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Human remains determined to be missing teen girl

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Gwinnett police said the human remains located Monday on Georgia Highway 316 near the Barrow County line were identified as Susana Morales, a 16-year-old who went missing from Norcross last summer.

Police said the remains were discovered around 6:30 Monday evening off Highway 316 between Downing Creek and the Barrow County line. Morales was reported as missing on July 26, 2022, police said.

A passerby discovered the human remains in the woods on Monday, and called police. Detectives and CSI responded to the scene, according to police officials, and the Gwinnett Medical Examiners’ office took possession of the remains, identifying them as Morales.

Detectives are investigating the manner and cause of death of Morales.

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, giving county residents an opportunity to safely dispose of household waste items that is dangerous and requires careful handling.

The collection day will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, which is located at 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. Residents will be able to bring hazardous household waste items to the fairgrounds and drop them off for free during the event. During the biannual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days in 2022, 161,874 pounds of hazardous materials were dropped off by 1,422 Gwinnett residents. Those materials were diverted from ending up in landfills because of the events.

The long list of materials that people can drop off during the event ranges from automotive fluids, auto batteries, pesticides, and cooking oil and grease to mercury, paint strippers, cleaners, spray paint, and flammable fluids.

In all cultures, food is a way to connect with others when it is shared. The meal is a staple feature that encourages understanding, cooperation and togetherness.

Georgia Gwinnett College is harnessing that concept to celebrate its differences and to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the higher education space through a series of dinners that began February 1. The dinners will continue weekly through March 2. Each week, a different school within the college will host the dinners featuring guest speakers from GGC and the community. Each speaker will discuss topics such as inclusive education practices; challenges, activism and advocacy; and creating an inclusive mindset in dealing with generational differences.

Dr. Maria Fernandez attended the first dinner where guest speaker Dr. Marshall Shepherd, from the University of Georgia, led a discussion about inequities associated with climate change. She thought it was a great first step towards introducing diverse perspectives on various topics.

 Gwinnett resident David Post has spent more than half of his life in law enforcement, and for the past quarter century he’s been dedicated to providing assistance to the families of police officers who are killed in the line of duty.

The Suwanee resident established his own security company in 1973 and served as a sworn reserve deputy for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office from 1974 until his retirement in 2021. He currently serves as chairman of Care For Cops, which was established in 1999 by the Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Commission and now is a nonprofit serving law enforcement families in Georgia.

Post said that to date, Care For Cops has provided assistance to more than 90 families. He noted that while assistance is immediate, it’s also short-term, although certain situations might involve additional benefits. In the early years of Care For Cops, fundraisers consisted of police-escorted motorcycle rides from Stone Mountain to Lake Lanier Islands, where a day of activities, competitions, food and music were offered. After a few years, the nonprofit raised money through golf tournaments, and Care For Cops’ present fundraising tool is 5K races. The next Care For Cops 5K is set for 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Suwanee Town Center. Another 5K is scheduled for September.

Pêche (Pesh) is the newest restaurant at The Forum Peachtree Corners.

The restaurant is located at 5155 Peachtree Pkwy. Ste. 320 Peachtree Corners in the former location of Grace 1720.

The restaurant will have a "soft opening" this week with the official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for today.

The restaurant is self described as "modern coastal" and will emphasize fresh seafood entrees. They will continue to refine the menu this week, but included with the restaurant photos is a draft of the menu to give you an idea of what will be offered.

The restaurant group behind Pêche is the same that opened Stäge Peachtree Corners in 2021.

Gwinnett County officials will apply for two U.S. Department of Transportation RAISE grants, worth up to $25 million each, for mobility projects in the Gwinnett Place Mall area.

County commissioners voted on Tuesday to apply for the grants, which would be collectively worth $50 million. The RAISE grants are available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that went into effect last year.

One grant would help cover much of the cost to expand the Gwinnett Place Transit Center. The other grant would cover a significant portion of the cost for a multi-use path that will connect the soon-to-be-redeveloped Gwinnett Place Mall property with McDaniel Farm Park. The grants are part of ongoing efforts to revitalize the Gwinnett Place area. The county finalized its purchase of most of the area’s namesake mall in 2021 and plans are on the table for a mixed-use redevelopment that would include a cultural center, existing and new retail, green space and residential uses among other amenities.

The county has also been planning to overhaul and expand its transit center at the mall for years, gradually acquiring land for that project.

If Gwinnett’s grant application concerning the center is approved, the U.S. Department of Transportation would provide $25 million for the project while the county would provide a local match of $6.25 million.

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