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Ga. 400 trail could be suburbs’ path to the BeltLine BY ANN MARIE QUILL With help from PATH400 and the Georgia Department of Transportation, the cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody could one day be connected via multiuse trails to Atlanta’s BeltLine. “Good stuff is happening with [PATH400],” Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, said at a recent North Buckhead Civic Association meeting. With Phase 1 of the trail that runs along Ga. 400 complete from Lenox Road to Old Ivy Road, the organization is now working on Old Ivy to Wieuca, with future phases including Sidney Marcus to Miami Circle; Wieuca Road to Mountain Way Common; and Lenox Road to Peachtree Road via Tower Place Drive, and will eventually connect to the Atlanta BeltLine. Additionally in Brookhaven, work is under way on a trail along the north fork of Peachtree Creek which will eventually stretch as far south as the place the BeltLine and PATH400 will converge, and as far north as Duluth. But with pressure from cities like Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, SEE GA. 400, PAGE 6

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Top, Anderson Siverboard, 4, a member of the “Sand Gnats,” takes a cut during a t-ball game at the Marcus Jewish Community Center-Atlanta on March 29. Above, Anderson celebrates with his teammates and head coach Adam Greenfield, right, during the team’s first game of the season. See more photos on page 3.



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Food Truck Thursdays return to Brook Run this month Food Truck Thursdays return this month and will continue weekly through Oct. 29, according to the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. The 2015 food truck gatherings were scheduled to begin April 2. The trucks are to assemble at Brook Run Park from 5 p.m. until dark on Thursday evenings through the spring and summer.

Former Dunwoody detective pleads guilty to running fraudulent warrant checks A former Dunwoody police detective has pleaded guilty to disclosing sensitive law enforcement information in exchange for receiving kickbacks for him and his family. Robert Pasquale Bentivegna, 64, of Woodstock, Georgia, pleaded guilty to computer fraud for accessing information in the GCIC database for an improper purpose. Sentencing is scheduled for June 1 before United States District Judge Leigh Martin May.

Previous city attorney elected to DeKalb GOP Former Dunwoody City Attorney Brian Anderson has been elected chairman of the DeKalb Republican Party. Elected leaders include First Vice Chairman (Membership) Travis Stegall; Second Vice Chairman (Precinct Development) Will Frishe; Third Vice Chairman (Events) Alejandro “Alex” Gimenez; Treasurer Bobbie Frantz; and Secretary Clare Steen.

Gated communities required to install devices to allow emergency access City Council on March 23 required all 39 gated communities in Dunwoody to pay for the installation and maintenance of an SOS/Trigger System at each gate to allow emergency and police vehicles access. Police Chief Billy Grogan made the ordinance request in response to City Councilman Terry Nall’s request to find a solution for problems associated with emergency access to gated communities. Because codes on the keypad entry systems change frequently, keeping track of the correct gate code has been difficult and could create an unnecessary delay for first responders, Grogan said in a memo. The council voted 6-1 to adopt the requirement, with City Councilman Denny Shortal opposed. Each device costs $599, and an additional cost of $20 is anticipated for the RFID tags on emergency response vehicles, which the city of Dunwoody will pay. Dunwoody’s total cost should not exceed $35,000. The gated communities will be responsible for paying about $500 for installation. They have 12 months to comply.

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High fives and high throws Top, Isaac Greenfield, left, a member of the “Sand Gnats” t-ball team, receives congratulations from his father and head coach Adam Greenfield after a game at the Marcus Jewish Community Center-Atlanta on March 29. The “Sand Gnats” field a team consisting of four-year-old boys. Above, Julia Freedman, 8, front, left, and her friend Rachel Kurgan, 8, back, practice softball with Julia’s father Steve Freedman.

Coumcil OKs townhome development The Dunwoody City Council on March 23 approved a rezoning request to allow a 40-unit townhouse development at Old Spring House Lane and Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Providence Group wants to develop the 3.4-acre tract of land with threestory townhomes with brick and stone fronts. The proposal had the approval of staff, the community council, the planning commission and the Dunwoody DUN

Homeowners Association. Amenities will include a multi-use trail, internal sidewalks, a gazebo and pedestrian access to the Georgetown Plaza. The development will cap rentals at 10 percent. Providence Group President Warren Jolly said the project would likely be completed in two years, with the first units move-in ready in a year and a half. -Ann Marie Quill

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Above and right, the Tudor Revival estate was built in 1929 on 400 acres. The property sits off Glenridge Drive and is divided by Abernathy Road. Ashton Woods Homes has contracted to buy the property.

Glenridge Hall demolition ‘extremely disappointing’ BY ANN MARIE QUILL The executive director of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation calls it “extremely disappointing” that owners of Glenridge Hall were issued a demolition permit for the historic mansion. Mark McDonald said the house should be saved for its historic and architectural value. “The house is an extensive work of architecture and is situated on beautiful setting, representing an era of Atlanta growth and prosperity in the early 20th century,” he said. Sandy Springs city officials issued the permit on March 9. McDonald said the Georgia Trust in October placed Glenridge Hall on its list of “10 Places in Peril” after an announcement that the property was for sale and “we felt like we had exhausted our efforts” with the owners. Ashton Woods Homes contracted to buy the property, which sits off Glenridge Drive and is divided by Abernathy Road. Mercedes Benz has announced it would relocate its corporate headquarters from New Jersey to a tract to the south of Abernathy. The Tudor Revival estate was built in 1929 on 400 acres of farmland by Thomas K. Glenn, a pillar of the Atlanta business community. In the 1980s, Glenn’s granddaughter, Frances Mayson, fought to preserve the property, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Mayson and her husband restored the home with the purpose of it being available to the public, and the home has been host to numerous charity functions and retreats through the years. The home and grounds have also been used in movies like “Driving Miss Daisy” and the TV show “The Vampire Diaries.” The home is known to represent Atlanta wealth. After the Civil War, it took about 20 years for the then-rural Sandy Springs to come back to pre-war agricultural prices. Wealthy Atlantans began to use Sandy Springs as a get-away location, as it was still fairly difficult to reach from the city of Atlanta. Families began building mansions as showcases, with Glenridge Hall being the remaining one in Sandy Springs. While its placement on the National Register doesn’t protect the property from demolition, McDonald said that conservation easements and other tax incentives could work as an incentive to save the property. He suggested that the building could continue to host special events while the land around it was developed. McDonald said he maintains a little hope that the building could be saved. “I never doubt that people can have conversions at the last minute,” he said. DUN


Taxes, ethics and sanitation dominate Jester’s town hall BY TIM DARNELL Residents in DeKalb County’s cities will soon be paying more for county services, and District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester says the increases are the result of historically poor accounting. “I was very much against this budget,” Jester said recently at a town hall meeting in Dunwoody. “The county only increased the millage rate in incorporated areas and not the unincorporated areas.” Jester said only she and District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon voted against the budget. “I’m hopeful we’ll see some fluctuations as millage rates go down,” Jester told an audience of about 50 people at the Dunwoody Library March 30. “They did go up this year, and I argued against this tax increase.” Dunwoody’s and Brookhaven’s millage rates increased 10.8 percent, while Chamblee’s increased 21.5 percent. DeKalb’s $1.27 billion budget keeps the tax rate in areas of the county not located within cities at 21.21 mills. Jester also said she has grave concerns over recent developments in DeKalb’s Department of Watershed Management, which has been the focus of a grand jury investigation. “The grand

sonal expenses. Boyer’s husband, John Boyer, has jury has called attention to some seripleaded guilty to a related charge and is ous problems in the department,” Jestscheduled to be sentenced by Evans on er said. “The water department provides May 6. some vital services to everyAdditionally, suspended one in the county, and this DeKalb CEO Burrell Elis an issue we’re watching lis is set to be re-tried latvery closely.” er this year on charges of Meanwhile, other shaking down county conDeKalb officials have faced tractors for campaign concriminal charges. tributions. Former District 1 CounIn March, several highty Commission Elaine Boyranking officials abruptly er stood in a federal courtresigned after interim CEO room on March 20 and Lee May announced a spetearfully apologized to her cial ethics investigation family and also to the citheaded up by former Georizens of the county for gia Attorney General Mike misusing county money. Bowers. District 1 “To the people of DeKalb “I’m concerned about Commissioner County, I am deeply, deepthe cost of the Bowers inNancy Jester ly sorry,” Boyer said. vestigation (reportedly at Senior U.S. District $400 an hour), but this is Judge Orinda Evans sentenced Boyer a very opaque situation, and credibility to 14 months in federal prison on her has to be restored,” Jester said. “Reform guilty pleas in September to mail and by indictment is not a good thing, and I wire fraud charges. want to be part of any effort that brings Prosecutors say the veteran commispositive changes.” sioner, who resigned her post last AuCommission Chief of Staff Morgust, funneled county funds to personal ris Williams and Community Deaccounts, and used county funds to help velopment Director Chris Morris pay for family vacations and other perboth resigned on March 24, right af-

ter the Bowers investigation was announced. Watershed Director Dr. James Chansler announced his resignation back in February. “I think he resigned, perhaps, because he realized he couldn’t reform the department or perhaps out of frustration,” she said. “He has an excellent national reputation, and I’m glad he’s agreed to stay on through June.” Jester also highlighted the county’s new, one-day-a-week trash pickup schedule, which she said is standard for hundreds of communities. “It’s going to be rolling out this summer, probably in July, and you’ll be getting a much larger, blue recycling bin into which you can co-mingle everything,” she said. “Several neighborhoods have been part of the pilot program, which overall received very positive results.” Jester said the county’s recycling program has extended the life of its landfill “by about 70 years, which is a good thing.” “The small blue recycling bins that we have are being phased out. You can keep them if you want or the county can pick them up and they’ll be used for school recycling efforts.”

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Residents speak out against All Saints’ construction plans BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Most of the residents who spoke at the March 23 City Council meeting backed All Saints Catholic Church’s plans to rebuild its sanctuary. But others questioned the church’s plans to build a three-story parking deck in the future, and a few argued the church should move if it wants to expand. Charlotte Stone Black called the church’s plans “irresponsible.” “If they want a larger church, then go to a site that can accommodate a bigger church,” she said. The church’s expansion plan requires a special land use permit, which Andrew Halloran, who represents Cornerstone Site Consultants, requested on behalf of the church. During the public hearing March 23, several residents spoke against the SLUP. The council deferred a decision on the SLUP until after a hydrology study is completed. Several residents said they support the church’s intention to bring water drainage systems up to date and im-

prove handicapped access to the sanctuary. But others said they object to seeing a parking deck rise above their homes. “We didn’t invest money in our homes to live next to a parking deck,” said Lyle Spencer, who said his driveway appears on a current design sketch for construction plans at the church site. All Saints has agreed to install four new detention ponds to control water runoff to improve its 35-year-old campus. Also, Halloran promised a 10-foot buffer of trees would be planted during the first phase of construction to help hide the area where the church hopes to build a parking deck in five or more years. That didn’t appease Spencer. “No matter how far we push the parking deck back, I am going to see a parking deck. I don’t care how many trees you plant, I am going to see a parking deck. I will see 90 to 75 percent of whatever is constructed there,” he said.

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ing from Sandy Springs and Dunwoody to connect in to [the trail],” Starling said. “They are loving the idea of being able to access PATH400 and get to the BeltLine.” City officials in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven as well as local nonprofits and chambers have recently signed resolutions urging GDOT to allow expansion of the trail network through the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange. To extend north into the suburban cities, PATH400 will need to cross I-285, which requires the cooperation of the Georgia Department of Transportation, which is planning a major revamping of the Ga. 400 and I-285 interchange. Ed McBrayer, executive director of the PATH Foundation, which is working on PATH400 with Livable Buckhead, said that his group met with GDOT several weeks ago, and the transportation agency said it would not preclude provisions for trails in its plans. He said his group plans to meet with GDOT again soon. McBrayer wrote in a recent column for “Reporter Newspapers,” “This interchange divides Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven into four islands with virtually no safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists. This is a perfect place to start knitting the region back together on a human scale.” He said he’s hopeful that as the interchange is being built, trails can be constructed along Ga. 400, extending PATH400 and also east-west along I-285. “I think there’s been a lot of interest from all different organizations and cities,” McBrayer said. “I haven’t heard anybody that thinks it’s a bad idea, and I don’t think GDOT thought it was a bad idea.” DUN


ARC: Atlanta’s reputation ‘sullied,’ and must do better BY ANN MARIE QUILL The executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission says metro Atlanta must address transportation and education issues to remain a vibrant community. Doug Hooker, who heads the regional planning agency, told business and community leaders gathered for a March 20 Perimeter Business Alliance luncheon in Brookhaven that the metro area had to have the resources to remain a vibrant and attractive place as folks continue to move to the fastgrowing region. Unfortunately, Hooker said, ANN MARIE QUILL the region’s reputation has Doug Hooker, Atlanta Regional been “sullied” by the failure of Commission’s executive director, was T-SPLOST, a regional tax to support transportation; by dethe keynote speaker at the March 20 clining water supplies; by the Perimeter Business Alliance luncheon. Atlanta Public School cheating scandal; and last year’s “Snowmagedhe said. don,” when traffic was snarled 24 hours “We have spread out very far in the during a winter storm. region, now we have to think about Hooker said the region is making spreading up,” Hooker said, adding that steps in the right direction. He said the mixed-use communities attract both Atlanta area reduced its water usage by young people and baby boomers look10 percent from 2000 to 2010, while ing to retire. adding a million people. He said that the area also needs more But, “it’s still not enough,” Hooker transportation options. said. He also said that while state lawHooker used the Perimeter area as makers propose a $1 billion transporan example, saying it was on the “cuttation package, that’s just a “down payting edge” of leveraging its MARTA stament.” They should look to be spending tions around living and working spaces. as much as $2.5 billion a year, he said. He said that large companies like State “If we don’t invest in us, how can Farm and Mercedes are relocating here we expect anyone else to invest in us?” because of access to transit. Hooker asked. Education is another area that needs The metro area needs to develop the support of everyone, Hooker said. more compact, walkable communities, “It is all of our issue.”


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United we thrive; divided we fail United we stand; divided we fall. We either hang together, or we hang separately. Those two aphorisms from the Revolutionary era show that the notion of a unified voice on major issues is as old and as important as the American Republic itself. Unfortunately, the local business community today speaks with splintered voices, and the split is growing. Why is this important? First, the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are working very cooperatively in developing policies to manage development in the Perimeter market – currently the Southeast’s hottest real estate market. Our goals are simple. How do we manage the area’s inevitable growth without drowning in vehicular traffic and destroying our quality of life? What policies are needed to reduce pressure on our road networks and encourage more commuters to use transit? We need a minimum increase in MARTA ridership of 15 percent to maintain mobility in this corridor, and we need the business community at the table to help us achieve this goal. Our challenge is, “Who speaks for the business community?” Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and the city of Brookhaven each has its own Chamber of Commerce, and the Perimeter CID is also now forming a Perimeter Business Association, which will act like a chamber. With such fractured voices, we cannot attain the multijurisdictional unity of focus, purpose and cooperation needed from the business community. Further, businesses don’t know which group to join, and they can’t afford them all. So, they choose one or choose not to engage. Creating a unified voice through a single, cooperative chamber would best serve us all. Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis and I are in lock step when it comes to this issue. Since we truly are one commercial real estate market, we need one group representing the total business community on cross-jurisdictional policy questions. We cannot work with four different business groups when crafting policies affecting this market. We have both urged these chambers to develop an umbrella group to represent the entire business community and, if each city needs someone looking after local business needs,

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operate city-specific business associations under the umbrella for that purpose. Yet, instead of unifying, the splintering continues. A case in point is the recent Mercedes decision. The state did not involve any of the local business groups to lay groundwork for this project. Why? The state faced the same challenge we have. RUSTY What group could work objectivePAUL ly across jurisdictions to help Mercedes decide its best location? The GUEST COLUMN answer is: with so many organizations, no one! Instead, it relied on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, which is based in Alpharetta. In fact, these two groups were engaged before the city government was involved because they were viewed as trustworthy, objective resources during the preliminary period when Mercedes was investigating several locations. Since Mercedes was primarily focused on the Perimeter market, wouldn’t it make sense to engage locally? Yes, but the state economic development team could not identify what entity best represented the Perimeter market. In the day-to-day operations of our cities, we encounter the same challenge. Without a unified voice to engage in conversation, we may simply make the best policy decisions we can without business input. If so, the result will be less than optimal. This is why I used my “State of the City” address to the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce to again urge the business community to lay aside its jurisdictional and territorial divisions and work together to create one group with one voice to speak for the overall business community. I appreciate this opportunity to utilize this printed space to make that appeal one more time. Rusty Paul is mayor of Sandy Springs.

On the record Read these articles from our other editions online at “The loop is closed. The journey is over. The flag now is where it should be.” –Buckhead resident John Maltby found a singed Georgia state flag in the ashes of E. Rivers Elementary School when the school burned in 1948. The flag now hangs outside the principal’s office at E. Rivers. Maltby told the story of its return during a ribboncutting ceremony for a new E. Rivers building. “It’s the gateway [to Brookhaven]. What do we want that image to be? A multi-story apartment building with dozens of balconies would not create an inviting entrance to the city.” –Resident Tim Morrison on plans for an apartment building in a mixed-use development on Peachtree Road. “We have spread out very far in the region, now we have to think about spreading up.” –Doug Hooker, executive developer of the Atlanta Regional Commission, on future development in the region.

“I love it. It turned out better than I thought it might. … I think they did pretty well.” –Buckhead businessman Charlie Loudermilk on the renovated park that bears his name. The triangular park is located at the intersection of Peachtree and Roswell roads. “This is a special piece of property. It’s our gateway. ... I’m suggesting something new. I’d like the city to explore dividing up that property and at least taking the front half of it for a linear park or green space. ... We haven’t even begun to imagine the possibilities for this site.” –Brookhaven City Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams, proposing the city look at working with developers and property owners of land on Ashford-Dunwoody Road to create a new city entrance.

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‘Yay! It’s spring!’ Let’s sing a gay little spring song (tra la la) This is the season to sing So I’d like to suggest That we all do our best And warble a song about spring. I lifted those lyrics from the movie “Bambi,” of course. I know you’ve watched the scene—it’s the one where all the woodland songbirds couple up and flutter among the sumptuously painted backdrop of a blossoming forest, singing so loudly and cheerfully that they awaken the sleeping owl. And doesn’t that scene capture exactly how we feel in our glorious Atlanta springtime? If we could flit along on the wing and alight on the branch of a budding cherry tree, and then perhaps, chirp out a happy little tune on behalf of the season, wouldn’t we? Or given the restraints of our wingless bodies, wouldn’t we like to step outside, stretch our legs, and at least clap our hands together and shout, “Yay! It’s spring!” and then maybe punctuate that emotion with a wee pirouette…? I think we would. Yet, having grown into adult sensibilities, we settle for walking with a spring in our step. Yes, I think that idiom is less about a wound-up piece of wire and more about a new season of budding colors and blossoming flowers. Because when springtime rolls around, we walk with the bounce of a fresh beginning. It’s the jubilance of warm breezes and Easter bunnies, of greening grass and nodding daffodils. It’s sort of a controlled inebriation. So I think Disney got that right— all creatures, whether walking on four legs or two, whether endowed with the gift of flight or not—celebrate spring in some way. And we humans, as the relatively inhibited species, find a way to greet the new season with joy, by soak-

ing in the ROBIN JEAN sun or cuddling up with MARIE CONTE an attractive companion, ROBIN’S NEST by reveling with composed exuberance. Here in metro Atlanta, we’ve had our dustings of snow, our pre-emptive closings, our few days of cold snaps. We haven’t been pummeled like those in Boston and the rest of the Northeast. No one in our fair city has dived from a second story balcony into 8-foot-deep snow drifts or skied down a powder-packed main thoroughfare…but that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate spring when it gets here. Our civil Southern climate is why we live here, after all. So take a look around and you’ll see it: the spring of spring. It’s there when we walk our dogs and drive our kids to soccer practice. It’s beneath the lights that are strung cunningly across the outdoor patio of a neighborhood restaurant, where we laugh and dine and clink wine glasses together. It’s in the jogs around Piedmont Park and the tills in the backyard garden. That spring is there even when we’re lounging at an outdoor concert or standing in the yard with a cold beer, greeting the neighbors. When the dogwoods bloom and the azaleas burst and the entire city is filled with fluffs of color, that’s when we smile broadly and sing our own little spring song. Robin Conte is a writer and mother of four who lives in Dunwoody. She can be contacted at

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While Mercedes has plans to bring and employ hundreds in Sandy Springs, those employees may not be able to afford to live in the area, and have been scouting locations like Alpharetta and Crabapple. “In Sandy Springs we have an abundance of housing for upper income, and an abundance for lower rental income,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “We’ve heard from Mercedes families that they can’t afford to live in Sandy Springs.” Paul said that points to a larger problem for the city and its workers overall, and that the lack of affordable workforce housing contributes to traffic congestion. “What’s missing is owner-occupied housing in Sandy Springs that police, firefighters, teachers, nurses and medical personal can afford to live in,” he said. “This is a major issue; our congestion issues are built around the fact that an overwhelming number of people who work here live elsewhere. Our population of 100,000 grows to 200,000 during the day. If we could create an environment where employees could live in Sandy Springs, that would have an enormous impact on traffic congestion.” A look at Atlanta Regional Commission housing statistics shows Sandy Springs dominating metro-area ZIP codes for three-year average home prices from 2012 to 2014. In the 30327 ZIP code area, which includes Sandy Springs, the average home price was $691,467. In the 30342 area, it was $401,971. ARC’s Executive Director Doug Hooker echoed the need for affordable housing during a recent Perimeter Business Alliance luncheon. He said that areas like Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody that are striving to become more walkable and mixed-use friendly need to have folks who work in the communities living there as well. “Our charge is how do we get more af-

fordable housing in those communities, so the retail workers that work at Perimeter can afford to live close,” he said. Paul said that while there’s no firm plan in Sandy Springs yet, he and other members of the council are exploring solutions. “Part of it is how we work with developers,” he said. “What kind of incentives can we offer to get them to sell at lower price points.” He explained that the problem can be complex because the goal to not drive down real estate also exists. Hooker pointed to MARTA’s transitoriented development program as another solution. The transit agency is looking at created mixed-use developments around its stations, and is requiring that 20 percent of the residential units on a property qualify as workforce/affordable housing. A study for development at the Brookhaven MARTA station said the 2013 median income for the Atlanta region is $66,300, which means a family of four with a $53,000 income per year qualifies for workforce housing. The study claimed that income was comparable to the average starting salary of a Brookhaven police officer. Jack Honderd, a member of the Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance, a group whose goal is to guide development, said that striving toward more workforce housing is going to be a challenge in Brookhaven, where apartments and small houses are being torn down to make way for high-end rental units and larger homes. He said a variety of housing “creates vibrant, stable neighborhoods," and that the community benefits when, for example, its police are living in its neighborhoods. Paul added, “Not only is [providing affordable housing] a matter of doing what I think is the right thing, it makes sure folks who work here can live here.”


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Snapshot: Recent single-family home sales Sandy Springs: 30350 Avg Sold Price $260,756 Sandy Springs: 30328 Avg Sold Price $314,404 Sandy Springs: 30342 Avg Sold Price $527,400 Buckhead: 30305 Avg Sold Price $572,578 Buckhead: 30327 Avg Sold Price $1,016,132 Brookhaven: 30319 Avg Sold Price $434,394 Dunwoody: 30338 Avg Sold Price $375,562

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Buckhead’s strong reputation means quick, easy home sales CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 home” as one priced at over $1 million, but the median price of the 918 transacbuy a beautifully renovated ranch in tions in Buckhead over the 12 months north Buckhead for $1 million, but I ending in February was $1,667,961. think the price point where the upper “In the last 12 months, bracket begins now is $2.2 290 homes have sold for to $2.4 million. Homes at over $1 million, in conthis price point will be in trast to 255 homes over $1 the most desirable neighmillion selling in the preborhoods, with nice lots, ceding 12 months,” Rogtop-of-the-line amenities ers said. and large square footage.” Rogers said the progress Reed said upper brackat Buckhead Atlanta has reet condos are selling at reinforced homeowner conficord prices per foot, with a dence in Buckhead. three-bedroom penthouse “As rents increase in at Terminus selling for $2 commercial space, Buckmillion. head residential property Another change from also continues to increase 10 years ago that Reed has in value, and the increased noticed is that buyers are Michael Rogers number of retail and dinlooking for high quality. ing establishments brought “Really high-finish levels, by Buckhead Atlanta and surrounding custom-imported hardware, luxe bath commercial developments increase the fixtures, commercial- grade systems are rich array of amenities offered to Buckall more important than during our last head homeowners boom,” Reed said. in close proximity “Named archito their residences,” tects are a big draw, Rogers said. pools, steam showHe said Buckers, and wine celhead would remain lars are in higher a draw for home demand than ever, buyers because it while theaters are has larger lot sizes less popular. Buyers than many neighare also more energy borhoods inside and environmentalthe city of Atlanly conscious. Buyers ta, access to excelwould rather have a lent restaurants and whole house generaworld-class shoptor than a sixth bedThe Heery Brothers ping opportunities, room.” high-testing public Michael Rogelementary schools and nationally recers, president of Dorsey Alston Realtors, ognized private schools. said most people still define a “luxury

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“The Civil War & the Forging of Character” Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 p.m. – On the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, The Lovett School presents the final lecture in “The Civil War and the Forging of Character,” a four-year lecture series presented by Lovett to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the Battle of Atlanta. Reservations required. Go to: or call 404-262-3032, ext. 1717 to learn more and to register.

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Artsapalooza Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., – Celebrate the arts with the annual Sandy Springs Artsapalooza art sale. The event features the artwork of 150 artists and will have food trucks, children’s activities and live music. Continues April 19, 11 a.m.6 p.m. 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Go online to or call 404-873-1222 to learn more.

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Sunday, April 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) invites the entire community to come together and remember the victims of the Holocaust with a special program commemorating Yom HaShoah (or Day of Holocaust Remembrance) at the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden. Free. Rain or shine. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, visit www.atlantajcc. org, or call 678-812-4161.

Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m. – Garden Hills Elementary School holds its 26th annual Evening in the Garden fundraiser at MercedesBenz of Buckhead. Includes both silent and live auctions, dancing, and food catered by local Buckhead restaurants. Tickets: $60 in advance; $75 at the door. Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, 2799 Piedmont Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit: www.


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Cajun Zydeco Association celebrates spring with a dance party featuring Zydeco tunes and Cajun jitterbug, waltzes and two-steps. Bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Garden Hills Community Center, 337 Pinetree Dr., NE, Atlanta, 30305. $5 entry. To find out more go to:, email: or call 877-338-2420.

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Organ Music Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m. – Organ virtuosa Gail Archer plays a program of music from many historic periods, including works based on familiar hymn tunes, Baroque and Romantic fireworks, and more. Free. St. Phillp Episcopal Cathedral, 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For additional details, call 404-365-1000 or visit

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Curtains, the Musical Friday, April 17, 8 p.m. – Act3 Productions closes its 2014-2015 season by presenting Cur-

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BY ART HUCKABEE Spring has sprung. It’s time to get back in tune with nature. It’s time to get healthy. What say we do both by having a burger and fries? Never has the classic all-American combo made one feel so environmentally friendly and downright healthy, than does the one at Farm Burger, the local chain that combines the everlasting gourmet burger craze with the ever trendy farm-totable craze. This place is craze-ee popular. Who knew that there were so many health nuts eating burgers? There’s usually a line. You’ll need the time to scan the five or six menus that adorn the walls. Paper menus are available which make it easier to navigate the array of choices. The basic premise is to build a burger. Choose from 100 percent grass-fed beef or chicken or veggie quinoa, and top it with over 30 condiments ranging from roasted garlic to oxtail marmalade. If that’s too many choices there are six pre-decided “Blackboard Burgers” as well. Order at the bar, get a number, and

find a table. The food arrives quickly. Our burger purist ordered a plain cheeseburger. He pronounced it as awesome. He’s 12. The grass-fed beef is very lean, so if you’re a medium-well- to well -done carnivore, you might want to dial the level of doneness back a notch to avoid arid burger syndrome. We tried the “Blackboard Burgers.” The No.1 Farm Burger had aged Vermont white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and FB sauce, a riff on Thousand Island dressing. The beef held up surprisingly well under the flavor bomb of cheese and sweet. Dry-aged beef has a beefier, slightly funky note. The No. 6 was another beef patty adorned with bacon, a sunny side up egg, pepper jack cheese and Salsa Verde. The egg and the green sauce made the burger, adding moisture and flavor. The No. 4 chicken burger was the hit of the meal. A juicy chicken patty was dressed with smoked Gouda, kale coleslaw, crispy onions and a sherry-date barbecue sauce.

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The flavors from the cheese and barbecue sauce, and the textures from the slaw and onions made this a memorable dish. The No. 2, the veggie quinoa burger, was a slightly dry patty, soft in texture and lacking that satisfying chew that one associates with a burger. The mixed greens, marinated beets, balsamic onions and garlic aioli helped both texture and flavor, but the letdown was palpable from the burger lover in our crowd who had gone veggie for the cause. There are a myriad of sides, salads and soup. The fries had good crunch and the right amount of seasoning. The onion rings were more breading than onion; only three came in an order of fries ‘n rings.

Thank goodness they weren’t a hit. The sweet potato fries were limp, begging for texture. The Farm Burger Soup was an amalgam of lentils, carrots, potato, sweet potato, squash, onion and Swiss chard, with a dollop of sour cream. It had a nice homey taste and would be a good choice on a cool spring day. The Superfood Salad was lacinato kale, also known as black kale, beets, pecans, roasted carrots, caramelized onions, dried cranberries, tahini dressing and nutritional yeast, which is often used as a cheese substitute. You know this dish is good for you from the first bite, and it was surprisingly tasty as well needing perhaps a little more tahini dressing and a dash more acidity. There’s an interesting beer selection and a handful of wines. Milkshakes and floats made with Morelli’s gourmet ice cream are also available. We didn’t order any as we were there for only the healthy stuff. Farm Burger has locations in Decatur, Dunwoody and Buckhead. For more information, visit Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite Reviewers, as well as a pilot, gourmet cook and food lover. Send feedback to

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Quick Bites: News you can eat Buckhead Restaurant Week will be held April 18-26. Brunch, lunch and dinner cuisine from participating restaurants will be available on $15, $25 or $35 prix fixe menus. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. Visit to see a full list of participating restaurants. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Brookhaven was chosen as Irish Pub of the Year by the Irish Pubs Global Federation based in Dublin. “The Irish Pub of the Year award is given to the inspirational pub which has reached benchmark standards that should inspire others,” said John Byrne, CEO of Irish Pubs Global Federation. “Olde Blind Dog meets those standards.” SweetWater Brewery and United Distributors recently presented a check for $55,547 to The Giving Kitchen. The brewery’s partnership with The Giving Kitchen dates back to 2013 when the two organizations came together to brew Second Helping, a juniper IPA to raise funds for the organization. The Giving Kitchen is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting restaurant industry workers who have experienced some sort of unanticipated emergency or hardship. For more, visit Brookhaven’s The Cook’s Warehouse will close in mid-April after a slump in sales. CEO Mary Moore said, “We opened our second store in Brookhaven in 2002. This location has not kept up with the growth of our other stores – Midtown, Decatur and East Cobb. With a growing need for additional retail and teaching space, as well as increased demand for parking with better ingress/egress, I determined it best to not resign our lease.” Moore said she was seeking another location, possibly in Brookhaven.

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New Japanese restaurant Doraku Sushi is open at Buckhead Atlanta offering a “refined twist” on traditional Japanese fare, drawing inspiration from Asian and Latin flavor profiles. For more, visit Glaze, a “doughnuts, bacon and barista shop,” will open in Brookleigh Market in Brookhaven this June, according to Atlanta Magazine. Fifth Group Restaurants plans to open new locations of South City Kitchen and La Tavola Trattoria. South City Kitchen will occupy 6,000 square feet on the first floor of the 3350 Peachtree building in Buckhead. The company is also looking to open a new 4,500 to 6,500-squarefoot La Tavola Trattoria location in a yet-to-be-decided “metro-Atlanta neighborhood.” Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne have opened Georgetown Cupcake Buckhead at 267 East Paces Ferry Road. For more, visit

Buckhead restaurants take top spots on new Zagat list On March 10, Zagat, the restaurant review website, released its new list of Atlanta’s 50 best eateries for 2015. Buckhead restaurants claimed six of the top 10 spots. Here’s Zagat’s new top 10. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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Yelpers have some suggestions when you crave Thai food Editor’s note: Yelp is a website and a mobile app – free to use – that connects you with local businesses, organizations and events. Reporter Newspapers has partnered with Yelp for a monthly feature on Yelper’s favorite eats, treats and more in Reporter Newspapers communities. Yelp Associate Regional Marketing Director Colleen Burns compiled this list. When you're craving Thai food, nothing else will do. Spicy and creamy curries, oodles of noodles, and fried rice with pineapple and raisins. If you're not familiar, the complexity of the cuisine will amaze you.

Buckhead Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft - 1745 Peachtree St. NE, 30309.

Boasting a wide variety of Thai cuisine, the menu offers a selection to please just about every palate, but not so many items that you're overwhelmed. Don't miss their Mieng Kum, a popular item. Annie’s Thai Castle - 3195 Roswell Road NE, 30305. Serving ATL for 25 years, and yes, you can actually meet Annie! Go for the coconut soup, stay for curries.

Brookhaven The One Sushi + - 2523 Caldwell Rd. NE, 30319. The + equals so much more than just sushi, including various Thai flavors. Everything is made fresh daily in house, using seasonal ingredients sourced lo-

cally when possible. They rotate menu items frequently, so stop in various occasions to experience unending options. Bua - 705 Town Boulevard, 30319. "Bua" which means "lotus" in Thai language, has Yelpers crazy about the drunken noodles - "they are a must if you are a Thai noodle fan."

Dunwoody Singha Thai - 5554 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., 30338. Extensive Thai cuisine with sushi on the side. Looking for a spicy treat? Check out the basil duck or spicy catfish. Simply Thai - 4639 N. Shallowford Rd., 30338.

With lunch specials for under $10, this place is sure to curb your cravings. Buy any three beers and get the fourth one free, but don't forget to enjoy the Thai tea.

Sandy Springs Erawan Organic Thai - 7537 Roswell Rd., 30350. The crew at Erawan have been cooking original Thai cuisine spanning 15 years. You like it hot? Ask for Thai hot, and indeed, they will make it spicy! Bangkok Thyme - 4969 Roswell Rd. NE, 30342. Perfect setting for a girls’ night out or even a getaway with your significant other, enjoy the Happy Hour Specials from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.


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troduction to boxing, Moss still hangs out at the gym. In fact, she owns the place now. The former pro champion boxer, known as “The Boss” in the ring, is boss of her own place, the Buckhead Fight Club, which is actually located in the basement of a shopping center on Buford Highway in Brookhaven. Now a 49-year-old grandmother, she trains other, younger fighters these days. But she keeps an assortment of padded gloves in a ringside gym bag and she says she only officially retired from boxing about a year ago. “I gave my headgear to one of the boys,” she said. “This signifies my retirement.” Next month, Moss’ gym will host an international boxing event she says will attract Olympic-caliber women boxers from around the world. USA Boxing’s Women’s International Clash of Champions, scheduled April 20 through April 25, is set to bring teams of boxers from China, Bulgaria, the U.S. and other countries to compete in a round-robin tournament. About 40 athletes, including Americans Claressa Shields and Marlen Espinoza, both medalists in the 2012 Olympics, are scheduled to take part, Moss said. “It’s a big deal,” said Moss, who also puts together local “Corporate Fight Nights.” “Some of these boxers are going to be seen in the Olympics on television. We know that. We just can’t say which ones.” Moss said she intends to give the visiting fighters a taste of American boxing, “an all-American sports experience.” “American sports are huge,” Moss said. “[Sports] are large in other countries, too, but American sports have a certain level of excitement and noise

er rhythm-and-blues tunes blared from the PA. “There’s a lot in this little bitty basement,” Moss said. “They’ll come down to this underground fight club in a parking lot on Buford Highway, the melting pot of Atlanta,” she said. “I hope to let them see what it feels like to be in America and an American boxer.” And while they’re there, she said, she plans to feed them homecooked Mexican food, Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches and breakfast from the International House of Pancakes. Moss came to boxing late. She was 36 years old when she made her pro debut, she said. Although some folks told her she was too old JOE EARLE to box, she fought for five more Terri Moss, a 49-year-old grandmother, years. “Some of us just love the says her gym is a “family place.” sport,” she said. and chaos.” She named her gym after a She thinks her gym will show visiting boxers somecult movie and has decorated parts of it with quotes thing different than what they’re used to. The atmofrom the film, but she sees the Buckhead Fight Club sphere in her gym is different, she said, from the quiet, as a family place. “Whole families spend every evening dignified boxing gyms she’s seen when traveling overhere,” she said. “A lot of it is because of the communiseas. ty that comes to this gym. I really think that because it’s Her 15,000-square-foot facility is decorated with run by women, it gives it a different vibe.” graffiti and bright street-art-style murals. Moss calls the “I love being in the gym,” she said. And it shows. décor “an urban American theme.” One recent morn“I’m almost 50 years old,” she said, “and I skip ing, Sam and Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming” and otharound the gym like a little kid.”

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The data side of law enforcement: number-crunching cops BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Amanda Head turns numbers into narratives. She’s a crime analyst with the Dunwoody Police Department. In her job, she collects and analyzes crime data, and prepares statistical crime reports for other officers to pinpoint areas where crimes are likely to occur. “I look at what [crimes] occurred the day before and look at trends like entering autos or burglaries, and connect with other local analysts to compare across the board,” she said. She recalled one incident where officers caught two burglars she helped link to many other open burglary cases in Dunwoody and surrounding cities. “Big win for me after only being on the job for about eight months,” Head said. In Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Atlanta, analysts such as Head help police departments predict and try to prevent future crime by using data from past crimes. “Analyses of trends, patterns and hot spots provide law enforcement officials with the who, what, when, where, how and why of emerging crime in the community,” Brookhaven crime analyst Kathy Esque said in an email. “Data analyzed can be used to develop effective tactics and strategies, interceding as soon as possible, preventing victimization and reducing crime.” Sandy Springs Crime Analyst Pat Graham provided this example of how analysts work to prevent crime: “We see a suspect likes to break into cars every Wednesday at lunch time in the 5000 block of Roswell Road,” Graham said. “Patrols actually look for this suspect during this time frame and location.” Atlanta police Lt. Peter Ries said of-

ficers can check crime data from their patrol cars. A computer program called PredPol provides up-to-date information and predicts crime on an ongoing basis, he said. “It’s an additional tool that helps us,” Ries said, noting the program doesn’t replace the need for the tactical crime analysis unit he leads, which includes eight sworn officers, a sworn supervisor and three civilian analysts. Head said she’s been interested in criminals’ mindsets and their activities since she was about 10 years old. She’s a civilian employee who wants to help officers from her desk inside the department. She jokes that she doesn’t have the “guts” needed to hit the streets and police the community as a sworn officer. Head earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of West Georgia in 2009, and started with Dunwoody police in 2011. She became the crime analyst in February 2014, and then attended four classes over the course of a year at California State University for certification. Crime analysts describe their statistics-based jobs as exciting. Esque said she likes her role in investigations because she gets to see an entire case through from lead to conclusion. “As an officer, you don’t often get to see what happens after the arrest,” said Esque, who switched careers from accounting to law enforcement. “The entire case develops right in front of me and I do love doing it.” Esque said that her accounting background led her to the data side of law enforcement. In her first law enforcement job, as a jailer in Newton County, other officers would ask her to “pull

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Amanda Head, a crime analyst with the Dunwoody Police Department, collects data and prepares statistical reports for officers.

numbers.” She moved from working in the jail from 2007 to 2009 to earning her crime analyst and intelligence certification in 2013. She joined Brookhaven police in January as the department’s first crime analyst. And she’s already seen crimes solved. “Two serial armed robbery suspects have been identified, one has been arrested and charged, and warrants have been obtained on the other,” Esque said. “A serial burglary suspect has been identified, arrested and charged.” Sandy Springs’ crime analyst unit includes a civilian crime analyst manager and two crime analysts (one sworn officer and one civilian), department spokesman Sgt. Ron Momon said. Atlanta’s team also includes a mix of civilians and sworn officers. Ries said applications for crime analysis jobs often come from people with

backgrounds in statistics. “They could have worked in private industry, but they applied with the APD,” Ries said. One Atlanta analyst transferred his experience in working with the federal government to analyzing crime data for Atlanta, Ries said. Ries said over the course of his career, which started in Atlanta in 2003, he has grown to appreciate the benefit to seeing how crime affects the entire city. He said when working with narcotics units in just one of the six zones patrolled by Atlanta police, he stayed focused on that particular area. “It’s really opened my eyes to different issues across the city,” Ries said. “It’s a larger challenge than just the zone. I like trying to help the zone commanders and the chiefs see where the crime is, and as a team re-evaluate and fight crime to make the community safer.”

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reported and an arrest was made; On March 18, shoplifting was reported; On March 20, shoplifting was reported; On March 23, shoplifting was reported.

block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard—On March 26, a burglary to a residence, without using forced entry, was reported.

From police reports dated March 11 through March 26.


The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-to-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

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block of Winters Chapel Road— On March 22, a strong arm robbery in the street was reported.

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block of Dunwoody Crossing— On March 12, a burglary to a residence, without using forced entry, was reported.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On March 18, a burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported.


block of Perimeter Center Parkway—On March 19, a recovered stolen auto was reported. block of Perimeter Center West— On March 22, a stolen auto was reported.

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On March 20, a burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported.

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block of Dunwoody Park—On March 23, four incidents of burglaries to residences, using forced entry, were reported.

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block of Saffron Drive—On March 24, a burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On March 11, shoplifting was reported.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On March 11, shoplifting was reported; On March 13, shoplifting was reported; On March 15, shoplifting was reported; On March 15, shoplifting was |

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On March 11. March 13, March 15, March 20 and March 23, incidents of shoplifting were reported; on March 14, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported and shoplifting was reported; on March 15, March 19, March 21 and March 23, thefts were reported; on March 21, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road— Reports of shoplifting were made on March 11, March 20, March 21, March 23, March 24, March 25 and March 26. Arrests were made in connection with shoplifting reports on March 13, March 14 and March 17. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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block of Vermack Road—On March 12, a larceny was reported.

AS S A U LT  300 block of Perimeter Center North—

On March 14, simple assault and battery was reported.

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block of Crown Pointe Parkway—On March 14, a report was made of aggravated assault with a weapon and an arrest was made.

 5000 block of Winding Branch Drive—

On March 17, a family simple assault was reported and an arrest was made.

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block of Perimeter Center East— On March 19, a family offense, no violence, was reported.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On March 20, simple assault and battery was reported.

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block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard—On March 20, family battery/simple battery was reported.

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block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On March 22, simple assault and battery was reported.

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block of Dunwoody Park—On

March 22, a family offense, no violence, was reported.  2900

block of Four Oaks Drive—On March 23, a family offense, no violence, was reported.

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block of Tilly Mill Road—On March 13, disorderly conduct was reported.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On March 13, suicide threats were reported.

block of Claridge Square—On March 23, family  4500 block battery/simple batof Ashford-Duntery was reported. woody Road— Read more of the On March 14, Police Blotter online at  4700 block of disorderly conAshford-Dunduct was reportwoody Road—On ed; On March 25, March 24, assault through intimidation a civil dispute was reported. was reported.  5300 block of Winters Chapel Road— On March 14, animal complaints were O T H ER reported.  4400 block of N. Peachtree Road—On March 11, criminal trespass was reported.

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block of Perimeter Center—On March 11, a wanted person was located.

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block of Perimeter Center East— On March 12, a wanted person was located; On March 13, harassing communications were reported; On March 26, damage to property was reported.

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block of Bishop Hollow Run— On March 12, a wanted person was located.

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block of Ashford Dunwoody Road/Ashford Center Parkway—On March 15, a wanted person was located.

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Peachtree Road/Dunwoody Crossing—On March 15, fleeing/attempting to elude officer was reported.

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block of Peachtree Place—On March 16, damage to private property was reported.

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block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On March 17, disorderly con-

duct was reported.  10200

block of Peachford Circle—On March 17, heroin possession was reported.

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block of Crown Pointe Parkway—On March 18, a wanted person was located.

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block of Pernoshal Court—On March 20, harassing communications were reported.

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block of Bucktrout Place—On March 21, harassing communications were reported.

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block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard—On March 22, a noise violation was reported.

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block of Dunwoody Crossing— On March 22, harassing communications were reported.

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block of Perimeter Center Place— On March 22, a wanted person was located.

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block of Dunwoody Park—On March 24, suicide threats were reported.

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block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On March 26, lost and found property was reported.

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