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Entertainment district planned near Duluth's Infinite Energy Center


DULUTH, GA (Atlanta Business Chronicle) -- Gwinnett County will spend $7.99 million to buy 13.98 acres next to Infinite Energy Arena (formerly the Arena at Gwinnett Center).

Gwinnett County Commissioners approved purchase of the land, which will be added to the venue's existing property.

It is not yet clear how the remainder of the land will be used, but a long-term master plan being prepared by Explore Gwinnett leaders calls for the area surrounding Infinite Energy Arena to be redeveloped with dense housing and an entertainment district, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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Justin Gaines case: Man charged with concealing death


WALTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Walton County authorities have charged a 57-year-old man with concealing a death in the case of a Gwinnett County teen missing for nearly eight years.

Justin Gaines disappeared in November 2007 after a night out at Wild Bill's nightclub in Duluth, Ga. He was 18.

Three fires evacuate over 100 from Duluth hotel


DULUTH, Ga. -- Over 100 residents had to be evacuated on Saturday when their hotel caught fire in Duluth, Ga.

Officials said the incident happened at the Extended Stay America Hotel on the 3300 block of Venture Highway.

Crews were responding to reports of smoke in the hotel. When they arrived, they found three separate fires in the six story building.

Sheriff: We know who's behind disappearance of Justin Gaines


WALTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway says authorities know who is behind the disappearance of a teenager missing for nearly eight years.

Justin Gaines disappeared in November 2007 after a night out in Gwinnett County. Over the years, authorities have received several tips, but none have panned out. 

When asked if authorities know who is behind Gaines' disappearance, Conway said, "We do. And we've known for some time. We've got to prove it."

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New search underway for Justin Gaines


WALTON COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – 11Alive News has learned a new search is underway into the disappearance of Justin Gaines.

The 18 year-old vanished nearly eight years ago after a night out in Gwinnett County.

According to the family's private investigator, authorities are following up on a tip about remains -- possibly in a well.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office has been conducting a search in the High Shoals area near the Apalachee River.

In February, we showed you surveillance video of Gaines at Wild Bill’s in Duluth from the night he vanished on November 2, 2007. Shortly after the video was released, he was never seen again.

According to the family’s private investigator, deputies will resume their search on Wednesday.

Church volunteer arrested for sexting teen


DULUTH, Ga. -- A 28-year-old married church volunteer has been arrested for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit messages with a teenage girl.

Daniel Louis Kent was a leader for the youth department at First Baptist Church of Duluth. He was asked to step down after church officials learned of his interactions with the teen.

According to a police report, the church's youth minister called Gwinnett County DFCS on Aug. 13 to report the relationship between Kent and the 16-year-old victim. Duluth Police detectives met with the girl's mother, who said Kent and the teen began communicating on Snapchat in early July 2015.

Spa owner denies service dog was kicked out


DULUTH, Ga. -- It's the kind of story that spreads quickly on social media: a demand to boycott a business after a woman and her service dog were asked to leave. The 11Alive newsroom received multiple emails, Facebook messages, and phone calls asking us to investigate the claims. The two sides disagree about what happened last Sunday night at the Jeju Spa. 

Allison Waters says the and her Chihuahua, Pixie, visited the JeJu Spa with her friend Linda Smith August 9.  She says after they had already disrobed and entered the hot tub, an employee asked them to go back to the front and speak with the manager about the dog.  Waters, who has a spinal cord injury, said she relies on Pixie to sense impending seizures and when she needs to take medication.