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Woman charged with lying about Justin Gaines case


WALTON COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities say a woman lied to investigators about the case of a teen missing for eight years.

Walton County’s assistant district attorney confirmed that Thelma Ruth Ballew was indicted on a charge of making a false statement.

Ballew allegedly lied to a captain in the Walton County Sheriff's office when she told them she was there when someone disposed Gaines' body.

Authorities launched a massive search this summer for Gaines' body based in part on her statements.

Gaines vanished eight years ago after a night out in Duluth.

No one has been charged in the case.

Police: Woman who cared for Bobbi Kristina Brown impersonated nurse

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a woman in charge of Bobbi Kristina Brown's care at the hospice where she died was impersonating a nurse and faces charges that include identity fraud and nursing without a license.
A Duluth police report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press states that detectives have documents showing Taiwo Sobamowo cared for Brown at Peachtree Christian Hospice outside Atlanta. The report describes Sobamowo as the nurse in charge of caring for Brown, the only daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston.

There is nothing in the report that mentions how Brown's care might have been affected.
The 22-year-old Brown died at Peachtree Christian on July 26 after she was found face-down in the bathtub of her Roswell home Jan. 31.
Sobamowo was arrested in North Carolina.

Man arrested for killing young father in hit-and-run


DULUTH, Ga. -- After Gwinnett County police arrested the driver accused of hitting a young father on Boggs Road Monday night, he is now out on bond.

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.

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."