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Current City Hall site targeted for redevelopment BY DYANA BAGBY firstname.lastname@example.org
Above, a bird’s eye view of the proposed redevelopment in Perimeter Center East includes, to the left, two new residential towers and a new office tower. In the center are two current mid-rise office buildings that would remain and have retail on the ground floor. To the right are two new apartment buildings. Inset, an illustration of what the streetscape might look like in the development.
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A developer plans to build two residential towers and an office tower at Perimeter Center East, where Dunwoody City Hall now is located. Representatives from North Carolina-based Grubb Properties described their proposal, which is still in the concept stage, to the board of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association on May 7. The company owns about 19.5 acres in Perimeter Center East, with three mid-rise office buildings, one of which serves as City Hall. The property is behind the Ravinia complex off Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The city is relocating to a new City Hall See CURRENT on page 22
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Ambulance response times in the city are improving after changes were made by the private company contracted by DeKalb County to provide the emergency service, including hiring more staff, according to county officials. The City Council in December raised serious concerns with the DeKalb Fire & Rescue chief and the regional director of American Medical Response over ambulance response times in the city, noting there were numerous instances of ambuSee DEKALB on page 13
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The Dunwoody City Council is poised to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance to clear up lingering confusion about “bring your own bottle” establishments within the city. The proposed amendment to the ordinance, expected to be approved at the May 22 City Council meeting, creates a new limited pouring license, explained Finance Director Chris Pike at the council’s May 8 meeting. Historically in Dunwoody, if a business was not selling or serving alcohol, a license was not needed, Pike explained. “That thought process has shifted over the years … and there are varying legal interpretations,” he said. “It’s good to have some guidance on where council stands on this issue.” The proposed new BYOB license would require a business applicant to pay a fee, still to be determined by the council, to allow clients or customers to bring their own bottled wine or beer and serve themselves. The business owner is not allowed to stock booze or serve alcohol, according to the proposed amendment. The specific kinds of businesses are not defined. Pike did explain that businesses that would quality for this kind of license include painting classes, pottery classes or cooking classes. Pike said Sandy Springs, Roswell and the city of Atlanta have similar policies. In Sandy Springs, only three businesses in the city currently qualify for “paint and sip” or BYOB type businesses and they are charged $125 for a license, $40 for a background check, and $275 total for a first-time application filing and advertisement. Pike explained in a memo to the council that “this model is unique from other issues involving the alcohol ordinance and should be treated as such.” “Mainly, at no point is the business operator buying, serving or otherwise providing alcohol to its customers. The customers would purchase the alcohol prior to arrival and the amount allowed would be limited,” he said. The proposed ordinance would allow customers to bring an unopened bottle of wine or two unopened 16 ounce cans or bottles of beer. Council members raised no serious concerns at the May 8 meeting. Councilmember Pam Tallmadge initiated the amendment after she was asked last year by the owner of Cyclebar Dunwoody to find a way for the business to serve free beer to customers after a workout.
ATLANTA HAWKS ’ DW IG HT HO WA R D’S C A R TO W ED FO R HAV I NG NO INS UR A NC E A Dunwoody police officer had Atlanta Hawks’ center Dwight Howard’s car towed after he learned the NBA star was driving on a suspended registration and without insurance, police reported. On April 28, at about 2 a.m., a Dunwoody police officer saw a 2016 blue Audi rs7 followed by a black SUV traveling at 95 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-285 westbound at Ashford-Dunwoody Road, according to a police report. The officer pulled over the blue Audi and the SUV stopped, also. When the officer asked the driver of the blue Audi about the SUV, the driver, later identified as Dwight Howard, said it was being driven by his security guard. Howard told the officer he played for the Atlanta Hawks and gave him his driver’s license. The officer checked on the license and vehicle registration through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and learned the vehicle had a suspended registration and no valid insurance, according to the police report. The officer also confirmed the information with state authorities. “I returned to [Howard] and informed him that his vehicle had no insurance. He seemed confused and informed me he had insurance,” the police report states. “I asked him for a current insurance card which he could not provide. I informed him since no proof of insurance was available and NCIC stated he had none his vehicle would be towed.” The officer wrote Howard a ticket for no insurance and gave him a verbal warning for speeding and suspended registration, according to the report. DUN
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War over school trailer permits rages on BY DYANA BAGBY email@example.com
The city’s trailer war rages on with differing legal opinions on who is responsible for ensuring DeKalb schools follow city codes. At the City Council’s May 8 meeting, members voted 5-2 to enter a memorandum of understanding with the DeKalb County School District that specifically outlines the permitting process for school trailers, including the issuance of certificates of occupancy. Councilmembers John Heneghan and Jim Riticher cast the no votes. City Attorney Bill Riley told the council the communication with DeKalb school officials should clear up any confusion as to what the city and county’s responsibilities are when it comes to permitting trailers. The memorandum says the DeKalb Fire Department will inspect and certify fire code compliance; the city will review land disturbance permits; an engineer hired by DeKalb schools will design, inspect and certify construction permitting compliance; and the city will issue certificates of occupancy after all steps are successfully completed. A DeKalb schools spokespersons says the system works with local municipalities when necessary on certificates of occupancy, although Dunwoody officials say no such cooperation has taken place for some
time. The city’s attorney says it is up to the Georgia Department of Education to make DeKalb schools follow the rules for building code enforcement, but state officials say they don’t have the authority to do so. “This may have been done with intention,” Deutsch said of DeKalb schools not going to the city for proper permitting, including obtaining certificates of occupancy. “I do not understand … how in the world that this step in the process [is one] the school system chose to ignore. It’s inexcusable ... It is the utter failure of the school system to do what they know is required,” Deutsch added. The dispute over who should be permitting school trailers came up after DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester, in blog posts and on social media, accused the city of shirking its duty by not issuing permits. Jester became angry when new trailers were installed at Dunwoody High School over Spring Break. Her husband, Stan Jester, who is on the DeKalb County Board of Education, also blasted City Council in his blog. Trailers have been at Dunwoody schools for more than a decade. There now are 57 portable trailers at seven elementary schools serving the Dunwoody cluster – six of the schools, including Austin Elementary School and Vanderlyn Elementary, are
in the city limits. What agency is responsible for making sure DeKalb school officials follow the process and obtain certificates of DYANA BAGBY occupancy from City Councilmembers Terry Nall and Lynn Deutsch asked City the city for the Attorney Bill Riley about the city’s role in code enforcement for trailers is still unDeKalb schools buildings and trailers at the May 8 council meeting. clear. from following local codes. “That would be Riley said only the Georgia Board of Edulocal jurisdiction ... we have no authority in cation has jurisdiction over DeKalb schools. that area,” Williams said. But Pat Schofill, director of Facilities Dunwoody spokesperson Bob Mullen Services & Pupil Transportation at the issued a response from Riley saying that Georgia Department of Education, said Riley was not surprised the state Departstate officials have nothing to do with rement of Education said it does not have views of plans for school trailers because the authority to make DeKalb schools folno state funding is used to purchase the low local ordinances. Mullen said Riley trailers. Schofill said that as far as he unexplained that the memorandum now in derstands, DeKalb schools has been subplace will provide DeKalb schools a clear mitting to the state all its construction path moving forward in making sure it and engineering plans for review of new adhered to its responsibility in obtaining facilities and additions. proper permits, including certificates of oc“No one’s contacted us prior to this cupancy. [phone call from a reporter],” he said May In a May 5 email, Eileen Houston-Stew9. “We don’t have a dog in this fight, other art, spokesperson for the DeKalb district, than we were placed in it.” said the school district inspects the trailers Gerald Williams, head of architecture to ensure safety and each city handles its with the Georgia Department of Education, own certificates of occupancy. added that the school district is not exempt
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A ribbon of green space crosses High Point Road in Sandy Springs, with manicured shrubbery on one side and a church’s community garden on the other. Only a close look at warning signs reveals that beneath it, jet fuel and gasoline flow in an underground pipe. Operated by Alpharetta-based Colonial, it’s part of the same pipeline that had a major leak and fatal explosion in Alabama last fall. In March, Colonial dug up that section of High Point Road to repair what a spokesperson calls a “slight manufacturing defect” in the pipe that had not yet caused any leak. Colonial and another company, Plantation, have three petroleum pipelines running through neighborhoods and along waterways in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Those Alabama disasters are among the reasons pipelines are increasingly controversial nationwide. On the other hand, that High Point Road preventative maintenance is an example of why the industry touts a “99.999 percent” rate of delivery without accidents. And that community garden is the kind of public use of the little-noticed pipeline rights of way that have Sandy Springs parks advocates eyeing them as potential routes for a multiuse trail network.
The local pipelines are segments of much larger routes. Plantation’s, built in the early 1940s, runs between Louisiana and Washington, D.C. Colonial’s, built in the 1960s and ’70s, runs between Texas and the New York City area. Both carry refined petroleum products, such as jet fuel, gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel and bio-diesel or ethanol. The pipelines are little-noticed on purpose. The federal government and the companies keep the exact route maps secret from the general public, citing security concerns. However, the government
provides a general map, and the right of way is dotted with small, round warning signs to anyone who might dig and get a nasty surprise. In Reporter Newspapers communities, the pipelines generally run along the Chattahoochee River, then head east on three routes largely shared by both companies. One route – through Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven – loosely follows Long Island and Nancy creeks, running under Roswell Road and Ga. 400. Another pipeline branches into Sandy Springs neighborhoods south of Dalrymple Road and runs east into Dunwoody’s Wynterhall area, just north of Dunwoody Village. The third route runs through northern Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, largely following Georgia Power Co.’s 200-foot-wide high-voltage transmission line easement.
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In a nation that loves low-cost oil power but hates pollution and eminent domain, petroleum pipelines are in high demand and increasingly controversial. The Midwest’s Dakota Access pipeline has drawn huge protests over property rights and leak risks. In March, lawsuits and legislation froze plans by Kinder Morgan, Plantation’s parent company, for its proposed Palmetto petroleum pipeline in east Georgia. When Colonial’s Alabama leak happened, most metro Atlanta reaction focused on the spike in gas prices, not the possibility of a similar disaster here. Just months earlier, Colonial had repaired a potential flaw in the Sandy Springs pipeline near Dalrymple Road, which is adjacent to the Lost Corner Preserve park and Spalding Drive Elementary School. Leaks are inevitable in the liquid transport industry, officials agree, and safety estimates are relative matters of degree. Christopher Jones, an Arizona State University professor who studies pipelines, wrote in a recent article that the “99.999 percent” leak-free pipeline re-
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cord still amounts to an average of a significant leak per day somewhere in the country, and the leaks are largely self-reported. Pipeline industry groups say that most leaks that do happen are small. The alternatives -- railroads and tanker trucks – carry their own obvious risks. In a 2015 incident that gave local officials a serious, still-discussed scare, a diesel tanker crashed off an I-285 overpass onto Ga. 400. That truck didn’t leak or burn, but if it had, officials have said, there could have been mass casualties and a traffic disaster that would dwarf the recent I-85 collapse. Colonial and Kinder Morgan say they have various safety inspection measures, including automated systems to detect unusual activity within the pipes and inspectors who walk on and fly over the routes. They also run devices called “smart pigs” down the pipes. The devices have sensors that can detect even small cracks or imperfections. “We have robust system integrity [and] inspection and maintenance programs that meet or exceed all federal regulatory requirements,” said Colonial spokesperson Malesia Dunn. “Nothing is perfect and nothing is perfectly risk-free, but we strive for that,” said Kinder Morgan spokesperson Melissa Ruiz, who was on her way to a largescale emergency response practice drill in Arizona. Pipelines are much safer than
Local cities have leak response plans trucking petroleum, she said. coordinated with the pipeline compaIt has been almost 20 years since a nies and say they have no particularly inmajor leak occurred on a local pipeline. creased concerns since the Alabama inciKinder Morgan said it has reported no lodent. The advocacy group Chattahoochee cal leaks since the year 2000, while ColoRiverkeeper -- which is opposing a pronial says it has reported one in that periposed natural od, a “small leak gas pipeline within our propin south Georerty fence line in gia -- also citFulton.” ed the spill reThe most response plans cent major leak when asked shows the stakes about any loand that inspeccal pipeline tions don’t alconcerns. ways work. In “We main1998, the Colotain a close dinial pipeline alogue with in the Georgia officials from Power right of Colonial Pipeway along Sanline and have dy Springs’ Morobserved gan Falls Road emergency recracked unsponse drills der the weight and preparaof landfill, spillJOHN RUCH tions in case ing more than Warning signs at a Sandy Springs community a spill was to 30,000 gallons of garden note that the Colonial and Plantation ever happen gasoline, accordpipelines run under the area. locally,” said ing to a federal Riverkeeper’s Jason Ulseth. “Of course, report. Only about 17,000 gallons could be we hope that day never comes.” cleaned up, at a cost of more than $3.2 million. The leak was noticed by a local recyPipelines as paths cling center employee, not Colonial’s deFor safety reasons, permanent structection systems, the federal report says.
tures can’t be built atop the pipeline routes. (An Atlanta Braves marketing executive said at a Sandy Springs event last year that the new SunTrust Park plan had to be reoriented around a pipeline running right through that property.) In some places, that makes them natural footpaths, such as in the Cochran Shoals area of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The Sandy Springs Conservancy, a parks advocacy group, is eyeing pipeline and other utility rights of way for potential multiuse trails, and exploring that idea was included in that city’s new land-use plan. Colonial and Kinder Morgan said that such trails are possible, though there may be devils in the details. In practical terms, small plantings and surface paving are OK, while large trees or buildings are not. “Shallow gardens and nature trails are generally permissible,” said Colonial’s Dunn, adding that the company donates supplies to that High Point church garden. “The short answer is that it depends,” said Kinder Morgan’s Ruiz, noting that Planation often has easements on property owned by others. “Easement agreements have different restrictions based on the location, what is flowing through the pipeline, and what a landowner is interested in doing.”
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Buckhead soda company bubbles up with offbeat brands BY JACLYN TURNER Atlanta may always be equated with Coca-Cola, but a Buckhead-based soda company adds some pop to the market by keeping unusual and regional favorites alive. Monarch Beverage Company produces such old-school brands as Kickapoo Joy Juice and Ramblin’ Root Beer for a market that includes fans of the new “craft soda” trend and people seeking a taste of nostalgia. Founded in 1965 in Atlanta by Frank Armstrong, a former Coca-Cola executive, Monarch operates from a local office in the 3630 Peachtree Road tower and an international outpost in Paris. The company seeks out drinks with a regional market that could capitalize on having a distinct popularity and loyal following, according to Mariam Diallo, head of marketing. Its two main brands in the U.S. are Kickapoo and Ramblin’. More than 99 percent of Monarch’s beverages are consumed overseas, mostly in Asian, African and Latin American countries. “It can be very hard to compete with Coke,” Diallo said, “but we differentiate ourselves with specialty drinks that
can be regionally adapted, like a horchata ... or tamarind drinks in Africa.” Kickapoo and Ramblin’ Root Beer are bottled in Coca-Cola facilities. Monarch holds the international rights, but not the domestic rights, to other brands, such as American Cola, Bubble Up and Nesbitt’s. Kickapoo Joy Juice was based on the newspaper comic strip “Li’l Abner,” which launched in the 1930s and
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with a commercial featuring a very young Sarah Jessica Parker. The CocaCola Co. originally distributed it, until they obtained the rights to Barq’s root beer. Monarch acquired and revamped the brand in 2008, and recently added more flavors to the line-up, with rose cream, butterscotch and maple varieties. “Craft soda sales, which is the market we are in, are rising,” said U.S. sales manager Ted Hatcher. “It’s not that people don’t want to drink soda. It’s that they are tired of the regular, everyday [flavors]. People are wanting a different flavor, and that’s where we come in.” Monarch aims Kickapoo Joy Juice at three target audiences: the nostalgia audience that grew up with the Li’l Abner comics; craft soda lovers who are seeking an artisanal experience; and a young population wanting something unconventional. “Part of the customer base is nostalgia, but sodas are also a young person’s drink. Mountain Dew works with extreme sports and connecting with young people. We chose the video games and geek subculture,” said Diallo. The goal is for these young adults to think, ‘It’s a quirky, funny brand that
speaks to me. I’ve made it my own and I share it with my friends.’” “One of the things we struggle with as a small company is finding distribution,” said Hatcher. “We work with a lot of partners to get where we are. We’re really a niche in a hidden market that is somewhat saturated. We are having an interesting time in the U.S. getting our products out there, because Coke and Pepsi are such big players, and there are others. We want to start in Atlanta and expand outwards.” Kickapoo Joy Juice and Ramblin’ Root Beer now can be purchased on Amazon.com and through small merchants such as Rocket Fizz in Decatur, H-Mart in Chamblee, Cracker Barrels, and many package stores. Monarch is in talks to get its products sold through large chain retailers, such as Publix grocery stores and Sam’s Club big-box stores. Monarch has also set up tastings at local festivals and promoted its drinks at Georgia Tech games. After realizing that Kickapoo Joy Juice mixes well with alcohol, company officials have held events at bars and are a sponsor of Dad’s Garage, an Atlanta theater company, which offers a “Dad’s Juice” cocktail of Joy Juice, vodka and cranberry juice.
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The concept of a multiuse trail along Georgia Power Co.’s electric line route – once controversially proposed for Dunwoody -- has been revived by a Sandy Springs parks group that aims to have an initial, experimental segment built in that city within five years. “We’ve sat down with Georgia Power and the city, looking at the feasibility of trails along the right of way,” said Steve Levetan, the board chair of the Sandy Springs Conservancy. “I’m very comfortable this [pilot segment] is going to happen sooner, rather than later.” The city of Sandy Springs and the power company say they’re open to the idea and await a solid proposal from the conservancy. “We met with Ga. Power last year and it is open to conversation,” Mayor Rusty Paul said in a recent Facebook comment. “So, we’re following up and the Conservancy is following through.” “The company is always open to discussions with valued community partners like [the] Sandy Springs Conservancy,” said Georgia Power spokesperson John Kraft. He added that the company is aware of the group’s trail concept, but not of active talks underway. The trail concept focuses on Georgia Power’s high-voltage transmission line right of way. It’s a partly cleared swath about 200 to 300 feet wide, dotted with electric line towers, that runs about 10 miles between East Cobb County and Norcross through northern Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Georgia Power has the right to use the area through easements, but the land itself belongs to the dozens of individual property owners whose back yards it runs through. In 2011, the city of Dunwoody proposed a similar trail and “greenway” on its section of the right of way. The idea was controversial and was quickly yanked out of the city’s transportation plan. Opponents cited concerns about crime, lower property values, maintenance costs and loss of such existing improvements as a garden. Bob Mullen, a Dunwoody city spokesperson said that “at present, the city is not still actively exploring a power line greenway.” But in Sandy Springs, the conservancy has continued eyeing utility rights of way, including those of Georgia Power and the Colonial and Plantation petroleum pipelines. With the conservancy’s advocacy, that right of way strategy, and the Georgia Power trail concept in particular, were included in the city’s recently approved new Comprehensive Plan. “We now have our arms around it enough to know it’s doable,” Levetan said of the trail “We’ve got a lot of people [who] want it to happen… We know this can not only work, but be an asset to the community… [and] to adjacent homeowners.” Funding sources and an exact timeline have yet to be determined. Levetan said a conservancy committee is forming and soon will meet with city staff members to identify a possible pilot segment of the trail “that can be moved pretty quickly…certainly within a five-year horizon, hopefully significantly less than that.” “We will look carefully at a pilot segment where we’re hopefully not dealing with too many property owners,” he added, acknowledging prior controversy.
PU B LIC INPU T M EET ING O N B R O O K R UN PA R K M A S TER P L A N M AY 1 6 Those wanting to give input on the final parks master plan concept for Brook Run Park are invited to attend a meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 16 at Dunwoody City Hall. A meeting held in January at St. Patrick’s Church garnered some feedback and now community input is needed to make the final recommendations. The park’s concept plan will be posted to the city’s website following the May 16 meeting to allow for more public input. At the January meeting, a popular wish among many residents was for rectangular athletic fields in the back of the 102-acre park. Several people also expressed interest in installing an interactive water feature, such as a splash pad, as well as replacing the current pavilion in the central area of the park with an updated pavilion, perhaps a band pavilion. Existing park amenities include a large playground, 11 shelters, a multi-purpose field, a skate park, a community garden and greenhouse, a dog park, a Veterans Memorial and a popular multi-use trail that connects to the new Pernoshal Park. DUN
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Officials: Homeless people seeking shelter not a sign of growing need BY JOHN RUCH email@example.com
On a triangle of land in the shadow of Sandy Springs’ $220 million City Springs project, there were recent signs of homeless people taking refuge. On an afternoon last month, a sleeping bag and containers of personal belongings were stashed in an unlocked room of a vacant auto shop, and similar bags were found around the triangle. Reports have circulated in recent months about apparently homeless people sheltering in vacant houses or public parks in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. But police officials and a social service organization say those reports are not signs of an overall increase in local homelessness. On the evening of April 16, Dunwoody police arrested a man for “urban camping” in the city’s Park at Pernoshal Court. Urban camping laws, which prohibit public outdoor sleeping, have a history of legal controversy for criminalizing homelessness. The man arrested in the park gave as his address the headquarters of Crossroads Community Ministry, a social service organization for homeless people located in downtown Atlanta. “We served over 4,000 individuals this past year, so I’m not surprised to hear that
[the man] gave our address,” said Tony Johns, Crossroads’ executive director. Johns said there are many reasons a homeless person from downtown might go outside the Perimeter: access to a particular service; lack of shelter space; better public safety; a search for a job; along with the many other reasons anyone, housed or not, might travel. Johns said that “certain segments of the homeless population are very transient, especially youth or those who are chronically homeless. But, he added, Atlanta’s overall homeless population is shrinking, and it is unlikely that significant numbers of homeless people are being displaced into the Dunwoody or Sandy Springs area. “Based on our annual point-in-time count of those experiencing homelessness in the city of Atlanta, the population has decreased every year for the past five years,” Johns said. “At the same time, the volume of services and access to those services has increased.” Crossroads’ annual count includes people on the street as well as those in shelters and in transitional or supportive housing for the recently homeless. The 2016 count found around 4,200 “were experiencing homelessness on a given day,” John said. “We do not have accurate counts for the total number of individuals who ex-
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perienced homelessness at some point during the year, but we estimate it at 23,000,” he added. Local homeless population numbers are harder to come by. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs produces an annual county-level count that includes a formula for educated guessing. Its latest available count, for 2015, estimated a homeless population of 684 for all of DeKalb County and 473 for all of Fulton County, outside the city of Atlanta borders. Atlanta’s shelter space is at capacity, but getting closer to meeting the need, Johns said. And while some people have been displaced from affordable housing “due to gentrification,” he said, they have mostly gone to the southern metro area. The Sandy Springs and Dunwoody areas have local and county-wide agencies and nonprofits that provide some assistance to homeless people, but not shelter space. For people living on the street, the police may be a first point of contact. The Atlanta Hawks recently honored several Dunwoody police officers for helping three homeless people last year by chipping in for a bus ticket and soliciting clothing via social media. But the department doesn’t track its encounters with homeless people, according to Officer Mark Stevens.
“We do not keep statistics on whether a person is homeless,” Stevens said, “so I am unable to state whether these interactions have increased, decreased or stayed the same.” In Sandy Springs, officials and residents have reported homeless people attempting to enter city-owned vacant homes on Hammond Drive. The former owner of a condemned house on Hilderbrand Drive, which was recently demolished after a long bank dispute, previously said homeless people last year left him a note asking if they could spend the winter there. Sandy Springs Deputy Police Chief Keith Zgonc said he sees no sign of increased encounters with homeless people in department reports. “The only place I know we had a problem was that house on Hilderbrand that was recently demolished,” he said. “We did have a pair of homeless in that place. We do have homeless here in the city, but I do not think we have seen much of an increase.” The city recent purchased the triangle across from City Springs. The vacant buildings there will be demolished by June to make way for a park and a roundabout project, the city’s public facilities manager recently reported to City Council. The buildings are now secured and will be checked regularly, a city spokesperson said.
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A planned May 21 Dunwoody Homeowners Association debate between 6th Congressional District candidates Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff is off the table Karen Handel after Handel declined to participate. DHA President Robert Wittenstein said at the May 7 DHA meeting that he received a “hard no” from the Handel campaign due to a scheduling conflict. Ossoff, who was at the DHA meeting to make a pitch to voters, said he was ready to debate. Candidates seeking office are invited to speak at DHA meetings. Charlie Harper, a spokesperson for Handel’s campaign, said she will eventually debate Ossoff. “Karen is looking forward to having several debates where she will highlight for Georgia families how Jon Ossoff’s dangerously liberal policies will increase taxes and put our national security at risk,” Harper said in a written statement. “We continue to work through debate invitations and will release our debate schedule soon.” Wittenstein expressed skepticism of Handel’s reason for declining to join the debate. “I heard [May 7] from the Handel campaign that they are not going to accept our invitation; the reason that they gave was they a have a scheduling conflict,” Wittenstein told about a dozen DHA board members. “But the email exchange just prior to that was ... their question of whether
or not [the debate] would be open to the public or if it was going to be restricted to Dunwoody residents or members of the DHA,” he said. “When I told them it would be open to the public, the next response was we have a schedulJon Ossoff ing conflict.” Added Wittenstein, “It is unclear to me if they have a scheduling conflict or whether the fact there was no vetting of who is coming determined they would not participate. But they gave us a hard no.” Wittenstein said he has offered the Handel campaign two other dates in June but has not heard back. The election is June 20. Wittenstein said it “stinks” that it appeared there would be no debate because he looked forward to questioning Ossoff. “Hey, man, I’m available,” Ossoff said. “Always up for it.” When Wittenstein asked if he could put Ossoff on the spot and ask him a question, Ossoff said, “Go for it.” Wittenstein then asked Ossoff about his talk of non-partisanship and asked him to name something Donald Trump has suggested or done that he supports. “Well, he’s suggested a major infrastructure bill. I think we know now more than ever here in metro Atlanta that we urgently need renewal and transformation of our infrastructure. “If there is a fiscally responsible infrastructure package that can deliver the solution metro Atlanta needs to keep growing our local economy then I’ll work on a bipartisan basis to sup-
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JU VENIL E S US P EC T A R R ES TED IN U B ER C A R JA C KING C A S E Dunwoody police have arrested a juvenile male suspected of carjacking an Uber driver at knife point on May 1. The juvenile was charged with felony counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. Police received a report of a carjacking in the 5400 block of Winters Chapel Road at approximately 9:20 a.m. on May 1. Police said the driver was carjacked by a customer. The suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle, but was located within minutes by an officer responding to the area, according to a press release. Dunwoody Police Officer Y. Baum stopped the vehicle and took the suspect into custody without further incident. The juvenile was booked into the DeKalb County Youth Detention Center. Anyone who has any additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Robert Ehlbeck at 678-382-6925 or at email@example.com. Anonymous tips may be submitted at dunwoodypolice.com or by texting 274-637 and using the key word “DPDTIPS” at the start of your message.
PO LICE CHA R G E FO UR M O R E S US P EC TS IN ALLEG ED P R O S TI TUTI O N R I NG S Four more people have been charged in connection with a January bust of alleged prostitution rings in Dunwoody, and more arrests are on the way, according to police. More than 50 people, including a Gwinnett County prosecutor, initially were charged in the busts of alleged escort services operating from two apartment complexes. One of the services, police allege, operated across the street from City Hall and police headquarters. The four additional suspects recently arrested are Kalbarga Subash of Roswell and Alpharetta residents Jarrett Franklin, Anthony Kinard and James Martin. They face charges of pandering and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. “Investigators have identified numerous other individuals involved in this criminal organization and additional arrests are forthcoming,” police said in a press release.
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lances not arriving for 20 to 30 minutes after being called. The city had learned that ambulance service’s average response time was slower in Dunwoody, at 10 minutes 45 seconds versus 9 minutes 26 seconds in DeKalb -a 14 percent slower response time in Dunwoody versus DeKalb overall, said Councilmember Terry Nall. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond told Dunwoody City Council April 24 that AMR, the private ambulance company contracted by DeKalb Fire & Rescue in 2013 to provide ambulance response, has hired approximately 42 part- and full-time employees since the December meeting. “Because of your inquiry, we made some inquiries and some modifications and some improvements, not just in Dunwoody, but in all DeKalb,” Thurmond said last month. Thurmond also gave the council a rundown of some of AMR’s average response times for Dunwoody:
NOV. 1, 2016 THROUGH NOV. 14, 2016 10:45 average response time in Dunwoody 133 cases out of a total of 2,665 took over 15 minutes. NOV. 1, 2016 THROUGH NOV. 30, 2016 10:18 average response time in Dunwoody 24 cases out of a total of 609 took over 15 minutes. DEC. 1, 2016 THROUGH DEC. 31, 2016 10:03 average response time in Dunwoody 27 cases out of a total of 536 took over 15 minutes.
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JAN. 1, 2017 THROUGH JAN. 31, 2017 8:57 average response time in Dunwoody 16 cases out of a total of 617 took over 15 minutes. AMR Regional Director Ken Simpson told the council in December that improvements would be made in Dunwoody by March. Thurmond said that on March 11, AMR made changes to its shift schedule to better meet demand and so trucks can stay better dispersed through the county. Simpson also explained to the council that one cause of slower response times is hospital emergency rooms taking longer to sign in patients from ambulances. That means slower turnaround for ambulances, he said. Buying more ambulances is also in the works, he said. Thurmond told the council that AMR officials have met with hospital partners and have come up with a notification system with the hospitals in an attempt to help address times when there are low ambulance levels in the DeKalb system. “This has been helpful when the level of available ambulances has dipped,” Thurmond said. Thurmond also explained that DeKalb Fire and AMR do not currently house ambulances at any station in the county. The ambulances conduct shift change at the fire stations and report to pre-designated posting sites strategically placed throughout the county. An AMR crew reports to Station 18 in the city of Dunwoody for shift change, and this truck’s home post is at this station. This keeps the truck in the north end of the county rather than having to go to the Stone Mountain AMR location for shift change, Thurmond explained. There are three DeKalb fire stations serving Dunwoody: Station 12 at 5323 Roberts Drive, Station 18 at Barclay Drive in Chamblee and Station 21 at 1090 Crown Pointe Parkway. Members of City Council raised concerns last year after learning that local parents called 911 for help for their 18-month-old baby, who suffers severe seizures, and were forced to wait 30 minutes for a DeKalb County ambulance to arrive to take their daughter to the hospital. DUN
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The rapidly completing re-construction of an overpass on I-85 has rightfully been the focus of the commuting public and regional traffic reporting for weeks. The Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Regional Transit Authority, MARTA and other metro transit agencies, as well as metro Atlanta employers and the commuting public, should all be commended for doing their parts to redirect and restructure morning and evening commutes to minimize congestion and back-ups during the demolition and bridge construction. But work continues on a major highway project closer to home that will help alleviate future traffic problems in our immediate area. At I-285 and Ga. 400, the first phases of construction of the new interchange are underway. The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), two self-funded CIDs, comprise 4.2 square miles around the Perimeter Center sub-market. The PCIDs straddle two counties (DeKalb and Fulton) as well as parts of three municipalities (Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs). Our CIDs are voluntarily financed by an additional 4 mills of property taxes paid by the commercial property owners within the two districts. Transportation and transit improvements for the region’s largest office sub-market, as well as leading medical center campuses are the primary focus of our CIDs. Towards that end, the Central DeKalb and Fulton Perimeter Community Improvement Districts committed $10 million toward the initial construction costs of upgrading and replacing the 285/400 interchange. On Friday, May 26, at the next meeting of our Perimeter Business Alliance, we will present a check for those funds to Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry. This partnership makes clear our commitment to serve as catalysts, collaborators and representatives of the area’s business community, supporting and contributing towards infrastructure improvements that serve to make our Perimeter Center area even more attractive.
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TH A N KS FO R D ETAILS O N H I GH S CHO O L TRAILER S D EBATE Thanks for the great story on the trailers at Dunwoody High School. (“Trailers trigger high school drama,” April 28.) Very informational, insightful, interesting and thorough with details, people, politics. I appreciate knowing what’s going on in my city, including the non-scrubbed people politics.
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In the Perimeter Center sub-market, our job is to enhance the reputation of Georgia’s Fortune 1000 address of choice, as well as to further develop and maintain one of the premier live, work and play communities in the Southeast. Since the creation of the Central DeKalb CID in 1999, and later the Fulton CID, we have invested millions. And we plan to invest more. Our existing 285/400 interchange has become one of the region’s most challenged. It handles nearing 500,000 autos and trucks daily, well beyond its original design capacity. Perimeter business leaders and property owners understand that there is no free lunch and we do not expect our state or federal governments to make major investments in this region without some type of commitment or contribution from the business community. This new interchange will incorporate miles of fly-over bridges and collector distributor lanes. These lanes will reach Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Roswell Road along I-285 and run along Ga. 400 from the Glenridge Connector to north of Abernathy Road. The new interchange will take a few years to complete, compared to the months involved in re-constructing the overpass on I-85, but as with that project and the impressive construction completion timeline, it was a team effort, led by GDOT and assisted and supported by the commuting public. Collaboration and cooperation take effort, but it is almost always more than worth the time and leadership involved in assembling and implementing them to get the job done.
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TR AILER D R AM A S HO WS P O O R L EA DER S HI P O N D EKA L B S C HO O L S ’ S UC C ES S Thank you for the accurate reporting on what is really going on with trailers at Dunwoody High School. (“Trailers trigger high school drama,” April 28.) I believe the intentions of certain “leaders” are to tear down the DeKalb County School District and they are finding every situation to do so, never highlighting when good happens with DCSD. It makes me sad for our students, who need advocates and leaders to approach a situation in a positive way, especially when most students have their own battles to deal with personally and learn from how we lead. Leaders can choose to help or hurt, to take a challenging situation and make it better or worse. Thank you for the leaders and advocates who choose the positive approach and want DCSD (which affects the students) to succeed!
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Iron Chef Mom I think that many of us, while browsing through 185 channels trying to find 30 minutes of mindless entertainment, once discovered the program “Iron Chef” or one of its many children and lingered there for a few moments. The premise of “Iron Chef America” was enticing: a Master Chef, usually someone who is renowned for the cuisine at his or her restaurant, was pitted against one of the Food Network’s own “Iron Chefs.” Each chef had two helpers, along with all of the food and technology that Kitchen Stadium could provide, and were charged with creating (within the hour) six gourmet courses that featured a Secret Ingredient. Competition was overseen by The Chairman, who acrobated himself onstage, swooshed his head and said hello. Then, using a good deal of aplomb, he revealed said Secret Ingredient and set the contestants scurrying with the words, “Allez cuisine!” I must say I was pretty impressed with that “Iron Chef” program. How could I not be? There were teams of sous chefs who could dice a pound of onions in less time than it takes me to find my cutting board. There were chefs who could produce -- and gorgeously plate -- six dishes in roughly the same amount of time it takes me to microwave a package of chicken enchiladas.
But I grew a little weary of watching a competition that revolves around the meals that two super chefs can make from a reindeer. I want to see television start featuring a real challenge. I want to see an Iron Chef Mom. We all have Robin Conte is a writer our Iron Chef and mother of four Mom moments. who lives in Dunwoody. You’re in the kitchShe can be contacted at en with one child firstname.lastname@example.org. who’s late for soccer practice, one who needs help with some “new math” homework and a 2-year-old who needs a diaper change when the tiny Chairman Voice in your head asks, “What can you make with … a bag of frozen ravioli and a can of refried beans?” So I want to see a competition that celebrates our everyday Home Kitchen challenges. Home Kitchen Stadium would have a counter full of mail, a table piled with laundry, and a dog. The Chairman would be the Original Iron Chef’s Mother-in-Law. Prizes are a month’s supply of lasagna and a spa weekend. A chef wins if her kids eat her food. Alton Brown can still be the commen-
school parking lot. tator. (We like him.) His commentary “Meanwhile, the challenger has comwould sound something like this: bined those anchovies with her trademark “Our Iron Chef Mom is a veteran mothcream of chicken soup and poured it over er of two whose crowning achievement animal-shaped pasta. Her twins have been was making veal parmesan for 20 while her tormenting Home Kitchen Dog, so she’s … house was being painted and her daughletting them take turns with the cucumber ter was going through a breakup with her and the juicing machine. Brilliant. boyfriend. Our challenger is a worthy op“Iron Chef Mom has told her daughponent whose cookbook, ‘365 Ways to Use ter that the jumper cables are under the Cream of Chicken Soup,’ is a bestseller and baseball gloves in the trunk and is talking whose 3-year-old twins are at this moment her through how to jump the car (that’s smearing the walls of Home Kitchen Stadiwhat makes her Iron, folks!), while platum with garlic paste. ing the burritos for her son and three of his “Tonight, we’re going to see if they can friends, who have just entered Home Kitchmake dinner out of … a jar of anchovies en Stadium looking for and an old cucumber!” something to eat. “You’d better hurry!” “Now for the test… says Chairman MotherWill They Eat It? in-Law. “Yes! The boys ate “And they’re off! the burritos! “The challenger “Oh no…on the chalruns to the supplies and lenger’s side, the twins grabs a stack of Dora spit out their food! But the Explorer DVDs to wait … the dog is eating buy herself three minit, so our challenger still utes of prep time. gets the lasagna! Here “On the home side, at Home Kitchen StaIron Chef Mom is makdium, everyone’s a wining burritos out of our ner, just like Mom says! Secret Ingredients and “So until next week, a can of Vienna sausagwe leave you with final es while fielding a phone words from Chairman call from her daughter, Mother-in-Law:” whose car battery died SPECIAL “What’s in YOUR in the middle of the left- Iron Chef Mom Robin prepares for the nightly cooking challenge. freezer?” turn lane out of the high
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The indie pop rock band Lexi Street is up next in this concert series presented by the city of Dunwoody. Picnicking begins at 6 p.m. Craft beers available for purchase. Free to nature center members. Non-members: $5 adults, $3 students, free to children 3 and under. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.
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MOMMY & ME PRINCESS TEA Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All ages are invited to this fifth annual afternoon tea with a “Strong Girls” theme. Princesses Belle, Rapunzel, Snow White and Jasmine are among other VIPs (very important princesses) scheduled to perform a musical stage show. Event includes a silent auction, photo fun corner, story time corner and a “Braid Bar” that will serve up sparkly hair styles. Proceeds benefit Girl Talk, a Buckhead-based national nonprofit. Tickets: $45 and up. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: tea4girltalk.com.
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Kelly Lecceardone The Lovett School Editor’s note: Through our “Exceptional Educator” series, Reporter Newspapers is showcasing the work of some of the outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. If you would like to recommend an Exceptional Educator, please email editor@ ReporterNewspapers.net. Kelly Lecceardone teaches sixth grade English at the Lovett School. She’s been teaching for 26 years.
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the subject. A teacher had never inspired me like that, and I was encouraged by him to go into the profession.
Q: Has the appeal changed? A: The appeal for me has grown even
stronger over the years because each day presents a new challenge in terms of how to inspire and motivate my students to be their very best. Teaching is an exciting, fulfilling profession where I get to see the results of my effort daily.
I always excelled in What keeps you grammar, writing, and going year after year? SPECIAL reading, and I truly enKelly Lecceardone joyed my English classes With advancements in in middle school and high school. When technology, my teaching practices have I was a freshman in college, I had one changed significantly from when I first beof the best professors I had ever experigan in the early 1990s. I am now teaching enced at Colorado State University. He at a school where each student has a laptop taught American Literature 101, and his and where I am challenged to incorporate passion for reading was contagious. technology in a meaningful way when it One day in class, his recitation of the is appropriate for the lesson. This adds ansermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Another layer of excitement to the profession gry God” by Jonathan Edwards brought and also keeps me current on the best practears to my eyes, and I fell in love with tices for my subject and my students.
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I think a great teacher has to be a role model, mentor, and a source of inspiration. A great teacher “wins the crowd” and develops trust and respect in the classroom. With those key ingredients in place, a teacher can take students on an incredible learning journey, and the students will follow.
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they are enjoying hearing about Gino’s antics. I use any hook I can to make learning more enjoyable and less stressful. I also create grammar songs to help them memorize their notes so that they learn the information quicker. This means we can start applying the information quicker, too, in their writing.
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One of my favorite units to teach is a Humanities unit on WWII and the Hostudents? locaust, and it is based upon the novel “The IsMy goal for my stuland on Bird Street,” dents is that they try to written by Uri Orlev. take their learning outWith Lovett’s assistance, side of their comfort I have traveled extensivezones. I want them to ly through Germany and push past memorization Poland to bring the unit and look for application SPECIAL to life for my students. of skills in their reading Kelly Lecceardone visited Most recently I jourBerlin as part of her research and composition. I also do for a unit she teaches on World neyed to Warsaw to find not want them to fear the War II and the Holocaust. remnants of the Warsubject, and I strive to prosaw Ghetto wall and then took a day trip vide them with songs and tricks to make to Treblinka, the extermination camp, the content less intimidating. where the Warsaw Ghetto inhabitants were taken. I added this information to How do you engage your students? my Google presentation for students and Students are more apt to be engaged in made an iMovie for them, thus creating a my class when they feel they know me as a virtual field trip of sorts. The unit speaks person, so I start out every year by letting to man’s inhumanity to man, and the stuthem learn about me first. I try to establish dents are fascinated by it year after year. a connection with each one by seeing what we have in common. What do you hope your students I often use my dog Gino in stories, sentake away from your class? tences, writing assignments, and find I became a teacher because I love to that they love hearing about him. They learn. My students know this, and above are learning parts of speech and sentence all, I want them to become lifelong learners. types without even knowing it because
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Current City Hall site targeted for redevelopment Continued from page 1 building at 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road early next year. The proposal has been in the works for some time. In August, Grubb Properties opened a new office in Perimeter Center East. Build-out of the proposed Perimeter Center East redevelopment, currently dubbed Park at Perimeter Center East, would take at least a decade, said Clay Grubb, owner of Grubb Properties. “We don’t want to do something you don’t want,” Grubb said, adding the company is seeking public input on the proposed project. Todd Williams of Grubb Properties said the company plans to keep the six-story building now housing City Hall and a five-story office building next to it as office buildings with retail spaces on the ground floor. The company plans to demolish another six-story office building, near I-285, to make room for two 14-story residential towers and another office tower. “This particular property has unique characteristics ... it’s a sea of asphalt today,” Williams said. “We hope that through redevelopment we can correct some of the deficiencies.” Williams said proposed plans include roughly 1,000 housing units and a total of
500,000 to 600,000 square feet of office space. Williams also said plans are to have 75 percent of the residential units be owner-occupied and the remaining 25 percent be rental units. The rental units would measure about 650 square feet. One proposed residential building would include 150 units above a two-level parking garage and include a pool. Another residential building would include 250 GRUBB PROPERTIES units with a courtyard and A rendering of the proposed Perimeter Center East property includes a small public park space where a multilevel parking deck to a parking lot is currently located. In the background is the current Dunwoody City Hall building. replace the surface parking. tion and the office buildings. nity leaders to go over preliminary plans Toward I-285 there would be two residential Williams said some ideas for the resfor the property and to seek input. towers and one office tower also on top of a idential units include “aging in place opWilliams said much of the input they parking structure. tions” for those who want to remain in have received includes the desire to preThe developers said they plan to make Dunwoody, but want to transition out of serve the tree canopy, add pedestrian and a presentation to the city’s Planning Comliving in a single-family home. bicycle connectivity and to create open, mission later this summer to ask for reA potential greenway through the proppublic green space. zoning of the property to make way for erty also is being considered, Williams said. Preliminary plans include building a the mixed-use development, if they can get Facilities for cyclists also are being conpark space between the current City Hall community support for the project. sidered for the office buildings, he said. building and adjacent office building. Pos“We don’t have a set time schedule,” They could offer indoor bike parking, sible uses for the park space could include Williams said. “We need to listen. From showers and changing facilities. bringing in food trucks for office workers listening, we get ideas and can incorpoSome of the guiding principles for the and small live concerts, Williams said. rate them in those plans.” proposed redevelopment included in the “Some things we have heard from the The developers held a community meetDHA presentation were: to respect existing community ... is the opportunity for ening last October with city staff and commustreet networks, to incorporate trail conhancing connectivity to the Georgetown nections to bicycle and pedestrian access, neighborhood and greenway,” Williams to provide more open space to the commusaid. “We heard a lot of interest in a mix nity, to target uses that will bring vibrancy of uses. Now, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the and activity, to offset parking demand with area is occupied, and then it is empty. complimentary uses, and to make better There is not a lot of activity. We want to use of blighted parking lots. see if there is a way to create a mix of Other guiding principles include imuses to add and enhance activity.” proving existing surface parking storm A traffic study has not been completwater run-off, increasing permeable ed, Williams said, but the developers area and locating higher buildings near are aware of traffic issues. Currently, as commercial property and lower buildproperty owners, they provide a shuttle ings near residential property. service between a nearby MARTA sta-
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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated April 28 through May 7. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.
B U R G L A RY A N D R O B B E RY 5000 block of Winters Chapel Road —
On May 1, a juvenile was suspected of hijacking a car. It has since been recovered. 4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way —
On May 2, after midnight, officers responded to an alarm at a steak restaurant to find a man trying to break in. The man ran and was caught. The man was arrested and accused of burglary, resisting an officer and possession of burglar tools.
LARCENY/SHOPLIFTING/ THEFT 100 block of Perimeter Center — On
April 28, in the morning, a woman reported the theft of her Land Rover. 200 block of Perimeter Center Park-
way — On April 28, a woman said that $10 was stolen from her parked car. 4400
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 28, about lunchtime, an iPhone was reported stolen.
3900 block of Lake Ridge Lane — On
April 28, someone stole a VR headset from an office building. 100 block of Perimeter Center — On
April 28, an iPhone was stolen from a store. 4500
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 28, in the afternoon, a 17-year-old-boy was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift Nike apparel from a department store.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 28, in the evening, two juveniles were detained and accused of shoplifting at a department store.
4600 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody
Road — On April 29, in the early morning, neighborhood signs were reported stolen. 4700
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 29, in the morning, an elderly woman was spotted trying to steal $600 worth of merchandise from a discount superstore. She fled in a Mustang.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 29, in the afternoon, a customer said that $200 was removed from her wallet while she was shopping
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100 block of Perimeter Center Place —
On April 29, a Nissan was stolen. It has since been recovered.
Road — On May 5, in the morning, two men were arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4400
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 5, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting.
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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 29, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift several name brand clothing items from a department store.
5400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody
4900 block of Winters Chapel Road —
4400 block of Shallowford Road —
On April 29, at night, a pressure washer was stolen from a car. 1200 block of Hammond Drive — On
Road — On April 28, in the afternoon, a civil dispute was reported at a restaurant. Some tables, chairs and glassware were damaged during the altercation. On April 28, in the evening, officers responded to a simple assault call between two elderly relatives.
April 30, in the evening, a woman reported the theft of her Infinity. The car was later recovered.
2400 block of Cobb Drive — On April
200 block of Perimeter Center Park-
100 block of Perimeter Center Place —
way — On May 1, in the evening, a man reported that someone had tried to enter his Chevy Silverado earlier that day. A woman reported a similar story and a man reported that change was taken from the center console of his vehicle. 4000 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody
Road — On May 1, in the morning, a 52-year-old woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting at a grocery store. 4700 block of North Peachtree Road
— On May 1, in the evening, a woman reported that her purse containing her driver’s license and credit cards had been stolen from her car. 4400
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 1, a shoplifting incident occurred at a sneaker store.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 2, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal $34 worth of jewelry at a department store after he walked past all possible points of purchase.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 3, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 3, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 4, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested for shoplifting.
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28, at night, a nonviolent domestic dispute was reported. On April 28, at night, a woman made a complaint about harassing communications coming from an older man. 10200 block of Peachford Circle — On
May 1, a domestic altercation was reported between a mother and her adult daughter. 4700 block of Summerford Drive —
On May 1, in the evening, a family battery incident was reported involving assault through the threat of intimidation. A suspect was arrested the next day. 4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-
way — On May 2, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of family violence. 6700
block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard — On May 4, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and accused of family battery.
ARRESTS 4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-
way — On April 28, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of providing false information to an officer. Another wanted person was also found and arrested. I-285 WB/ Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
— On April 29, in the morning, a woman was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. 4800
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 29, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and violating open container laws while
driving. 4600 block of Winters Chapel Road —
On May 1, just after midnight, officers responded to a three-car accident. One of the drivers was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of drugs, as well as reckless driving and following too closely. I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On
May 1, an officer accused a 59-year-old man of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and improper lane usage. 4400
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 1, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct. Police said the man repeatedly refused orders given and interfered with an investigation.
100 block of Mount Vernon Road —
On May 2, after midnight, a 24-year-old woman was arrested and accused of improper lane usage and marijuana possession. 1800 block of Cotillion Drive — On
May 2, in the early morning, a man from Los Angeles was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. 100 block of Perimeter Center — On
May 3, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of prostitution. 100 block of Perimeter Center — On
May 3, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. 4500
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 7, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of reckless driving.
OT H E R I N C I D E N T S I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On
April 28, in the early morning, an NBA player had his Audi towed after he was accused of driving while uninsured. He was initially pulled over for speeding. 4000 block of Dunwoody Park — On
April 29, in the early morning, a woman was accused of being disorderly and under the influence during a fight with her boyfriend. 100 block of Perimeter Center — On
May 1, a fraud complaint was made. 4400 block of Dunwoody Park — On
May 3, a man received a citation accusing him of being in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
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First Sunday cycling
Members and guests of the Dunwoody Cycling Cub did their first Sunday ride May 7, taking a 4.5-mile route through area neighborhoods. The monthly ride is open to people of all ages. Info: bikewalkdunwoody.org.
A- Reid Metzger, 11, gets ready to roll. B- Bill Black gears up for the community ride. C- Reidâ€™s dad, Jason Metzger, talks with Wayne Radloff, in front of Village Burger, where the ride kicked off.
D- Club leader Glen Engels prepares to take off. E- Paige Metzger, her son, Reid, and husband, Jason, have a
PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER