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    Family and friends are searching for a missing Gwinnett County mother.Beatriz Espinoza, 25, was last seen Friday.We're learning the latest in the investigation on Channel 2 Action News Sunday AM.She disappeared with her 3-year-old son who was later found wandering in a shopping center alone.The shopping center is near the apartment complex where the family lives on Norcross Tucker Road.A large group went to search in the wooded areas nearby Sunday morning. They passed out fliers in the area to ask people to help them find her.Gwinnett County police are investigating after they arrived to make a report on her disappearance Saturday night.Family and friends said they fear the worst, like that she was kidnapped and is being held somewhere.'She was supposed to pick up her eldest son from school, the school bus, and she never showed up,' Maria Martinez said. 'It's very unusual. She's never done anything like that.
  • A 3-year-old was found wandering alone in a Gwinnett County shopping center after his mother went missing, officials say.  Beatriz Espinoza, 25, was last seen with her son on Friday, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Gwinnett County police took a missing persons report Saturday, after her son was found alone. Neighbors told Channel 2 they fear Espinoza may have been kidnapped. 'She was supposed to pick up her eldest son from school, the school bus, and she never showed up,' Maria Martinez told Channel 2. “It’s very unusual. She’s never done anything like that.” The family lives in an apartment complex near the Tucker Road shopping center where the boy was found. A group of friends and family members were passing out fliers in the area Sunday morning, the news station reported. MORE: Family says mother missing for 9 days left car, keys at home  Mom says missing 22-year-old depressed over father’s death Officials search for missing father whose boat sank in lake In other news: 
  • The city of Valdosta is spending nearly $1 million to upgrade its fleet of vehicles, with purchases including new police cruisers and a dumpster truck. The Valdosta Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2nkOthA ) bids for the $900,000 worth of new vehicles were approved by the city council last Thursday. City officials say they need some new wheels to replace older cars and trucks with high mileage and rising maintenance costs. A third of the total is being spent on the Valdosta Police Department, which is getting 11 new pursuit vehicles. The public works department is dropping $238,000 on a new dumpster truck and $143,000 on a new claw truck used to pick up debris. And the city utilities department is buying five half-ton crew cab trucks for $26,600 apiece.
  • State parole board members plan to travel to Dahlonega to meet with crime victims. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a Victims Visitors' Day for April 6 at the Lumpkin County courthouse. Board Chairman Terry Barnard said in a statement that the event gives crime victims a chance to talk to board members and share their concerns or interests on upcoming parole cases. Crime victims can reach out to the Georgia Office of Victim Services to schedule an appointment to meet with the parole board. The parole board has held similar events across Georgia since 2006 and has met with more than 3,000 crime victims and family members to discuss cases.
  • Election officials say early voting begins Monday in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Secretary of State Brian Kemp says voters should contact their county elections offices for specific information on the early voting process. State law requires that polls be open during normal business hours during the early voting period. Polls also will be open Saturday, April 8. More than a dozen candidates are competing in the April 18 contest to fill the seat representing many of Atlanta's northern suburbs and formerly held by Tom Price. Price, a Republican, is now secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Georgia requires a so-called 'jungle primary' to fill congressional vacancies. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, move to a June 20 runoff.
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  • Atlanta Falcons football star Julio Jones is among investigators in what backers describe as a massive business and entertainment project planned northeast of Atlanta. Plans call for a mix of shops, offices, apartments, condos and a 25-story hotel building near the Mall of Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (http://bit.ly/2mYMM74). The hotel would be the tallest building in Gwinnett County, and include seven floors of condos and a rooftop bar, the newspaper reported. Also included: A 50,000-square-foot family entertainment center that will include 'luxury bowling,' a sports theater, arcade, private event space, restaurant and 'multi-faceted entertainment options.' Plans for the $200 million development were unveiled at a news conference this week in Atlanta. The development's name — Ariston — is Greek for 'the best.' 'We want this to be the best,' Jones said at a recent news conference at the Georgia State Capitol. 'The very best.' Jones has been described as a 'principal investor' in the project. Jon Guven of Guven's Fine Jewelry is also an investor. 'It started off as we wanted to do a family entertainment center up there just to have something to do,' said Jones, who lives in Gwinnett County. 'Because I know being on the team, guys had to take their kids like 45 minutes to really go Downtown to really hang out, do things. We just need something up there in that area.' The project will be built in phases and construction is likely to take four years, said Jonathan Garza of development firm Ivy Creek Partners. Officials hope to break ground on the first phase sometime in the next month or so. The area is about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta.
  • Rain began to move into Georgia Saturday night, but fizzled out throughout the night as it moved west across north Georgia.'This is a very slow moving system,' Walls said.Walls said as the system moves west across north Georgia, the storms will lose strength and dissipate, leaving a mostly cloudy sky for your Sunday morning[DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's Weather App to be alerted for any severe weather]Conditions will remain that way until mid-afternoon Sunday when, Walls said, afternoon heating could cause storms to pop up and become severe.'It's mainly Sunday afternoon when I think we have the best possibility for dealing with some strong storms,' Walls said. 'The Storm Prediction Center has placed us in a marginal risk for a storm on Sunday.'Most of north Georgia has the chance of being hit by isolated strong storms throughout the afternoon, with wind gusts up to 40 mph, and the potential for small hail and cloud-to-ground lightning.Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 2 Weather App 'I'm not expecting a washout by any means, but many of us will be dodging those raindrops on your Sunday,' Walls said. 'It's one of those days to be weather aware, especially if you live along and north of Interstate 20.'Scattered storms will stay in the forecast throughout Monday and Tuesday.Expect highs near 80 by Wednesday with a 20 percent chance of rain. WHAT CAN VIEWERS ONLY GET ON TV? Updated hour-by-hour temperature models showing the warm-up this afternoon and the mild evening ahead Hour-by-hour forecast models showing potential for storms this weekend - when they arrive and the impacts they'll have on weekend plans
  • Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman.Shirley Ngang took a flight from Houston to Miami but had a layover in Atlanta and was somehow taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.[DOWNLOAD the WSB-TV news app for breaking news alerts]Doctors discharged her almost a month ago and she has not been seen since. TRENDING STORIES: NTSB removing wreckage from deadly plane crash Company will pay you $10K per month to travel and stay in luxury homes Shooting suspect found dead inside apartments after standoff Her luggage, however, is still at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.Anyone who has seen Ngang is asked to call Atlanta police.