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► Dunwoody assistant city attorney placed on leave pending investigation PAGE 2 ► Perimeter Center bus, shuttle lanes proposed PAGE 6


DHA hosts state AG, presents annual awards BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewpapers.net

Georgia Attorney General and Dunwoody resident Chris Carr spoke at the Dunwoody Homeowners Association annual meeting Jan. 29 at Dunwoody High School.

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State Attorney General Chris Carr described his office’s role and answered questions from participants during his keynote address at the annual Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting held at Dunwoody High School. Carr, the former commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, was appointed in November to be attorney general by Gov. Nathan Deal. Carr succeeded Sam Olens, who left the office to become president of Kennesaw State University. Carr said he will run for a full term in 2018. Carr explained at the Jan. 29 meeting the many responsibilities his office has and some of the specific work it fulfills, including working to stop human trafficking and tackling widespread prescription drug and opioid See DHA on page 12

Council considers Dunwoody Village Overlay amendment BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

City officials are contemplating changes to the Dunwoody Village overlay zoning district as some business owners are unwilling to meet the strict zoning requirements. As the economy has improved over the past few years, businesses are asking to locate in Dunwoody Village, city officials say. But current restrictions on construction and renovation are keeping out some of those businesses, business owners say. See COUNCIL on page 11

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A physical therapist seeking to open a business in his Dunwoody North home met fierce opposition from residents in his neighborhood and eventually was denied a special land use permit by City Council. Rhett Roberson was able to get letters of approval from neighbors living adjacent to his home and several people spoke in his favor at a previous meeting, but residents living in the neighborhood told council at the Jan. 23 meeting they worried for their property values if the home business was allowed to open in their neighborhood. Roberson’s business is considered a Type B business under city code, meaning customers are allowed to visit his home for services. There are numerous Type A home businesses in residential neighborhoods. They allow only one staff member and no visitors to homes. Judy Hofer claimed that if the council approved the SLUP request, other therapy businesses would likely follow suit, including possibly “sex therapists or psychiatrists treating sex offenders or even veterans with PTSD.” Another person said allowing this business could lead to a tattoo artist opening in the neighborhood. Other neighbors said allowing a home business with visiting customers would increase traffic, bring people from outside the neighborhood into their quiet community and would disrupt the quiet suburban lifestyle they desire. Councilmember John Heneghan made the motion to deny Roberson’s request. Heneghan said he believes Roberson’s business is considered a medical facility according to city code and is prohibited from being located in residential neighborhoods. Heneghan said allowing a business to be located in a residential neighborhood was inconsistent with the city’s comprehensive plan and should not be located in a suburban setting. “This SLUP is inconsistent with the policies of our land use plan and I will not vote to approve,” Heneghan said. Roberson said he worked for months on the SLUP request with city planners, who did recommend approval. The Planning Commission, however, recommended denial. “I’m disappointed in the vote ... and I was hoping the planning department’s recommendation would carry more weight,” Roberson said.


State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) this month presented House Resolution 58, his independent school system bill. Co-sponsors are state Reps. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) and Valencia Stovall (D-Forest Park). Taylor has been saying for months the resolution, which calls for a constitutional amendment to allow municipalities to form their own school districts, will be a “heavy lift.” He said at the Dunwoody Homeowners Association annual meeting on Jan. 29 that numerous new state representatives in the General Assembly will hamper support for the resolution. Also, he said, in rural areas of the state, county school districts are the largest employers, so legislators from those areas can be skeptical of changes. As a proposed constitutional amendment, the proposal requires approval from twothirds of the members of the House and the state Senate before it can be put on statewide ballot referendum. Taylor has been working with members of the Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS) to educate legislators and lobby for the resolution. Taylor’s legislation calling for a public vote on the amendment has repeatedly stalled over the past several years.

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Dunwoody city attorney placed on leave as Facebook posts investigated BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Dunwoody’s assistant city attorney has been put on paid administrative leave following allegations he made derogatory comments on Facebook about women and Muslims, according to a city statement. Lenny Felgin was placed on leave by his law firm pending “internal investigations,” and the Dunwoody Police Department is conducting an identity fraud investigation related to the case. Felgin works for Marietta-based law firm Riley McLendon, the firm that has a city contract to provide legal counsel. The firm and the city are both investigating, according to the statement. “Additional information on the matter will be made public following these investigations,” the statement reads. Felgin declined comment when reached by phone. Cecil McLendon, the city’s attorney and partner at Riley McLendon, could not be immediately reached for comment. The social media posts allegedly made by Felgin began circulating on Facebook Jan. 30. The posts were allegedly made Jan. 28 on the “PBS NewsHour” Facebook page under a story about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying his country will accept refugees. Trudeau’s response followed President Donald Trump’s executive order imposing a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program. Reporter Newspapers could not find the alleged posts in a search of the “PBS Newshour” Facebook page. On the night of Jan. 30, the city said in a statement it had contacted “senior representatives of the contracted service provider [Riley McLendon]who stated the allegation is unfounded and the employee was not responsible for the post’s content.” But the next day, it announced Felgin’s leave and further investigation. One person sharing the alleged derogatory posts by Felgin on social me-

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dia is Dunwoody resident Furhawn Shah. Shah is a Muslim, a law student at Georgia State University and a caseworker for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. “What a heartbreaking moment for my fellow Dunwoody Muslims and community,” Shah wrote on Facebook while sharing the posts alleged made by Felgin. “This is the type of divisiveness we need to avoid. We are all one people, united under one flag, for the common purpose of freedom and justice for all. Take a stand.” Shah said in an interview he saw the posts allegedly made by Felgin after they were shared in a screenshot by several other people, but he did not name who they were. Shah said he had not seen the original posts. Shah said he received a Facebook message from Felgin on Jan. 30 in which Felgin said his Facebook account had been hacked. Shah said he was not convinced that was true, but said he is pleased the city is taking the issue seriously. “If this is false and he was hacked, I will own up to it,” Shah said in the interview. Numerous Dunwoody residents are discussing the allegations on Facebook, calling for a thorough investigation from the city. Former Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis has come to Felgin’s defense, labeling the allegations in a post as “Fake news!”

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A. From left, Joe Rubin, volunteer coordinator; Sam Tuck, Past President; Amy Shafron, Head of School; Campaign Co-Chair Jon Leven; Dulcy Rosenberg and Jerry Rosenberg. B. Rabbi Micah Lapidus, director of Jewish and Hebrew studies at the Davis Academy, takes guests on a tour of the Kaufman Chapel. C. Head of School Amy Shafron [center], with, from left, her sister-in-law, Sheri Whiteman; her brother, David Whiteman; and their mother Harriet Whiteman.


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A network of road lanes dedicated to buses and shuttles is a main new proposal in a “Last-Mile Connectivity” study for Perimeter Center, whose rough-draft ideas were presented at a Jan. 26 open house at the Northpark Town Center complex in Sandy Springs. The study by Gresham, Smith and Partners was jointly commissioned by the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. It began last summer and the team aims to present a final report by March. Much of it is a housekeeping effort to create a plan of plans, consolidating dozens of previous planning documents, but the planners also are putting forth some new ideas, such as the dedicated, or “managed,” bus lanes. The idea, said planning team member Erin Thoresen, is figuring out “how to consolidate projects or kind of blend them together,” as well as kill old ones that “just don’t make sense anymore.” Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal was in the audience. In an interview, he said the “limited lanes” in Perimeter Center make him question the dedicated lanes idea, but he wants to hear more information and says the area needs more transportation options. “I believe that mass transit is going to have to be part of the answer,” Shortal said. The “last-mile connectivity” of the study title refers to getting commuters out of cars by making sure it’s easy to get from mass transit stops to local destinations across the gap of the “last

mile” or whatever the distance may be. That connection could take any number of forms: another type of transit, a sidewalk, a multi-use trail, a taxi. In addition, Thoresen said, the planners decided to broaden the study scope to include improving Perimeter Center’s regional transportation options to nearby neighborhood centers or “nodes.” Those areas include Sandy Springs’ City Springs, the Brookhaven/ Oglethorpe MARTA Station area, and Dunwoody’s Dunwoody Village and Georgetown. Thoresen said the team reviewed more than 60 existing city and PCIDs plans, then focused on more than 40 of them containing more than 600 individual transportation projects. Many overlap or compete; as one example, she said, they found “at least eight different projects planned for Hammond Drive.” The study’s main goals, she said, are creating a unified project list and a look at “opportunities to introduce transit into the area.” To help prioritize projects, it will update cost estimates for projects and suggest funding sources, which are likely to involve both public and private money. The list will include not only infrastructure projects, Thoresen said, but “also policy recommendations and strategies” for alternative transportation. And the study will include placing all of the projects into a single mapping system that all of the cities can use. Thoresen said the study will include proposing or reviewing corridor studies for several specific key streets, such as Hammond Drive and Glenridge Drive.

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The big new piece is the dedicated “Last-Mile Connectivity” study has dislane system for private shuttles, MARcarded rail options as expensive and foTA and GRTA buses, and maybe even cused on buses, though the right of way cars hired via taxi services such as might remain. Uber and Lyft. Those lanes would act as Tochie Blad of the Sandy Springs a circulator system through a grid mostly in the business center along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, but also venturing into such areas as Pill Hill and Brookhaven’s Perimeter Summit. The lanes might be limited You can’t say, ‘I’m Dunwoody’ to such vehicles only during peak hours and usable by regular vehior ‘I’m Brookhaven’ or ‘I’m cles the rest of the time. Sandy Springs and I’m in A similar idea was recently proposed in Sandy Springs’ “Next Ten” my own little world,’ because land-use planning, which has a subwe’re all in this together. plan for that city’s piece of Perimeter Center. It included dedicatDENIS SHORTAL ed transit space that could be used DUNWOODY MAYOR for buses, but also allowed the possibility of a streetcar or more exotic options, such as a monorail. The

Council of Neighborhoods asked how the planners would handle the differences in the cities’ policies and guidelines on border-crossing projects. Thoresen acknowledged that’s a “fundamental challenge of the project. ... One jurisdiction’s priority is not [necessarily] going to be another jurisdiction’s priority.” Joe Seconder of the advocacy group Bike Walk Dunwoody said in an interview that recommendations should start with “carrots and sticks” to encourage people to not use cars. “Until you change the policies and/ or laws, I wouldn’t spend a dime on infrastructure. Otherwise, you end up with the Atlanta Streetcar,” he said, referring to the downtown Atlanta streetcar that has had low ridership since opening in 2014. Shortal said that traffic tie-ups related to the upcoming I-285/Ga. 400 in-

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Community Survey/ Local police Question: Do you think local police and local governments are doing enough to protect you and your neighbors from crime? While crime is often in the local news, Here’s what some of those who responded to we seem to like our local police protection. the survey had to say: More than 60 percent of the respondents to our most recent 1Q survey said they thought “Find ways to talk to people in the police and local governments were doing community, outside of a policing activienough to protect them from crime. But they ty’s context.” also had plenty of ideas for improving the — 32-year-old Brookhaven man ways officers do their jobs. “My neighborhood is pretty safe in my “We need more cops, better trained, view, with a large amount of security and po[and] more community policing.” lice patrols around the nearby shops,” said a — 43-year-old Atlanta woman 26-year-old Buckhead man who was among 200 adults who responded to the cellphone“More surveillance, more cameras.” based survey. “I personally think that police — 36-year-old Atlanta woman presence does a great deal to combat crime.” Yes 122 (61%) A 45-year-old Brookhaven woman ex“Police are PLENTY present in our inpressed similar sentiments. “I think ner-city neighborhoods.” No 78 (39%) Brookhaven police do a great job,” she com— 26-year-old Atlanta woman mented in the survey of adults in communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown. “They need to engage with the citizens But other respondents felt police themselves may create problems. “I think that police in the community they serve as citizens forces could do a better job distributing their patrols across the city, as well as reduce inand not criminals first. Build relationstances of racial profiling,” a 20-year-old Sandy Springs man wrote. “In addition, I think the ships to establish trust.” rate of fatalities involved with police encounters is grossly out of control, and steps should — 24- year-old Brookhaven woman be taken to address that issue by reducing the amount of deaths and shootings committed by officers.” “More late-night neighborhood paAsked what strategies or technologies police should use to better combat crime, respontrols.” dents offered plenty of suggestions. — 33-year-old Brookhaven woman Some proposed more community engagement with police. “I think there should be more proactive community outreach,” a 27-year-old Brookhaven woman said. “Build trust “In my neighborhood, there is a signifto build safety.” icant police presence and they are very “There should be more involvement between government, police and citizens [through] responsive. However, I am in Buckhead, events where all can interact and build trust,” a 41-year-old Sandy Springs man wrote. and it may get better service than some And a 26-year-old Buckhead man called for foot patrols and community engagement. other areas.” “Be a presence that isn’t in a car,” he said. — 68-year-old woman Others looked for high-tech solutions and suggested everything from increasing surveillance cameras in public places, to adding more car-tag readers to putting more eyes in the sky. “Autonomous drones for chasing might 1Q is an Atlanta-based startup that has developed a technology which sends quesbe good,” a 32-year-old Atlanta man noted. tions and surveys to a cellphone via app or text message from businesses and organizaNot everyone agreed, of course. tions across the country. Respondents are paid 50 cents per answer, through PayPal, for “Please don’t spy on me,” a 26-year-old sharing their opinions. Payments may also be donated directly to charity. Sign up to be inman said. cluded in our local community polls at 1Q.com/reporter or by texting REPORTER to 86312.

Voices from the community I think if offenders have more than one or two offenses, they should have a harsher punishment. I know there is a lot of overcrowding in jails, but they shouldn’t be allowed back on the street. You also find a lot of juveniles doing the crime, so more serious consequences for them, too.

I haven’t heard of any crime or know of anyone affected by it. Bryan Hieser

I think [the police] are awesome. I’ve always had quick responses. They are always levelheaded and not reactionary. I have had to call them myself and I feel that if I do need to call the police, they will be here in very little time. Naponisha Sivad

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Why Trump order inspired my first political protest es, ethnicities and sire to move to the United religions, and placStates and our attitudes toes that attract peowards outsiders that I now ple of all races, ethhave a paycheck. Last week, nicities and religions the Brookhaven City Counbecome more attraccil appointed Michael Diaz, tive. It’s a virtuous a native of Colombia who cycle. Whether it’s is a Brookhaven resident German-owned Merand involved community cedes Benz moving member, to the Brookhavits North American en Planning Commission. headquarters to SanWhile my family has been dy Springs, or a new in the United States for genrestaurant concept erations, we can trace our like the Halal Guys heritage to both Ireland and opening its doors China, a combination that’s on Buford Highway possible here in the United in Chamblee, you never know States in a way it isn’t in most countries. where the next great business Diversity, openness and inclusiveopportunity will come from, but ness is our strength, both economicalthere’s a good chance it’ll come ly and culturally. We can either accept from abroad. that, and all of the opportunities and While I earn my living as an challenges that go along with it, or we SPECIAL investment manager and busican reject it and accept the certain stagThe Jan. 29 protest at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as seen by Conor Sen. ness writer, this isn’t just a busination that accompanies it. ness view for me; it’s also personal. My BY CONOR SEN in a way that other communities in business partner happens to be an imConor Sen is a portfolio manager for the state and South do not. We’ve creOn Jan. 29, I did something for the migrant. His father was a technology New River Investments, a columnist for ated an open, inclusive environment first time in my life — I attended a poexecutive in Mexico, and business took Bloomberg View and a member of the that people want to move to where othlitical protest. their family to Florida. They lived here Brookhaven Planning Commission. He ers have not. In the 21st century, attracAlong with thousands of other metfor years on a green card before becomresides in Brookhaven with his wife and tive places will attract people of all racro Atlantans, I stood outside of Hartsing citizens, and it’s thanks to their dedaughter. field-Jackson International Airport to protest the Trump administration’s executive order impacting refugees and immigrants from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa. I attended the event both to register my opposition to the executive order and to affirm my support for the values that have defined the growth and progress of metro Atlanta over the past century. Atlanta owes its blessed position as the capital of the New South to two factors: having the greatest airport in the world and a reputation for being a beacon of civil rights and inclusiveness. Both were threatened by the Trump administration’s executive order. A successful airport is both a function of infrastructure and civic planning, something within Atlanta’s control that we’ve done well, and market forces — is a city a place people want to Visit us today to learn how fly in and out of, or not? you may qualify for a Airports in northern Kentucky and Memphis once were thriving hubs, yet due to changes in demand and market forces no longer are. A thriving airport, and the economic activity it generates, is a privilege, not a right. By increasing restrictions and increasing uncertainty on who’s allowed to come to the United States, and hence fly into the Atlanta airport, you’re negatively impacting the economy and business environment here. 7455 Trowbridge Rd, NE | Sandy Springs, GA 30328 As for civil rights, there’s a rea404-255-0640 | www.sewellappliance.com son why metro Atlanta, and particularly our part of the region, has thriving businesses and high home values

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DeKalb schools superintendent hires high-powered law firm Dentons BY DYANA BAGBY

form Green on any legislation “that pops up” that may affect the school district. DeKalb County Schools SuperintenOrson said while he thought it was dent Stephen Green has hired highimportant to have lobbyists representpowered law firm Dentons to represent ing the school district at the Generthe district at the state Capitol during al Assembly, he was concerned with the 2017 legislative session. Green leaving the board out of executGreen hired the firm in January ing a contract with Dentons “creates a for six months for $99,900 — just unpotential for disconnect.” der the $100,000 threshold that reJester attended the Jan. 23 Dunwoody quires full school board City Council meeting to approval of an expendiinform the council that ture. The official dates of Green had hired Dentons the contract are Jan. 15 and wanted the counthrough June 15. The concil to “know what their tract was signed by Green taxpayer money was beand Thurbert Baker, a foring spent on” and that he mer state attorney generwas opposed to the hiral and former state repreing of the law firm. sentative. Jester’s public comSeveral school board ments to the Dunwoody members asked about City Council followed the contract between the the council’s Decemschool district and Denber meeting when state tons at the Jan. 9 meeting, Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunaccording to a recording woody) informed the of the meeting. council that the school FILE Board member Stan district had hired forDeKalb County School Board Jester of Dunwoody said Member Stan Jester has raised mer state lawmaker Edquestions about the price “looks strange” ward Lindsey, who now Supt. Stephen Green because it was just unworks for Dentons, to hiring high-powered law der the board approval specifically fight his infirm Dentons to represent threshold. He asked why the school district in the dependent school disGeneral Assembly. the board was not intrict bill. formed of the contract beAt that time, DeKalb fore it was signed. spokesperson Quinn Hudson said there “What were they hired to do? I’ve was no contract with Dentons for the looked at the contract and it is pretty 2017 legislative session, but acknowlvague,” Jester said. edged Green had hired Dentons for Also questioning Green’s execut$99,900 to lobby during the 2016 sesing the contract without informing the sion. board were memJester did tell bers Marshall Orson the Dunwoody and Joyce Morley. City Council he “I would like to doesn’t believe know as a board, Taylor’s indepenI would like to know as a what services are dent schools diswe getting?” Morley board, what services are we trict legislation is asked Green. “What getting? Morley asked Green. even on the radar are they doing? of the school disWhat are they lob- What are they doing? What trict and that Denbying for? I want to are they lobbying for? I want tons was not hired be in the know if I’m to specifically stop to be on this board to be in the know if I’m to be that bill, as Taylor – I would want to on this board – I would want suggested. know even as a taxJester also said to know even as a taxpayer. in an interview it is payer.” Green told board not uncommon for JOYCE MORLEY members he had the school district BOARD MEMBER hired the firm last to hire lobbyists. year and was pleased with their efforts Lindsey is listed as the board secso he rehired Dentons to represent the retary for the Brookhaven Innovaschool district again to advocate on the tion Academy, a state charter school he agenda the board sets, such as legislahelped found and that originally was tion dealing with funding or testing. proposed by city officials in Brookhav“They send me a weekly report and en. BIA now is an independent entity then send a final report,” Green said, and is located in Norcross. adding that Dentons lobbyists also indyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net


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Council considers Dunwoody Village Overlay amendment Continued from page 1

Community Development Director Steve Foote is recommending the City Council amend some of the zoning requirements in Dunwoody Village to make it easier for new businesses to locate in the area, which city officials want to be a town center. “I think all of us want the village to be a shining star of Dunwoody that is not in the Perimeter Center ... to represent the traditional Dunwoody,” said Councilmember Terry Nall at the council’s Jan. 23 meeting, when city staff presented the amendment. “This area is very special to the history of Dunwoody ... and this amendment is meant to be a Band-Aid,” Nall said. Dunwoody Village was designed to be a walkable area with a distinct Williamsburg architectural style with brick exteriors and to attract people to the area with restaurants and boutique shops. But height limits and restrictions on renovations of existing space in the current zoning overlay, for example, force developers to spend time and money seeking special land use permits from the council. Overlay requirements for The Shops of Dunwoody force businesses to build closer to the street, but there is no available street frontage, said Mike Lowery, who owns property in Dunwoody Village.

Lowery described the current Dunwoody Village Overlay mandates as “vague and confusing” and said they were “stifling economic development and driving away businesses.” “This leaves property owners with no option but to bring in retail slum like you see on Buford Highway,” Lowery said. In a memo to the council, Foote outlined proposed changes for the overlay that include: ● Relaxing the size of a building addition that can occur without triggering full compliance (increases the cap from 10 percent to 25 percent of floor space). This would allow a former bank drive-through to be repurposed/enclosed for commercial use (such as dining area) without requiring a full tear down or a SLUP application to avoid compliance. ● Increasing the exterior construction/remodeling cap from 15 percent to 25 percent of a property’s assessed building tax valuation. ● Defining a new interior renovation threshold cap of 50 percent for “partial compliance” and 75 percent for “ full compliance.” ● Defining a new interior remodeling threshold cap of 35 percent for “partial compliance” and 50 percent for “full compliance.”

● Adding definitions for “renovations” and “remodeling activities.” ● Specifying that calculation formulas do not include amounts invested for interior or exterior Americans with Disabilities Act and life safety improvements, or unpermitted work such as painting or flooring replacement. ● Clarifying that calculations apply cumulatively over time and for all buildings on the site, not to individual occurrences or structures. ● Adding a provision for the city’s Community Development director to determine appropriate site improvements for achieving “partial compliance” without requiring a SLUP application. No date has been set on when the council will vote on the proposed changes. City Councilmember Lynn Deutsch said this summer she and other council members received probably 500 emails from residents concerned about the kind of businesses going into Dunwoody Village. “I want to encourage modernization. While I want Dunwoody Village to be a town center, we have to be careful not to be stuck in a different time,” she said. Deutsch said she envisioned the area being similar to downtown Roswell or Alpharetta. Lowery said tenants have come to

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abuse. “We’ve got to prosecute, but we also have to educate,” Carr said. Carr said the AG’s office also works to keep veterans safe by educating them about potential scams and also works to prosecute those guilty of elder abuse. Carr took questions from the audience and Dunwoody Councilmember Lynn Deutsch started by asking Carr to reach back to his economic experience and explain how the metro Atlanta area is going to continue handling traffic as more and more development moves in. “In a meeting recently, I asked what is the tipping point in terms of traffic. I’m concerned with long-term planning, growth will cease … due to traffic and concerns about infrastructure,” she said. Carr said he is familiar with traffic problems, but said transportation in metro Atlanta is a strength. Because of the area’s central location and its access to interstates, businesses find it easy to come to Georgia. “Every state is dealing with mobility. The difference is Georgia is doing something about it,” Carr said. When someone asked about the “wa-

ter wars” between Florida and Georgia, Carr said he was told he could not comment on pending litigation. Joe Seconder questioned Carr’s recent decision to join a 24-state coalition urging President Donald Trump and Congress to withdraw the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan implemented by President Barack Obama to combat climate change. “Let’s all agree we’re for clean water and air. In our form of government, how do we pass policy,” Carr said. “We all have to believe in federalism. The EPA went outside the law and took the states’ ability away to decide what is clean…” Another DHA member asked Carr if his office would be making a formal statement on Trump’s recent executive orders, specifically about the recent ban on travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority nations. Numerous protests have spread across the U.S., including in metro Atlanta, where protesters are denouncing the order as discriminating against Muslims. Trump has denied he is discriminating against Muslims. Carr answered by repeating a comment from his recent speech to the FedDUN

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Williams, publisher of the Dunwoody Crier, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Candidate forums planned


At left, DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester speaks to DHA members at their annual meeting. At right, members of Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS) Evan Wetstone, Erika Harris, Allegra Johnson and Cheryl Jacobs promote the independent school district bill at the meeting.

eralist Society, an organization of conservatives and libertarians seeking to reform the current American legal system, he said, “It’s not right when any president overreaches their authority.” “It is my solemn duty to protect the citizens of Georgia. Immigration is intended to be a federal issue,” Carr said. “There has been a temporary stay on the president’s order. “We’ll continue to monitor [the situation] and if it has an impact on the

people of Georgia,” Carr said. “I will say the one thing — it is not a ban on Muslims. I would be against that.”

Best Business, Lifetime Achievement awards presented

This year marks the 47th anniversary of DHA, which was formed in 1970 as a response to a development boom in the area after Perimeter Mall was built,

said DHA President Robert Wittenstein. The DHA honored Dr. Douglas Morgan, owner of Dunwoody Animal Hospital on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, as Business of the Year. Morgan has allowed DHA to sponsor its Light Up Dunwoody event at his office for several years, including running six extension cords from his office to plug into the Christmas tree, Wittenstein said. And rather than award a Citizen of the Year this year, DHA honored Dick

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This year DHA plans to hold two candidate forums. One will host candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives representing District 6, a seat that has been held by U.S. Rep Tom Price, who is Trump’s nominee for Department of Health and Human Services. Another forum is planned for candidates for the three City Council seats that are up for election this year. Several likely or announced candidates for the House seat attended the DHA meeting. Attending were: Democrat Ron Slotin, s former state senator from Sandy Springs; state Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta); and Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State. Handel has not formally announced her bid, but said Sunday she will be doing so “soon” — likely after Price is officially confirmed. Also on hand were Mayor Denis Shortal and City Councilmembers Deutsch, Pam Tallmadge, Terry Nall, Doug Thompson, John Heneghan. State Rep. Tom Taylor and state Sen. Fran Millar also attended, as did DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester and DeKalb School Board member Stan Jester.

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Join Oglethorpe University women’s sports teams for a clinic to celebrate the 31st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Lacrosse, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track & field and cross-country will be represented. Oglethorpe Track & Field Complex (inclement weather - Schmidt Recreation Center). Following the clinic, cheer on the OU women’s basketball team, the Stormy Petrels, as they take on conference rival Millsaps College at 1 p.m. in the Dorough Field House. Meet the team after the game. Admission free to all participants and teams who RSVP. 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: calendar.oglethorpe.edu or 404261–1441.


Sunday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Spruill Center for the Arts’ Ninth Annual Student & Instructor Jewelry Market features handcrafted jewelry in precious metals, glass, beads, gemstones and more at prices for every budget. Glassblowing demonstrations and workshops for all ages are included in this fundraising event for the Spruill Center and the Spruill Metals Jewelry Program. Free. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: spruillarts. org or 770-394-3447.


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The Friends of the Brookhaven Library hold a “Mini Book Sale.” Park behind the library and enter at the lower level. 1242 N. Druid Hills Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: 404-848-7140.


Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7-8 p..m.

Philip and Matt Moulthrop discuss the art of wood turning using native Southeastern woods, a craft practiced in their family for three generations. An exhibit of their work, “Moulthrop Vessels: A Selection from the Firestone Collection,” is on view through June 11 at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Adults $5; free for children under 12 and OUMA members, students with Petrel Pass and members of military and their families. Info: museum.oglethorpe.edu or 404-364-8555.


Saturday, Feb. 11, 6:30-11 p.m.

The Stage Door Players theater company presents its largest fundraiser of the year with food, entertainment, casino gaming and a silent auction. Tickets $125. Dunwoody Country Club, 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: stagedoorplayers. net or 770-396-1726.


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keepsake photos and light snacks. $25 per family. Walk-up registration is permitted. Lynwood Community Center, 3360 Osborne Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: 404637-0512.


WOMEN IN BUILDING Wednesday, Feb. 8, 11:15 a.m.

Cindy Cepko, outgoing chair of the NAHB Professional Women in Building Council and founder and co-owner of Pennsylvania-based Granite Homes, is keynote speaker for the quarterly luncheon of the Atlanta Chapter of Professional Women in Building, a council of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association. Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd., Brookhaven. PWB members $35; non-PWB members $45; non-HBA members $55. Register: atlantahomebuilders.com or 770-938-9900.


LIVE LEARN LEAD 2017 Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Heritage Sandy Springs continues its educational programs for adults, promoting local stories of the South on the first Tuesday of each month. This month’s program is “A President in our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia,” presented by archival consultant Kaye Minchew. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: mswindell@heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111 x2.


Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:45-8 p.m.

“The Sunday Philosophy Club” by Alexander McCall Smith will be discussed at the Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: 770-512-4640.

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Lee Fisher, president and CEO of CEOS for Cities, will speak about CEOs as catalysts for community change at Leadership Sandy Springs’ third annual Live Learn Lead event. $25 for LSS alumni donors; $30 for LSS alumni and the public. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway N.W., Sandy Springs. Info/ registration: leadershipsandysprings.org.


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A dedication to music Ben Rau, senior The Lovett School

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Jan. 22 through Jan. 29. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

B U R G L A RY 100 block of Perimeter Center — On

Jan. 27, a resident of an apartment complex reported the burglary of $18,500 worth of jewelry. The forced entry theft happened between Jan. 22 and Jan 27.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 22, a woman stole an iPhone 6S Plus from another patron at a restaurant. 2100 block of North Forest Trail — On

Jan. 22, at night, an elderly male reported the attempted theft of his car. 4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way —

On Jan. 23, several laptops and accessories, sunglasses, an iPad, and a toolbox valued at almost $5,500 were stolen from a man’s car. 4800 block of Village Creek Drive —

On Jan. 24, in the morning, a woman reported that her Toyota Highlander was broken into overnight with a crowbar. A laptop and purse were taken from the vehicle. 200 block of Lake Ridge Lane — On

Jan. 24, a woman’s car was reported stolen. 2400 block of Dunwoody Crossing

and several items in a duffle bag from her car. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 26, a woman reported the theft of her wallet including containing $700 in cash, an ID, birth certificate and debit cards while at a restaurant. 4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody

Road — On Jan. 26, in the afternoon, a Loss Prevention Officer at a chain discount store observed a person enter the store and walk out while concealing items without paying for them. 4600 Peachtree Place Parkway — On

Jan. 26, in the evening, police responded to a domestic altercation.

A S S AU LT 6800

block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard — On Jan. 22, in the early morning, police responded to an armed person call. 9100 block of Peach-

ford Circle — On Jan. 22, police responded to a call regarding a 19-year-old female possessing a kitchen knife during a dispute. She was arrested on charges related to the altercation. 100 block of Drexel Point — On the af-

ternoon of Jan. 22, an officer responded to a disorderly conduct dispute at an apartment complex. A man was arrested on related charges. 4700 block of Ashford

— On Jan. 25, a woman reported the theft of her Apple Watch from an apartment complex.

Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 22, at night, a man was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass after a fight broke out at a restaurant.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On Jan. 25, police responded to two shoplifting incidents at a chain discount store. Two people were arrested in regard to two incidents. 1100 block of Ham-

mond Drive — On Jan. 25, a woman’s iPad Mini was stolen from her salon station. 4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way —

On Jan. 25, in the afternoon, a woman reported that her wallet was stolen and more than $6,000 was charged to her American Express card at an electronics store. 1100 block of Asbury Square — On

Jan. 26, a man reported that overnight a backpack was taken from a car. Another woman reported the theft of her laptop

4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 23, two armed people stole $3,400 worth of fur from a department store. The items have since been recovered.

4500 block of Ashford Dunwoody

Road — On Jan. 25, in the morning, a man was arrested on a charge of instigating a fight at a fast-foot restaurant. 2100 block of Peachford Road — On

garding harassing communications.

ARRESTS 100 block of Perimeter Center — On

Jan. 23, in the early morning, a man was arrested and charged with a probation violation. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 23, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of failing to obey traffic control devices. I-285 WB/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Jan 23, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of failing to obey traffic control devices. 4400 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 23, a waitress was arrested and accused of marijuana possession of less than 1 ounce. 6800

block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard — On Jan. 23, at night, a man was arrested and accused of a DUI after police noticed improper lane usage. 100 block of Perimeter Center — On

Jan. 24, a woman was arrested and accused of providing a false name to an officer. She also was accused of driving with a suspended license. 100 block of Perimeter Center — On


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 27, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving unlicensed. Ravinia Parkway — On Jan. 27, in the

morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving unlicensed. I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

Jan. 27, a man was arrested and accused of marijuana possession. I-285/ Chamblee-Dunwoody Road —

On Jan. 27, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving unlicensed. Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan.

27, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

Jan. 28, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. Perimeter Center — On Jan. 28, in the

morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 28, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license.

Jan. 24, in the afternoon, a man was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

300 block of Perimeter Center — On

I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

100 block of Perimeter Center — On

Jan. 28, at night, a man was arrested and accused of marijuana possession.

Jan. 24, at night, a woman was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Jan. 28, a woman was arrested and accused of family neglect.

4500 block of Ashford Dunwoody

a man was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license.

Road – On Jan. 25, in the morning, a woman was arrested and accused of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. 4600 block of North Shal-

lowford Road — On Jan. 26, just after midnight, a man was arrested and accused of criminal trespass.

Jan. 26, Peachford Hospital reported that a disorderly person kicked down a door and damaged fire sprinklers. The man was later arrested on charges related to the event.

4500 block of Ashford-Dun-

2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing —

4400 block of

On Jan. 25, police responded to a call re-

— On Jan. 27, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and accused of a probation violation.

woody Road — On Jan. 26, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving without a license. Ashford-Dunwoody Road

I-285/ N Peachtree Road — On Jan. 29,

6800 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard — On Jan. 29, a man was arrested and accused of theft by receiving stolen property. Another man was arrested and accused of possession of weapons.

INCIDENTS 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 22, an individual reported fraud occurred at a restaurant.




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The Dunwoody Police Department recently honored 13 officers and staff members for outstanding achievements in 2016. “Our staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to the citizens in our community and our award recipients reflect that dedication. Every call is important to us and every incident is a priority,” Chief Billy Grogan said in a press release. Here are the officers and staff members who were honored, along with their accomplishments, as described by the Dunwoody Police Department.

Officer of the Year (4th Quarter Winner): Officer James “J.B.” Tate Tate’s most notable achievement during 2016 was his tireless effort to research, propose and implement a 40th anniversary commemoration and memorial to the death of Officer Thomas S. Atkisson. Officer Atkisson was a DeKalb County police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 14, 1976, while patrolling an area which is now part of the city of Dunwoody. As a result of Tate’s efforts, Dunwoody’s mayor and City Council named the intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center West as the Thomas S. Atkisson Memorial Intersection with a permanently affixed street sign. Atkisson is the only officer in the city of Dunwoody who has died in the line of duty. Atkisson’s family, friends and former coworkers were invited to the Dec. 12, 2016, City Council meeting, and the officer’s widow was presented a memorial plaque commemorating her late husband. An additional memorial plaque is now permanently displayed in Dunwoody Police Department’s front lobby. Employee of the Year (1st Quarter Winner): Police Service Representative Vanessa Ollee Ollee was recognized for showing “exceptional talent, enthusiasm, commitment and a great attitude during 2016.” She displays genuineness in dealing with others, and goes above and beyond to take care of those with whom she works. Vanessa has also come in on her days off to help with fingerprinting and to cover for other shifts as needed. Marksman of the Year: Officer Michael Cheek Officer Cheek had the highest firearms qualification score during the department’s spring firearms training.


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Woodburn Top Cop Competition Winner: Officer Zach Woodburn Top Cop is a multidiscipline competition which includes physical fitness, mental aptitude, and shooting drills. Woodburn had the fastest overall time during the competition in 2016. Rising Star of the Year: Officer Yaakov Baum The Rising Star award is presented to an officer who has less than two years of service with the Dunwoody Police Department and exemplifies outstanding qualities, characteristics and effectiveness as a new officer. Chief’s Award: Sgt. Robert Parsons Parsons was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the department and the citizens of Dunwoody through his successful advocacy and implementation of the department’s Naloxone/Narcan program. Officers have saved five lives through the use of Naloxone/Narcan since the program was implemented. Chief’s Award: Officer Michael Cheek Cheek was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the department and the citizens of Dunwoody through the development and implementation of The Griffin Project. The Griffin Project is an outreach effort aimed at creating successful interactions between law enforcement and children with special needs. Officer of Second Quarter: Officer Nathan Berryman Berryman was recognized as Officer of the Second Quarter for his lifesaving act during a medical call. Officer Berryman deployed the lifesaving drug Naloxone and was able to revive a young man that was suffering from a suspected heroin overdose.

Kristin Adkins Employee of the Second Quarter: Records Supervisor Kristin Adkins During the second quarter, Adkins performed above and beyond expectations. Her most prestigious accomplishment was her leading the department through a comprehensive and arduous Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) auditing process. The department received a passing score thanks to Adkins’ diligent efforts. Additionally, she spearheaded the challenging and tedious task of purging the department’s records room. Kristin’s efforts with this project will increase organization and efficiency for the administration division. Officer of the Third Quarter: Officer Michael Cheek Cheek had an exceptional third quarter and truly distinguished himself during this period. Cheek consistently goes the extra mile with his crime scene processing. His skills and efforts resulted in the identification of an entering auto suspect in September of 2016. Cheek’s most notable arrest during the third quarter was when he was dispatched to a simple theft report at a local hotel. Through hard work and good investigative skills, Officer Cheek uncovered a methamphetamine sales operation in another hotel room that led to a trafficking level seizure of illegal drugs and the arrest of two drug dealers. Employee of Third Quarter: Property and Evidence Tech Katharine “KC” Tate Tate’s most notable effort was spearheading the Hispanic Outreach event, which was held in August. As a result of her and her volunteers’ efforts, 27 car seats were inspected and deemed unsafe. These seats were replaced with new seats, which Tate secured through a public donation. Additionally, Tate has been very passionate about the child car seat inspection program and she is a big part of the reason why the program is so popular and successful. Tate has assisted behind the scenes with several of our most popular community outreach programs. She has established successful working relationships with several businesses and their staff. This has, in turn, created opportunities for the department to expand its community relations effort. She can be counted on time after time to step in at a moment’s notice to fill in or help out.

Employee of the Fourth Quarter: Police Service Representative Dolores Rivera Besides being naturally personable, Rivera consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic. Rivera routinely volunteers to fill in when other representatives and civilians cannot. In a short time with the department, she has become an invaluable member of the DPD team. Medal of Meritorious Service: The Medal of Meritorious Service is awarded to an officer for outstanding performance during a lifesaving event. There were four recipients of this award in 2016. Sergeant Jason Dove and Officer Nathan Berryman Dove and Berryman responded to a possible drug overdose. Upon arriving, officers found two subjects who were unconscious, unresponsive, and barely breathing as a result of a suspected heroin overdose. After assessing each patient, the officers immediately administered dose of Naloxone. Dove’s patient started to regain consciousness, but Berryman’s patient remained unresponsive with a shallow pulse and undetectable breathing. After approximately two minutes, Berryman administered a second dose of Naloxone to his patient at which time the subject started to breathe better on his own as he regained consciousness. Fire rescue and EMS personnel arrived on scene to transport both patients to a local hospital for further treatment. Both subjects regained full consciousness and are expected to fully recover. Officer Guinevere Wiencek and Officer Michael Vermillion Wiencek and Vermillion responded to a possible drug overdose. Both officers found a 25-year-old male unconscious with labored breathing on the bathroom floor with evidence to support that he was suffering from a heroin overdose. The officers quickly assessed the medical emergency and deployed a Naloxone auto-injector on the victim. After the officers saw no improvement, additional doses of Naloxone were administered. Approximately five minutes after the fourth dose, the victim sat straight up and regained consciousness. The victim was taken to a local hospital and is expected to fully recover.

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