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Missing Boy Found at Family Friend's Home

GAINESVILLE, GA -- After a long night of searching, police found 10-year-old Mario Taddeo safe at the home of a family friend in Gainesville on Tuesday. At least, 29-year-old Christopher Ray had been considered been a family friend before the Lawrenceville boy disappeared after school on Monday.

Ray is being charged with interference with the custody of a minor by Gwinnett County Police and may face further charges in Hall County.

The Gainesville man had taken care of Taddeo and his brothers before, but he did not have permission to pick the boy up on Monday.

Taddeo's mother had publicly pled for her son's safe return.

Missing 10-year-old Found Safe

UPDATE: Mario has been found safe near Gainesville, GA. No other details were immediately available.

Lawrenceville, GA -- Gabriella Taddeo called her son a "miracle baby" and pleaded for the safe return of 10-year-old Mario Taddeo, who disappeared after school on Monday.

"He was born a preemie and survived," she told reporters in front of her home on Martin Forest Lane on Tuesday morning. "May God perform another miracle. We want our miracle baby back."

Mario was last seen around 3:30 p.m. on Monday after leaving a friend's home after returning from school. He's a fourth-grader at Alcovy Elementary School. 

Mario was last seen wearing a gray polo top with red stripes, dark blue jeans and red shoes.

If you have any information, please contact the Gwinnett County Police department at 770-513-5000.

Boys & Girls Club Gets Free Central Air Units After Theft

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- More than 300 youngsters turn to the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrenceville for homework help, computer lessons and to play sports.

When thieves took all of the club's central air conditioners and nine units at two other Boys and Girls Clubs, they turned to 11Alive's Help Desk.

What followed was an immediate 2-hour telethon to help raise funds to offset the cost of replacing the units and to defray the cost of installing special security systems in all 27 Metro Atlanta Boys and Girls Clubs.

Two specialized air conditioning companies, Trane and Coolray, stepped right up to provide the units and the labor to install them -- all for free.

"We watched the newscast that you did on TV. Saw it. Felt like it was a thing we needed to do to help out in our community," said Michael Hopkins of Trane.

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press

PREP FOOTBALL

Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
governor.
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Online:
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Missing 6-Year-Old in Sugar Hill Found

SUGAR HILL, GA - Gwinnett County Police say a missing 6-year-old girl has been found safely. There is no word yet on where she was found.

Police and neighbors in Sugar Hill had been searching for Aniyah Mason since about 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the neighborhood on Princeton Oaks Drive off Riverside Road.

Police used helicopters and dogs in the search for the first grader and found her just after 10 p.m. Thursday night. 

Neighbors say she was seen talking to someone in a car sometime before she disappeared.

 

Football Team Sings Together, Pledges Kindness

"I plan on doing a Random Act of Kindness for one of my teachers at Archer" says football player Martin Williams.  "I go to the store all the time, (I'll) help an old lady with her groceries, take them to the car" adds team mate Trevellous Cheek.  "...Help teachers out in the classroom, someone drops a book, pick it up for them, open doors" adds another player, Gavin Culbreth. 

The football team at Archer High School in Gwinnett County is abuzz...promising to do nice things for their friends, family, teachers, and then keep the kindness moving forward.  Cheeks believes that if "my team see me doing stuff, they'll try to do the same.