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Perimeter Business ► Brick-and-mortar banks thrive in digital age PAGE 4 ► Pressure-washing company cleans up college debt PAGE 5
Mayor reviewing list of demands from Black Lives Matter protesters
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Emily Morgan and her Shetland Sheepdog puppy Pepper cool off in Nancy Creek during the Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s Doggie Daze annual event on July 16. The day included hikes through the preserve, plenty of photos, and treats for humans and canines. See additional photos on page 15.►
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Five days of Atlanta’s Black Lives Matter protests culminated in Buckhead July 11 with a march by hundreds to the Governor’s Mansion that pressured the mayor and police chief to show up for a private meeting inside a police truck. Mayor Kasim Reed and activists from the protest-organizing coalition, called “ATLisReady,” met again July 18 as a condition for giving up their hours-long occupation of West Paces Ferry Road. But that meeting did not go well, with ATLisReady vowing to hold further protests until a list of demands is met. Previous ATLisReady protests were held Downtown as a local version of Black Lives Matter protests around the country followed controversial police killings of black See BLACK on page 12
Trash cans as artwork might bring Bigbelly to Buckhead BY JOHN RUCH email@example.com
Trash cans as works of art? That’s the idea that may bring high-tech Bigbelly trash compactors to Buckhead streets. Massachusetts-based Bigbelly makes the solar-powered public trash cans that squeeze garbage and use a wireless signal to alert sanitation crews when they’re full. Operating in various cities around the world, Bigbellies are said to reduce trashspilling and make garbage collection more See TRASH on page 14
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Buckhead parking spaces to become mini-parks for ‘PARK(ing) Day’ BY JOHN RUCH firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty-four parking spaces at Buckhead’s Lenox Square Mall will become mini-parks Sept. 16 on “PARK(ing) Day,” a nationwide event of similar parking-toparks installations. Livable Buckhead is organizing the local PARK(ing) Day event and has opened registration for the spaces at $100 for one or $150 for two. “All those spaces will be taken over by a different group to do with as they please,” Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling said at a July 7 Buckhead Community Improvement District board meeting. “The more harebrained the better, is the approach to this.” “What would you do with a little slice
(17 x 9.5 feet) of prime Buckhead real estate?” Starling’s group asks in a press release. “Throw up a tent and make yourself at home? Host a barbecue? Put in a miniature putting green? The possibilities are (almost) limitless.” PARK(ing) Day started in San Francisco in 2005, when a design company created a mini-park or “parklet” out of a parking space by rolling out some sod and placing a park bench and a tree on it. Formal programs for such temporary parklets have expanded to such other cities as Boston. The idea is make a less car-oriented street environment, at least for a day. “If Buckhead had a birthstone it would be concrete,” Livable Buckhead jokes in its press release, before quoting Starling as saying, “PARK(ing) Day gives us a chance to imagine what we could do
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if we were less dependent on our cars and could use parking spaces in more interesting ways.” The registration fee will fund Livable Buckhead’s work on the PATH400 multi-use trail and new parks. The PARK(ing) Day event will be open to the public and food trucks will be on hand. To register, see livablebuckhead.org. Liveable Buckhead is organizing a PARK(ing) Day at Lenox Square Mall on Sept. 16. For a fee, 24 parking spaces will become mini-parks. SPECIAL
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A protest march related to the Black Lives Matter movement was held July 9 inside Buckhead’s Lenox Square Mall. Photos and videos from protesters on Instagram showed roughly two dozen people marching through the mall and chanting the slogans, “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “No justice, no peace.” Some carried Black Lives Matter signs. Among the protesters was Stevie J., a musician and record producer known as a star of the reality TV series “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.” Stevie J. posted an Instagram video of himself outside the mall talking about the protest. “We ain’t shopping at Lenox today… We can’t be shopping when they want to
shoot us up,” he said. “They treat us like mud, we ain’t shopping. We ain’t doing nothing.” It’s not the first Black Lives Matter protest to come to Buckhead and Lenox Square Mall. In 2014, Black Lives Matter protesters with the group Rise Up Georgia blocked the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox roads outside the mall at the height of the Christmas shopping season. Black Lives Matter is a protest movement dating to the 2013 killing in Florida of Trayvon Martin that gained momentum after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A new round of Black Lives Matter protests were staged around the country in the wake of the controversial police killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. BH
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Atlanta City Council approves TSPLOST referendum BY COLLIN KELLEY The Atlanta City Council has voted to put a transportation special purpose local option sales tax – or TSPLOST – referendum on the November ballot, asking for an 0.4 percent increase for street, sidewalk and trail projects. If approved by voters, it would raise anywhere from $250 to $300 million over the next five years. In June, the city council approved a half-penny sales tax referendum for MARTA expansion projects. If voters approve both referendums, it would push the city’s sales tax from 8 to 8.9 percent – the highest in the metro area. Local retailers have expressed their concerns the increased sales tax will hurt business and drive consumers elsewhere. Before the voters make a choice, the TSPLOST must first pass muster with the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Under newly-passed Senate Bill 369, the county must sign off on Atlanta’s TSPLOST before it goes on the ballot. Amendment language added to the resolution during the July 18 council
meeting has some council members wondering if the county will reject the request. While state law calls for a list of projects to be attached to the referendum, some council members were concerned about not being able to amend the list in the future if projects needed to be changed. Councilmember Michael Julian Bond added a disclaimer that the city has the ability to change the projects as deemed necessary. Councilmember Alex Wan said he was concerned that disclaimer would put doubt in the minds of voters – a sentiment echoed by Councilmember Mary Norwood. “I am concerned that it could send a message to voters that you can’t trust the list [of projects], you can’t trust things will be done, things will be shifted and moved around,” Norwood said. Ultimately, the council voted to approve the resolution for the referendum with Councilmember Felicia Moore being the lone holdout. “I think this is regressive tax and I won’t support it,” she said. “If you start using a sales tax method to fund projects, we won’t ever stop.”
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Why brick-and-mortar branch banks still thrive in the digital age BY JOHN RUCH firstname.lastname@example.org
When the Old Hickory House restaurant, a local landmark in Dunwoody Village, closed in 2014, a prankster resident posted a sign out front reading, “Anything here but a bank.” Today, SunTrust wants to turn it into a new branch bank. In the digital age, major banks are moving services online and slashing branch banks by the thousands nationwide. So why is the Perimeter area seeing a branch boom big enough to inspire that joke-turned-prediction in Dunwoody? Experts say the factors are a booming local economy, expanding banks wanting to plant flags, and the marketing of more personalized services that branches can provide. “I think that brick-and-mortar cer-
Experts say traditional banks, like this newly built Bank of America branch at 6087 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, are thriving due to a booming local economy and branches marketing more personalized services.
tainly is not obsolete today, but there’s no question it’s certainly used less by customers today than in past generations,” said Chris Burnett, market president at
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and marketing specialty products, Burnett said. Most individual customers still prefer to set up an account in person— even if they bank online day-to-day later—and Burnett said he expects the baby boomer generation to continue a brickand-mortar leaning as they age. “I think, by and large, they are still more comfortable with a personal bank relationship as opposed to online banking,” said Burnett. At the Bank of Sandy Springs, Burnett changed the way the building functions in response to modern times. “We’ve taken out the traditional teller line” in favor of desks with comfortable chairs, he said. In part, that’s making a virtue of modern banking’s necessity of reduced staffing, but it’s also part of the community Continued on page 6
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In 2014, Sandy Springs resident Wesley Bloeme didn’t know much about pressure washing. But he knew a lot about the student debt facing him as he attended Maryville College in Tennessee. Now the young entrepreneur has turned a summer job into College Student Pressure Washing, a business that employs two other students and has him on track to graduate next year debt-free. “I always wanted to have my own business since I was a small boy,” said Bloeme, a graduate of Buckhead’s Christ the King School and Sandy Springs’ Riverwood high school. In part, that was because of his parents’ entrepreneurship: Father Peter Bloeme is co-founder of the Atlanta Rocks! indoor climbing gym, and mother Lynn Duran is an independent public relations specialist. In the summer of 2014, a friend suggested to Bloeme that they mow lawns to make some cash. Bloeme figured that most local homeowners already have mowing contracts, and he wanted a longer-term money-making opportunity. He saw a market for pressure washing, even though he knew nothing about the machines, which use pressurized water to clean outdoor surfaces. Bloeme said that summer, he got a small pressure-washer from a friend’s aunt and found a first customer. “I didn’t even know how to turn it on until I got to the job,” he said. Since then, Bloeme has learned a lot more about the business and has been successful enough to invest $20,000 in equipment. Meanwhile, he’s made college loans part of his sales pitch. The company’s logo is a man using a pressure-washer to free his ankle from a ball
and chain labeled “student debt.” During the summer, his business operates in Buckhead, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. The company has cleaned entire neighborhoods in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs for homeowners associations, he said. During the school year, Bloeme doesn’t stop working; he just shifts business to the area of his college, which is near Knoxville, Tenn. He cut a deal with a local storage unit company to let him keep his washing rig there in exchange for cleaning the facility. Describing his workload from earlier this year, Bloeme made it clear a big work ethic is required. “I play on the college tennis team. I had my full course load of classes and was working 40 hours a week,” he said. Even so, something had to give. It was Bloeme’s position as placekicker on the school’s football team. “It’s more important for me to graduate debt-free than to be an all-conference player,” he said. The booming business was one influence on Bloeme’s choice of a major in finance and accounting. He intends to put those skills to use continuing the business after graduation next spring. “I see myself continuing it on,” he said. “I plan on coming back to Sandy Springs, coming home, just growing the business down there.” But will it still be called “College Student Pressure Washing” when Bloeme is no longer a student? “I’ve thought about it. I want to keep it,” he said of the name. “I want to continue the mission of [hiring] guys who can graduate without, or minimize, student debt.” For more information about Bloeme’s business, see collegestudentpressurewashing.com.
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Why brick-and-mortar branch banks still thrive in the digital age Continued from page 4 bank’s marketing of “high-touch” personal relationships instead of herding customers in lines. Burnett said the personal touch is also important for banks that market specialty services like wealth
management and insurance that involve a sense of trust. Such changes mirror larger industry trends. An American Bankers Association report last year said more than 2,600 branch banks nationwide shuttered in 2014 and staff was cut within many of
those that remain. But the real trend, the report said, is not eliminating branch bank systems, but rather “optimizing” them. For example, Chase Bank last year announced the closure of 300 branchJOHN RUCH es—but also From left, Chris Burnett, market president at the Bank of Sandy the reconfigSprings, Tiffany Kennybrew, assistant banking center manager, uration of far and Cindy Miller, banking specialist, at a desk and chair area for customers, instead of the traditional teller line. more, about 1,200 of them, building. to automate routine services and focus “The branch banking center conpersonal contact on customers who realtinues to be an important resource for ly need and want it. many of our clients,” Miller said, adding Brad Miller, a consumer network that in the online banking era, “many cliplanning executive at SunTrust Bank, ents still prefer to use branches for more talked in system-optimizing terms about in-depth conversations in order to gain why the bank is looking at the Old Hickthe financial confidence to achieve a life ory site. He said SunTrust aims to “conwell-spent.” sistently refine its branch network” and The Old Hickory House happens to be that the Dunwoody location gives good right next door to a Bank of North Georcustomer access and a more efficient gia branch. Burnett said branches serve as important marketing in a metro Atlanta boom time. He said that during the 2008 recession, about 90 Georgia banks closed. Now that number is climbing back up, with many new banks entering the market and plenty of bank mergers and acquisitions. The real question for the banking industry—and probably for the fate of other beloved former restaurants—is what the millennial generation will want after growing up online. “Branches will change or die,” said a Bain & Company report last year on bank customer behavior and loyalty, while adding that some the trends are elusive. The report found that most customers use a mix of physical and online banking, and that branches can be an important way to build customer relationships. On the other hand, the report also found that customers who use branches frequently are almost three times more likely to switch banks than those who frequently bank online. And the digital world offers all sorts of new ways to offer personal touches without literally in-person contact, it noted. So it remains to be seen whether millennial customers will want face-to-face banking, or what “face-to-face” will mean in the tech future. At the Bank of Sandy on any double installed on any single installed Springs, a place where they still offer cusThermacore® door Thermacore® door tomers free coffee and hand out candy to their kids, Burnett said, “Candidly, we Not valid with any other offer. Expires 12/31/16 don’t have an answer to that question.”
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Auto body shop’s owner has lifelong love affair with cars BY JOE EARLE firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Dombrowsky likes cars. She has since she was a teenager. “I’ve been in this business since I was 17,” said Dombrowsky, the owner of Dent Wizard on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, who’s 46 and has kids of her own now. “I started selling cars... I wanted a brand-new 300 ZX and the only way to buy myself a car was to go to work. I worked long enough to get that car.” She lived in Miami then. Originally a Jersey girl, she moved to south Florida with her family at age 14, she said. She got her first job at 15, working in a restaurant. She’s worked at different jobs through the years, but kept coming back to ones that had something to do with cars. “I’ve just always been into cars,” she said. “I love ’em. I love the feel of a nice car. I love the way a car looks. There’s nothing better than having a kick-ass car that you’re one with. ... You can just drive.” After she earned enough money to buy that first 300 ZX, she went into auto insurance, she said. Through the years, she worked with a car detailing company and for a mobile body shop su-
pervising the guys who removed dents from banged-up fenders. “I started with two trucks and within a year, I have 12 trucks on the road, and 24 guys and 39 dealerships served,” she said. When she met her husband-to-be, a neighbor in her apartment complex named Scott, he was in the dent-fixing business, too. “We lived in the same complex,” she recalls. “He lived downstairs with his little frou-frou Pomeranian and I lived upstairs with my two kids.” They relocated to Atlanta and, in 2010, went into business running the car dent repair shop at 5717 Peachtree Industrial Highway in Chamblee. Scott, who had worked for years with Dent Wizard, knew the repair side of the business, Dombrowsky said. “I’m the one who knew the business side,” she said. “He knew nothing about the business side. ... He had the skill of paintless dent repair,” which she described as a method of fixing dents in car fenders by using tools on the inside and outside of fenders to push out the dent. Getting settled in metro Atlanta wasn’t easy at first, she said. “I hated it here,” she said. Then, in 2012, Scott died from an an-
eurism in his brain. Lisa suddenly had to take over the business, called Unique Auto Appearance, and run it by herself. “Solo,” she said. It hasn’t been easy. She says other business owners think they can take advantage of her simply because she’s a woman owner in a male-dominated business. She hired her own staff and still operates her business from the repair shop located among the cluster of car dealers on Peachtree Industrial. “It is a man’s world, but being in it since I was 17, I don’t look at it that way,” she said. “In Georgia it’s that way, but in Miami, it’s not. I take my business seriously. If something happens to somebody’s car, I fix it. I look at clients’ cars as if they’re my own cars.”
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“My favorite part about living here is the flexibility to be as active and sociable as I want!”
Cutting the ribbon on the 1000 Spalding Apartments at 1000 Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs on July 14 included Barbara Pomerance, Joanne Harrington, Marvin Tulloch, Rachel Sliger, Fatima Youssef, Felicia Cowan, Bill Ritter, Samantha Burton, Devin Harvey, Scarlett Sparkman, Suzanne Brown and Beth Berger.
Meet Christie Kinsaul, who moved to Canterbury Court to downsize and simplify her life. Little did she know how much she would love her new lifestyle. “Maintaining a two-story townhouse and everything in it was taking considerable time and effort. I was ready for some changes, and I wanted to make the move on my own terms.” Christie didn’t expect to find such luxurious living in a one-bedroom apartment, which she says “is plenty big” and comes with full services and amenities. She was also delighted to discover an abundance of activities designed for resident interests, including outings to local events. As a retired music teacher, she’s especially fond of going to the Atlanta Symphony and the opera.
Fido Fido Dog Daycare and Boarding, located at 275 Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs, recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a ribbon cutting. On hand for the festivities, from left, Barbra Pomerance, Katie DeVos, Jan Paul, Marea White, Suzanne Brown, Mayor Rusty Paul, Erica Rocker-Willis and Beth Berger. The facility offers grooming, massage, birthday parties and other services for canines.
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Jinya Ramen Bar, located in the Hammond Springs Shopping Center, opened on June 29 with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and the city of Sandy Springs. Chamber ambassadors, along with representatives of the city’s Economic Development department, attended. Co-owners William Chen, Li Cheng and Julie Mei cut the ribbon.
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Tupelo Honey Café, at 4600 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, opened its doors last month with a ribbon cutting. Attending were Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul joined by, from left, Zac Coleman, Tiara Coleman, Alesha Sisk, Jessica Hammond, Jeff Gould, Stephen Frabitore and Tyler Alford.
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Why and How do I talk to my parent about In-Home care A ribbon cutting and grand re-opening of Fairfield Inn & Suites Perimeter was held on June 30, with many in attendance. Front row, Jeff Shockley, Will Carlson, Beth Hogberg, Brooke Stall, general manager, Tammie Collins-Floyd, Erica Rocker-Wills, Walter Derby, Nancy Curtin Morris and Suzanne Brown. Back row, David Zacker, Drew Salapka, Chuck Powell Sr. and Roger Miller. The hotel is located at 1145 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs.
PCIDs, Business Alliance move office
The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts moved July 1 from Dunwoody’s Ravinia complex to Sandy Springs’ 500 NorthPark office tower. Going along with the move were the PCIDs Perimeter Connects commuting alternatives program and the Perimeter Business Alliance, a PCIDs partner organization. The PCIDs are two self-taxing business districts in Perimeter Center—one on the DeKalb County side and one in Fulton—that share a single staff. The move to 1100 Abernathy Road makes the PCIDs a neighbor of such corporations as Veritiv, which joined the Fortune 500 list this year. For more information, see perimetercid.org.
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All the officers are more cautious when responding to calls. We are sending at least two officers out on more serious calls. Officers are now prone to back each
homes, not knowing if we will return. Each member of the Atlanta Police Department has accepted the responsibility to protect and serve the city of Atlanta with integrity and dignity. The risks associated with being a police officer are heightened during times like these, which makes our officers more vigilant while reinforcing our commitment to our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief David Brown and the Dallas Police Department. In an effort to promote positive interactions among officers and citizens, APD has made community policing a priority. The Atlanta Police Department is one of the most progressive and diverse police departments. We are aware that the department mirrors the communities we serve. We actively communicate and connect with citizens; therefore, we are meeting and strategizing with community leaders to address their concerns and develop the right type of response. The Atlanta Police Department is one of 15 law enforcement agencies in the nation to be recognized for implementing the 21st Century Policing methods. We obtained a model city designation
for our efforts to implement and follow the 59 recommendations set in place by President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. We have taken on a guardian mindset to continue to build trust and nurture relationships. The Atlanta Police Department already provides professional development and continuing education training for officers who are actively serving. In an effort to put the best officers on the streets, Atlanta Police recruits receive over 22 weeks of academy-based training; more than double the 10 weeks and a day mandated by the state of Georgia, and 12 weeks of field training. Atlanta police recruits and officers are the most extensively trained police officers in the state. The training provided helps our officers to properly identify and avoid situations from escalating into shootings. Training received by Atlanta police officers includes: interpersonal communication/cultural awareness; control tactics/less than lethal weapons; crisis intervention; LGBT awareness; cultural diversity; and bias-based profiling.
The recent police killings have not hurt department morale because most of the officers wouldn’t have taken the job without knowing there are risks involved, and most officers enjoy their jobs. In some respects, the outpouring of community support we’ve received recently has actually strengthened department morale. To prevent regular stops from escalating to violence, we are just using open communication—all of our officers are handling everything the same way they always have. We haven’t had any complaints; our officers are mindful of peoples’ rights and are courteous to people. A number of our officers have received a training called “Verbal Judo,” which is a method of verbal de-
escalation, and we are going to continue to provide that. More training was actually scheduled before the last the few incidents, but we continue to increase our training on dealing with mentally disturbed people through Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT). I’m serving on the state board of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The CIT training is a subsidiary of NAMI; we are trying to increase participation in NAMI throughout the state. I also just attended this past week the White House Advancing 21st Century Police Briefing, which emphasizes more cooperation and interaction with the community and promotes positive interactions through the use of social media.
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Chief Kenneth DeSimone
Sandy Springs Police Department It is a challenging time for law enforcement. Our Sandy Springs police officers and their families understandably are concerned. In meetChief Kenneth DeSimone ing with our force, I remind them of the need to remain vigilant both in their normal police duties as well as when they are off duty and at home with their families. I advise them to remember their training and tactics learned, and to trust their instincts to stay safe in these most troubling of times. The city has invested a great deal of time and resources into training that includes cultural diversity instruction as well as “shoot and don’t shoot” tactics. We constantly work with officers in developing discipline and restraint in the use of deadly force. This past week, SSPD opened its new training facility, expand-
ing our capacity in developing these skills. Our department will open the use of this facility to other surrounding law enforcement agencies as well. We will continue to be proactive in our robust training programs. We are very committed in the area of developing relationships within the community as evidenced through the driving and self-defense programs we offer, the Citizens on Patrol volunteer program, the neighborhood watch programs and more. The outpouring of support we’ve received from the community has been tremendous. We’ve received calls and letters; individuals and company representatives have dropped by headquarters to deliver meals and baked goods; and thousands have expressed their support via social media. That support is a source of comfort and is greatly appreciated by the men and women that serve Sandy Springs. We don’t take it for granted. It will be some time before the confrontational atmosphere subsides. We also need to remain responsive to the community we serve. I am working closely with our command staff to make certain we take appropriate operational measures to ensure the continued safety of our officers as well as the members of the community. Our focus has been, and will continue to be, the safety of our officers and those in the community we serve.
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Dunwoody Police Department The ambush and execution of five Dallas police officers and the assault of seven other officers with their department serves as a stark reChief Billy Grogan minder of the dangers facing law enforcement today. Unfortunately, the reality of this danger struck close to home hours after the deadly shooting in Dallas when a Roswell police officer was shot at and a Valdosta police officer was shot in what has been described as an ambush. In spite of the dangers law enforcement faces today, Dunwoody police officers continue to provide professional service to the citizens of Dunwoody through fair and impartial policing. In spite of protests across the U. S. and anti-police rhetoric on social media, Dunwoody police officers continue to build positive relationships with our community and maintain high morale. BH
We have worked tirelessly to train our staff in how to de-escalate tense police encounters so the public and officers remain safe. This training has included role-playing “use of force” scenarios where the actions of the officer influences the response of the role-player. Additionally, over 50 percent of the department has attended Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which provides extensive training in how to respond to calls where someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. Our goal is to send 100 percent of our officers to CIT training. We plan to provide Procedural Justice training as well. Our officers are also equipped with non-lethal force options like pepper spray and a Taser. Of course, an important piece of having a professional police department that maintains a good relationship with the community is holding officers accountable. The Dunwoody Police Department reviews every use of force for policy compliance. Also, supervisors randomly review in-car video and body-worn camera video for policy compliance and training opportunities. The Dunwoody Police Department operates in a transparent and open manner to foster a positive relationship with our community. We use social media to educate and inform and as a means to provide that transparency. As we all know, communication is the key to any successful relationship.
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Protesters sit in Peachtree Road to block the entrance to the Lenox Square Mall.
men in Louisiana and Minnesota. But the July 11 march shifted the action to Buckhead, one of the South’s wealthiest neighborhoods and rarely the site of protests. “This is an upper-class white demographic,” said ATLisReady protester Aurelia Williams in an interview. “These are the ‘All Lives Matter’ folks,” she said, referring to a conservative slogan often used to counter Black Lives Matter activism. “[City officials] care a lot about this side of town,” another activist said as marchers gathered under an advertising sign for
Lenox Square Mall. Buckhead has seen a couple of previous Black Lives Matter protests, including a 2014 blockage of the mall’s entrance and, on July 9, a small protest march within the mall held by other activists. The ATLisReady march was something different. Hundreds of marchers went roughly 3 miles from the Lenox MARTA station to the Governor’s Mansion. Along the way, they had a brief face-off with police stopping them from parading onto Ga. 400, and sat down in Peachtree Road to block the Lenox
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Protesters and police watch each other across West Paces Ferry Road at the Governor’s Mansion.
Mall entrance. They went through Loudermilk Park, with one protester giving the Charlie Loudermilk statue a pat, and marched past the West Paces Ferry mansions while beating drums and attracting noisy helicopters. On Peachtree, Atlanta police arrested several protesters for unclear reasons and stood in a line confronting the crowd for several minutes before moving away. Most of those arrested were white, according to the police department; organizers used a tactic, discussed during the mall entrance sit-down, where white “allies” march on the outside to be targeted by any sudden arrests first to protect black protesters. The Atlanta Police Department later reported 15 arrests, of which 14 were “obstructing traffic” charges. The other one was for “required bicycle equipment” after police arrested a bike-rider who appeared to be a protest guide or monitor as protesters complained that the arrest was baseless. The State Patrol and MARTA Police, which also policed the protest, say they did not make any arrests. Responses to the protest from residents and passers-by varied, with most seeming just curious. Many drivers honked or pumped fists in support, while one called out, “All Lives Matter.” Outside the mall, one passer-by loudly complained about the protesters flying a U.S. flag upside-down. “Just sad,” said one man standing in a driveway off West Paces Ferry, about the protest. “I wonder how long they’re going to let them beat on that drum?” Some other bystanders near the Governor’s Mansion who identified themselves as Buckhead residents had more complex thoughts, saying both police and protesters can get out of hand and that they understand the reasons for Black Lives Matter marches. Antwin Baker said his family had just moved in that day. He said he has an uncle who trains police officers, and he recently helped cook special meals for officers in south Georgia in memory of the recent mass murder of Dallas police during a Black Lives Matter protest. But Bak-
er, who is black, also said that night, a state trooper “told me to ‘get the hell on’” when asked what the protest activity was, while treating another man better. In Atlanta, Baker said, “we’ve got to find a way for our police department to merge with our community.” Gordini Hall, a white Buckhead resi-
Top, from left, Kahadijah, Brooklyn, Christopher and Antwin Baker stand on West Paces Ferry Road during the protest. Above, a protestor displays his sentiments while approaching the mall. BH
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Mayor to review list of protestor demands BY COLLIN KELLEY Members of ATLisReady said they were largely shut out of a meeting with Mayor Kasim Reed and police officials on July 18. The group was unhappy with the closed-door meeting at City Hall and that Reed refused to offer responses to a list of 25 demands. Following the meeting, Reed told the media that the ATLisReady representatives wanted “yes or no responses to their list of demands, which I declined to give.” Reed said he would review the list, which included an overhaul in Atlanta Police Department training, the end of “Operation Whiplash,” an Atlanta police operation to crack down on guns in neighborhoods the protestors say leads to racial profiling, ending a training exchange with Israeli police, abolishing no-knock warrants and the diversion of APD funding to equitable housing solutions. “This meeting wasn’t about getting a deal, but having a conversation,” Reed said. “What I heard most often was that folks want a different relationship with their police department.” Reed said he didn’t “want to make another city’s problem Atlanta’s problem,” and many of the concerns were already being implemented by the city. Sir Maejor, who represents Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, said the mayor listened to demands. “There are different agendas, organizations trying to get their name on the map and fighting over press coverage,” he said. “There’s a diplomatic way of going about things and then there’s shouting, making demands and using bully tactics.” Sir Maejor has been disavowed by activists who organized the protests, including ATLisReady. Demands by ATLisReady: 1. The people demand a complete overhaul of Atlanta Police Department’s (APD) training institutions, and instead utilize models based on de-escalation rather than militarized tactics that aid or perpetuate mass incarceration. a. We demand a termination to APD’s involvement in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program that trains our officers in Apartheid Israel b. We demand implementation of mandatory bias training audits c. We demand APD require community outreach hours for officers in assigned zones 2. The people demand an immediate end to Operation Whiplash, the collaboration between the Atlanta Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and all practices of racial profiling that unjustly target and punish black, Latino and other communities of color. a. We demand APD discontinue the practice of holding individuals on the basis of ICE detainers b. We demand citywide abolition of “no-knock” warrants c. We demand a decrease in school police presence d. We demand that the engagement of private probation firms be made illegal in Atlanta 3. The people demand that expanded mechanisms be implemented to hold police officers accountable for killing civilians, and measures taken to deter acts of police violence. a. We demand that the Atlanta Citizen Review Board be dissolved and reconstituted with direct community representation. We demand the ACRB be given subpoena power, the authority to enforce its rulings and the power to issue legally binding disciplinary actions against APD. To this point, APD and the police unions have repeatedly overruled or rejected the board’s recommendations, leaving no additional redress for grievances. b. We demand justice and independent investigation of Atlanta specific cases of police murder including, beginning with the release of all material evidence and surveillance footage in the Alexia Christian case. 4. The people demand the city divest critical funding from the APD and invest in social services such as affordable housing, equitable health and environmental resources, and equal access to quality public education, particularly in underserved communities. In addition, funding from miscellaneous fines and fees should be directed into funding pools for alternative solutions such as pre-arrest diversion, social welfare and anti-recidivism programs. a. We demand redirecting of city funds to programs such as mental health response units, Pre-Arrest Diversion, such as the Pre-Booking Program proposed by SNaPCo or Seattle’s LEAD Project, and indigent care clinics. b. We demand redirection of funds from the bond referendum, MARTA and BeltLine sales tax and transportation sales tax into investment in black, marginalized communities. BH
The protest march began on Lenox Road near the MARTA station.
dent, said he understands the protest and why it came to Buckhead. “They want to bring it to where they can get the most attention and this is an all-white neighborhood. We’re divided,” he said. “It’s hard for a white person to understand how black people are treated,” including while driving through that neighborhood, he said. “The fact of the matter is, we need to come together through love and not hate and antagonism…It boils down to people, why is it like this? Why is there a world like this? Where’s the love? This is not what it’s supposed to be like.” On West Paces Ferry, the protest became an unusual suburban-style march that had
to cross the street due to one side’s lack of a sidewalk. At the protest’s beginning, organizers said a meeting with the mayor, governor and police chief was a top demand. Outside the Governor’s Mansion, where a line of state and Atlanta police guarded the gates, that turned into an ultimatum for the protest leaving Buckhead. Gov. Nathan Deal was not in the mansion—or even the country—but Mayor Reed and Police Chief George Turner eventually arrived for the unusual meeting inside a truck with select ATLisReady protesters. “The demands aren’t all that complicated: Stop killing black people,” Williams said. “We’re going to keep marching until you stop killing us.”
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BY JOE EARLE A drive up I-75 may call to mind places to pick your own apples or watch the leaves change color in the fall, but there’s much more to see. Northwest Georgia can show you surprising things: dinosaur skeletons and space capsules; folk artist Howard Finster’s exotic visions of distant worlds and celebrations of this one; imagined scenes celebrating cowboy life; and the actual place where an Indian nation prospered before its people were forced to march west on the Trail of Tears. Here are five places you might find worth a trip.
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Rev. Howard Finster claimed he “took the pieces you threw away and put them together...” into art. The folk artist, who died in 2001, gained fame by making tens of thousands of works (he numbered them) in order to spread the gospel and his views of this world and others. He also somehow found the time and energy to assemble the extraordinary place known as Paradise Garden. Using concrete, wood, mirrors, discarded tools and bicycles, shards of pottery, baubles and even the liner to a box of chocolates, Finster cobbled together buildings, flowers and colorful sidewalks into a place where visitors casually can stroll through what feels like a piece of another world. The garden now is operated by a nonprofit foundation. Where: 200 North Lewis Street, about
three miles north of downtown Summerville, just off U.S. 27. Take Exit 306 from I-75, turn west on Ga. 140. Turn right on U.S. 27. Take U.S. 27 through Summerville. Look for mile marker 13 and turn right onto Rena Street. Follow the signs and go about three blocks to turn into the entrance to the garden. Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors (55 and older); $5 students; younger than 12, free. For more: paradisegardenfoundation.org, 706-808-0800.
ing, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Cost: adults aged 18 to 61, $7; seniors 62 or older, $6.50; youth aged 6 to 17, $5.50. For more: gastateparks.org/NewEchota.
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New Echota once housed the capital of another nation. In 1825, Cherokee lawmakers established their capital at this site. During the next decade, it was home to the Cherokee nation’s legislature and courts, and the first Indian-language newspaper. The community also gave its name to the treaty that relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River and led to their forced removal to the west on the infamous Trail of Tears. Today, visitors can learn about the history of the Cherokee in Georgia, walk among a dozen original and reconstructed buildings, watch a hand-operated press print a mock newspaper page and even hear a recording of “Amazing Grace” sung in Cherokee. Where: 1211 Chatsworth Highway NE, Calhoun, Ga., 30701. Located in Calhoun one mile east of I-75, Exit 317 on Highway 225. Hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiv-
Cowboys in Cartersville? Why not? The Booth promises one of the largest collections of western art in the South. It features realistic and abstract painting, sculpture and a collection of portraits and signatures of American presidents. A larger-than-life cowboy riding a bucking horse in a sculpture out front sets the tone; inside, works by more than 200 artists examine the mythic west, the modern west and the lives of westerners. Where: 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville, Ga., 30120. Take I-75 to Exit 288. Turn west and follow Main Street (Ga. 113 /61) about 2.2 miles into Cartersville’s business district. Turn right on Gilmer Street, go two blocks under the bridge. The museum is on the left. Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: adults $10 + tax; seniors (65 and over) $8 + tax; students $7 + tax; children 12 and under free. For more: boothmuseum.org.
Tellus Science Museum Cartersville
Gemstones, dinosaurs, cars, airplanes and space travel are among the scientific subjects touched on in the displays within this sprawling structure in Cartersville. The museum’s exhibits explore places from the center of the Earth to outer space, and examine a century of changes in transportation. Where: 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, Ga., 30120. Take I-75 to exit 293. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but closed on major holidays. Cost: adults, $14 + tax; children (3 – 17), $10 + tax; students, $10 + tax; active military, free (1/2 price admission for active duty dependents with ID); seniors (65+), $12 + tax. For more: tellusmuseum.org, 770-606-5700.
History Museum 5 Bartow Cartersville This local history museum focuses on the settlement and development of Bartow County. Visitors can check out Cherokee and pioneer cabins, sit in a one-room schoolhouse or learn about the Civil War and the early textile industry, the museum’s webpage promises. Where: 4 E. Church St., Cartersville, Ga., 30120. Take I-75 north to Exit 288 and drive into downtown Cartersville. Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: adults, $5.50; seniors/students, $4.50; children younger than 5, free. For more: bartowhistorymuseum.org, 770-387-2774.
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BIRD FRIENDLY Thursday, July 28, 7-9 p.m. Join a potluck dinner starting at 7 p.m. and then listen to Adam Betuel, director of conservation at the Atlanta Audubon Society, who discusses conservation projects and ways to take action. An activity and evening bird walk follows. $5 for Chattahoochee Nature Center members; $10 for general public, age 16 to adult. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. Visit: chattnaturecenter.org or call 770992-2055 for additional information.
TEEN MOVIE Wednesday, July 27, 2-4:30 p.m. Join others for a showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Rated PG-13. Snacks provided. Free. Open to the first 20 participants. For those ages 13-17. Call the Brookhaven Branch Library at 404-848-7140 to sign up or for an appointment for a group of five or more. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319.
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Music, comedy and more in local theater companies’ new seasons
BY JAMES BEAMAN
“We’ll have something for everyone this season,” said Brian Kimmel, MJCCA’s director of Arts and Culture. “We have a whole Three local arts institutions are staging bunch of different sides of Jewish culture. a variety of plays in their 2016-2017 seasons It’s primarily music, and we’ll have Matithat feature comedy, romance and music, syahu, who is pretty well known.” from old favorites to recent hits. CoincidenSantally, Act3 and dy Springs’ the MJCCA inAct3 Produccluded the same tions and Dunplay, “Urinetwoody’s Stage own,” in their Door Players are new seasons. long-running “Urinetown” is community thea comedic musiater groups. The cal set in a time Marcus Jewwhere a water ish Communishortage has led ty Center of Atto a government lanta (MJCCA) ban on private FILE PHOTO in Dunwoody toilets. The citRobert Egizio, producing artistic is hosting condirector for Stage Door Players izens must use certs and other public amenities artistic events, as well as a slate of plays for regulated by a greedy corporation. The MJCadults and families. CA’s staging wrapped up earlier this month, Act3 will launch its season with “The while Act3 will perform the play in April. Fantasticks” playing from Aug. 12-27. The comedic and romantic musical is about a boy and a girl as their fathers try to keep Act3 Productions them apart. act3productions.org “With our upcoming season, we are “The Fantasticks” (Aug. 12-27), “The Women” embracing our intimate theater,” said Mi- (Sept. 16-Oct. 1), “Violet” (Nov. 4-19), “And Then chelle Davis, artistic director for Act3 Pro- There Were None” (Feb. 10-25), “Urinetown” ductions. “At Act3, the audience becomes a (April 14-29) part of the story.” MJCCA, atlantajcc.org Stage Door Players, located in Dunwoody, “From Head to Toe” (Oct. 30), MJCCA Youth Enwill kick off their season with “Barefoot in semble presents “Xanadu Jr.” (Dec. 11-12), MJCCA Youth Ensemble presents “Schoolhouse Rock the Park” from Sept. 23 through Oct. 16. Live! JR.” (Dec. 13-14), “Broadway Kaleidoscope: “It’s by the classic, Tony-award winning A Musical Revue” (Feb. 5), “A Brown Bear, A CatNeil Simon,” said Robert Egizio, producing erpillar & A Moon: Stories by Eric Carle” (April artistic director for Stage Door. “Audiences 16), MJCCA Youth Ensemble presents “Guys and Dolls JR.” (April 30-May 1), “Disney’s Beauty and can expect non-stop laughter.” the Beast KIDS” (May 2-3) “Barefoot in the Park” is about a newlyStage Door Players wed couple who move into an apartment stagedoorplayers.net together after a six-day honeymoon. Com“Barefoot in the Park” (Sept. 23-Oct. 16), “Let edy ensues as they try to play matchmaker Nothing You Dismay” (Dec. 2-18), “Death by Dewith the bride’s mother and due to the crasign” (Jan. 27-Feb. 19), “The Cemetery Club” zy neighbor in the attic. (March 17-April 9), “Boeing Boeing” (May 19-June “It’s familiar for many audiences, so it’s a 11), “Baby Case” (July 14-Aug. 6) nice way to kick off the season,” said Egizio.
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The Lovett School, senior Christopher Weaver, a senior at The Lovett School, is recognized for being a leader in his school, the surrounding communities, and through starting his own nonprofit, American Heroes for Hire. Not only is he a social entrepreneur and a hard-working student, Christopher is recognized by Brian Howard, Lovett’s associate director of college counseling, as being “one of the most respectful and considerate students you will encounter at Lovett. “ Christopher began American Heroes for Hire through the GivingPoint Institute, an organization in Atlanta that “takes students with certain passions, and provides to them the resources so that they can do positive things in, and for, their communities.” Christopher said he started American Heroes for Hire because he “recognized a major problem that was and still is plaguing the country: veteran unemployment.” His passion for this issue comes from his experiences of working with homeless shelters and veterans organization through his church and Lovett. To solve this issue, American Heroes for Hire will put on monthly job-readiness fairs for mil-
itary veterans to prepare them for the civilian workforce. “The events contain everything from resume building, interview prep, proper attire-fitting, to even working with a search firm to schedule interviews where the veteran would be more likely to receive the position,” explains Christopher. The nonprofit’s first event is planned for this summer. In addition to spearheading the founda-
tion of American Heroes for Hire, Christopher is very active in his school community. Along with starting American Heroes for Hire, Christopher plays football and throws shot-put/discus for The Lovett School. He plays the tuba in the concert band, and is an active member of Vestry, Speech and Debate, Model Arab League, National Honors Society and the Student Service Board. He is also an admissions ambassador at The Lovett School. Christopher has also been honored for his service at his school. He was the recipient of 2016’s Brig. Gen. Burke Whitman Service Award, awarded to a “servant leader” in each grade. “Prior to entering Lovett’s Upper School, he received the Paul Bright Service Award in 8th grade for sustained service-leader-
Christopher Weaver and his mother, Connie, at the GivingPoint Institute’s Sparks event in May. Christopher started American Heroes for Hire to help veterans find employment.
ship throughout his three years of middle school,” notes Howard. Originally from Alabama, Christopher calls himself “a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan.” He also enjoys deer hunting in the winter. Christopher’s goal for college is to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. If he does not attend West Point, Christopher still plans on participating in ROTC at the college he attends. Christopher plans on having a career in the military after graduating from college. Further
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An employee who fatally shot a man attempting to rob a Buckhead jewelry store will not face charges, according to police. Michael Robbins, 20, was allegedly attempting to rob Cachet Fine Jewelry on 2860 Piedmont Road on July 7 when the store owner’s son shot him. According to police, Robbins came to the jewelry store and pretended to be a shopper and said he wanted to spend $70,000. When Robbins pointed a gun at the store owner and demanded he put all the jewelry into a bag, the owner’s son shot at Robbins three times and struck him in the neck, according to a report. Robbins was taken to Grady Hospital where he died.
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A total of $9,500 is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspects in an armed robbery attempt at Lenox Mall that resulted in a woman being shot. A 23-year-old woman was shot in the parking lot of Lenox Mall on June 29 after she, her fiancée and their 2-year-old son were getting into their car to leave. According to an Atlanta Police Department report, the woman, her fiancée and child had been shopping in the mall, including in the Forever Diamonds store, when two armed men came up to them while they were in the parking at about 8:45 p.m. The two men had pistols. They demanded the couple’s belongings and attempted to enter their vehicle. A physical altercation occurred and the woman was shot in the stomach. The two armed robbers than fled the scene on foot. The Buckhead Coalition is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Simon Properties, owner of Lenox Mall, has added $2,500 to the reward and Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta is also offering $2,000. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577TIPS (8477).
500 block of Main St. NE – On June 28
at an unknown time, a woman said that she and her child’s father were in a verbal altercation. She said he was visiting from out of town, so when she returned to her apartment, she put his luggage out the door. The suspect became enraged when he saw this and began pounding on the door. He then kicked the door in and attacked the victim. The suspect took the victim’s cellphone and left the location. 700 block of Holmes St. NW – On June
30 in the evening, the victims said that they were sitting out in front of their apartment complex in the parking lot when they were approached by three males in a burgundy compact vehicle. The males produced a handgun and demanded their possessions. Two iPhones were taken from the victims who pursued the suspects, but lost them. One of the victims was pistol whipped during the struggle.
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From police reports June 26-July 9 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
R O B B E RY 1200 block of Foster St. – On June 28,
a man said he saw several male suspects enter a commercial building and begin wandering around the business.
The victim said he asked the suspects to leave and that the suspects walked outside. The victim said he returned to his desk and that the suspects re-entered the location and demanded his computer. When he refused, they produced a handgun and grabbed his MacBook Pro, Nexus 6p cellphone and car keys. Security cameras captured images of the suspects.
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Chattahoochee Ave. NW – On June 26 in the morning, officers responded to a house and found the victim lying on the ground after receiving a head injury. They victim was not alert but still breathing. The victim’s girlfriend said that her ex-husband had come to the location intoxicated and beat on the door. She said there was a short verbal exchange between the suspect and the victim, and that the suspect then hit the victim over the head with a shovel. The suspect fled the scene in a burgundy vehicle. The victim became alert while the witness was questioned, but was unable to remember anything that happened. 1700 block of Northside Dr. NW – On
July 1 at an unknown time, the victims told police they were picked up from the airport by Uber. They said that they were involved in a verbal dispute with the driver. The driver struck the victims with her vehicle and fled the scene. The victims complained of back pain. 2000 block of Peachtree Rd. NE – On
July 1 in the morning, a victim told police that he was attacked by two suspects while moving a TV. The suspects began following him and asking him about the TV. The victim said if they had
questions about the TV to call the Atlanta Police Department. The suspects then began attacking the victim. The TV was damaged during the struggle.
R E S I D E N T I A L B U R G L A RY 1000 block of Huff Rd. NW – At an un-
known date and time, the front door of an apartment was pried open. A 42-inch flat screen TV, assorted jewelry, Bose speakers, Gucci handbags and Gucci shoes were taken. 600 block of Norfleet Rd. NW – On
July 1 in the morning, someone broke into an unsecure house. A stove was stolen while left overnight. The stove was scheduled for installation the following day. 100 block of Brighton Ave. NE – On
July 1 during the day, the back window of a house was shattered. Jewelry and an iPad were taken. Some jewelry was found near a fence at the rear of the property and recovered. This is likely where the suspect fled the scene. 2800 block of Overlook Trace NE – At an unknown date and time, the rear basement door of a house was forced open. A black Mercedes, watches, tablet, Winchester shot gun and cuff links were stolen.
2100 block of Spink St. NW – On July
3 in the evening, a rock was thrown through the living room window of a house to gain entry. No items were removed. Latent fingerprints were recovered and turned in for analysis. 2600 block of Forrest Ave. NW – On
July 3 in the evening, a witness said a man was seen walking out of his neighbor’s house carrying a TV. Entry to the house was through the rear kitchen windows. The TV was recovered from being hidden in the neighbor’s garbage. 2500 block of Edwards Dr. NW – On
July 3 in the evening, the side door glass of a house was shattered to gain entry. A Vizio TV was taken but later recovered from the victim’s recycling bin. Several latent fingerprints were recovered from the TV and turned in for analysis. 1800 block of Williams Pl. NW – On
July 3 during the day, a rock was thrown through the back porch window of a house to gain entry. An HP laptop, Amazon Fire tablet, gold watches, ring and BH
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wallet containing a Social Security card were taken. The scooter used by the suspect was found at the location and impounded. Latent fingerprints were recovered and turned in for analysis. 3900 block of Ivy Rd. NE – On July 5
during the day, the rear door of a house was kicked in to gain entry. Diamond earrings, a security safe, documents, an iPad, and a blue and white motorcycle
were stolen. 600 block of Valley Green Dr. NE – On
July 5 during the day, the side door of a house was broken into. Miscellaneous jewelry and multiple sets of Gorham silverware were taken from the residence along with $2,000 cash. Surveillance footage captured a large Frito-Lay truck slowly driving in the area.
per year to the department. Over the course of about four hours during a recent patrol, Anderson and Kramer made two residential checks, gave out one handicapped-parking violation warning and helped at four vehicular accidents. The variety of the work is one aspect of COPs that Kramer and Anderson find enjoyable. “We might be going along with absolutely nothing going on,” said Kramer. “All of a sudden there was a single-vehicle accident over on Riverside Drive that took down a telephone pole and wires. We went out there and were a part of a team that closed down Riverside Drive for a couple hours.” “I enjoy being out here,” said Anderson. “I enjoy the interactions with the officers, and I enjoy just being able to be of assistance to the people who put their lives on the line for everybody else.” “Another real pleasure of the program is the people in the program,” said Kramer. “We go out for a number of hours on patrol and we have a chance to talk and catch up on what’s going on in each other’s lives. It’s very social.” Regardless of the enjoyment Ander-
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Volunteers lend police a hand with Citizens on Patrol BY JAMES BEAMAN email@example.com
On a recent afternoon, Mark Anderson and Nelson Kramer stopped at the scene of an accident on Sandy Springs Circle, where two cars had collided across the street from the Brooklyn Café. They made sure everyone was OK and stopped traffic to allow the drivers to pull into the parking lot and safely figure things out. Anderson and Kramer weren’t just good Samaritans. They are volunteers with the Sandy Springs Police Department Citizens on Patrol program, and helping out in such situations is part of their work. As the name suggests, Citizens on Patrol is a program where volunteer citizens can help patrol the streets. They drive cars outfitted with “Citizen Patrol” decals and orange lights, and wear a specially designed uniform to differentiate them from officers. The COPs are unarmed, cannot make arrests and are not sworn officers. To become a patrol member, volunteers must complete the 13-week Citizens Police Academy and an additional 12week course. The Sandy Springs Police Department started its Citizens on Patrol program BH
five years ago in 2011. The Sandy Springs COPs program, which has about 50 volunteers, is one of many programs around the country. The Dunwoody Police Department is in the process of starting its own COPs program. Anderson said he was a crew chief on a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter in the Vietnam War. “I planned on being a New York State Trooper when I got back from Vietnam, but my wife said she didn’t want to wait for me to come home so long anymore,” said Anderson. After retiring from IBM after 37 years, Anderson now owns a photography shop in Sandy Springs and spends about 100 hours per month working with the COPs. Kramer, a frequent partner with Anderson, retired after more than 40 years in commercial real estate and now spends much of his time with the COPs. “I found I really enjoyed this, and I’ve retired, and now I sort of do this full time,” said Kramer. “I’m almost embarrassed to say it, but I put in about 200 hours a month.” “We put in a lot of hours, Mark and I do,” said Kramer. “The department asks folks to put in eight hours a month.” According to Kramer, the SSPD COPs contribute about 16,000 volunteer hours
son and Kramer get out of volunteering in the COPs program, Kramer says they are an asset to the police department. “One of the reasons that departments are finding this extremely valuable, we free up officers on a regular basis to do higher priority things,” said Kramer. “We save a lot of officers’ time. For instance, if there’s a storm and trees go down and wires go down, we’ll go and block one or both ends sometimes for hours until the tree can be removed or power lines can be put back up. And that frees an officer to go deal with higher priority calls.” Capt. Mike Lindstrom, spokesperson for the SSPD, said that the program is valuable in a time of controversy over police shootings. “With all that’s going on in current events, there’s a need for a spokesperson to tell the people that the police aren’t all bad,” said Lindstrom. “Aside from the work that they do, it’s a form of relationship-building with the community.” For more information on the Citizens on Patrol program, its goals and how to get involved, visit sandyspringsga.org/ public-safety.
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