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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.

Knocking neighbor saves Gwinnett residents from house fire


 

DULUTH, Ga. -- A neighbor's quick-thinking may have saved the lives of two Duluth, Ga. residents Sunday morning just before a fire consumed part of their home.

Fire crews from Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched to a report of a house fire in the 2700 block of Eudora Trail in the Sugarloaf Country Club.

An occupant of the home said they were made aware of the fire when a neighbor came and knocked on the door.

Because of that, the two college-aged students escaped unharmed.

When fire crews arrived on scene they found a large two story residence with heavy fire coming from one side of the house. Firefighters quickly went to work on the fire limiting most of the damage to the first floor. Fire was kept to the original residence and did not spread to any surrounding houses.

Bobbi Kristina family comments on condition amid 'white tent' speculation


DULUTH, Ga. -- The hospice center where Bobbi Kristina Brown is being housed is not commenting on a white tent that recently went up near their building.

However friends and family close to Brown said that the young girl is still alive and that they are unsure of the purpose of the tent.

This comes after recent speculation among social media and entertainment news sites that the tent is somehow related to Brown's condition.

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The recent word from the family appears to show that not to be the case.

A father just wants to know who killed his daughter


DULUTH, Ga. – Nearly three years after a 25-year-old woman was shot to death in Duluth, police are at a dead end in their investigation, and her family has been able to increase the reward in the case to $100,000.

But there is a time limit of 90 days on that higher amount -- for a reason.

Monique Marlowe worked at the Hertz Rental Cars location that, at the time, was on Satellite Boulevard near Pleasant Hill Road. She was in the parking lot in back on September 21, 2012, cleaning one of the rental cars, getting it ready for another customer, when a man ran up to her, shot her once, left her for dead and ran away.

Families putting aside differences to be with Bobbi Kristina


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DULUTH, Ga. -- For the first time, Bobbi Kristina Brown's family is setting aside their differences and coming together.

Saturday, 11Alive's cameras were rolling during the emotional reunion of two of Brown's aunts.

11Alive was at Gwinnett County Hospice center where she has been since Wednesday.

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Prayers continue for Bobbi Kristina Brown


DULUTH, Ga. – Prayers continue for Bobbi Kristina Brown as her family says she's now in God's hand at a hospice care facility in Duluth, Ga.

Brown's condition hasn't improved since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Roswell home on Jan. 31.

Family members announced Wednesday they brought her to Peachtree Christian Hospice.