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Presiding officer Lee May takes helm as interim CEO By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

DeKalb Probate Judge Jeryl Rosh administers the oath of office to Lee May, District 5 commissioner and presiding officer, on July 16. His wife, Robin, holds the Bible.

May said he understands that he is holding a temporary position but it is an opportunity that he takes seriously. “I am humbled by the opportunity to act in this position,” he said after taking the oath of office from DeKalb Probate Judge Jeryl Rosh just before the Board of Commissioners’ zoning hearing started on July 16. “That’s our No. 1 focus.” His wife, Robin, held the Bible for him. May said he is excited to work in harmony and unison with his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners to move the county forward. Asked about the troubles that have be-

District 5 Commissioner Lee May was sworn in at 6:30 p.m. on July 16 as DeKalb County’s interim CEO. May, the board’s presiding officer, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace CEO Burrell Ellis, who was suspended by the governor after his indictment on corruption charges. The county’s organizational act provides for the presiding officer to act as CEO if the CEO is removed from office. Deal said May, who has been on the Board of Commissioners for seven years, will serve until Ellis’ case is resolved or his term ends, whichever comes first. Please see CEO, page 3

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Smiles of Inspiration Joan Brown Llewellyn, flanked by sisters Marcia Thrasher and Evelyn McFarlane, remembers slain family members on July 13 with the help of a family photo album.

Trayvon Martin

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Marchers upset over acquittal By Ken Watts

Today, CAT scans show more than 20 bullet fragments still inside her neck. There also are tiny bone fragments too numerous to count. But with determination and therapy at the Shepherd Center, Llewellyn can now move her shoulders and arms, feed herself, and wash her face. For a shower, her sister Evelyn McFarlane has to drive her an hour away, three times a week, to the Shepherd Center in Buckhead. On July 11, friends and supporters launched www.WelcomeHomeJoan.

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict on July 13, more than 3,000 activists marched in Atlanta to show their displeasure with his acquittal in the Feb. 16, 2012, slaying of Trayvon Martin. The Atlanta marches on July 14 and 15 were part of protests nationwide calling for justice for the Sanford, Fla., teen who was racially profiled and killed by the neighborhood watch captain while on his way home wearing a hoodie on a rainy evening with Skittles and a bottle of ice tea he had just bought at a store. Many protesters in Atlanta and in New York, Boston, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Francisco wore hoodies similar to the gray one Trayvon was wearing when he was shot to death during a scuffle with Zimmerman, who followed and accosted him as he walked through a white neighborhood to his father’s house. They carried signs reading “I am Trayvon” and “No Justice, No Peace.” A jury of six women handed down the unanimous verdict after deliberating 16 hours, agreeing with the defense that Zimmerman killed the teen because he feared for his life even though he provoked the attack. It said that race was not a factor

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Survivor of family massacre focused on faith, healing By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Her thousand-watt smile comes easily and her optimism is infectious. “I thank God for everything that’s hapWhen Joan Brown Llewellyn smiles, pened in my life because it happened for it spreads to her eyes and illuminates the a reason,” she said on July 13 in Decatur, room she is in. where she now lives with her eldest sister. “I Even the most determined grump is thank God if he chooses to use me on my unable to resist. back. I thank him if he chooses to use me What does Llewellyn have to smile in my chair. I thank him if he uses me in about? my singing. I don’t know if anybody underLife! stands how much gratitude I have.” Twenty-eight months after her esOne of the three point-blank shots her tranged husband executed her mother, father, brother and her only child and left her husband of 13 years fired at her head on April 7, 2011, went into her neck, exploded for dead on her parents’ kitchen floor in and exited from her back. Three Hills, Jamaica, Llewellyn is focused It paralyzed her from the neck down. on her recovery.


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“I felt certain they would see this was a teenager that was just trying to get home. This was no burglar.”

Protesters urge justice for Florida teen, movement for change MARCHES,

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in its decision. On July 15, African-American and white protesters marched a three-mile route from the Clark Atlanta University campus to a rally outside the CNN Center organized by community groups calling for positive action to prevent future tragedies and expressing frustration over long-term issues of racial profiling, violence against black males and inequality in the courts. Gregory Wiley of Atlanta lost a son to gun violence five years ago in Macon. He was dressed like Trayvon and carried a sign with the words, “I wear this hoodie in honor and memory of Trayvon Martin.” Wiley, 57, said he wasn’t there the night his son was killed. “But I hear the shot all the time,” he said. “I’m sure Trayvon’s parents will be hearing ‘the shot’ for the rest of their lives. I’m praying for them.” The scene was reminiscent of civil rightsera marches. It was far different from the night of April 29, 1992, when rioting broke out in Atlanta after the acquittals of Los Angeles police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. Police reported no incidents at the Atlanta marches. Decatur attorney Mawuli Davis of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm, a co-organizer of the march, stood vigil outside the Sanford courthouse during the trial on July 9. Davis said a new generation of blacks is learning an old lesson at high cost. When he arrived in Sanford, he was shocked at what he didn’t see – demonstrators outside the courthouse. “We didn’t have a presence there,” Davis said. “If you don’t have a presence, you don’t have influence where it counts – with the jury. It taught us a valuable lesson to be more proactive.” March leaders included the Rev. Derrick Rice of the Sankofa United Methodist Church, former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, and SCLC CEO Charles Steele. Campbell said he has a son and that “a terrible, terrible crime has occurred.” “There ought to be some justice,” he said as he walked in the front row of marchers. “The notion of a young black man on his own property doing nothing wrong gunned

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Atlanta protest organizers are calling for positive action to prevent future tragedies.

down seems an“It exceeded all tithetical to the expectations,” he American system said. “I’m so proud of justice. I wanted and so pleased to to be here to exsee so many young press my support people out here. It for the Trayvon sends a message Martin family and that they really do all the young black care and that they men who are vicunderstand what’s timized by violence at stake.” in this society.” Many young Steele said the participants were community must looking to the fucome together in ture. a movement for Seventeenchange. year-old Thomas “Poor people Reaves of Lithonia are not being recwore a hoodie to ognized,” he said. the July 14 demon“They’re being dis- Participants urged young people to work for change stration in Atlanta’s respected and, in in the community. West End Park. He the tragic case in urged kids to get Florida, being murdered.” involved. At the rally in front of CNN, Michael “Black, white, Asian or Latino, don’t be Langford, leader of the United Youth Adult afraid to stand up and make your feelings Conference, said the march could energize known,” he said. “We have to stop this.” teens and young adults to engage with the As the July 15 rally was winding down, political process and work for the repeal of friends Candace Taylor, Natalie Jones and laws like Florida’s Stand Your Ground self- Krystal Hinton in their late 20s and early defense statute. 30s talked about how to salvage something

positive from the tragedy. “We have to keep this energy going in a positive way,” Taylor said. “I hope it inspires more of us to learn about and get involved with judicial reform,” “We have to go back to teaching our kids how to handle themselves if they get caught in a racial profiling situation,” Hinton said. “What to say, what not to say. What to do, what not to do. It’s not a matter of giving in to ignorance. It’s about doing what you have to do to survive. We’re talking about survival, especially for young black men.” Jones said it’s also time to deal honestly about longstanding community problems. “With all that’s happening to us, we need to respect each other, help each other and most of all stop killing each other.” Civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton said the legal system has once again failed justice and that the verdict was a slap in the face to the American people. In face of the protests, President Barack Obama, who last year said that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon, called for “calm reflection” over the verdict. He said the teen’s death was a tragedy but that we are “a nation of laws and a jury has spoken.” “We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis,” the president said. “As Sybrina Fulton citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.” Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, who emerged from seclusion on July 18 to make the rounds of network TV programs, said they are still shocked and Tracy Martin in disbelief over Zimmerman’s acquittal. Martin said they miss their son dearly. “We felt in our hearts that we were gonna get a conviction,” Martin said. “We thought that the killer of our unarmed child was gonna be convicted of the crime that he committed.” His mother said she felt certain there would have been a verdict of at least manslaughter. “I felt certain they would see this was a teenager that was just trying to get home. This was no burglar. This was somebody’s son just trying to get home.”

Nonprofit seeks food donations The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 38 pantries need food donations to serve families in need. The nonprofit is asking individuals and organizations to help it restock its shelves by making donations of non-perishable food and money. John Berry, the society’s executive director and CEO, says donations John Berry typically go down between June and August. “We receive significantly fewer food and financial donations, therefore reducing the amount of food we have available to provide to families in need,” he said. Last year, the society served more than 146,000 individuals with food, clothing, household goods and direct aid. To donate, visit www.svdpgeorgia.org and click the “Donate Now” button. For your closest food pantry, call 678-892-6160.


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“Some people are congratulating me, some are giving me condolences. I am just honored to be in this position.”

Committee exploring feasibility of Brown congressional run By Ken Watts

DeKalb Sheriff Thomas Brown, who has been contemplating a run for the 4th Congressional District seat, announced a 25-member exploratory committee on July 17 that will help decide whether he should challenge U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson in the 2014 Democratic primary. The group of residents from DeKalb and Rockdale counties includes lawyers, building contractor CD Moody, former state Sen. Steen Miles, state Sen. Emanuel Jones, and The Champion publisher Earl Glenn. Brown, who has been sheriff since 2000, said he’s pleased to have the support. “It’s been an honor for me to serve the people of DeKalb and I look forward to the possibility if it presents itself to serve the people of DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton and Gwinnett counties as a representative from the 4th Congressional District,” he said at a news conference outside the Arizona Steakhouse restaurant in Lithonia. Brown said many people have urged him to run and the exploratory committee will determine whether a campaign is feasible. “I believe I can bring dynamic leadership and a strong voice in the 4th District, something I don’t believe we have to the level that we have had before,” Brown said. “I want to be that voice should I decide to do this. And I will work not only on the Democratic side,

DeKalb Sheriff Thomas Brown speaks to supporters at a news conference on July 17 in Lithonia. He is considering a challenge to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson in 2014.

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but I will develop relationships on the Republican side to bring the political pendulum to the center and bring real solutions to the problems we have with partisan politics in Washington.” Brown, 60, said he will make a final decision when he thinks it’s appropriate. If he decides to run, he said he would not attack the incumbent but would focus on who can provide the best leadership to grow jobs, attract federal tax breaks for businesses that locate here and federal support to improve transportation in the district. He questioned Johnson’s influence in Washington.

“What has been brought back from Washington?” Brown asked. “[Johnson is] close friends with the president. He has a seat on the Transportation Committee. Unless he can articulate why nothing sufficiently has been brought back here, then it would only lead me to believe that maybe not a whole lot of influence is being exerted in a powerful enough way.” Johnson spokesman Andy Phelan confirmed Wednesday that the congressman is seeking re-election. Johnson said in a statement that he looks forward to participating in the electoral process that has made this

country the envy of the world. “I love this country and love serving the people of the 4th District,” he said. “I have a strong record and look forward to running on my record. We need a strong Democrat to continue representing the 4th District.” Angelo Fuster, who chairs Brown’s exploratory committee, said it will conduct a poll this summer to assess his political strength and level of public support. Fuster, a longtime political strategist who worked for Mayor Andrew Young’s administration in the early 1980s, said Brown would be good for the district. “Sheriff Brown has provided the strong, decisive, get-things-done leadership that our country and the 4th District so badly need,” Fuster said. Brown said a favorable poll and brisk fundraising will be the key deciding factors. “Realistically, I know I can’t outraise a four-term congressman. But if I can raise enough to get my message out and talk about the issues and hear what the issues are, that will be a guiding force,” he said. “I’m not hung up on having the most money, but I need enough money.” Brown said he has no pressing deadline but will give himself until February 2014 to see if funding and polling numbers are strong enough. For the full list of Brown’s exploratory committee, visit www.crossroadsnews.com.

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“We are in this together,” he said. “We are yet to come. The Board of Commissioners As to what will happen to his commission seat, May said that each commission district going to move this county forward together. and I in this acting role are going to move fallen the county with the CEO’s suspension, has two commissioners and that Super Hold your head up high. The best days are this county forward.” District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson, who May said DeKalb is battle-tested. “We have come through an economy also represents District 5, will represent his where unemployment has been at historic constituents. He said the Board of Commishighs, where foreclosures have been through sioners will function with six members until the roof,” he said. “We have seen our county things return to normal. Commissioners Larry Johnson, Elaine budgets diminished. We have had incorporations and annexations that have hit us hard, Boyer, Jeff Rader and Sharon Barnes Sutton witnessed the swearing in. but we have stood the test of time.” Barnes Sutton, the board’s vice chair, To the citizens of the county, he said: “Stay strong, be confident that we are work- replaces May as presiding officer. May said he has had mixed reaction to ing together. You have elected us to work on ATL094663B 1 7/20/2013 ALLOY MEDIA + MARKETING your behalf and that’s what we are going to his appointment. “Some people are congratulating me, WMTTR001 do. I am clear that this is a temporary posix5 ESMOOKLER tion and I will operate in full capacity to some are giving me condolences,” he said. “I am just honored to be in Driver this position, but move this county forward.” May said that he had not spoken to Ellis with God’s strength, we are going to move and that his interim CEO office will be on the this county forward.” He said the No. 1 priority is to calm the sixth floor of the Maloof Building and not in Ellis’ office in the Clark-Harrison Building. minds of 6,000 employees. from page

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On its first day, 250 job seekers showed up at the Stonecrest Walmart hiring center on July 15 in search of one of the 300 positions coming with the new Super Walmart opening in October. The 152,000-square-foot store is off I-20 at Turner Hill Road, next door to Sam’s Club. Eager job seekers converged on the center located temporarily at 7342 Stonecrest Concourse, next to H.H. Gregg. Store manager John Moreno said it started with a trickle. “At first it was just one or two people and then right before we opened there was a big rush of applicants,” he said. “We’re very happy with the turnout.” The new store is seeking hourly cashiers and associates and supervisors and managers for all store departments. The hiring center was relocated from Stonecrest MarketPlace for a larger space to accommodate the

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Job hunters flocked to the Walmart hiring center at 7342 Stonecrest Concourse in Lithonia. It is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

anticipated crowds. It is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applications are also being taken at www.walmart.com. While waiting in line for her interview, Deborah Martin of Stone Mountain said she’s been job hunting “for a while.” “Let’s just say it’ll be good to pay some bills and take care of my household again,” she said.

Jaffah Sterling said he’s looking for a position that builds on his five years’ experience as a fast-food restaurant manager. “I’ve got the management skills down pat,” he said. “Now I’m just trying to move up and get a little bit more money.” Rashad Turner of Decatur, who just turned 18, says if he gets hired, it will be his first official job. “I have photography skills and

hope to land a job in the photo department,” he said. Moreno said he has 10 managers on duty at the hiring office to ensure that everything goes smoothly. “The first interviews are just to get to know their background and get an early idea of the possible positions they match up with,” he said. “From this first session we call a certain number of applicants back for the next round of interviews by mid-August.” Walmart spokeswoman Cecily Longfield said some applicants will hear back from the company as early as next week and many of the associates will start work by the end of August. The building is nearing completion and Moreno said Walmart hopes to take possession of the property in the next three to four weeks. “They [associates] will have a lot of work to do getting the store facility organized and ready for its opening this fall,” Moreno said.

Business leaders now favor Stonecrest city study By Ken Watts

Leaders of the Stonecrest Business Alliance say that despite earlier doubts, they now support the effort to launch a feasibility study into the proposed city of Stonecrest. Dr. Alber t Scott, vice chair of the group of merchants and p ro f e s s i o n a l s located around the 1.3 millionsquare-foot Mall at Stonecrest, Albert Scott said the board of directors made the decision after hearing a July 1 presentation by Jason Lary, who is leading the Stonecrest City Alliance initiative. The proposed new city with a projected population of about 76,000 people would cover 61 square miles encompassing a vast expanse of unincorporated Lithonia neighborhoods surrounding the Panola, Evans Mill and Turner Hill road exits, according to DeKalb County’s Geographical Information Systems. The group is raising $30,000 to finance the feasibility study by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute. Lary said as of July 18, the SCA had collected $23,000. Scott, who saw the presentation, said it was a good PowerPoint. “He made a compelling case, but we want to see them get to the feasibility study phase,” Scott said. “That’s the only way all our questions will be answered regarding whether cityhood is really a viable idea.” Scott said the board has not donated to the study but that a member of the business alliance donated $500. This sentiment marks a shift from May when the business alliance sharply questioned whether

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the timing is right for cityhood in the Stonecrest area. Sam Armstrong, coordinator of the business alliance, said at the time that he was concerned about the cost to create and maintain a city and that they did not want to step into a bottomless pit. Armstrong said he now feels the effort should move forward through the study phase. “I’m an accountant type, so I’m anxious to see what an outside agency says about the cost involved,” he said last week. Scott said the new support for the cityhood movement comes from the business alliance’s board. “We have not yet polled the membership and I’m sure there are strong feelings on both sides of the issue,” he said. The Vinson Institute also is analyzing the Lakeside City proposal in North DeKalb. Lary says the momentum is on his group’s side, which is on target to finish the fundraising and have the money by the end of July.

“ S o w e’re a serious contender now,” he said. “We raised $1,000 at our regular monthly informational meeting July 8. That’s the most Jason Lary we’ve ever received at one time.” Lary had another reason to be upbeat. More than 200 people turned out for his July 8 informational meeting at the new DeKalb Library branch on Klondike Road. “It was standing room only toward the end,” he said. “That’s the largest turnout to date for one of our meetings.” He credits the large turnout to aggressive canvassing of neighborhoods in the area. During the meeting, Lary briefed the crowd on the cityhood process – its possible risks and benefits. “People want to be self-determined,” he said. “They want to be self-governed.”

Some worry about a spike in property taxes under cityhood. Like the other newly created cities in DeKalb – Dunwoody and Brookhaven – Stonecrest would take on zoning, police and parks. The Stonecrest City Alliance believes the abundant available land in South DeKalb can attract new business and bolster the tax base. But longtime activist Faye Coffield told the meeting she’s skeptical about a Stonecrest city’s chances of luring commerce. “Unincorporated Lithonia as it exists today with its links to the county is the second or third wealthiest predominantly black community in the U.S., and we have a tough time getting businesses to come here,” she said. “If we can’t develop right now, there’s no way we’re gonna do it as a city.” DeKalb NAACP President John Evans endorsed the idea. “A lot of doubters outside our community don’t think you’ll succeed.” he said. “For those reasons, I think you should do it.”

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“They gave her two units of blood, put an IV in her and just left her to die. … She was not expected to live.”

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com, an online funding campaign to raise $18,000 to put doors on her bedroom, and to enlarge and retrofit a powder room in into a wheelchair-accessible shower. Llewellyn, 42, can hardly wait. “She loves to feel water over her body,” her sister says. “When she gets in the shower, we have a hard time getting her out.” Harris Haley, Llewellyn’s fitness buddy at the Shepherd Center, launched the campaign with the help of his friend Amir Levine and a host of supporters including Stone Mountain-based Friends of Disabled Adults and Children Too Inc., Decaturbased Triumph Over Tragedy, and videographer Dave Shapiro. When he started volunteering at the center last November and was assigned to Llewellyn, Haley said he was immediately captivated by her smile and touched by her determined spirit. “She was my first,” Haley said. “I hit a home run. If you have met Joan, you know she has the most amazing smile that can literally lift your world up.” As her fitness buddy, Haley supports and helps Llewellyn with whatever she needs during her hour of physical therapy. “If she needs weights, I get them for her,” he said. “If she needs a pep talk, I give her one. Whatever she needs, I am there for her.” Haley said he was told not to ask her about the terrible circumstances that made her a paraplegic, but 20 minutes after they met, Llewellyn had shared her story with him. “She told me she was not only going to walk again and but that she was going to run a marathon,” he said. “No part of me does not expect her to do it.” Haley uses words like “remarkable, inspiring, determined and passionate” to describe his new friend. He says he has seen her tired from the effort she puts in, but he has never seen her frustrated. “I know that Joan has very deep-seated faith in God,” he said. “And she exercises her faith on a hourly basis.”

Four family members slain Llewellyn, who is a paralegal, was working at a lawyer’s office in Jamaica in 1996 when Wayne Llewellyn came in for legal advice. He was quiet and polite and soon they were dating. “I loved going to church and he went to church,” she said. A year later, they married on Dec. 28, 1997, and he became father to her 4-yearold daughter, Jorgjham, who everyone called “Jay Jay.” Her close-knit family of five sisters and two brothers also liked the polite young man who seemed so devoted to their youngest. But soon after their marriage, the attentiveness turned into possessiveness and control. Soon, her husband didn’t want his wife and daughter to visit family members or to have friends. He showed up at her job and her daughter’s school all the time; searched their pocketbooks, drawers, cell phones and e-mail accounts; and eavesdropped on their conversations. He joined the Jamaican police force in November 2002 and enlisted his friends on the force to help watch her every move. Six years later, her marriage had become a prison. They fought a lot and on Jan. 29, 2011, he gathered everything from their marriage – certificate, photo albums, photographs, and their wedding DVD – and burned them. “He told me that the marriage was over and to call my people to come and get me,” Llewellyn said. She and Jay Jay, now 17, moved in with her parents, Rachael and Voldey Brown, in

‘Nothing we can do for her’ Two days later, McFarlane found her baby sister in a corner of a large open ward in the Kingston Public Hospital, one of Jamaica’s largest hospitals. “They gave her two units of blood, put an IV in her and just left her to die,” she said. “She was not expected to live. They figured it was just a matter of time before she died. There is no facility like Shepherd Center there. If she lived, it would be too much trouble.” McFarlane thinks that the damage to her sister’s spinal cord might have been less severe if she had been moved by an ambulance after the shooting. As Llewellyn lay on that hospital bed – conscious and eyes wide open – she heard the doctor tell her sister that “there is nothing we can do for her.” She says she looked at him and said: “I Jennifer Ffrench Parker / CrossRoadsNews am going to walk again. You are not God. You can’t determine what I can or cannot do.” With her finger, McFarlane she could “My antidepressant is prayer. God saved me for a feel the bullet in her sister’s back, and she purpose. Every day I ask God to please use me so insisted that they take it out. that my life is an example to others, so that others “If it stayed there, it would continue to may see a miracle through me.” poison her body,” she said. Llewellyn said a nurse turned her on Joan Brown Llewellyn her side, and the doctor took the bullet out right there on her bed. Her husband chased her daughter After that, McFarlane called her superinto her parents’ bedroom where hervisor, Kim Anker at Northside Hospital in mother, Rachael, 79, was on her knees in Atlanta, begging for help. the middle of her morning devotion. Her “My whole family has been murdered Bible was spread open on the bed before and my sister has been left to die,” she told her. He shot Jay Jay in the head and she her. fell on her grandparents’ bed. He shot When she described her sister’s injuries Brown in the head. to Northside doctors, they were astounded Then he went in search of her girlthat she was even conscious and talking. friend, Lorraine Byfield, who had spent the Anker agreed to admit Llewellyn if night with them. He did not find her in McFarlane could get her to Atlanta. the bedroom closet, where she was hiding. On April 20, she left Jamaica with her On his way back through the kitchen, sister in an Air Ambulance, provided by the Llewellyn said her husband lifted her up Jamaican government. by the shoulder to check if she was alive. Llewellyn was taken directly to the “I played dead,” she said. Northside Hospital ICU. It was there, two Then he calmly opened the front door weeks after the massacre, that the dried and walked down the street, where he shot matted blood was finally washed out of her himself. hair. But before he pulled the trigger, he called his friends on the police force to tell Mission: Motivational speaker them what he had done and where he was. Haley and Levine created the www. With blood spewing from her neck, WelcomeHomeJoan.com campaign to Llewellyn managed to find her telephone become the standard for people rendered and called McFarlane, her oldest sister, paraplegic in accidents and violence to get who has been a nurse at Northside Hospihelp to retrofit their homes. tal in Atlanta for 27 years. “Joan is the inspiration for it,” he said. “Wayne just killed Mommy, Daddy, Jay Levine says Llewellyn’s outlook inJay and Fitzroy and I’m shot in the neck,” spires him. she told her. “She doesn’t let what happened to her A dumbfounded McFarlane replied, pull her back. She is all about the future.” “What?” Llewellyn says she is determined not Confused, McFarlane said she called Joan Brown Llewellyn with mother Rachael and her mother’s telephone. stay in her wheelchair. daughter Jay Jay in happier times. Below are “I am going to prove that doctor “It rang without an answer,” she said. brother Fitzroy and father Voldey. wrong,” she said Saturday. “Mommy always answered her phone.” These days, her mission is to become a She dialed the land line at the house motivational speaker. Three Hills, near Ocho Rios. and no one answered. “I want to inspire people who are Shortly after moving back home, As Llewellyn lay bleeding in the bulletdisabled and are victims of domestic vioLlewellyn landed her “dream job” with the riddled house, members of the Jamaican lence,” she said. “I want them to know that Noranda Bauxite Co. in Discovery Bay. On police force rushed to her husband’s aid there is hope.” April 7, two days later she was getting ready with sirens and an ambulance. Llewellyn spent two months at Northfor work just after 6 a.m. when a series of They cordoned off the site where he side Hospital and was discharged on June gunshots shattered the morning quiet. shot himself, and stood guard there. She rushed from her room to see what Llewellyn said they did not come to her 27, 2011, to outpatient care at the Shepherd was going on. aid and, to date, have not contacted her for Center. Today, she can move both of her arms, feed herself and wash her face. She On the kitchen floor was her 54-yeara statement. also can drive her motorized wheelchair. old brother, Fitzroy Townsend, a bullet to She got to the hospital in St. Ann’s Through Thursday, the campaign had the head, gurgling his own blood. Bay, an hour’s drive away. with the help of raised $7,976. The deadline to contribute Through the kitchen window, she saw her neighbors, Bobby and Gaynor Wong. her 77 year-old father, slumped on the There was no police escort to get her to the from $5 to $5,000 is Aug. 15. Middle sister Thrasher, tearing up, says ground next to the car that he was readying hospital quickly. for her hour-and-a-half drive to work. From that hospital, she was transported Llewellyn inspires all of them. “She’s never stops smiling,” she said. Then her daughter began screaming, by ambulance on a four-hour trip across Llewellyn says she prays a lot. “Daddy! Daddy! What are you doing?” the mountains of Jamaica to the Kingston “My antidepressant is prayer,” she said. Next, Llewellyn was dodging three Public Hospital. point-blank bullets from her husband’s Llewellyn said she never lost conscious- “God saved me for a purpose. Every day I ask God to please use me so that my life is service gun. ness. an example to others, so that others may One pierced her neck and she fell in a However, she did go blind temporarily see a miracle through me.” heap on the floor. from the loss of blood.


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“It is imperative to move toward the blending of behavioral health and primary health care services.”

DeKalb CSB, Oakhurst get $1.6 million integrated care grant The DeKalb Community Service Board has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to improve the physical health status of adults with seriJoseph Bona ous mental illnesses. It will work with Oakhurst Medical Centers on the four-year Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grant. Dr. Joseph Bona, DeKalb CSB chief medical officer and the project’s program director, said the agency and Oakhurst have been

collaborating on delivering integrated care to DeKalb residents for several years. “This SAMHSA grant validates our commitment to integrated care for all our clients who might otherwise go without,” Bona said in a July 11 statement. He said both nonprofits will work to expand access to high quality care while modeling an innovative health-home approach. “We believe that with our ‘one-stop approach’ we can assist clients to achieve the triple aim of improved health and enhanced access delivered in a convenient cost-effective setting,” Bona said. Oakhurst, based in Stone Mountain, provides affordable primary care services

to underserved population, including ethnically diverse patients and their families. Oakhurst CEO Jeff Taylor said that the De­ Kalb CSB and Oakhurst have been committed to setting the standard for Jeff Taylor integrating care. “It is imperative in today’s health care environment to move toward the blending of behavioral health and primary health care services,” Taylor said. The DeKalb CSB says many studies show that mental health and physical health are

intrinsically linked. Medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, cancer and pulmonary diseases are much more common in those with mental illness. Federal data indicate that people with severe mental illness die on average 25 years younger than other Americans often due to lack of primary medical care. An Institute of Medicine report concluded that only through the integration of primary health care with mental health and substance abuse service can outcomes be improved. SAMHSA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeks to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities.

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CrossRoadsNews in stories about Jenny Pomeroy, who was paseye safety. sionate about preserving the sense Drs. Amy Hutchinson and Scott of sight, will be honored at a July 31 Pastor, who co-chair Prevent Blindmemorial service at First Presbyteness Georgia, said Pomeroy’s death rian Church of Atlanta. is a tremendous loss to the vision Pomeroy, president and CEO community. of Prevent Blindness Georgia for “Jenny will forever be remem17 years, died suddenly on July bered as an innovative thinker 15 after an adverse reaction to an Jenny Pomeroy and a selfless, dedicated leader in insect bite. Prevent Blindness Georgia is a volunteer Atlanta and across the state of Georgia,” they eye health and safety organization dedicated said in a joint statement on July 17. The memorial service is at 11 a.m. The to fighting blindness and saving sight through church is at 1328 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. screening, education and advocacy. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked Under Pomeroy’s leadership, the nonprofit tripled its service delivery and budget that memorial gifts be made in honor of while offering new programs for public edu- Jenny Pomeroy to Prevent Blindness Georgia, 739 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Suite 200, Atlanta, cation, training, and vision care services. Pomeroy was quoted frequently in GA 30308-1137 or at www.pbga.org.

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State Rep. Tyrone Brooks and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials for years have pushed to reopen investigations.

Flat Rock families hold 3-day reunion

The lynching of four African-Americans at Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe 67 years ago will be portrayed by actors on July 27.

1946 lynching re-enacted Actors will portray the tragic circumstances of the July 25, 1946, lynching at the Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe on July 27. The ninth annual event marks the 67th anniversary of the unsolved lynching that left four African-Americans and one unborn baby dead at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. The noon-to-7 p.m. event is led every year by Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta), who also serves as president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials. Brooks and GABEO for years have pushed to reopen investigations into the decades-old crime. This year’s theme is “No Justice, No Peace! Respect, Uphold and Enforce the Rule of Law!” The event features invited guest speakers Robert Howard, civil rights activist; the Rev. Cassandra Greene, Walton County community activist; and Hattie Lawson, former chair of the Athens Area Human Relations Council. First African Baptist Church is at 130 Tyler St. in Monroe. There is a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the killers. Contact the GBI at 404-244-2600 or the FBI at 404-679-9000. For more information about the re-enactment, contact Rep. Tyrone Brooks at 404-656-6372 or 404-372-1894 or visit www .ga-gabeo.com.

Fresh food, music at Caribbean fest

“Come on and be a part of the vision” First Afrikan Church is an Afrocentric Christian Ministry that empowers women, men, youth and children to move from membership to leadership in the church, community and the world. Praise & Devotion Worship Service Sundays at 10 a.m. Join us for Bible Study Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

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770-981-2601 “We are building far beyond our years.”

Members of DeKalb’s oldest black families will congregate in Flat Rock on July 26-28 for the 29th annual WaitsGault-Wise family reunion. Expected attendees include NFL and CFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon and actor and comedian Chris Tucker. This year’s theme is “Reconnecting With Love for Future Generations.” Johnny Waits, great-great-grandson of Virginia-born slave Eliza Waits – who died a free woman in Flat Rock around 1870 – said the public is invited to participate in the festivities even if they are not related. The reunion weekend kicks off at 9 p.m. on Friday with a welcome party at Georgia Perimeter College, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. Tickets for the event are $10. On July 27, a genealogy workshop, for $25, will show participants how to research their own family histories on Ancestry. com. The two-hour class starts at 10 a.m. Guests must bring their own laptops or tablets to the Flat Rock Archive at 3979 Crossvale Road in Lithonia. Immediately following the class, Moon and his family will visit the archives for the first time and hold a meet-and-greet session with guests. Chicago’s Wooten Choral Ensemble, the nation’s oldest black recording choir, will perform at Sunday service on July 28 at 11 a.m. at the Flat Rock Community Building. For more information, visit wgwfamily .ning.com.

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First Afrikan Families on the Presbyterian’s hunt for freshly community grow n food w ill garden is host for find plenty at First a farmers market Afrikan Presbyteand Caribbean rian Church’s July 27 fest on July 27 in farmers market and Lithonia featuring Caribbean festival in kids activities Lithonia. and drawings for T h e c h u r c h’s prizes. community garden is hosting local farmers and gardeners with fresh produce to sell Vending space is available – call Mawaand is offering a Taste of the Caribbean from kana White at 770-940-1830. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church is at 5197 Salem Road. For There will be music, fresh fried fish, Caribbean food, activities for children, and more information, e-mail litharit@gmail .com or call 770-981-2601. drawings for prizes.

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“God has a vision for our lives that is greater than any vision we can have for ourselves or that others can have for us.”

Kevin Johnson, author of “The Entrepreneur Mind,” will give the charge to 10 newly minted entrepreneurs from IXGEN Inc.’s 2013 Youth Empowerment Program at their July 27 graduation in Decatur. He is president of Johnson Media Inc. The biz whiz kids ages 13 to 26 will get certificates at a ceremony at Peace Lutheran Church, 1679 Columbia Drive, at 1 p.m. Two-year-old IXGEN is a Christianbased nonprofit that provides business de-

velopment services and promotes minority entrepreneurship. Participants completed a six-session, 30-hour training program. Emmenette Mason, founder and CEO, says the program teaches students the benefits of owning a business and the basics. “We encourage them to begin to think about how they can start a business while they are still in school,” she said. For more information, e-mail emason .ixgeninc@gmail.com or call 770-708-7374.

Klatch tackles race relations, justice system “Coffee & Conversation” on race relations and the justice system takes place July 27 at My Coffee Shop at East Lake. The Decatur-based law firm of Dionne McGee is hosting the 9-to-10:30 a.m. event. Coffee is complimentary and the talk

costs nothing. The shop is at 2462 Memorial Drive S.E. in Atlanta. R.S.V.P. to http://mcgeelawtalk.event brite.com. For more information, call 404549-4701 or visit dionnemcgee.com.


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“He has to work some more on his muscle strength and his coordination. But it’s amazing how far he’s come.”

Toddler shot outside Kroger doing well after surgeries By Ken Watts

the family get through the physical and emotional trauma of the past few weeks. The parents of 2-year-old Evan HarriNina Harrison held Evan in her son, who was shot in the abdomen outside arms during the news conference. a Stone Mountain Kroger supermarket on She declined comment but her husJune 26, are thanking the community for band lavishly praised her. its outpouring of love and support. “She is the strongest woman I Little Evan, bright-eyed, alert and know,” he said. “With her being so happy, attended a July 18 news conference strong, it made me stronger and with his parents, Jermaine and Nina HarGod held us together.” rison, at DeKalb Police Headquarters. Harrison said he bears no ill will He is recovering well after three surtoward the shooter but is just glad geries and three weeks of hospitalization someone’s been arrested. for treatment of a bullet wound in the The Harrisons, who live in abdomen. Stone Mountain, say they’ve reHis father said he is 80 percent back to ceived scores of phone calls and text his physical self. messages of support from people “He has to work some more on his they’ve never met as well as gestures muscle strength and his coordination,” of kindness. he said. “But it’s amazing how far he’s One person, another good Sacome and how fast he’s coming back to maritan, set up a Web site where the himself.” public can help pay the Harrisons’ Harrison said Evan underwent the three Ken Watts / CrossRoadsNews enormous medical expenses. operations in his first week at Children’s Nina Harrison holds Evan, 2, during a press conference Thursday, after his release from hospital this week. Here’s a link: http://www.youHealthcare of Atlanta. He was released on caring.com/medical-fundraiser/ July 16. of a suspect at the shooting scene. “Doctors tell us he shouldn’t have any Harrison said he didn’t think that trying to help someone atlanta-s-good-samaritan-dad/69338. complications,” Harrison said. would endanger his son’s life. Evan was wounded in the crossfire of “I just reacted,” he said. a confrontation that erupted and ended If he had to do it over again, he said he would still react in a matter of seconds that afternoon in as a good Samaritan because that is how his grandmother DeKalb Sheriff Thomas Brown June. raised him. is a new grandpa. His dad saw a robbery in progress He grew up in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and he Brown, 60, welcomed his first and intervened as a good Samaritan to said she instilled strong moral values in him. Jermaine Harrison stop it. grandchild, Braden Jamaal Blue, “Of course I would hope that my family wouldn’t suffer on July 11. Braden weighed in at 9 Moments later, a man approached him near the family injuries but I wouldn’t change anything,” said Harrison, who pounds, 8 ounces. car outside the Kroger on North Hairston Road near Me- believes his actions were not unusual. He is the son of Brown’s daughmorial Drive. “There are a lot of people like myself in the community ter, Dr. Brittany Blue, and her husAbout 15 shots rang out. One round struck Evan, who and it just so happened that my incident got attention. Stuff band, Brandon, also a medical docwas sitting in the car. like this happens where people in the community do sometor. The Blues live in St. Louis. Chazerel Burton, 21, turned himself in a few days later thing right when they see something wrong.” after police released his DMV photo and surveillance images Harrison said a strong faith and his wife, Nina, helped

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Notice of Petition to Change Name(s) of Minor Child(ren) in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV7426-3++ Jasmine Johnson filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on July 8, 2013 to change the name(s) of the following minor child(ren): From Jahlil Cameron Davis to Cameron Marquis Johnson Jr. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within the time prescribed in OCGA 19-12-1(f)(2) and (3). Dated: July 8, 2013 Jasmine Johnson Petitioner, Pro se 2374 Cranbrooke Drive Decatur, GA 30032

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NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV7026-2++ Myranda Morgan Plaintiff Vs. Malique Gamble Defendant TO: Myranda Morgan 3430 Broad River Road, Apt #1105 Columbia, SC 29210 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated July 10, 2013, you are hereby notified that on July 2, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Name Change for Minor Child. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Myranda Morgan, 2561 Glenrock Dr, Decatur, GA 30032. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, July 10, 2013. Witness the Honorable Asha F. Jackson Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 12th day of July, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV4131-10++ Saberina Moody Plaintiff Vs. Jeremie Morgan Defendant TO: Jeremie A. Morgan 5405 8th Ave South St Petersburg, FL 33707 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated July 2, 2013, you are hereby notified that on April 2, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Saberina Moody, 3736 Windsor Circle, Clarkston, GA 30021. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, July 2, 2013. Witness the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court.

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Notice of Petition to Change Name of Adult in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV7411-3++ Jesse Harris filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on July 8, 2013 to change the name from: Jesse Harris to Jesse Robert Pinckney. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: July 8, 2013 Jesse Harris Petitioner, Pro se Jesse Harris 4371 Glenwood Road Decatur, GA 30032 404-633-2716

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NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV5532-10++ Kim A. Dunn Plaintiff Vs. Willie Dunn Defendant TO: Willie Dunn By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 14, 2013, you are hereby notified that on May 10, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Kim A Dunn, 1303 Constitution Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, July 10, 2013. Witness the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 10th day of July, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

Notice of Petition to Change Name of Adult in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV5705-10++ Teresa Kelia Clark filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on May 15, 2013 to change the name from: Teresa Kelia Clark to Kelia Teresa Clark. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: May 15, 2013 Teresa Kelia Clark Petitioner, Pro se 5126 Miller Woods rive Decatur, GA 30035 404-782-2965

Debra DeBerry Clerk of Superior Court

7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV6839-9++ Kem Johnson Seymour

Plaintiff Vs. Larry James Seymour Defendant TO: Larry James Seymour By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated July 8, 2013, you are hereby notified that on June 27, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Kem Johnson Seymour, 816 Deshon Creek Drive, Lithonia, GA 30058. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of July 8, 2013. Witness the Honorable Mark Anthony Scott Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 8th day of July, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

Notice of Petition to Change Name(s) of Minor Child(ren) in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV6798-2++ Sherita Dowdy filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on June 20, 2013 to change the name(s) of the following minor child(ren): From Chrisma Kelsey Dowdy to Kelshey Leshay Dowdy. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within the time prescribed in OCGA 19-12-1(f)(2) and (3). Dated: June 12, 2013 Sherita Dowdy Petitioner, Pro se 433 Derby Shine Dr Stone Mountain, GA 30088

Debra DeBerry Clerk of Superior Court

7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV6252-9++ Brandon Grant Plaintiff Vs. Latrice Jackson/Billy Williams Defendant TO: Latrice Jackson 2047 Corners Circle Lithonia, GA 30058 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 25, 2013, you are hereby notified that on June 21, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Legitimization for minor children Brandon Jackson and Xyell Grant You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Brandon Grant, 806 Montrose Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30092. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, June 25, 2013. Witness the Honorable Mark Anthony Scott Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 25th day of June, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++12CV11120-2++ Victoria Hayes

Plaintiff Vs. Elray Booker Defendant TO: Elray Booker 2149 Vineyard Walk Atlanta, GA 30316 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 26, 2013, you are hereby notified that on October 1, 2012, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Victoria Hayes, 5177 Winding Glen Drive, Lithonia, GA 30038. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, June 26, 2013. Witness the Honorable Asha F. Jackson Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 27th day of June, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++12CV9613-3++ Lawrence Honore Plaintiff Vs. Laquita Williams Defendant TO: Laquita Williams By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated May 28, 2013, you are hereby notified that on August 14, 2012, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Modification of Child Custody. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Elizabeth Ann Guerrant, 246 Sycamore St, Ste 120, Decatur, GA 30030. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, May 28, 2013. Witness the Honorable Clarence Seeliger Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 27th day of June, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV6592-3++ Shamika Haughton Plaintiff Vs. Donald Haughton Defendant TO: Donald Haughton 5311 Northwest 32nd St Hollywood, FL 33023 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 25, 2013, you are hereby notified that on June 12, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Complaint for Divorce with no minor children. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is 121 Trace Terr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, June 25, 2013. Witness the Honorable Clarence Seeliger Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 26th day of June, 2013. 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20

Notice of Petition to Change Name(s) of Minor Child(ren) in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV6688-2++ Ian Alexander filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on June

July 20, 2013 14, 2013 to change the name(s) of the following minor child(ren): From Ava Bartholomew-Alexander to Ava Nicole Enid BartholomewAlexander. From Tristan Bartholomew-Alexander to Tristan Marcelle BartholomewAlexander. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within the time prescribed in OCGA 19-12-1(f)(2) and (3). Dated: April 17, 2013 Ian Alexander Petitioner, Pro se 5894 Strathmoor Manor Circle Lithonia, GA 30058 404-750-5780

Debra DeBerry Clerk of Superior Court

6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20

Notice of Petition to Change Name(s) of Minor Child(ren) in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 12CV12371-10 ++ Ashley E. Thompson filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on November 8, 2012 to change the name(s) of the following minor child(ren): From Kingston Carter James Pittman to Kingston Carter James Thompson. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within the time prescribed in OCGA 19-12-1(f)(2) and (3). Dated: Nov 8, 2012 Ashley E. Thompson Petitioner, Pro se 808 Tree Mountain Pkwy Stone Mountain, GA 30083 678-362-6511

Debra DeBerry Clerk of Superior Court

6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20

Notice of Petition to Change Name of Adult in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV6957-7++ Tabatha Lundy Foster filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on June 24, 2013 to change the name from: Tabatha Lundy Foster to Tabatha Alicia Foster. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: June 20, 2013 Tabatha Foster Petitioner, Pro se 4670 Cedar Park Trail Stone Mountain, GA 30083 404-987-1432

Debra DeBerry Clerk of Superior Court

6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

are hereby notified that on June 14, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Rochelle Gayden, 2918 Catalina Dr, Decatur, GA 30032. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, June 18, 2013. Witness the Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr. Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 18th day of June, 2013. 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV5416-2++ Donald Gene Burks Plaintiff Vs. Sandra Luvenia Burks Defendant TO: Sandra Luvenia Burks 314 Bourley St Leesburg, GA 32748 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 10, 2013, you are hereby notified that on May 7, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Donald G. Burks, 1795 Crescent Centre Blvd, Tucker, GA 30084. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, June 10, 2013. Witness the Honorable Asha F. Jackson Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 11th day of June, 2013. 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV5849-4++ Kasandra D. Bonaparte Plaintiff Vs. Aaron Bonaparte Defendant TO: Aaron Bonaparte 300 7th Ave, Apt 9 Asbury Park, NJ 07712 & PO Box 611 Neptune, NJ 07754 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 3, 2013, you are hereby notified that on May 21, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Yazmin Sobh, Atlanta Legal Aid, 246 Sycamore St, Ste 120, Decatur, GA 30030-3434. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, June 3, 2013. Witness the Honorable Gail C. Flake Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 12th day of June, 2013.

Civil Action # ++13CV6639-7++ Rochelle Yvonne Gayden Plaintiff Vs. Marcus Neal Flowers Defendant TO: Marcus Neal Flowers By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 18, 2013, you

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