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City approves $4 million parks bond settlement with DeKalb BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Salutatorian Catriona Geddes addresses her fellow graduates from Dunwoody High School at commencement exercises at North DeKalb Stadium on May 21. See additional photos of local public and private high school graduations on pages18-19.


A long-standing court battle over park funds concluded May 26 with Dunwoody City Council’s approval of a $4 million settlement with DeKalb County. DeKalb County will make a one-time $3.2 million grant to Dunwoody to be used toward the construction and development of the 5-acre Dunwoody Renaissance Park. Additionally, the county will grant $500,000 toward updating the city’s master plan for parks and green space projects, and the county will grant $300,000 for construction of a great lawn at Brook Run Park. According to city officials, $11.5 million was promised for Brook Run Park to DeKalb County voters in 2005 as part of a $96-million bond package. The county spent $4 million on the park, city officials said. Councilman Doug Thompson thanked the commissioners, lawyers, mediators, Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May and “everybody who was involved in this” for coming together and approving the agreement. The SEE CITY APPROVES, PAGE 20

Need an egg? In the Georgetown neighborhood, just send a text BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Mark Thompson said he moved from Sandy Springs to the Georgetown neighborhood in Dunwoody 14 years ago to find easy access to major highways, good schools and a serene environment. “I love the leafy neighborhoods,” Thompson said. His three children are age 9 and younger, and Thompson said he’s sure they will all enjoy biking along soon-to-be-completed multiuse trails in their community. They already use one in Brook Run Park, where they also plan to check out the new zip line courses. In 2013, Georgetown got the city’s first new park since Dunwoody incorporated in 2008. The 16-acre parcel sits between ChambleeDunwoody and North Shallowford roads, and

features an open playing field, gazebo and regulation-size Bocce courts. Georgetown Park will soon connect to Brook Run Park’s multi-use trail, which opened in 2013 and added the second phase in 2014. The trail allows Where You residents to walk, jog or bike the Live nearly two-mile loop, and will soon connect to Georgetown Park, adding about another mile to the trail. “It’s a very friendly area, people are social and like to get together,” Thompson said about his community. “It’s been a great place to live.” A decade ago, after Lyndsey Pearson moved to Georgetown with her husband and almost 2-year-old son, she and five other moms started a playgroup. SEE NEED, PAGE 20

Lyndsey Pearson, with daughters Adelyn, left, and Riley, has lived in the Georgetown neighborhood since 2005. She describes the area as a 1950s-style community with modern touches. Pearson and her husband thought their 3-bedroom, 2-bath home would just be a starter place, but after home improvements and building neighborhood relationships, there are no plans to move. ELLEN ELDRIDGE


New bike trail to connect PATH400 to Perimeter area BY JOE EARLE

State and local government officials say they have worked out a way to pay for an extension of PATH400 through the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange. Sandy Springs City Council is including $1 million in the city’s 2016 budget to pay part of the cost of including a segment of the multi-use trail in the redesign and reconstruction of the Ga. 400/I-285 intersection. Other money for the $4 to $5 million project will come from the PATH Foundation and the Georgia Department of Transportation, representatives of those groups said. Eventually, officials said, the trail could connect to PATH400 in Buck-

head and to other trails extending north of I-285. That would tie Sandy Springs into a network of trails, including Atlanta’s BeltLine, Mayor Rusty Paul said. “A lot of people are interested in connecting by bicycle,” Paul said. “The more people we can get to work [by bike], the fewer cars we’ve got on the streets.” Sandy Springs Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole said the trail segment included in the Ga. 400/I-285 project would run from Johnson Ferry Road to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. The Perimeter Center Improvement Districts plan to widen Peachtree-Dunwoody to add bike and car lanes as it runs beneath I-285.

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PATH Foundation Executive Director Ed McBrayer said the extension “was essential for us to get the trail through the Ga. 400/I-285 intersection because we are trying to connect the area with trails.” “We’re really connecting the whole Perimeter Center and Sandy Springs down to PATH400,” he said.

The first half-mile-long segment of PATH400 opened in Buckhead earlier this year and another portion is under construction. Meanwhile, Georgia Department of Transportation officials say a bike parth will be included in the overhaul of the Ga. 400/I-285 intersection, a project expected to cost about $1 billion.

PCIDs propose new lanes on PeachtreeDunwoody beneath I-285 The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts propose widening Peachtree-Dunwoody Road as it goes under I-285 in order to add new bicycle and car lanes. “Getting the extra space under that bridge does a lot of great things,” said Jennifer Harper, program director for the PCIDs. I-285 now crosses four lanes of Peachtree-Dunwoody. The PCIDs’ plan would remove dirt to expand the area beneath the I-285 bridge and create two new car lanes and a bicycle path. Under the plan, Peachtree-Dunwoody would have two southbound lanes, two northbound lanes and two turning lanes leading to I-285.

The proposed new configuration of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, looking north as it passes beneath I-285.

The bike path could tie into the bike path planned as part of the redesign and reconstruction of the Ga. 400/I-285 intersection. The project could be completed as soon as the end of 2017, if accelerated funding can be found. Using traditional road construction funds, the project would be completed by early 2019, according to the PCIDs. –Joe Earle

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PDK’s interim GM talks safety and business at luncheon BY TITUS FALODUN During a luncheon sponsored by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce at the 57th Fighter Club Restaurant, DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s (PDK) Interim General Manager Mario Evans addressed the past, present and future of the airport and its relationship with the surrounding community. Earlier this month, four people died after a small aircraft took off from PDK and collided with a highway barrier during a forced landing attempt on I-285, according to the preliminary report released by the NaSPECIAL tional Transportation Safety Board. DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s Interim “The only reason why it was publicized is because you don’t hear about General Manager Mario Evans wants to airplane crashes that often,” Evans reassure local residents that aviation, and PDK in particular, is safe. told the luncheon crowd on May 26. Reaction from local residents has been one of concern and worry that EvGeneral tax funds do not support the ans described as “the sky is falling” panairport, so Evans relies on convincing loic. cal business leaders and politicians that “There’s nothing falling,” he said. by providing financially, PDK is an in“Aviation is one of the safest industries, vestment in the community. transportation wise. The last fatality that Having a highly popular and funcI know of is back in ‘78 that happened tioning general aviation airport helps here at PDK.” the metro Atlanta area attract what he The NTSB has said the investigation called “surge events,” such as professionof the fatal crash may take up to a year to al sports All-Star games and the NCAA’s conclude, and Evans is confident PDK Final Four he said. will be absolved of any blame. But the taking off of PDK financial“The only thing ly does not mean evthat directly links eryone is along for PDK to the crash is the ride, as residents For related commentary near the airport have that he [the pilot] had see page 6 bought 20 gallons of expressed concerns fuel here,” Evans exabout the noise levplained. “And that el, and disapproval of wasn’t enough to infect his tank.” the usage of surrounding property that Evans spent a majority of the lunsome Brookhaven residents want to becheon highlighting PDK’s growing ecocome a public park. nomic transformation. PDK ranks, he “The culprit behind the noise is the said, in the top 10 in terms of busiest older technology aircrafts that will be general aviation (everything but miliphased out at the end of 2015,” Evans tary and commercial planes) airports in assured, citing a government mandate. both the state (second) and the country As for the property contention, Ev(ninth). ans sees that as a misrepresentation of “I’m nothing but a big landlord,” EvPDK’s land. ans said. “The airport is an enterprise “That area that the citizens call ‘green fund for the county; we generate monspace’ is a runway protection zone for ey.” the airport,” Evans explained. “We have According to PDK’s financial reeight of them around the airport.” cords, the airport’s budget was more The Federal Aviation Administration than $12.9 million last year, which ingranted PDK permission to sell the area, cluded a $5 million operating cost. but only if it sold at fair market value.

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New DeKalb city would operate with a surplus, study says BY TIM DARNELL Supporters of a city of LaVista Hills say a new UGA study proves their proposed municipality could provide better services than DeKalb County without a tax increase, and with a surplus to boot. “We know there is enough of a tax base in this community to provide an economic revival through cityhood,” said Allen Venet, chairman of LaVista Hills Yes. “From our perspective, we absolutely expected the study to prove what we’ve been advocating.” On May 15, the Carl Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia released a feasibility study showing a city of LaVista Hills could operate with a $1.7 million surplus while providing police, parks, planning, zoning, business development and road maintenance. The study found that a city of LaVista Hills would include: • 67,444 people (64.5 percent white, 16.9 percent black, and 15.8 percent Hispanic) • A median income of $59,200 • A poverty level of 14 percent • 439 miles of roads • 50 acres of parks • $34,488,546 in annual expenses

• $36,903,971 in annual revenue The city’s largest budget expenses would be for police services, at $9.9 million, and public works at $3.3 million. Voters in the proposed city’s boundaries will vote on Nov. 3 whether to incorporate. If passed, LaVista Hills would hold its first municipal elections on the same day as Georgia’s 2016 presidential primary. The city’s first official day of operations would be July 1, 2016. LaVista Hills Yes is also soliciting donations to help get their pro-cityhood message out. “We’re a volunteer group devoted to cityhood; it’s a good idea for us and DeKalb County, and we need money for yard signs, mailings and town hall meetings,” Venet said. The new study adopted significantly more conservative spending projections than previous studies. It assumes an increased police force of 104 officers, which will represent a three-fold increase in the number of officers on patrol in LaVista Hills. The study also assumed much lower HOST tax credit revenues for the city, consistent with new HOST legislation and the reduction in HOST proceeds allocation.



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Left, Vernon Whitman behind the controls of the R5D military plane he flew during the Berlin Airlift after WWII. Right, Whitman flew in a similar plane last March, courtesy of the Berlin Airlift Historical Association.

‘Operation Vittles’ lifted Berlin residents after the war It was his job. That’s how Vernon Whitman describes his part in the Berlin Airlift. Others may recall the 14-month airlift as one of the great international showdowns of the Cold War or as a signal humanitarian effort, but Whitman remembers it a different way. It was simply his assignment as a young Navy pilot. “It was a job they were doing and they had to have people to do it,” the 90-year-old retired Delta Air Lines pilot said as he sat in the den of his Sandy Springs home one recent day. “You really didn’t feel like you were fighting the Russians. It was a humanitarian thing. You just felt sorry for the people who were being starved out.” In 1947, Whitman was part of a Navy transport unit stationed in Guam. He flew a plane the Navy called a R5D, a military plane similar to the commercial DC-4. In November 1948, he and his squadron were ordered to Germany to join the airlift supplying Berlin. After World War II, the allied victors had divided Germany and its former capital, Berlin, into zones. In Berlin, the Soviets controlled the eastern zone and the U.S., British and French each controlled a section in the west. But Berlin stood 100 miles inside the portion of Germany set aside for Soviet control, and the Soviets felt the entire city should all be under their sway. To try to force a change, the Soviets closed rail and road access to Berlin, cutting it off from outside supplies. The western allies responded with the airlift. A nonstop line of supply planes flew loads of food, coal and other necessities from Frankfort to Berlin. The Americans nicknamed the mission “Operation Vittles.” The airlift carried more than 2.3 million tons of supplies into Berlin, according to Whitman said the supply planes usually left Frankfort every three minutes. “We had a three minute interval,” he recalled. “At the worst weather, they’d move it to six minutes.” He flew two round trips a day. He flew mostly at night, so he often couldn’t see the devastated city. He didn’t fully DUN

realize how bad things were for residents of Berlin until some daytime flights took him close to bombed-out apartments. AROUND “Seeing how TOWN those people had to JOE EARLE survive,” he said. “People were out in the streets cleaning bricks just to rebuild. ... In the daytime, I was amazed by the rubble.” Other pilots were too. One began dropping candy on his flights. He’d tie small parachutes to the candy and drop them from the plane to children below. Whitman got hooked on airplanes when he was growing up in Louisiana. One day when he was about 5 years old, he said, a barnstormer with an old single-engine monoplane was forced to land on the Whitman’s field for repairs. The farm boy was captivated. “After that, my parents had to take me to the airport every Sunday after church,” he said. “That’s where I got bit.” He enlisted in the U.S. Navy right out of high school and eventually was assigned to fly transports in the Pacific. That led to 125 flights on the Berlin Airlift. This past March, Whitman had a chance to fly again in one of the planes used in the airlift. The Berlin Airlift Historical Association, based in New Jersey, brought one of the planes to Pine Mountain to recreate a “candy drop.” Whitman planned to visit the same plane at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport during its annual “Good Neighbor Day” air show on May 30. Nearly seven decades later, he looks back at the Berlin Airlift as “a great thing.” “If it hadn’t been for the airlift,” he said simply, “the Russians would have taken Berlin.”

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DeKalb holds title on PDK’s undeveloped land There’s been a lot of interest in the current status and longrange outlook for DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s Runway 9/27 Runway Protection Zone, which is 32 acres located opposite the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant west of Clairmont Road. Most recently, the airport responded to a deliberately publicized effort by private citizens to facilitate unauthorized access to the property by posting the property against trespassing. Here’s some history, current facts and possibilities for the land’s future use. First and foremost, the runway protection zone, known as “the RPZ,” is and has always been part of the airport since it was a Naval Air Station in WWII. The undeveloped land was reserved to provide a crash zone for aircraft using RW 9/27, the “crosswind runway” which was perpendicular to the airport’s main runways. After the war, the Feds transferred the airport property, known as PDK, to DeKalb County to serve civil aviation. In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the closure of RW 9/27, recognizing its obsolescence. Since that time, the old runway has been converted to hangar space, allowing more aircraft to “base” at PDK, and pay local property taxes. The runway closure makes the RPZ likewise obsolete, but it remains part of the airfield. Because the FAA requires that airport assets continue to serve aviation purposes or be sold at market value for airport benefit, the property’s future must include compensation to PDK for its market value. As most neighbors know, the property was not actively managed while it functioned as a crash zone. Zoned “industrial,” the Clairmont frontage was intermittently leased to hauling companies, until noise complaints induced termination of such uses. More recently, the city of Brookhaven suggested the property for their paving operation, and the county accommodated. At no time has recreation been a permitted use of the property, though neighbors may have taken the liberty to walk the site. Most recently, an unsanctioned group of people invited the media to accompany them onto the RPZ to document efforts to make recreational improvement there. This overt trespass compelled the county to post the property so that there could be no misunderstanding of the property’s legal function and restrictions. What’s in store for the RPZ? Clearly, it is ending its aviation use. The county must obtain a market price in any sale; the property is not subject to state laws allowing for transfer to the city as a park. But beyond those parameters, there’s really a lot of flexibility. The northwest corner of the property near Ninth Street is a rugged, forested valley suitable for passive green space, under city management.


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The Clairmont frontage is filled and disturbed, and could serve North DeKalb residents as a county Service Center, including a new tag office, freeing up the current Dresden Drive location for more of the urban development that has been so successful there. The Clairmont frontage could additionally accommodate a recreational facility to serve the many children that JEFF live nearby. RADER There’s also likely room for private development. The county has GUEST COLUMN some flexibility to facilitate public uses, including “owner financing” of a sale to a public or nonprofit partner. Any non-governmental use would be subject to Brookhaven zoning controls. One important caveat is that the ultimate decisions on the future use of the land must be made by your elected representatives in the open with public notice and stakeholder input. DeKalb County holds title, and there are rules and restrictions, but still a lot of opportunity. Government ownership of the site gives us options to do differently than a private owner would, but it doesn’t make an optimal solution any less complex.

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“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being your mayor. To me, this has been the best experience of my life, as far as public service.” –Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, on resigning to pursue a seat on the state House of Representatives.

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BY TIM DARNELL The Perimeter area’s entrance into spring and summer has brought a little bit of new life to the community’s landscaping businesses. “We’re seeing jobs now that are larger in scope than [jobs were] four or five years ago,” said Molly Welch of Sandy Springs-based W Design Landscape. “People have more confidence to invest more money in their property. “During the recession, people weren’t splurging on their projects. The average cost of a job we did four or five years ago was $5,000. Now, it’s $15,000.” “If you’re a landscaper and your schedule isn’t crazy this time of year, you need to be in another business,” said Andy Batcheller, owner of Handy Andy Outdoors, based in Chamblee. “People are spending money again, and landscaping and lawn maintenance is a service that more people are hiring out.” The community is only now beginning to emerge from the most recent recession, said Mark Erbesfield, president of Greenmark Landscaping in north Atlanta. “We did go through a recession, but Atlanta was a little late to that par-


ty,” Erbesfield said. “That was a good thing, but it also means we were a little slower to come out of it. But now, we’re well on the road to recovery. We’re very busy, and have a lot of good leads coming in.” According to a national survey conducted by Lawn & Landscape magazine, landscaping industry revenues are expected to grow nationwide by 8.5 percent. The industry trade publication’s survey said 92 percent of landscaping businesses expect to turn a profit in 2015. “All of the areas we service are seeing plenty of growth,” Erbesfield said. “But the Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Chastain Park communities were the first to come back online. We’ve stayed the busiest in those areas, and

A new, larger facility could soon drive new sales at a Sandy Springs car customization business. Cartunes of Atlanta moved into its new building at 8601 Roswell Road on May 4, a facility that nearly doubled its retail space to 14,000 square feet. Previously the home of a NTB Tire & Service Center, Cartunes’ new site replaces its previous location about five miles south, at 5834 Roswell Road, not far from I-285. “We were bursting at the seams. We had already gotten to the point where we could not handle any additional business—we were turning people away,” Emran Alborno, marketing and operations P er imet er manager, said of the move into a P r o f ile larger store, which features a remodeled showroom, larger work bay area, and a full waiting area for customers. Cartunes specializes in high-end car audio, but also offers custom interiors, custom paint work and other services. “We’re kind of a one-stop shop for people who want to leave their car here and do a bunch of things to it,” says Dak Kinard, who owns the store along with business partner Richard Grimm. Kinard has owned the business since 2000, though Cartunes has been locally owned since 1978. He said the main change he has seen in the industry is the ad-




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1160 Hammond Apartments recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Attending, from left, Alvin Hicks, Kyle Fraim, Alexis Hollis, Erin Ross, Laura Hill, Chad Buckles, Marvin Cox and Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tom Mahaffey. The complex has 345 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with high-end finishes.

Freedom Orthopedic + Rehab owner Thomas Joseph, center, in white, was joined by Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, at his left, Dunwoody Chamber President Stephanie Snodgrass, friends and family in a ribbon cutting announcing the opening of the new practice. Located at 6840 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., the practice offers orthopedic surgery and physical therapy. Insignia of Sandy Springs, located at 690 Mount Vernon Highway held a ribbon cutting on April 30. On hand were Beth Berger, Tony Grieco, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, City Councilman Gabriel Sterling, Phyllis Dowell, Owner Aileen Rosso, Walter Esquivel, Owner Milton Cruz, Liz Graves, Suzanne Brown and Erica Rocker-Willis. Insignia is a senior living and memory care facility.

Fragile Gifts, offering fine china, crystal and other distinctive items, recently opened at 6235-B Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. On hand to help with the ribbon cutting on May 22: Beth Berger, Bob Brourman, Suzan Brourman, Helen Morris, Melissa Brourman, Jody Brown, Roslyn Bush, Erica Cheatham and Patty Conway.


Sonesta ES Suites held a ribbon cutting on May 14, at its 760 Mount Vernon Highway location in Sandy Springs. Those attending included, from left, Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President/ CEO Tom Mahaffey, Will Carlson, Jennifer Cruce, Suzanne Brown, City Councilman Gabriel Sterling, Marc Greenberg, Keri Kendrick-Moore, Maebelyn Ampoan, Robin Hammond and Susan Lesesne. |

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PERIMETER BUSINESS On May 4, Salons by JC, located in Sandy Springs Crossing, 6690 Roswell Road, Suite 404, in Sandy Springs, held a ribbon cutting. Owners Gerthy and Trevor Agard, center left and right, had friends and family on site to celebrate, including, Beth Berger, Zoe Sanders, Paula Evers, LaShawn Lowe, Chris Adams, Tiffany Roan, Suzanne Brown, Sefi Brown, Erica Rocker-Wills, Jim Murphy, Vanilda Nascimento, Dave Stiebel, Jon Wittenberg and Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tom Mahaffey. AAA Auto Club Group, the Chastain Park Branch, held a ribbon cutting on April 29, at 4410 Roswell Road. Joining employees for the celebration were, Jacinto Padron, Beth Berger, Erica Rocker-Wills, Keith Harvey, Jim Casal, Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President/ CEO Tom Mahaffey, Rudy Garza, City Councilman John Paulson, Suzanne Brown, Carlos Holiday, Chris Adams and Patty Conway. AAA provides hotel and car reservations, notary service, passports and more.

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mentally conscious today, Batcheller said. “We’ve seen trends leading to more drought-friendly grasses and smarter irrigation,” he said. “Even though we’ve had a lot of rain this season, water will continue being a big issue. We’re also seeing more customers ask for chemical applications that lessen the environmental impact.” But not every client is into ecofriendly landscaping these days. Welch was approached recently by a Brookhaven family who wanted to clear-cut their entire front lawn and plant grass. “I told them to embrace the shade,” she said. “I don’t believe in clear cutting just for the sake of it.”

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dition of more and more technology in vehicles, such as iPod connectivity, navigation and satellite radio systems, and radar detectors and laser jammers. Though some new vehicles come preinstalled with these new technologies, Cartunes technicians can install the features on vehicles old or new, as well as replace factory-installed equipment with devices of the customer’s choice. “Most of the vehicles out there don’t come with all the features that you see in the commercials,” Alborno said. “The larger market nowadays is the truck market, the F150s of the world, Dodge Rams [and similar vehicles], where about 80 percent of the vehicles that are actually released from the factory don’t have a lot of the features that you see on the ads, whether it be back-up cameras or an 8-inch touch screen. “You can integrate those features into the base vehicle that you bought,” he said. “A lot of people go in and they get sticker-shock when they see the truck they saw on television for $80,000,

but they can get the same exact-looking truck with a lot less features for $50,000, and then go and spend $3,000 or $4,000 at Cartunes and get just about every feature they have.” Cars and trucks are not the only vehicles serviced at Cartunes. Technicians have added features to motorcycles, ATVs, boats and even an airplane. Cartunes technicians, Kinard said, undergo schooling each year to learn about new vehicles and trends in the industry. That training is needed as the technology in the vehicles keeps growing. The future of the industry, Kinard said, will likely have cars speaking to their owners’ increasingly wired homes. “The only thing we really see coming down the pipe is more automation in cars, a lot of home integration with cars, so when you pull up to your house, it turns on the air,” Kinard said. “A lot of smart things are going along with the computer car, like the Tesla. It’s an ultra-high-tech world, and usually the cars are the forefront of technology.”

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Annie KIDS Wednesday, June 3, 3 and 7 p.m. – These musical performances feature the classic tale of a Depression-era orphan Annie as she finds her new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Donations are accepted at the door to support performing arts at the church. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to or call 770-394-8492.

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Ice Cream Social Saturday, June 7, 12:15-2 p.m. – The

eighth annual Slow Food Ice Cream Social will take place immediately after the close of the farmer’s market in the garden of the Cathedral of St. Philip. A variety of homemade ice creams and sorbets by amateurs and local chefs will be available to taste for ticket holders. Participants will cast votes for their favorite “cream of the crop” flavor as well as the tastiest vegetableflavored ice cream. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children from 5-10 years old, and free for children under 5. Guests are encouraged to bring their own spoon. Participating restaurants include 4th & Swift, Bantam + Biddy, Chicka-Biddy, Cakes & Ale, Empire State South, King & Duke and many more. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Buckhead, 30305. For more information, go online to or email slowfoodatl@gmail. com.

Pioneer House Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. – The Dunwoody NE GA Soap Box Derby Association presents the eighth annual Dunwoody Soap Box Derby. This race is a fully sanctioned head-to-head competition of homemade Stock and Super Stock cars. This year the event now includes a Super Kids’ Race for children with disabilities. Winners of each category go on to race in Akron, OH in July for the 78th Annual All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship. Race registration is $100 and attendance is free. Rain date is June 13. First Baptist Church Atlanta, 4400 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to, email or call 770-540-1317.





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Flying Colors Butterfly Festival Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, June 7, 12-5 p.m. – The Chat-

tahoochee Nature Center presents a weekend of live entertainment, food trucks, crafts, face painting, butterfly education, garden tours and a butterfly costume parade. Live butterfly releases held on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $12, members and children 2 years old and under are free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. For more information, go online to, email programs@ or call 770-992-2055.

Monday, June 8 to Friday, June 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – This week-long camp will ex-

plore the histories of local settlers as well as their relationship to the neighboring Creek and Cherokee Indians. The camp will teach basic pioneer skills like cooking over a fire, distilling water and constructing a shelter. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Buckhead, 30305. For more information and to register ahead, go online to or call 404814-4000.

Southeastern Reptiles Tuesday, June 9, 4-4:45 p.m. – Friends of

the Dunwoody Library present this educational session focusing on local reptiles for kids aged 5 to 12 years old. Free with library card. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to or call 770-512-4640.

Summer Sing-Along Thursday, June 18, 10:15-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. – These interactive ses-

sions of music stimulate growth and development while building pre-literacy skills. Hosted by Ms. Jennifer from Music Together Metro Atlanta, this event is free with library card and recommended for families with children aged newborn to 4 years old. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. For more information, email, go online to, or call 404-814-3500.



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Sunday, June 14, 7 a.m. – This flat, scenic 10K run has been an Atlanta tradition for 37 years. There is an individual 10K starting at 7 a.m. and a kids’ one-mile Fun Run starting at 7:10 a.m. Registration includes a white, cotton blend t-shirt, bag, post race awards party at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion, and free admission to the Nature Center on the day of the race. Individual 10K registration is $30 in advance and $40 on race day. Kids’ Fun Run tickets are $15 each. Teams and families receive a $3 discount per participant with minimum of 6 running members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. For more information and to register, go online to or call 770-992-2055.

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Spruill Arts Exhibition Thursday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. – Spruill Gallery

presents the third annual Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition. The works are juried by Saskia Benjamin, executive director of ART PAPERS, and feature works produced at the Spruill Center for the Arts. The opening reception will include an awards presentation, and the exhibition will have a closing reception on Saturday, August 8. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to or call 770-394-4019.

Concerts in the Park Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. – The Dunwoody

Nature Center presents live music by band Georgia Flood, craft beers, and picnic style seating in the meadow and back porch of the center. Concerts in the Park are free for members, $5 for non-member adults, $3 for students, and free for kids 3 and under. For more information, go online to or call 770-394-3322.

Sax at the MJCCA Sunday, June 14, 7 p.m. – The Marcus Jew-

ish Community Center of Atlanta presents a live performance by Grammy award-winning saxophonist, composer and educator Mace Hibbard. Tickets are $10 for adult members and $15 for general admission adults. MJCCA, Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to or call 678-812-4002.

dy Springs Perimeter Chamber presents “Fashion Goes Global,” the third annual fundraiser benefiting the Drake House, a nonprofit dedicated to providing housing, education and empowerment to homeless women and their families facing crisis. The fashion show will feature Sandy Springs’ rescue heroes, community volunteers and corporate leaders. Food and beverages provided by 5 Seasons Brewery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nancy G’s, Teela Taqueria and more. Reservations are required and ticket prices start at $20 for chamber members; $35 for nonmembers. UPS World Headquarters, 55 Glenlake Parkway, NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to

Garden Tour Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – The American Hydrangea Society presents a tour of five gardens in the Sandy Springs area that feature genus Hydrangea in different settings both large and small. Individual tickets are $30, and tickets for two are $40 and will be for sale at Garden 1, 640 Tanglewood Trail NW, Sandy Springs, 30327. Driving directions to the locations are included with ticket purchase. This is event is rain or shine and is not handicap accessible due to the nature of the gardens. One year membership to the Atlanta Hydrangea Society is included with the cost of tickets to this event. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to, email, or call 770-956-7734.

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Physical education teacher Maggie Deaner, center, leads runners to the start of the 36th annual Atlanta Speech School Fun Run. Deaner will retire after 41 years at the school.

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Teacher Maggie Deaner does one last warmup atop a high brick wall before the 1-mile Fun Run. Deaner, 66, is retiring to travel, volunteer and focus on her six grandchildren.

program for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. Beginning with six weeks of incremental training and meticulously charted progress, the Fun Run is not a onetime event but an experience with year-round impact, said Comer Yates, the Atlanta Speech School’s executive director. “It’s not just about showing up and giving it your best that morning. It’s about getting better every day,” Yates said. “It’s a victory lap for these children who have worked so hard in all they’ve done here.” Parent Deborah Blase, who chaired the event with parent Tina Reese Blitch, said Deaner teaches kids to aim for short-range and long-range goals. “With that planning, preparation and practice, they can do anything,” Blase said. Katie Robinson, 9, provides living proof. “At the beginning of the training, I couldn’t run around a lot,” Katie said, “but at the end of Fun Run training, I ran a mile!” “She inspires me,” said Avery Grace Messner, 11. “She encourages me to do stuff and makes me feel good when I do it. She cheers me on.” The students got to cheer on their teacher at the recent annual Fun Run Tshirt reveal. Assisted behind the scenes, Deaner once again managed to put on the Tshirt from every previous Fun Run, including the 2015 shirt. The students chanted her name as the shirts were pulled off, one by one, down to this year’s tie-dyed shirt and an extra one slipped on by her sneaky T-shirt assistants — a “We (heart) Ms. Maggie!” shirt. Deaner took her bow by springing into not one, but two cartwheels. Yates said Deaner is “a force of nature” who is devoted to the school community. “She has more goodwill and more will than maybe anybody I’ve ever met in my life,” he said.

The petite human dynamo is at the YMCA every weekday morning by 5:30 a.m. for swimming or boot camp exercise. Deaner said she’s always been an ‘outside’ person, adding, “I always got an A in recess.” She was a graduate student at the University of Tennessee when she learned about the job at the Atlanta Speech School, a place at which both her mother and aunt had volunteered. When she started work there, most of the school’s children were hearing impaired and she couldn’t understand them. But by the end of two months, teachers were coming to her to ask her what their students were saying, Deaner said. Children say they love her, and parents have a tough time talking about her leaving. Many of the alumni who joined in the Fun Run were parents of children who are now in Deaner’s classes. Mary Reed, 40, one among that number, calls Deaner “the spirit of the school.” “She hasn’t changed since the first day,” Reed said. An active volunteer at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Deaner is known for being the first to give birthday cards to her coworkers at school. She insists that her students learn names rather than refer to each other as “that boy” or “that girl.” Her reason: “I just think you need to make a new friend every day.” nty r r a f™ a r w P r o o ler ye a a 15 - Stain nt Se r e n fo a m sed Pe r

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Schools honor top academic achievers The school year has ended and high schools have awarded hard-earned diplomas and other honors to hundreds of young men and women. During most graduation ceremonies, a select few students are recognized as the top academic performers in their schools by being named the valedictorians and salutatorians for their classes. Here are the 2015 honorees from public and private high schools in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Atlanta Girls’ School

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Salutatorian Priya Arya

Atlanta International School

Valedictorian David Robinson

Salutatorian Matias Ferandel

Chamblee Charter High

Valedictorian Archer Gordon

Valedictorian Kavi Pandian

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Valedictorian Audrey Benson

Salutatorian Catriona Geddes

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Salutatorian Melissa Houghton

Salutatorian Swapnil Agrawal

Salutatorian Jose Hernandez

Salutatorian Brandon Jackson

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Valedictorian Claire Kelsey

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Salutatorian Carlin Zaprowski

Valedictorian Raul Perez

Salutatorian Bao Truong

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Valedictorian Meredith Jones

Salutatorian Alexis Wilkinson

Mount Vernon Presbyterian

Valedictorian Katherine Ward

Salutatorian Hannah Zenas

North Atlanta High

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North Springs Charter High

Salutatorian Robert Leon

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Salutatorian Lucas Capps

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“There were seven kids when we started,” she said. “Were that same group to meet weekly now, 16 kids would be playing together.” Pearson grew up near where DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties meet, so she said she’s never sure which city to call home. As of February 2005, she and her family have called Dunwoody home. They made a community from the neighbors and friends they met living in Georgetown. She laughed as she described her 1950s-style community -- with modern touches, such as texting to borrow a cup of sugar. “I’ll text one day for an egg and the next day I’ll get a text, ‘Do you have half a cup of sour cream?’” she said. “We just have our kids run it across the street to them.” One friend texted Pearson recently to ask her to babysit while the friend finished making a meal for a neighbor who’d recently had a baby. Pearson’s thankful for her friends because “it really does take a village,” she said. “Everybody’s really

nice and so laid back. It’s sort of like the 1950s.” The recreation center is where most of the moms, dads and kids catch up nowadays. Adelyn Pearson, Lyndsey’s 8-year-old daughter, might be too young to travel on the forthcoming multiuse trail connecting GeorgeWhere town Park to You Brook Run Park, Live but she loves the Georgetown Recreation Club, where she practices on a swim team. “The water is cool and gymnastics are air-conditioned, so those are her sports,” Lyndsey said, describing her daughter’s desire to avoid the heat. Those who don’t swim, like Thompson’s kids, play sports. While Thompson’s kids travel to Murphey Candler Park, Pearson’s son and husband play ALTA tennis. Richard Pearson said he and Lyndsey inspired their friends to get the ALTA teams started, and Richard has been men’s team captain for 20 seasons now. “We twisted arms to get people

to play,” he joked. “We more or less recruited everyone from our playgroup to play tennis.” The Pearson family didn’t intend their house to stay their home forever, Lyndsey said. She and her husband considered the three-bedroom, two-bathroom place a beginning for their three-person family. After a few rounds of home improvements and a decade’s worth of relationship building, they aren’t planning to move anytime soon. “When we moved into the house we thought it was a starter home and we didn’t intend to stay more than five years,” she said. The young couples who they now cheer for during adult tennis matches and kids’ sports are the same friends with homes they can walk to for ingredients and a helping hand. “This is just luck of the draw,” Pearson said about finding close friends on her street. “I would say 98 percent of the people who live in this neighborhood met because we had kids the same age, but even if we didn’t have kids we would still be friends.”


Natalie, left, and Trevor Thompson, youngsters who live in the Georgetown neighborhood, enjoy the outdoors.

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council approved the agreement unanimously. “This was a long, hard-fought battle that took its toll on everyone,” Thompson said. Mayor Mike Davis called the settlement “the right thing at the right time.” “The alternative, I’m afraid, was a much longer and much harder fought and not necessarily a better settlement than we got, so we’re moving forward for certain,” Davis said. The check that will arrive soon from the county will “put to bed” the lawsuit with DeKalb County and allow Dunwoody to invest in its parks, the mayor added. Councilman Denny Shortal said he isn’t usually the

kind of person to settle. “We were owed $7 million dollars,” he said, but he added that the lawyers convinced him that accepting the deal and moving forward would likely be the best outcome. He said it boils down to an all-or-nothing situation where waiting for the full amount could result in getting nothing at all. “Do I like it? No, I don’t,” Shortal said. “I think it’s the best that we could do at the time.” Councilman John Heneghan said getting the money to pay for projects the city had planned makes the approval worthwhile. “We’re going to be standing sideby-side with our DeKalb County commissioners to open those parks,” he said.

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Police Blotter From police reports dated May 5-21. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-toCitizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  2200 block of Dunwoody Crossing—

On May 9, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

 4400

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 12, a robbery by pursesnatching was reported.

 6900

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 15, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

 First

block of Perimeter Center East—On May 15, an arrest was made for armed robbery of a business.

 4600

ports and arrests were made; On May 9, larceny from a building was reported.  4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20 and 21, shoplifting was reported and arrests were made.

 1400 block of Mount Vernon Road—

On May 5, larceny from mail was reported.

 120 block of Perimeter Center West—

On May 6, larceny from a building was reported.

 6600

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 20, robbery in the Read more of the street with a gun Police Blotter online at was reported.

 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 21, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

BURGLA RY block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 6, burglary was reported at a residence.

4300 block of AshfordDunwoody Road—On May 9, three arrests for larceny shoplifting were made; On May 14, an arrest was made for shoplifting; On May 18, shoplifting was reported.


 6600

 First

block of Perimeter Place—On May 8, burglary was reported at a residence.

 4000

block of Dunwoody Park—On May 11, burglary was reported at a residence.

 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 12, a burglary was reported.

 5000

block of Hensley Drive—On May 12, a burglary was reported.

 1000

block of Ashford Parkway—On May 15, burglary was reported.

AUTO THE FT  6600

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 5, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

T HEF T/ L A RCE N Y  4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 5, 6, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20 and 21, larceny and shoplifting re-


 4400

block of Pineridge Circle—On May 5, a wanted person was located and an arrest was made for simple assault.

 4600

block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On May 5, a simple battery was reported and an arrest was made.

 1100 block of Hammond Drive—On

May 6, assault by intimidation was reported.

 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 6, assault by intimidation was reported.

 7100

block of Madison Drive—On May 7, an arrest was made for aggravated assault and battery with a weapon.

 First

block of Ravinia Drive—On May 7, assault by intimidation was reported.

 8200

block of Peachford Circle—On May 12, a simple assault was reported.

 1800

block of Cotillion Drive—On May 14, harassing communication was reported. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


Sandy Springs officers dress and prepare for “active shooter” training.

Local officers train to deal with ‘active shooters’ BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

After gunmen repeatedly have killed people in public places across the country, local police departments regularly train officers for “active shooter” situations. Sandy Springs police plan to convert a warehouse into a training facility where officers can learn ways to respond to an armed assailant. City officials recently agreed to set up the facility for the department’s training and to allow other local police departments to use it. In a memo to the city manager, Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone described an “active shooter” as an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. “Whether it’s the FedEx facility across the river in Cobb County or an active shooter that happened in the food court of Perimeter Mall 20 years ago,” DeSimone said this type of situation is something society can’t get away from. Until recently, Sandy Springs police used a makeshift two-story building for training officers to deal with an armed assailant in an urban setting. Training Officer Sgt. Chip Bohannon teaches officers to use their brains when real-world events unfold. “An active assailant is someone who is trying to harm people – you mainly see it in schools,” Bohannon said. “If their intent is to cause mass casualty, it doesn’t matter what kind of weapon they have.” The place where Bohannon conducted the training recently closed. DeSimone said police need a new facility because the type of training for situations is different from standardized training for weapons qualification. Police in Brookhaven and Dunwoody also conduct training for active shooter situations. “We are actually trying to use Cross Keys High to do our active shooter training in the summer,” said Officer Carlos Nino, spokesman for the Brookhaven department. “Agencies are known to use large buildings such as schools for that type of live training besides from simulators.” Police use fake ammunition, called “Simunition,” which is similar to paintball pellets, but more painful when it hits. “It’s like paintball on steroids,” DeSimone told members of Sandy Springs City Council recently. “We also use a projector and a large white screen with live actors to simulate real life situations,” Dunwoody police spokesman Officer Tim Fecht said. It’s similar to a Fire Arms Training Simulator machine that Dunwoody officers travel to Cartersville to use, Fecht said. Bohannon compared the training to a vaccination because the live scenarios are set up to prepare officers for the worse situations they could possibly encounter. “What we’re doing is we try to stress-inoculate people, so basically we’re trying to put you in a scenario where you’re overly stressed,” Bohannon said. Nino said once a team of at least four officers (one to watch front, rear, left and right) is assembled in a diamond formation, they enter a building in an attempt to stop the threat and find survivors. “We obviously use protective gear around our heads and faces,” Nino said. “If areas of the body that are exposed, like the hands and arms, get hit with those rounds, it could leave a nice, strawberry-red bruise.” Bohannon and Nino agree that “active shooter” training isn’t standard and not all cities have access to funding or space to prepare. “The guns and rounds are expensive and we’re fortunate enough to have this equipment to practice as close to real-world as possible,” Bohannon said. The environment gives commanders a good idea as to how officers will react under real pressure and stress, Bohannon said. By putting them through training that involves loud sounds, dark places and role players yelling and screaming, officers learn to cope with strong feelings and emotions, he added. “Instead of sitting in a classroom talking about what if we actually put you in that situation,” Bohannon said. |

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Dunwoody Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21  300 block of Perimeter Center North—

On May 14, simple assault and battery was reported.

 2300

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On May 14, aggravated assault and battery with a gun was reported.

 3200

block of Asbury Square—On May 15, simple assault and battery was reported.

 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 16, simple assault and battery was reported; On May 17, simple battery was reported.

May 19, family battery was reported.  4400

block of Tilly Mill Road—On May 19, simple assault and battery was reported.

FR AUD  1000

block of Crown Pointe Parkway—On May 6, fraud was reported.

 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 6, credit fraud was reported; On May 8, fraud was reported. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 9, fraud was reported. 

 2200

block of Vernon Oaks Way—On May 16, an arrest was made for simple assault and battery.

1000 block of Oakpointe Place—On May 9, fraud by impersonation was reported. 

 200

block of Perimeter Walk— On May 16, harassing communication was reported.

100 block of Ashford Gables Drive—On May 14, fraud was reported.

 6600

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 17, a sexual assault was reported.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 17, simple assault and battery was reported.

 2000

block of Lake Ridge Lane—On May 18, harassing communication was reported.

 4400

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 19, simple assault and battery was reported.

 1900

block of Peachford Road—On

 4700 block of Laurel Walk—On May 14, fraud was reported.

 First

block of Perimeter Center East— On May 6, arrests were made for sale of marijuana and for possession of marijuana; On May 8, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On May 17, an arrest was made for failure to appear.

 3600

block of Dunwoody Club Drive—On May 5, an arrest was made for driving while license suspended or revoked.

 First

block of Peachford Circle—On May 10, an arrest was made for DUIdrugs.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 14, an arrest was made for DUI; On May 20, an arrest was made for marijuana possession. 

 2400

block of Dunkerrin Lane—On May 6, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.

4700 block of Winters Chapel Road—On May 15, an arrest was made for DUI. 4600 block of North Shallowford Road—On May 16, an arrest was made for disorderly under the influence. 

 Ga.

285 at Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 6, an arrest was made for driving while license was suspended or revoked.

 300 block of Perimeter Center North—

 First

 Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard at Win-

 2000

block of Perimeter Center East— On May 15, credit fraud was reported and two reports of fraud were reported.

 100

block of Perimeter Center Place— On May 17, larceny pocket picking was reported.

 300 block of Perimeter Center North—

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 Ga. 285 at Peachtree Road—On May 17, an arrest was made for reckless driving and an arrest was made for DUI.

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 15, fraud was reported.

 4500

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On May 8, two arrests were made for possession of marijuana. 5000 block of Winters Chapel Road—On May 9, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.

285 at Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 6, an arrest was made for aggressive driving; On May 9 and 14, reports of damage to private property were made.

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On May 19, fraud by swindle was reported.

ters Chapel Road—On May 7, an arrest was made for obstruction and making a false report.

 100

block of Perimeter Center West— On May 8, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

 4700 block of North Peachtree Road—

On May 17, damage to private property was reported. block of Woodland Club Way— On May 18, an arrest was made for DUI.

 2400

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On May 19, an arrest was made for DUI.

 5400

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 19, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.



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