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Sandy Springs Reporter

FEB. 20 — MARCH. 5, 2015 • VOL. 9 — NO. 4


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Amid safety concerns, Lake Forrest dam faces uncertain future BY ANN MARIE QUILL


Jayla Guy, 8, left, with her father Michael, feel the music at the sixth annual Daddy-Daughter Dance held at Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School on Feb. 7. The event was sponsored by the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department. See more photos on page 4.

Police Explorer returns ‘home’ BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Will Oppermann always wanted to be a police officer. As a junior at Riverwood International Charter School, he said he discovered the Sandy Springs Police Explorers, and joined Post 59. “I always knew I wanted to go into law enforcement,” he said. “It seemed like a rewarding and fun career.” Officer Cory Begeal, who joined the Sandy Springs Police in 2006, started the Explorer program in 2010. He calls it a “jumpstart into the career” of law enforcement, and said Oppermann stuck out as a young Explorer. “I just saw in his eyes that this is what he wants

to do with his life, and he put a lot of work into his career at a very young age,” Begeal said. Begeal added that the Explorer program is important because it gives young people a great place to network. Officers from as many as 40 or 50 different agencies see the Explorers who compete at Winterfest, a regional police explorer competition held annually in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee. In the 2015 competition, in February, Post 59 earned third place in the “suspicious death” event, in part because Detective Jeff Inman helps trains Explorers in analyzing crime scenes, Begeal said. SEE POLICE EXPLORER, PAGE 21

Something must be done about Lake Forrest Dam, engineers hired by the cities of Sandy Springs and Atlanta say. If the dam fails, the resulting flood could kill people and destroy houses downstream. “Your dam right now has some severe deficiencies,” Chuck Wilson of Schnabel Engineering told residents attending a public meeting called jointly by the two cities at Chastain Horse Park on Feb. 11. Wilson said the dam’s problems include a severe slope on the dam’s downstream side, an aging spillway pipe that water flows through during storms, and the dam’s inability to hold enough water during an extreme storm. But exactly what will be done remains unclear. First, the lake will be drained to make the area immediately safe and so that engineers can adequately study the dam, Wilson said. The dividing line between Buckhead and Sandy Springs runs through the three lakes related to the dam, so any decisions about the dam must be reached jointly by officials of the two cities. During the Feb. 11 meeting, Sandy SEE DEBATE, PAGE 20

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In the first of what will become a series of Leadership Sandy Springs talks, city development consultant Peter Kageyama told a group of local leaders and officials to spread the love in their city. “You guys got it going on right now,” he said. “What are you going to do next?” Kageyama, author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places” and “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places,” was speaking during Leadership Sandy Springs’ “Live, Love, Lead” event at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church on Feb. 5. He told the audience to “spread the positivity” about Sandy Springs. “Not nearly enough of us love our places,” he said, urging audience members to become “emotional thought leaders.” “[Tell everyone], ‘Yeah, I’m from Sandy Springs. We’re the ones that won Mercedes,’” Kageyama said. He said that while citizens know how to complain about things like potholes, they don’t know how to ask for things like beauty, art and great design. “As you guys start the massive undertaking of City Center, I think ‘Where’s the fun?’ would be a really good question to ask.” He added, “People love small things”

and giving Sandy Springs citizens a dog park would be a love note. “I think if you’re going to build a downtown you need to put a dog park in the heart of downtown,” Kageyama said. “You want people to talk to each other? You want people to interact with each other.” A dog park, he said, would be “small dollars” compared with everything else in the city center, but added that city officials should look beyond the cost to the value. Kageyama used the Abernathy Greenway’s playable art as an example. He said it was controversial when first proposed, but now that it’s built, people “get it.” “There are people who want to hold your feet to the fire, especially our elected officials, because you’re spending public dollars,” he said. But, “if you see the world through that lens of ‘It’s just about the cost of things,’ you will never do anything fun or beautiful or creative. “I think we need to be willing to have that conversation with our fellow citizens who want to talk about the cost, cost, cost,” Kageyama told the audience. “Let’s talk about the value of things. The folks who know the cost of everything often understand the value of nothing.”

Sandy Springs Government Calendar The Sandy Springs City Council usually meets the first and the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, which is located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 For the most up to date meeting schedule, visit SS


Open house aims to gather public input on City Center concepts Consultants are drawing up preliminary concepts for the city government’s planned new civic center at the intersection of Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads, and Mount Vernon Highway. The development, partially to be built with city government funds and partly by private investors, is scheduled to be completed by late 2017. Although cost calculations are preliminary, the city’s

portion of the complex is projected to cost up to $196 million. The project includes new buildings, including a city office building attached to a performing arts center, and new parkland. The city’s consultants describe the park as “an open air amenity serving as an outdoor gathering space for both city and community events, and everyday activities.”

City officials plan a public open house Feb. 25 to discuss plans for the City Center and to collect ideas on how the buildings should look. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, building 500. Here is a preliminary concept, as it has been outlined publicly so far:


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Performing arts center This portion of the main city building will contain up to a 1,200-seat auditorium with a proscenium stage, a “fly loft,” to hold sets and lights. It also houses a smaller studio theater that can host city council meetings, a catering kitchen and a lobby that opens onto The Plaza on Roswell Road.

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An area creating an entrance into the City Center from Roswell Road and the new Triangle Park that could provide an area for outdoor dining or special events.


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These two buildings will be privately developed to provide residences at the City Center. Building 7 will include a parking deck. The lower level of Building 8, the portion facing Market Square, is designated for shops. SS

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Triangle Park This new park replaces a group of commercial buildings in the triangle bounded by Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads, and Mount Vernon Highway. Early ideas include “an iconic water feature.”

City Green An open-air gathering space for community events that could take in about 3 acres. The area could feature trees and a lawn. Some possible designs include a “festival street.” The green would open onto Mount Vernon Highway.

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Dance on Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School was a happening place on Feb. 7. The sixth annual Daddy Daughter Dance drew plenty of “couples,” eager for a good time. Above, Kevin Linehan, and his daughter Hailey, 5, enjoy themselves. Left, Cary Lewis, and his daughter Raven, 7, a second grader at Ison Springs Elementary School, walk in. Below, Gabi Linehan, center, in blue, takes a spin with her dad, Kevin. The event was sponsored by the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department.

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Gerry Groslimond would like to see covered courts at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center.

Sandy Springs nonprofit wants tennis rain or shine BY ANN MARIE QUILL

A nonprofit group in Sandy Springs is working to have tennis courts available rain or shine. Friends of Sandy Springs Tennis has a goal to cover four courts at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center, which they say would not only make the group’s rainor-shine goal possible, but would help draw large tennis events to the city. “This tennis center is unique in Sandy Springs because it’s the only venue that can draw people from out of the area overnight, in other words, to use hotels,” said Gery Groslimond, the tennis facility’s director and member of the nonprofit. Groslimond said that often tournaments and events require a facility with covered courts in case of inclement weather. “We want an amenity that can take care of residents as well as draw from outside the area,” Groslimond said. “We’re just a group of people trying to create something for the city.” With projected costs of the project at around $800,000, the group has a goal of raising $560,000, in addition to $240,000 pledged by the city of Sandy

Springs, which owns the facility at 500 Abernathy Road. The money will pay for the courts to be covered by a steel frame with lights and drop-down sides that will making playing tennis possible in all weather. Groslimond said that the improvements will help the tennis center be better aligned with the United States Tennis Association, and that in turn would make it more likely for the USTA to help with refurbishing costs. He said covered courts would also be a plus for the residents who play at the center. “We have so many cold days and then hot days in summer, our senior adults could use the covered courts in the summer to get out of sun.” Groslimond said that covered courts would also help attract events held by some of the large corporations in the area. “Tennis is very popular in those cultures,” he said. Community members who make donations for the covered courts will get their names on a plaque in the lobby and on brick pavers. For more information, visit www.

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What you need to know about measles and how to protect your child The recent measles outbreak linked to an exposure at an amusement park in California has been a topic of discussion and concern among parents. There have been more than 100 measles infections in 17 states. Many parents are worried about protecting their children, as measles is highly contagious. A person with measles will infect nine out of 10 unimmunized people. In addition to the fever, cough, red eyes and extreme discomfort for seven to 10 days that can result from a measles infection, some children may experience ear infections, pneumonia and brain swelling. In the U.S., approximately three of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications, and one to two of every 1,000 children with measles will die from respiratory and neurologic complications. None of this has to happen, and none of it should happen. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is effective, safe and available to healthy people over 1 year of age. The most important thing DR. ANDI you can do to protect your children from measles is to have them vaccinated according to the schedule prescribed by their pediatrician. L. SHANE MMR vaccines are typically given in two doses. The first dose, given between 12 and 15 months of GUEST COLUMN age, is 93 to 95 percent effective. The second dose is given between ages 4 and 6 and raises effectiveness to 97 to 99 percent. When more than 90 percent of people are vaccinated, “herd protection” is achieved. Herd protection is important for at-risk groups that cannot be vaccinated, such as infants, or people with weakened immune systems. These groups are also the most likely to suffer serious complications from measles should they become infected. If immunization rates fall below 90 percent, herd protection is lost. Given the success and importance of vaccines, why do some parents opt not to vaccinate their children? In some ways, vaccines are victim to their own success. As vaccines became available in the 1960s, the number of measles cases in the U.S. steadily declined from more than 500,000 per year to being declared eliminated in 2000. Since then, a small number of cases have been observed yearly (measles is still commonly transmitted in other countries and can be brought into the U.S. by unvaccinated travelers) but most Americans have not seen measles or other vaccine-preventable illnesses. When we don’t see illnesses such as measles, we underestimate their severity or assume that our children will not be affected. Some are even skeptical of the necessity or safety of vaccines. In reality, even the most serious side effects of the MMR vaccine are less likely than the risk of complications from measles. Numerous research studies have proven no link exists between receipt of the MMR vaccine and the development of autism. Twenty million people around the world become infected with measles each year; 146,000 die. We are fortunate to live in a country where we can ensure that every child is protected against measles. The ability to stop the spread of measles starts with being immunized. Dr. Andi L. Shane is medical director of Hospital Epidemiology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


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“Definitely. Most definitely. It’s being considerate for others who are not able to be vaccinated, who have weaker immune systems and cannot be vaccinated. And, it’s safe.”

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Q: Do you think children should be vaccinated against measles? Were your children vaccinated? “I was vaccinated as a child. There was no choice then. Now there are so many issues. I don’t think I would make, or we should make, somebody get [a vaccination]. It’s a different era.”

Jim Garcia “Absolutely. It’s a very dangerous disease.... I had measles as a child. I have kids and they were vaccinated.”

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“I say, ‘yes.’ It’s more than fine. They did the studies that showed there’s nothing wrong with it. It should be done. I believe it’s up the parents. You shouldn’t be forcing anyone.”

Jonathan Delgado “Yes, absolutely for the protection of every other kid. It’s already been proven that vaccinations do not cause autism.”

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They make their marks in the business world as teenagers BY ANN MARIE QUILL

Earning money as a kid doesn’t always mean running a lemonade stand, selling cookies or working part-time at a fast food restaurant. Sometimes it means creating your own product, putting your talents to work or even taking over a piece of a family business. Lily Sandler helped create a nationally successful lip balm company. John Livaditis took over a portion of his family’s Christmas tree business. Tyler Reid fixes computers for some 30 clients in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Maxwell Estis has put his musical talents to work. These four local high school students talked to Reporter Newspapers about how they became entrepreneurs, and what motivates and inspires them. Here are snapshots of their young businesses.

American lip balm “This is my office; it’s kind of messy right now because we’re making some prototypes,” said the North Springs High School 11th-grader as she walked through BLAMtastic’s offices on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Lily’s business, which she runs along with her mom, Renee, and sister, Melanie, has turned into a multimillion-dollar venture. It all started when her mother, Renee, read a Wall Street Journal article about a dearth of female CEOs in Fortune 500 companies, and asked her daughters what they thought about that. “We were 9 and 10 at the time and we said, ‘Well, that stinks, mom,’” Lily said. Her mother told her and her younger sister that she didn’t want them to feel limited because of their gender, and that she’d support them if they ever had an idea for a business.


Lily Sandler, owner of BLAMtastic, which makes all-natural lip balm, sells the product in Walmart.

“A couple of weeks later I was looking for my lip balm and I said, ‘Mom, where’s my lip blam?’” Lily said. “She said that would be a great name for a lip balm company.” Lily said they started cooking lip balm in their kitchen after researching ingredients on the Internet. “We literally took all our pots and just started making lip balm,” she said. They started selling their product, which has a base of aloe and beeswax, at school fairs, then “kicked it up a notch” by opening a mall kiosk to test the market, and went to trade shows. Then, Lily wrote a letter to Walmart. “They had just done this huge ‘Made in America’ campaign,” Lily said. “So I wrote them a letter and said, ‘Hey,

we’re American made.’ They agreed to a meeting with us, and we got our lip balm in their stores.” Lily said that once Walmart agreed to carry the product, she had about 10 seconds of relief, then started worrying about what to do next. “Getting it into Walmart was one challenge but then keeping it in Walmart and being able to do enough sales is another thing,” Lily said. “And we’ve been able to keep the sales up.” Any advice for her peers? “Find something that you’re really passionate about and something that you enjoy,” she said. “Because then it’s not work, it’s just turning your interest into something that’s useful and that can make you a couple of bucks in the meantime.” SEE THEY MAKE, PAGE 10

Is that sew? Local tailors want to make you look good BY JOE EARLE

A career as a tailor wasn’t Habib MoheThe Russians didn’t come. Mohebi and bi’s initial plan. his brothers landed in Iran, he said, and Mohebi grew up in Afghanistan. By his lived for 18 months in Tehran. Friends there early 20s, he said, he’d landed an office job taught them to tailor clothes. “You’ve got to at the airport in Kabul, the capital. Then the do something to be busy,” he said. Russians came. “I was there when In 1984, Mohebi fled Tehran the Russians invaded in 1979,” and ended up in the United States. Mohebi said. “If I stay there, I get Perimet er He made his way to Atlanta, where to go to jail, or die.” his sponsor lived. He arrived with Pro fil e So he fled, along with two of his $500 to live on, he said. He found brothers. They hired men to sneak work using his sewing skills. Four them out of the country. They years later, he opened his own taicrossed the Afghan border near a place where loring business on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Russian soldiers camped. “Those guys told In 1991, he opened Phipps Tailoring us, ‘You’ve got to stay inside the house. ... If in Brookhaven. He named his business af[the Russians] come and see you, they’re goter Phipps Plaza, “because everyone knows ing to take you in. If they don’t, we’re going ‘Phipps’ in this neighborhood.” He still opto take you across the border.’” SEE STORY, PAGE XX

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On Jan. 29, Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Stephanie Snodgrass, Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Mahaffey, community members, residents and staff of Brookdale Dunwoody attended a ribbon cutting at the senior living community. Located at 1460 South Johnson Ferry Road, the facility supports both independent retirement living as well as personal care living, and features a wellness center, movie theater, internet cafĂŠ and other amenities.

On Jan. 30, the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, friends and staff of Your Pie Pizza Dunwoody helped cut the ribbon at their new location. In attendance, far left, Chamber President Stephanie Snodgrass, owners Lisa Maclellan, center, and husband Morgan, in red apron, with Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, at right of Maclellan. The shop is located at 123 Perimeter Center West, #200.


Center Ice Arena celebrated its grand opening at 5750 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs on Jan. 22. Attending the festivities were Chris Adams, Marilisa Walker-Lyden, Dianne Fries, Chris Burnett, Mike Aldredge, Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Mahaffey, Michelle McIntosh, Stephane Normandeau, Andy Bauman, Karen Trylovich, Suzanne Brown, Beth Berger, Andrea Hall and others. The arena offers public skating as well as hockey and skating clinics. SPECIAL

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They make their marks in the business world as teenagers A knack for fixing computers

John Livaditis, right, handles tree removal for Big John’s Christmas Trees.


Driving for success John Livaditis said he was excited but a little overwhelmed when his uncle handed over to him the tree removal portion of his family’s business, Big John’s Christmas Trees. “I never had to make so many phone calls and be so social with people; that kind of threw me off,” John said. “I’m in charge of everything,” he said. “I do the actual jobs, make the phone calls and emails, the hiring, if I need it. It’s all me. I use my own vehicle.” He managed to surpass goals he set for himself. That allowed him to buy a new truck. Last year John managed 78 tree removals, a number that grew to 125 this year, and his goal was 100. John says he likes to be constantly moving and loves driving – both skills that have come in handy with his business. “I drove 1,200 miles in 14 days,” he said. “I want to be moving; I don’t want to be behind a company desk. He may keep the business once he graduates from North Atlanta High School, but he hasn’t decided, and says that taking over Big John’s one day is a possible goal. First, he’ll go to college and play baseball. John said he’s learned some business lessons. “You’ve got to be very mature, responsible and patient,” he said. “It helps to have a goal in the back of your mind.”

Tyler Reid started his own business several years ago at the advice of family members. “I always had a knack for fixing computers,” said Tyler, a North Springs senior. “All my relatives would come to me with computer problems and I would fix their stuff. They said, ‘You should do something with this. Turn it into something,’” he said. Tyler is also captain of his school’s football and baseball teams, and says juggling school – he has a 4.0 grade point average – sports and his business can be a challenge. But as sole proprietor of Tyler’s Computer services, Tyler can set his own schedule. He has about 30 customers in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, and performs services such as repairs, software upgrades and setting up networks. And if he can’t figure out why something isn’t working, “I’ll take it apart and find out,” he said. Tyler said that time management and responding to clients in a timely fashion are two of the biggest lessons he’s learned. “I’ve had my share of failures where somebody asked me to help and I didn’t get back to them because I didn’t know when I would be able to, and they later said, ‘You didn’t respond so we went with someone else.’” Tyler incorporated his company in 2014. “[Incorporating] is really teaching me to run a business,” he said. “I’m having to file income statements and mark down all my expenses. If I buy a cable, I have to write it down. If I get paid, I have to write it down.” He says he hopes to continue his business when he goes to college, and that he would tell his peers to pursue running a company if they want to. “Go for it,” Tyler said. “It’s not that difficult, and at this age there may be some risks but not as big as if you’re trying to feed a family. If you fail you’ll be alright, and you’re dipping your toes in the water and getting experience.”


Tyler Reid fixes computers for about 30 clients.

Music for fun and to get paid, too

Maxwell Estis has been playing music since age 6.




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North Atlanta High senior Maxwell Estis has turned his musical talents into a career. He’s played his cello and keyboards as a member of various bands, and also arranges and composes songs for other groups. Maxwell is a staff musician for Cooper Piano, too. Maxwell has played for weddings and “lots of Sweet 16 parties,” he said, estimating that he plays a professional gig about once a week. Currently in the middle of auditioning for various music colleges, Maxwell said he’s been playing music since he was about 6 years old, but it wasn’t until his father showed him “the funner parts of music, like jazz and pop, that I began to understand how music could be fun, and I could have a little more freedom, and get paid to make music.” Maxwell said playing music professionally is preparing him for a career. “Seeing it as a career has made me a better person as far as teamwork and problem solving go. Being part of a group, being in a dynamic of a band, has taught me about how important communication is,” he said. “And, it’s helped me hone my craft.”


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erates his small shop at the intersection of Peachtree and Ashford Dunwoody roads. Now, at age 59, he makes custom suits priced from $1,500 to $2,500 and sells less expensive, offthe-rack suits from Italy. Dozens of tailors have set up shop in Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Buckhead and other communities near the Perimeter area, according to listings on the Internet. Some specialize in alterations of off-the-rack clothing; others offer high-end custom suits made from fine imported fabrics. Why so many? Business is good, they say. Besides, “it’s a fun business. It’s a business where you make people look good,� said Jiwani, owner of Jiwani Custom Clothiers in Sandy Springs. Jiwani, who’s 65, grew up in Bangladesh. His family moved to Canada in 1971, where he trained as an economist and worked for a large marketing company, he said. He didn’t like the job. He did like fine clothes. And he wanted to be his own boss. So he decided to go into business selling custom suits. “I come from a lineage of entrepreneurs,� he said. “I chose this because I love fashion and I love clothes. I love

Jiwani, owner of Jiwani Custom Clothiers in Sandy Springs, liked fine clothes and wanted to be his own boss, so he decided to sell custom suits.

dressing up people. You dress up people and they feel good and you feel good.� Twenty-five years ago, he moved his family to metro Atlanta to escape the “cold, cold, cold� of Toronto, he said. He set up shop in the garage of his Sandy Springs home. Jiwani Custom Clothiers now operates from the Con-


course in Sandy Springs and claims offices in a dozen or more cities spread from Boston to Los Angeles. Jiwani is quick to say he doesn’t sew the clothes himself. The part of the business he likes is working directly with his customers to find clothes that suit them. “The thing I liked was how

to get a tape [measure] around somebody,� he said. His suits are manufactured in Hong Kong. They cost from $900 to $4,000, depending on the fabric, he said. He meets customers by appointment, moving from his company’s sales room in Florida to ones in New York and other cities. “This is not retail,� he said. “You can’t walk in here and buy.� He sells service. “What drives a business is a high quality of service,� he said. “A suit is a suit is a suit. They get a taste of the service and a quality product behind the high-quality service...� His clients include lawyers, bankers, CEOs, he said. “We have clients in very high positions in politics, business and finance,� Jiwani said, declining to drop names. “They all care to look good.� Mohebi also says that most of his customers are professionals. “In this area, the income is a lot more ... People dress up a lot more,� he said Some come to him because they find it difficult to buy clothes that fit them properly, he said. Others, he said, just want to look good.

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David Finckel / Wu Han / Philip Setzer Trio Pre-concert Talk 2:00PM

In performances of the two Schubert trios at Spivey Hall and elsewhere, the masterful Finckel/Wu Han/Setzer Trio gave David Finckel / Wu Han / Philip Setzer Trio “an exuberant, eddying account of the B-flat, then turned the screws tighter for the E-flat, grabbing listeners, as it were, by the throats” (San Jose TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Mercury-News). Visit to purchase tickets Friends of Spivey Hall Concert Sponsors: and for complete program information. Jeffrey M. Adams & Susan M. Hunter

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Throwback Thursday Thursday, Feb. 26, 7-10 p.m. – “Hope Flies”

Anne Bailey Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m. – Discov-

er local artist Ann Bailey, and see her traditional landscapes, waterscapes and animal art. Free. Open to the public. Show continues through March 31. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: comments@co.fulton. with questions.

helps raise awareness of mitochondrial disease, and features dancing and fashions from the ‘70s. Tickets, $40 per person; $75 per couple, includes beer and wine. All proceeds benefit the Foundation for Mitochondrial Disease. For more event information or to buy tickets, visit: Johnny’s Hideaway, 3771 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30342.

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Cajun Swing Saturday, March 7, 8-11 p.m. – Celebrate

with Zydeco Ya Ya! The band brings a Louisiana dance hall sound with fiddle, accordion and frottoir (rubboard), and plays everything from traditional Zydeco to swamp pop, second line and Cajun swing. Cajun food for sale. Cash bar. Free beginners dance lesson 7-8 p.m. Tickets: $18; $5 students. Knights of Columbus Post 660, 2620 Buford Highway, NE, Atlanta, 30324. To learn more, go to:, email: or call 877-338-2420.


Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015 | 3:00PM | $56

Dunwoody Garden Club hosts its 38th annual Bridge party, luncheon, Stein Mart fashion show and silent auction at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Fundraiser enables the club to continue projects that make Dunwoody a “more vibrant and beautiful community.” Tickets: $20. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For further information, call 770-671-0863 or go to:

Exceptional Adventures Saturday, Feb. 28, 5:30-8 p.m. – The Exceptional Adventures activity includes musical fun and games. Participants make their own musical instruments. The club is a monthly social-recreational program to bring special needs kids ages 4-12 together for fun. Siblings invited. $10; $5 activity fee per child. Hammond Park Community Building, 6005 Glenridge Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Visit: www. to sign up or call 770-730-5600 for additional information.

Saturday, March 7, 8-11 a.m. – It’s time for the 32nd annual Chattahoochee Road Race! Participate in a very fast out and back race, with a 3/4 mile downhill finish, one of the fastest 5K & 10K races in Georgia. Peachtree Road Race seeded qualifier. $20$35. Race benefits the Chattahoochee Road Runners. Awards, vendors, t-shirts, refreshments, professional photos. LeFont Theaters, 100-152 Sandy Springs Cir., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. For additional details and to register, go to: http://crrrace. com.


Boutique Sale Monday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – The

Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs holds a thrift boutique seasonal sale! Check out winter merchandise at rock-bottom prices. Sale continues through Feb. 27. Store closed March 2-8 to restock with spring fashions, re-opening Monday, March 9. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs, 30350. To find out more call 770-552-4889 or visit:


Book Festival Monday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. – The Marcus

Jewish Community Center of Atlanta welcomes authors Anita Diamant to discuss “The Boston Girl;” Scott Stossel, on March 1 to speak on “My Age of Anxiety;” and on March 3, Laura Lippman discusses her latest thriller “Hush Hush.” Tickets for each event: MJCCA members: $10; community: $15. Book signing follows each discussion. Limited seating; reservations recommended. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Visit: or call 678-812-4002 for details and tickets.

Compassion & Love Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. – Learn the deepest

yoga/meditation practice of all that is accessible to everyone – “yoga of the heart.” Melt the walls

of resentment and frustration around you and others. Free. RSVP to 404-843-1880. For members of the Cancer Support Community, 5775 Peachtree- Dunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: www. to find out more.

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lanta Astronomy Club to look at the moon, visible planets and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes, or talk to amateur astronomers about the night sky. For ages 6 and up. Free. All are welcome. Bring binoculars or your own telescope. Morgan Falls Overlook Park, 200 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350. For additional details, call 770730-5600. Pre-registration requested at:

Build It! Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – At-

tracting native wildlife to your yard is easy if you have the knowhow. Join a horticulturist in taking a deeper look at the connection between the plant and animal worlds. Class includes presentation and tour of the outdoors. Participants receive free plant; additional available for purchase. $20 general public; $10 Chattahoochee Nature Center members. Registration required by Feb. 25. Visit: to sign up, and call 770-992-2055 to learn more. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075.

Saturday, March 7, 1-2:30 p.m. – Write the stories of your life two pages at a time! Free and open to the community. For adults. Registration required by emailing:, or calling 678-3861651. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-303-6130 for additional details.

Marketing for Nonprofits

Social Security Finances

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6:30-7:45 p.m. – Par-

ticipants focus on developing and implementing marketing and fundraising strategies; making a case for marketing and funding nonprofits; developing initiatives for sustainable enterprise and fundraising. Free. Open to all. Appropriate for college, adults, elders. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: comments@co.fulton. or call 404-814-3500 with questions.

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Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. – Ever wonder

why there is so much talk about heart disease? What causes it and how is it treated? Join others for an indepth discussion about the topic and a holistic approach to improving those conditions. Free. Open to the public. For those ages 18 and up. Call 770512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library for information. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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Saturday, March 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Work-

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MD, with Emory Special Diagnostic Services, dedicated to evaluating patients with symptoms and/or illnesses for which the reason has not been identified or diagnosed, speaks and takes questions. Contact Cathy Wright at 770-394-0675 for further information. No reservations. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, in the Francis Asbury Room, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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Saturday, March 7, 3-5 p.m. – Elaine Jo, executive master of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana, leads a hands-on workshop on Ikebana of the Ichiyo style. Container and other items supplied. Students must bring their own floral supplies with further information given at time of registration. For adults. Open to the public. Sign up by calling 404-233-1846 or 404-831-5605. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-3036130.

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City councilman gives homeless animals ‘a place to crash’ BY ANN MARIE QUILL

He may be better known for filling an that went into the shelter empty City Council seat in Brookhavnever made it out, Park en, but for the last couple of years John said. Park has quietly provided shelter aniAfter he adopted his mals with a warm place to sleep. dog, Park said he went to Park and his wife, Morgan, foster pets FODA’s website and befor Friends of DeKalb gan Animals, or FODA, a making Do you know an organization or nonprofit group that contripulls animals out of butions individual making a difference shelters and transand atin our community? Email ports them to states tending in the northeastern fundU.S., where there are raisers. shortages of dogs to adopt. “One day they said, Park says it started five years ago ‘Can you take a dog?’” when he went to the DeKalb animal Park said. Since that time, SPECIAL PHOTOS shelter to adopt his dog, Jamie, a half Park estimates that some Morgan Harris, left, and her husband, Brookhaven City Councilman John Park, right, Lab, half Chow mix. When he got to the 50 or 60 dogs have temfoster pets for the Friends of DeKalb Animals organization. The nonprofit group shelter, he said, there were only about 20 porarily stayed in his untransports shelter animals to states where there is a shortage of adoptable pets. dogs in the adoption room. Park said he finished basement, where told shelter staff, “I would have imagthey can be separated if ined that you had more dogs.” contagious and simply “All we do is give them a place to tell that she was a stray, not as well so“They said, ‘Are you sure you want given a place to rest before being transcrash,” he said. “I would love to go back cialized [as others], but she’s a great to see them?’” Park said, and then they ported to rescue groups in the north. to the shelter and grab all of them, but guard dog and great on a leash. There’s took him to the back of the shelter. “They range from puppies to 5 to 6 you have to balance and understand that something about shelter dogs, they just “It was horrific,” he said. “There were years [old],” he said. “They just need a you do what you can.” know they’ve been rescued.” four or five dogs to a kennel, and it was quiet place, a walk and to socialize beAs for Jamie, Park’s adopted dog? For more information about FODA, constantly damp.” fore they all pretty much go on to a bet“We just love her,” he said. “You could visit At the time, 80 percent of the dogs ter life.”


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STAR STUDENTS Every year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation honors top students at both public and private high schools from across the state. Students who receive the highest scores at their school on the SAT, a college entrance exam, and have grade-point averages in the top 10 percent of their class are recognized as STAR students, which stands for Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program. Each STAR student then chooses a teacher as his or her STAR teacher. After STAR students and teachers are chosen from the high schools, school system winners are named. Winners chosen from districts compete for the title of state STAR student. Here are the STAR students and teachers from schools in Reporter Newspapers communities: Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Their names and photos were provided by their high schools.

Atlanta Girls’ School

Aysha Rahman STAR student

Melissa Hankinson STAR teacher

Atlanta International School

David Robinson STAR student

Brandon Hall

Davis Cavanagh STAR student

Kevin Langley STAR teacher

Cross Keys High School

Bradley Mensah STAR student

Christina Holtzman STAR teacher

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Claire Kelsey STAR student



Stephanie Garner STAR teacher

Lee Chern STAR teacher

Chamblee Charter High School

Shengjie “Jack” Bian STAR student

Colleen Martenson STAR teacher

Dunwoody High School

Max Noto STAR student

Bradley Hendrickson STAR teacher

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Meredith Jones STAR student

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Matthew Reger STAR teacher

Kavi Pandian STAR student

Stephen Rubino STAR teacher

The Galloway School

Noah Macey STAR student

Lisa Lindgren STAR teacher

The Lovett School

Sonia Gupta STAR student

Mike Sanders STAR teacher


Julia Denniss STAR student

Mark Craddock STAR teacher

North Atlanta High School

Anna Gustafson STAR student

Andre Regan STAR teacher

Riverwood International Charter School

Lakshima Anumukonda STAR teacher

Albert Xiong STAR student

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Myriam Shehata STAR student

Naitnaphit Limlamai STAR teacher

Hunter Whitney STAR student

North Springs Charter High School

Nicholas Evgenios Redd STAR student

Rahim Ghassemian STAR teacher

Pace Academy

Sarah Lettes STAR student

St. Pius X Catholic High School

Connor Huddleston STAR student

Lesley Bowman STAR teacher

Zach Strother STAR teacher

Jonathan Day STAR teacher

Weber School

Samantha Leff STAR student

Cristina Stevenson STAR teacher

The Westminster Schools

John Shen STAR student

Ross Peters STAR teacher

Mary Boyd Crosier STAR student

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 Kenny Buckner  Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior Kenny Buckner, a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, is bound for the Empire State thanks to a fulltuition scholarship made possible through an academic partnership between Syracuse University and The Posse Foundation. Kenny is active in a number of service activities: the national Horizons Program, a summer enrichment program providing academics and cultural awareness activities; Holy Innocents’ Student Diversity Leadership Council, focusing on cross-cultural community and social justice; and the Change a Life club, mentoring at-risk primary school students through tutoring, after school events and fundraising at the Sandy Springs Mission. The senior, along with being a top student, speaks to The Posse Foundation’s goal to recruit, award and train extraordinary students with leadership and academic potential. Holy Innocents’ Director of Community Outreach and Admissions, Kenny White, said he noticed Kenny’s abilities upon entering the school. He said that Kenny “has blossomed and developed his love of learning since coming to Holy Innocents’, and that his intellectual curiosity, aptitude and sense of service makes him a great candidate for Posse. He has shown a great dedication to a rigorous course load, passion for social justice, and community initiatives and participation, in various other endeavors.” The Posse Foundation, founded in 1989, selects high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential and sends them in groups, called Posses, to some of the top colleges and universities in the country. Each Posse is a multicultural team with 10 members. The nominated student must make it through a process of essays, three rounds of interviews, researching

and selecting the college or university they want to call home, if selected for their city’s Posse. With program across the country, the Posse Foundation and its institutional partners have awarded over $688 million in four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships to more than 5,500 Posse Scholars since 1989. Kenny is one of 10 students selected by Posse Atlanta, and he and his peers in the class of 2015 will be the fourth class of Posse Scholars for Syracuse University. When speaking with Kenny at the Posse offices in downtown Atlanta, the interview site, he mentioned how grateful he was for the opportunity to be nominated. “Receiving the Posse scholarship has proven to me that with hard work comes success,” he said. “To be able to earn a full tuition ride to college and create a new family with nine other people is life changing.”

What’s Next: Kenny will attend Syracuse University. This article was prepared by Elizabeth Lamar, a student at Riverwood International Charter School.

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Both the cities of Sandy Springs and Atlanta are mulling options on how to best repair the Lake Forrest dam.

Debate arises over who pays for Lake Forrest dam repairs CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

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4700 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. Suite 400, Dunwoody, GA 30338 Will Oppermann, at left, is sworn in as a Sandy Springs police officer by Police Chief Ken DeSimone in January.


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Kim Davis, secretary to Chief Ken DeSimone, acts as a chaperone for the female Explorers, one of whom earned the first place award for the “officer safety” event this year. Police Explorers gives young men and women between ages 14 and 21 a way to network, Begeal said, and departments remember the names of Explorers who stand out. Additional training includes DUI and other felony traffic stop scenarios, led by Officer Samuel Gilmore. Begeal said all the training with different department staff helps build a network of references Explorers can use as they build a career in law enforcement. “It gives them a head start going into a police academy because they’ve already seen the scenarios,” Begeal said. “We’re getting them at 14 and 15 years old, so by the time they reach the academy they have years of experience.” Oppermann, while an Explorer, was the first in Post 59 to earn the rank of sergeant. Begeal said Oppermann stuck out as an exception, proving dedicated to law enforcement from a young age. DeSimone said the Explorer and other volunteer programs benefit the police as well as the community. “Our investment into the community has provided long-standing benefits to both our residents and the department,” he said. After he graduated high school, in 2012, Oppermann said he started studying criminal justice at Reinhart University. Begeal said he encouraged Oppermann to get a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice because earning a degree helps officers get promoted. “It’s not just driving fast and shooting guns,” Oppermann said. “I have a strong interest in criminal law.” He’s open to it all, but admits if he had to choose one aspect of law enforcement that most appeals to him, he’d work with police dogs. “One day I’d like to be a K-9 handler,” he said. An officer has to have years of experience before he or she can

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fraudulent a short time later. The bank account owner said the friend claims to be a drug dealer and member of the “Bloods” gang. The friend attends Georgia Perimeter College.

The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Jan. 31 through Feb. 6.


ROBBERY block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 31, two men came into a drugstore at around 1:30 a.m. and pulled a gun. The two men put the employees into an office and then took cash from the registers. The two then left on foot, heading north along Roswell Road. No injuries were reported.

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block of Roswell Road—On Feb. 1, a man reported that just after 10 p.m. he was at his apartment community mailbox getting his mail. As he walked back to his car, he was approached by two men, one of whom pulled a gun. The pair demanded money, telling him that they knew he worked at a nearby restaurant. They took an undisclosed amount of money and fled.

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up here for those of you small business and other retail and restaurant owners. Many are in the habit of taking the day’s cash with them at the end of the day with the intention of making the bank run the following morning or on the way home. TAKE NOTE that any half-witted mutt that spends a short amount of time casing the business can easily determine that you’re making the run. Vary your schedule and try to have at least one other person with you. Don’t put the cash in a brown paper bag or company restaurant bag as your only means of disguise. Put yourself in the shoes of the would-be robber and decide how you would commit the crime. Then, work against the grain. A good quality is this: Be systematically unsystematic.

dence of forced entry. She thinks it happened sometime between Jan. 29 and 31.  8700

block of Dunwoody Place—On Feb. 1, someone forced a storefront window out at a gas station on Dunwoody Place. The suspect took three bags of potato chips.

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block of Pine Lake Drive—On Feb. 3, a heat pump was stolen from a construction site.

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block of Highland Park Trail—On Feb. 3, a resident said when he returned home, he noticed his front door damaged. Inside he discovered the apartment had obvious signs of ransacking. A flatscreen TV, MacBook computer, Samsung computer tablet, jewelry and some other items were reported missing.

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block of Berkley Run—On Feb. 4, a resident said she is missing three televisions, a 46-inch, 32-inch and 42-inch.

TH EFTS 6400 block of Bridgewood Valley Road—On Feb. 5, a resident reported leaving donation items on her porch to be picked up by a charity for a local shelter. It appears someone stole the items on Feb. 3 between 3 and 5 p.m.


block of Wingate Way—On Jan. 31, a resident said someone entered her residence, taking an Olympus Stylus camera, headphones, some cash and a house key.

 KEEP IN MIND folks that this is high tide on fraud cases, from now ‘til past April 15. IRS fraud involving crooks using other’s SSN on fake returns will increase. How do you prevent it? Good question and I don’t know. Good idea to get your free annual credit report around that time to pick off any questionable items you see, and confirm their status as legit or not. If you do fall victim to this, IRS will require a police report.

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block of Green Hill Road—On Jan. 31, someone forced a front door and entered the home. Several items were taken.

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block of Treelodge Parkway—On Jan. 31, a resident said she noticed that two Samsung Galaxy Tablets were missing from the home. There was no evi-



ARRESTS  7300 block of Hunters Branch Drive—

On Jan. 31, patrol units were called just after 2 a.m., when a resident spotted a man walking along the roadway and up into O TH ER TH I N GS the driveway of his home. The man left  1100 block of Mount Vernon Highthe driveway seconds later and continued way—Cops and EMS responded to a walking down Hunters Branch Way. An parking lot on a medical call. They found officer spotted the man near a house in a man who had overdosed on heroin. The the 7200 block of Hunters Branch Drive. man told EMS that he was having dinThe man ran and the officer chased him. ner at a restaurant and, while in his truck, As he fled, the man dropped a large flashhad injected heroin into his arm. He said light and a yellow diaper bag containing he accidentally injected too much. He baby care items and clothing. The offiwas taken to Northside Hospital. cer caught up and secured the man near the 7200 block  Northwood of Twin Branch Drive—A man said Lane. The man Read more of the another man came Police Blotter online at also had an ID to his door and that was reportcused him of haved stolen in Duning a relationship woody on Jan. 27, with his girlfriend and mail that was reported stolen in theft and as such, he was going to kill him. The from a vehicle about three weeks earlivictim said the man then left. No gun was er. He had a credit card and school acseen. cess card for a student, and he had several MARTAa Breeze cards and various mem 700 block of Berrydale Drive—On Feb. bership and gift cards. The man, H.T. 3, peace and tranquility in a quiet village Smith, who is homeless, as far as police came to a sudden end when a trashcan can tell, was charged with theft by receivwas reported missing. The last known ing, prowling and other charges. Smith person to see the trashcan had moved to was already on probation with the GeorVirginia earlier in 2015. The alert Home gia Department of Corrections. Owners Association staff determined the trashcan was missing, and  We sure as heck wish we could catch possibly the victim of these guys more frequently, but there foul play. Negotiations are a couple of immediate benefits to were initiated with that an arrest. One, we’ll clear past thefts last known person who with the arrest and recover some of the saw the trashcan. From stolen items and two, the arrest may that, the now persishave prevented a few more thefts. If content HOA staff concerned victed on city charges, Sandy Springs has themselves with the possia jail contract with Pelham, Ga., city jail bility that the trashcan was to house prisoners a few months. Wish a victim of foul play and we had that contract in Siberia. that they may never see it again. Neighbors were  100 block of Northwood surprised at the missing Drive—A woman was charged with trashcan with some tellselling food from a car. She had food in ing police, “Seemed like pots that she was selling from the back a normal trashcan, nevseat of a taxi. At the time the officer aper had any complaints or anyproached, there were a number of peothing that stood out.” ple surrounding the taxi. She was charged


The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

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his poor attitude was quickly dismissed by his superiors.

address—A 21-year-old man said a friend offered to help another friend move to Atlanta. The friend said he would help financially by giving him just over $2,300, if the first friend provided his bank account information. The check was deposited. The one friend withdrew $2,000 and sent it to his other friend to help with the move. The check came back

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 Erring

on the side of caution, the now vigilant HOA staff, perhaps under advice of counsel, informed the former resident and “person of interest” that a police report would be required in order to facilitate a new trash can at the former resident’s location on Berrydale Lane. A call was placed to the Sandy Springs Police Missing Waste Receptacle Unit and a detective placed a secured call to the “person of interest” and a historical document is now in place forever.

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detective made some mention that it was a half-hour he’ll never get back, but

with violating the city ordinance of solicitation without a permit.

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Road—On Feb. 2, a man was arrested after stealing two packs of beer from a grocery store. He got into his car and left. After a lookout was given, the car was pulled over and the man was later charged and arrested for stealing the beer.

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block of Roswell Road—Cops were called to a gas station regarding an intoxicated man, who was acting disorderly and who was armed with a rock. He was later arrested. SS

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