's Paul Crawley spoke briefly with Bannister's lawyer, former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers via telephone Monday morning.

"It's over, as far as this investigation is concerned," Bowers said. "And Bannister feels finished."

Bowers said he had nothing more to say in that regard.

Plenty of Activities This Weekend!

ATLANTA -- If all the Atlanta Pride events and parties weren't enough, there are plenty of other things to do this weekend, too.

If you're looking for a laugh, head north to the Cobb Energy Centre. Both David Sedaris and Joel McHale - too bad that's not a double bill, right? - are making stops there this weekend.

If you want to spend the day listening to bands and the evening watching awesomely bad B movies, head south a few miles down Moreland Avenue to Starlight Six Drive-In Theaters for the Drive Invasion on Sunday.

Gwinnett Plane Crash Kills Pilot

LAWRENCEVILLE- Firefighters responded to a small aircraft down at Briscoe Field in Gwinnett County on Saturday.

Units arriving found a single-engine private plane had crashed at the intersection of Hosea Road and Industrial Park Drive in Lawrenceville.

The only occupant of the plane, the pilot, was transported to Gwinnett Medical and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The victim has been identified as Timothy Blake, 50, of Gainesville, GA.

Witnesses said the plane's engine sputtered shortly after takeoff and the plane banked left, crashed into a ditch and ended on top of a chain-link fence.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

Bannister Resigns From Gwinnett Commission

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister resigned his post Friday morning, Gwinnett County officials confirmed to 11Alive News.

Bannister released the following statement about his resignation:

"It is with deep regret that I announce my immediate resignation as Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

"While I am proud of Gwinnett County Government's many accomplishments over the past six years and had hoped to guide more of this Board's work to completion, I find myself near the end of an extremely trying year that has placed an undeserved strain on my family and has threatened my own health.

"I believe that stepping down at this time is necessary to preserve my family's well-being and will allow the important business of Gwinnett County to move forward without further distraction."

Mega Mart Opens Friday in Gwinnett Place Mall

DULUTH, Ga. -- A major international corporation is betting that Metro Atlanta's economy will bounce back.

Friday morning, the Korea-based "Mega Mart" will officially open its first U.S. store, and it's in Gwinnett Place Mall.

There is nothing like Mega Mart inside any other Metro Atlanta mall; and Gwinnett Place Mall is hoping that Mega Mart -- filling the old anchor store space once occupied by Macy's prior to its merger with Rich's -- will fill up the mall's empty parking spaces, and keep them filled.

"It's been a long journey to get here over the past couple of years and it feels like Christmas is coming early," said Shelley Korenbrot, Gwinnett Place Mall's director of marketing and business development. "And it fills our fifth anchor, again. So we're very excited about that."