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Lake Forrest Dam repairs bring fish and recreation concerns BY JOHN RUCH

Alec Williams, 6, left, with his brother Cullen, 4, and their dog Cooper, cool off in Nancy Creek after the “Doggie Daze” event at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve on July 18. Dogs and their owners were treated to breakfast and a guided tour of the preserve.


The private backyard docks above the Lake Forrest Dam stand high and dry this summer, two months after officials lowered the water level amid fears of a dam collapse. For residents, it’s an example of how public safety concerns are joined by worries about wildlife impacts and property values that may go down as the water does. Next, officials intend to scoop out all the fish with a large boat and transport them alive to a private pond. Then they will lower the water further and figure out what it takes to fix the dam. Options could range from a pipe repair to a redesigned dam and a new 2-acre side pond. “We may be looking at four to five years from now before everything is back to the way it was,” said Hansell Roddenbery, president of Three Lakes Corporation, the homeowners association that owns the ponds above the dam. “All we ask is to remain informed and let us know it’s happening before it happens.” The earthen dam sits beneath part of the 4600 block of Lake Forrest Drive, right on the Sandy Springs-Atlanta border. Blink and SEE LAKE FORREST, PAGE 5

Atlanta Classical Academy: We’re counter-cultural BY JOE EARLE

It’s not like other Atlanta schools. The leaders of Atlanta Classical Academy, Buckhead’s public charter school, take pride in their school’s differences. Those differences set the year-old school apart. “We’re definitely counter-cultural,” board chairman Matthew Kirby said. But not in the ‘60s, tie-dyed kind of way. At this school, students wear uniforms. They study Latin. They learn history, not social studies. They read novels. They memorize and recite poetry. They don’t bring iPads or iPhones to class. They study music and the visual arts. “It’s basically the education my grandparents would have had, and it’s the education we’ve lost over the years,” said Dr. T.O. Moore, principal of the school. “It’s the education the Founding Fathers would have wanted.” ACA’s students are taught to pursue happiness and the core values of “courage, courtesy, honesty, perseverance, self-control and service,” Kirby said. The hallways are decorated with over-

sized portraits of icons of American and Georgia history: Washington, Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Andy Young, Ronald Reagan. The academy’s leaders avoid the Common Core, opting instead to build their curriculum the old-school way. “Here’s the problem with today’s education: For the last 100 years, the American public has been sold a falsehood that whatever’s the latest should be taught,” Moore said. “... It’s the same thing as trying to read a newspaper when you don’t know anything about the Constitution and American history. You’re torn whichever way the headline is written.” The academy is a public school financed with public money. But as a charter school, it’s free to go its own way, without the rules that guide most public schools. In return for that freedom, the school promises to produce students who perform better. Parent Cindy Robbins, co-chair of the school’s Parent Teacher Community Association, says she thinks the experiment works SEE STUDENTS, PAGE 19


Atlanta Classical Academy Principal Dr. T.O. Moore says his students receive an education the Founding Fathers would have wanted.

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Members of the board of the Buckhead Community Improvement District have tapped the brakes on their plans to build a 9-acre park above Ga. 400. Board members want to talk more about the project. The CID board originally was scheduled to consider a vote at a July 13 special meeting on whether to hire consultants to do detailed planning and concept design studies for the project, which one board member called a $150 million project and which previous reports have said could cost as much as $200 million. But Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, a member of the board, said he didn’t believe the group had discussed the project sufficiently. He asked for a later session to talk over the project before hiring any more consultants. “When is this board going to sit down and decide if we want to do this?” he asked. Other board and staff members agreed to hold a meeting to discuss the project in more detail before moving forward. “Some of us are ahead of others on how we would make this B RIEFS happen ... within our lifetimes,” board Vice Chairman John Lundeen said. Prior studies have said a park could be built above Ga. 400 between Peachtree and Lenox roads and above the Buckhead MARTA station. Shook said he wanted to discuss the effect the project would have on the other work the CID plans. “The question for me is whether we will be able to do any other transportation improvements at a time when Buckhead is drowning in traffic,” Shook said. Businesses within the CID agreed to pay extra property taxes to pay for transportation improvements in the area. The board on July 13 set its tax rate for 2015 at 3 mills, the same as it had been previously, board members said.

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Tom Keane, Atlanta’s new Planning and Community Development Commissioner, spoke to members of the Northwest Community Alliance on July 15. Keane told members his job is to find ways to pull the city together as it grows, instead of letting it develop as a series of isolated projects.

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The city of Atlanta’s new top planner says he sees his job as finding ways to pull the city together as it continues to grow, rather than develop as a series of “isolated projects that could be anywhere.” “It’s important we look at Atlanta as a whole, not project by project,” new city Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane told members of the Northwest Community Alliance on July 15, just a couple of weeks after he took office. “This is a place that has a soul,” Keane said. “What is the soul of Atlanta? [That] is very important to me. We are responsible as a planning department that the city not continue to be a collection of projects. ...There are many good things happening in Atlanta, but if the city continues to be [just] a series of projects, I will have failed. Fire me.” He said city planners should “make sure all those great investments people are making add up to something.” Keane, who was educated in North Carolina and who moved to Atlanta from Charleston, S.C., where he was director of planning, preservation and sustainability, introduced himself as a Southerner. He said Atlanta’s reputation as the biggest city in the South was part of what attracted him to his new job. “And that it has all these issues, challenges for a planning department is great for me,” he said. His chat appeared to meet approval from many of the 30 or so people at the gathering. “I think he’s like a breath of fresh air,” said James Arpad, a real estate investor and developer. “He has some really good ideas of what he’d like to see develop.”

Keane said he thought public transit and historic preservation both will play a part in how the city develops in the future. Keane said he felt historic preservation was “hugely important.” “Part of what I’m interested in is those kind of places where there’s real Atlanta stuff that can distinguish the city,” he said. And when looking into Atlanta’s future growth, “MARTA is a great asset,” he said. “Cities all over the country are trying to figure out how to build rapid transit. Atlanta already has it. Our plan for the city is going to be built around public transportation – densities will be based on that.” But, he said, no amount of planning or public transit will eliminate traffic troubles. “My feeling is the focus needs to be on what are you going to have other than traffic? Because we’re going to have traffic. You go to the best cities in the world and they have traffic. London has traffic. What are you going to have other than traffic? What’s this place going to be?” The city of Atlanta, he said, “is as a low a density city as you can find.” Copenhagen, he said, contains about the same number of residents, but in a much smaller area. “It’s not the number of the density that matters, it’s the beauty of the public realm that we’re all responsible for,” he said. Keane said with new development projects coming to Atlanta, planners face great opportunities to direct a reimagining of the city. “By ‘project by project,’ I’m thinking of the big projects that will change the city,” he said. “I feel very responsible for that... It’s not something that we hope to get involved in. It’s something that’s fundamental to the success of this office.”


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heap of dead fish on the scene, officials are bringing in an expert to remove them alive before the draining. That work will be done by Aquascape Environmental of Woodstock, which specializes in lake and fishery management. Company president Jim Lanier did not respond to interview requests. “The fish will be relocated from the lake,” Wilson said. “The contractor has a pond…They’re not going to be destroyed.” Roddenbery said the Three Lakes Corporation hired an independent engineer who agreed that the dam needs examination. While the neighbors share the public safety concern, their “big picture” is restoring the pond’s natural environment after any repair, he said. “There has been substantial concern about the fish and wildlife,” he said, describing turtles, geese, ducks and an egret as among the pond’s residents. He is also worried the fish may die in the lowered pond before they can be removed. There’s also the question of how long the residents will have unusable docks on a drained pond. The decision-making process has been slow, and some repair options could change the landscape permanently. Right now, the dam holds in all water to a certain level, and has a vertical pipe that acts like an emergency drain on a bathroom sink. Wilson said one option is to give the dam a “flow-through” structure that is constantly letting some water out. In that design, he said, “There would be a side pond, essentially, that water could be diverted into during extreme storms.” Sandy Springs city attorney Wendell Willard previously told the Sandy Springs City Council that side pond could cover 2 acres and have a 10-foot-high retaining wall. But all that remains to be decided. The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs finally signed a repair agreement last month after at least two years of negotiations. Even the fish-removal—which will require cutting down trees to lower a boat into the pond—will require filing for several permits, according to Wilson and Willard.

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you’ll miss it. Mature trees growing atop the dam block views of the cloudy pond on one side and the steep 40-foot drop on the other. The dam is one of three built to create three unnamed “lakes”—actually small ponds—running to the northwest between Forrest Lake Drive and Tall Pines Drive. Filled primarily with stormwater runoff, the ponds are not suitable for swimming, but fishing and boating are popular among the 35 neighboring families, Roddenbery said. Many years ago, the Three Lakes Corporation stocked the ponds with fish. “There’s bass, bream, crappie—lots of fish,” Roddenbery said. No one knows exactly when the dams were built, but Roddenbery and a Sandy Springs-hired engineer say it was probably in the 1940s or ’50s. State surveyors first raised concerns about the dam’s condition in 2009, noting it had signs of weakness and that a failure could be fatal to people downstream. That triggered years of ownership squabbles and repair-agreement negotiations with little action. The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs now agree that they are jointly responsible for fixing the dam. The Three Lakes Corporation owns the ponds. After an initial report from the firm Schnabel Engineering earlier this year, Sandy Springs decided to take immediate, unilateral action in May to lower the water. Charles Wilson of Schnabel said that lowering the water by 6 feet reduced pressure on the dam, making it less likely to give way. Wilson is “concerned” because his first look found that a pipe carrying excess stormwater through the dam is leaking, a sign of a potential “sinkhole” inside. “[There is] major seepage that’s increasing into that pipe,” Wilson said, adding that the pipe appears to be “at least 65 years old”—about 35 to 45 years past its design life. All of the water must be drained for a full examination of the dam. To avoid a

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President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law on Aug. 6, 1965. The landmark legislation remade politics in the southern United States by ensuring that members of minority groups could not be prohibited from voting. The U.S. Department of Justice says on its website that the act “has been called the single most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever passed by Congress.” Dr. Kendra A. King Momon, a professor of politics at Oglethorpe University, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta), who as a civil rights activist played an important role in events leading to the passage of the legislation, offer their insights on the Voting Rights Act’s 50th anniversary.

Reflect yes, but work still needs to be done As we approach 50 years since the passing of the historic and landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, I believe it remains the best of times and the worst of times for African Americans in the U.S. It is the best of times in that over the past 50 years an unprecedented number of African Americans have been elected to local, state and national office. It is the best of times in that African Americans are being recognized on and off the field for their immeasurable economic, educational, political, social and cultural contributions to the world house. And, it is the best of times as cities like Atlanta - with a strong African American populous - continues to draw and attract international acclaim, businesses and residents. It is the worst of times, however, as 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, African Americans have not been fully protected, nor have their rights been fully extended. It is the worst of times as black churches are being burned down and black lives are being shot down in houses of worship. And, it is the worst of times as racial, economic, social and cultural antipathy rises exponentially both here and abroad. Still, I remain hopeful that positive redress will abound. In my book “African American Politics,” I detail the tenuous journey of African Americans to secure the right to vote. From the violence-filled “Bloody Sunday” attack on many,

including two of our state’s beloved sons – U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C. T. Vivian - to Dr. Martin L. King Jr.’s “Give Us The Ballot” speech – the past 50 have not been an easy course of navigation. Yet, the affects and effects of these collective efforts are undeniable. We are a better people and a better nation because of the courage our known and unknown lead- DR. KENDRA A. ers had to rewrite the law to empower those previously excluded KING MOMON due to xenophobia and man-made GUEST COLUMN laws. As we take time to reflect on this momentous occasion, I humbly submit that the time is ripe for a recommitment to the eradication of extensions of the law and full fledge Voting Rights for all of America’s citizens. Moreover, I humbly submit that the time is ripe to look beyond voting rights to economic rights for the “least of America’s children.” Dr. Kendra A. King Momon is an associate professor of politics in the division of history, politics and international studies at Oglethorpe University. She also is director of the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program.

Rep. John Lewis: Repair the Voting Rights Act Across the country, there is a deliberate, systematic attempt to make it harder and more difficult for the disabled, students, seniors, minorities, poor and rural voters to participate in the democratic process. We must not let that happen. That is why we need to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act now more than ever before. The burden should not be placed on citizens whose rights are violated to mount their own defense. As leaders of this Congress, we have the power to change that. We can make access to the ballot box more simple and more fair. The right to vote is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society. My own mother, father, grandparents and great-grandparents could not register to vote. My father died before he was ever able to cast a vote in this country. We must not slip back to that dark past. We have to throw off the burden of fear, and continue to move forward.

As leaders of this country, we have a moral obligation to repair the Voting Rights Act. It is our duty in a democratic society to open up the political process and let every citizen have a say in their own future. That is something every American and all of us here in the Congress can agree upon. We must do this now, and we must do it on our watch. It is what the people of this country deserve. Thank you.


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Cigar lounges offer relaxation and celebrity glamour BY JOHN RUCH On a quiet, early afternoon at Churchill Fine Cigars in Sandy Springs, owner Shafi Hai showed off some of the shop’s luxurious features. The smoking lounge with plush dark-leather couches beneath a mural of Winston Churchill and Cuban scenes. The cedar-paneled, walk-in humidor stocked with hard-to-find premium cigars. He demonstrated the private lockers where regulars can store their smokes, and pointed out one with a brass nameplate reading, “Dr. Jay’s.” “You know—Dr. J?” he asked. Yep, the Dr. J—pro basketball legend Julius Erving, a Sandy Springs resident who frequently visits Churchill and shares a smoke with fellow cigar connoisseurs. With this old-school social club atmosphere and occasional celebrity glamour, the cigar lounge business is on the rise in the metro north area. Hai claims to have pioneered the shop-and-smokinglounge concept in Georgia 20 years ago with his Scottish Tobacco stores in Buckhead and Rockdale County. He opened Churchill in 2013 to pick up Sandy Springs customers. And Davidoff of Geneva—a Swiss luxury brand that recently marketed a $500 cigar—is about to open a store and lounge in the Buckhead Atlanta complex. Cigars had a renaissance as a luxury item in the economic boom of the early 1990s. The magazine “Cigar Aficionado” launched, highlighting such cigar-loving superstars as Sylvester Stallone and Pierce Brosnan. At the same time, health laws banning public smoking were on the rise, inspiring specialty cigar bars and cigar lounges that were exempt. (The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn that cigar-smoking raises the risk of cancer, gum disease and other illnesses.) Such laws took a while to reach the Atlanta area, but have played a role in the cigar lounge trend. Dantanna’s, the upscale sports bar and restaurant in Buckhead, opened the adjacent Buckhead Cigar Lounge 10 years ago in response to the smoking restrictions. “We had many very good regulars who were cigar-smok-

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Q&A on Perimeter office space: ‘The ... submarket is very healthy’ As senior vice president for leasing with Cousins Properties, Bill Hollett is responsible for a number of the company’s Class A office properties in metro Atlanta. He has more than 28 years of experience leasing, managing or operating commercial office properties. Reporter Newspapers recently posed some questions to him about the office market in the Perimeter area. Here are his answers.

larger employee bases that reside in the northern half of the metro area and also service clients on the north side of Atlanta. Examples include five Fortune 1000 companies, plus Veritiv, Cox Communications and Mercedes of North America have all chosen the submarket for their headquarters location. Since the early 2000s when MARTA opened the Sandy Springs and North Springs stations, the Perimeter CID successfully worked to make significant infrastructure changes on the roads leading to the highways and throughout the submarket (such as the Ashford-Dunwoody diverging diamond project, the Hammond interchange and Perimeter Center Parkway flyover). In addition, the increased walkability from sidewalks and crosswalks has converted the community into a more urban submarket that emphasizes walkability and proximity to retail, restaurants, hotels and residential.


What is the current status of the office market in the Perimeter area? How big is the market? How big should it be? Bill Hollett Senior vice president for leasing Cousins Properties


The Central Perimeter submarket is very healthy as a result of strong absorption of office space during the past three years. CoStar lists the submarket as a 34-million-square-foot market (with 83 Class A buildings containing approximately 22 million square feet). The class A vacancy rate has fallen below 10 percent for the first time since 2000 and new speculative office development could commence in the next year.


Is there demand for all types of office space, or is the demand centered on Class A space or on new office developments, such as those for State Farm and Mercedes?


It is a combination of both: a) demand for existing class A space still significantly outpaces the other classes of existing space in absorption and b) as you noted, firms such as State Farm and Mercedes have chosen new developments for a campus environment on available parcels of land that are well located in prox-

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CSM Bakery Solutions, a company with origins in the Netherlands, will relocate its global headquarters to Sandy Springs, creating 120 jobs and investing more than $5.5 million, Gov. Nathan Deal announced July 21. The company produces a broad range of bakery ingredients, products and services. By moving its global headquarters to Sandy Springs, CSM will consolidate several regional functions into one centralized location. The transition will generate a total employment in Georgia of more than 800. These new and relocating employees will serve the company in an array of areas, including senior leadership, sales, marketing, business development, administration and other support positions. With revenues of approximately $3 billion and more than 45,000 global customers, CSM employs more than 8,500 people around the world and offers a broad portfolio of well-recognized brands supported and developed from its eight innovation centers. “We’re very grateful to the state of Georgia and the city of Sandy Springs for their collective efforts and generosity in helping to bring CSM Bakery Solutions’ global headquarters to the Atlanta area,” CSM President and CEO Robert Sharpe said. “Critical in our decision were the area’s transportation infrastructure, schools, cost and quality of housing and business-friendly atmosphere – all in support of our multicultural workforce.” Swiss fashion label Akris will open a new boutique in Buckhead Atlanta in September. The boutique will offer luxury goods for women, including accessories and handbags.

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Bennett Thrasher LLP has entered into an agreement to move its operations to three floors of Riverwood 200, a proposed 12-story Class A high-rise in the Cumberland Galleria area. Bennett Thrasher currently is headquartered nearby at One Overton Park on Cumberland Boulevard. With the move, the firm will expand its space to 62,500 square feet from 50,000 square feet, while retaining a location near the northwest interchange of I-75 and I-285. The move is scheduled for May 2017. Construction Resources has opened Buckhead Cambria Gallery at 3096 Roswell Road, just a few doors down from Buckhead Theatre. The store offers inspiration and products for kitchen and bath projects. Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta/Perimeter Center, an all-suite extendedstay hotel chain, will open later this year at 915 Crestline Road. The 114-unit hotel is within walking distance of the Sandy Springs MARTA station. Eddie Bauer is planning a new store at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. The new store will be on the upper level of the Macy’s wing in the former Sephora space. The store will be about 5,500 square feet and is slated to open in early 2016.

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Local businesses mark openings Ace Hardware, located at 6348 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting. From left, Charlesetta Gipson, Al Stasko, Cathy Tatum, Betty Thigpen, Brittany Whitstine, with scissors, Lisa Whitstine, owner, holding scissors, Tom Mahaffey, president/CEO, Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, Brian Roberts, store manager, with scissors, Donna Mahaffey, Kaye Lewis, Susan Lesesne, Bill Piercy, Bobby Dansingani, Suzanne Brown and Jim Derrick.

Resource Residential, offering the apartment property Perimeter Circle, at 5470 Glenridge Drive in Atlanta, celebrated with a ribbon cutting on July 9. On hand for the festivities, from left, President/ CEO Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce Tom Mahaffey, Drew Woods, Chelsea Carrington, Joel Carmichael, Jennifer Hardy, Dave Carney, Jacque Dill, Nathan Ridgeway, Suzanne Brown, Jim Derrick, Erica Rocker-Wills and Charlesetta Gipson.

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Button Mania Wednesday, July 29, 2-3:30 p.m. – Just in

time for back to school, this workshop teaches button-making techniques and provides an opportunity to make your own custom buttons. Participants will repurpose photographs, magazines and illustrations into wearable art for themselves and their friends. Free and open to the public. Suggested audience: middle and high school. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., N.E., Buckhead, 30305. For more information, go online to, email, or call 404814-3500.

The Mighty Thor Movie Thursday, July 30, 2:30-4:30 p.m. – The Buckhead Branch Library presents their Summer Super Movies in July series, featuring a two-hour PG-13 movie centering on the epic adventures and legends of Thor. The story follows a powerful and arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an an-

cient war. Free and open to the public. Suitable for all ages, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Buckhead, 30305. For more information, go online to, email comments@co.fulton. or call 404-814-3500.

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Saturday, August 1. – It’s nearly back to school

time, and what better way to round out a humid and hot summer season than with a pool party! All Brookhaven city pools will be open and will have live music, food and children’s activities to provide one more day of fun in the sun before classes resume. There will also be tables set up at the Lynwood Park and Briarwood Park locations to receive donations of back to school supplies. Everyone who brings donations will be entered into a raffle for a prize. Free with general pool admission; rates vary per location. Murphey Candler Park Pool, 1551 W. Nancy Creek Dr., NE, Brookhaven, 30319; Briarwood Park Pool, 2235 Briarwood Way, NE, Brookhaven, 30329; Lynwood Park Pool, 3360 Osborne Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go online to or call 404-637-0500.

Firefly Hike Saturday, August 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. –

Watch the last glow of summer on a night hike at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Catching fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, is a summer tradition. The event begins with making your own bug catchers and is followed by a guided hike down a wooded trail as evening falls. Night activities and cold treats will round out the evening. Tickets: adults, $10; children, $5. Space is limited, RSVP in advance by phone, in person during Monday through Friday visiting hours, or by mail. Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30342. For more information and to download the forms for mailed registration, go online to or call 404-345-1008.

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Through Saturday, August 1. – Calling all teen photographers and writers! The Sandy Springs Library is

currently accepting entries for two contests, one for photography and one for creative writing. Photography submissions must be in digital format, taken within the past two years, and be original work created by the contestant. Writing submissions must be no more than 250 words, submitted digitally in Microsoft Word format, and the topic is real-life heroes. Contest is open to all Fulton County residents and students in Fulton County schools aged 12 to 18; limit one entry per contestant. For consideration, email your entries with name, age, school, address and phone number by August 1. Prizes awarded for the top three entries in both contests. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go to or call 404-303-6130. To submit a written entry, email; to submit a photography entry, email


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Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m. – Painters, sketchers, and pastelists will find picturesque spots throughout the Chattahoochee Nature Center grounds to set up and make art. This weekly event allows guests to interact with the artists while they create original artwork en plein air. Free for members and with general admission. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. For more information, go to or call 770-992-2055.

Sunday, August 2, 3 p.m. – Join the

community for a 4.5-mile, mostly right turns, community bike ride through Dunwoody Village. This family-friendly ride is suitable for all ages and abilities, with a shorter route detour for younger riders or less mobile riders to take after the group start. Riders 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and all cyclists must wear a helmet to participate. This event is weather-permitting, and will not take place in inclement weather or hazardous conditions. Paritipants will gather at 2:30 p.m. Village Burger, 1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy, Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to

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Care and Modern Emergent Care hosts a silent auction and open house with Stella & Dot and ThirtyOne. The event raises funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, and features auction items from local businesses, and free beer and wine. During the event there will also be opportunities to sign up for the Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 26 at Atlantic Station. Modern Emergent Care, 5505 Roswell Rd., #100, Sandy Springs, 30342. For more information call 404-625-5313.

Wish Georgia celebrates their 20-year anniversary with an evening of Tex-Mex food at the grand reopening of Ray’s Rio Bravo. Special guest Debbie Tilman, founder of the Georgia Make-A-Wish Chapter, will be in attendance for the event. Tickets start at $25. Rio Bravo, 6450 Powers Ferry NW, Sandy Springs, 30339. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to or call 770-580-9342.


Moscow Nights & Golden Gates Sunday, August 2, 4 p.m. – This live dance

and music performance brings to life the stories and traditions of Old Russia. Utilizing traditional Russian folk instruments, dances and vocals, this event is suitable for audiences of all ages. Buffet- style dinner follows the concert in the Fellowship Hall. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to or call 770-394-0675.

Concerts by the Springs Sunday, August 2, 7-8:30 p.m. – Local band

The Return performs, part of the Sandy Springs Concerts by the Springs series at Heritage Green. This Beatles tribute band is a lively throwback to original songs and is known for their resemblance to the original band members. In its 19th year, this annual concert series is held one Sunday evening each month through September. Free and open to the public. Suitable for all ages. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go online to or call 404-851-9111.

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out & about A legacy of art at Spruill BY ISADORA PENNINGTON “Everything will be OK,” proclaims the big, bold sign on the old seed house at the corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Meadow Lane Road.


The famous mural on the Spruill property by Jason Kofke.

The simple mural was originally painted by local artist Jason Kofke at the Spruill homestead for the 2009 Emerging Artists exhibit. The message has since become a staple of the Spruill ideology, an arts organization which by all accounts is indeed doing just fine. On August 8, the Spruill Gallery and Historic Home will open its doors from 1 to 4 p.m. for a party to cel-

ebrate the 40th anniversary of the Spruill Center for the Arts. The exhibition, juried by Saskia Benjamin of ART PAPERS, features works made by students and faculty at the Spruill Center for the Arts. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, glass, metalwork and encaustics, and reflects the variety of courses available at the center. The Aug. 8 event will feature live music, art activities, chalk murals, food, beverages and 100 works by 71 artists on display. The Spruill Gallery is located in a quaint Victorian building known as the Spruill Homeplace in Dunwoody. Originally built as a home for the Spruill family in the 1860s, the building has gone through its fair share of changes throughout the years. In 1993, the building was relocated to the prominent corner where it now sits and opened as an art gallery and gift shop. Just over a mile down the road from the Gallery is the Spruill Center for the Arts. The center occupies one wing of the building which also houses the Dunwoody Library and Stage Door Players. The long hallway of the center is lined with students’ artwork, and during the summer months, the walls are usually plastered with art by students in summer


Robert Kinsey, CEO of the Spruill Center for the Arts, is an avid art lover.

camp. Groups of energetic and chattering kids file down the hall between activities while adults work studiously in quiet classes in adjoining rooms. Because classes are not accredited and the students don’t work toward any degrees, there are no final exams, there’s no pressure, and the students who participate have a genuine love for making art. Classes are offered at a variety of times during the week and throughout the weekend. The center works with the gallery to put together an annual exhibition of works by students and faculty in the Spruill homestead. Robert Kinsey, CEO of the Spruill Center for the Arts for nearly 12 years, has a deep affinity for the institution. “The people who are here want to be here,” he said of the center’s students. Kinsey himself has a fairly eclectic and varied taste in art. His office walls are covered in artwork, many of which he has purchased from students. Though his background prior to working with the center was in the corporate world, art has been a large part of Kinsey’s life for many years. A client he knew who worked at IBM decided to change careers and open a gallery in Buckhead, an act

that inspired Kinsey to begin collecting. “I’ve grown to be a little bit of an art addict,” he laughed, glancing around his office and all the artwork on the walls. It is not only Kinsey who has benefited from being among artists and artwork in his career. Clare Callahan, the marketing and PR coordinator for the center, has also found artistic inspiration at work. “It’s a wonderful place to work,” Callahan gushed. “It’s a wonderful place to be.” Since she started working at the center last year, she has stepped outside of her comfort zone and has taken a variety of art classes from calligraphy to glasswork. Callahan’s role has expanded to include social media, catalogues, promotions and most recently, a new website. “Most people who know about us have heard about us from someone else,” she said, but in today’s world it’s also necessary to keep with the times and modern technology. Events like the annual Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition in August provide another important avenue through which the Spruill Center and Gallery promote themselves and engage with the community. Jennifer Price, director of the Spruill

The Spruill Gallery is located at 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody and can be reached at 770-394-4019. At left, Amy Rowe works on her hand-sculpted artwork in a classroom. At right, work by kids currently taking art classes is on display in the hall.

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Above, gallery director Jennifer Price. At top right, the Spruill Gallery as it appears today. Bottom right, the current show features works by 71 local artists.

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Other yearly events include the Jewelry Market, Pottery & Art Sale, Ceramic Bowl Sale, Holiday Artist Market, in addition to a number of gallery exhibitions. For more information on the Spruill Center for the Arts, the Spruill Gallery, and their upcoming events go online to their website at

Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition When: Through Aug. 8 Where: Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. Admission is free.

Here are the winners of the 2015 student and faculty juried art show:

• Best in Show - Lauren Adams, painting instructor; Lace Collar, acrylic • Best Instructor - Kathy Walton, sculpture instructor, String Side Chair, recycled steel • Best Student - Lucy Pittman, painting student, Oignons de Printemp, oil • Honorable Mention - Sharon Weiss, pastel instructor, Gala Occasion, pastel • Honorable Mention - Martha Fitzmier, metalsmithing student, Serving Spoon with Snapdragon Tessellation Handle, sterling silver • Honorable Mention - Joan Weiss, painting student, Fiori a Metri, acrylic • People’s Choice - Renee Adams, metalsmithing student, Polka Dot Passion, silver & copper bimetal, amethyst

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Until recently, the shopping center storefront housed an arts and crafts shop. But this summer, it’s home to a different sort of art and creation. The “Discover DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side” exhibit currently on display at the Perimeter Pointe shopping center in Dunwoody shows reproductions or models of works by the two Renaissance artists side by side. Mark Rodgers, the exhibit’s director, says many people don’t realize Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci lived at about the same time. Rodgers said the idea of displaying the works of the two artists together was his idea. He said the exhibit is trying to look at the Renaissance from a “whole artist perspective.” “We want everyone that comes to the exhibit to not only reflect on what these two men did in their lives, but we want to inspire each individual to discover their own ‘inner DaVinci and inner Michelangelo’ to bring their lives to the next level,” Rodgers said. “That is truly the message.” Genius Productions, a nonprofit company based in St. Louis, brought the exhibit to Dunwoody, which is the final stop on the exhibit’s journey across North America. It has been displayed over the past 4 1/2 years at locations in Los Angeles, Denver, St. Louis and Bradenton, Fla., Rodgers said. At the end of October, the exhibit is scheduled to return to its home at the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, he said. Included in the exhibit are licensed reproductions of the artists’ works and models of machines based on drawings. At the exhibit, visitors will see a casting of Michelangelo’s Pieta as well as one of the head of the statue of David. Visitors also will find over 60 hand-

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crafted models of DaVinci’s inventions. The models are interactive and visitors are invited to use them and see how they work. There is also a special children’s area where kids are invited to rebuild a model of DaVinci’s portable footbridge or color paintings by Michelangelo. The exhibit can be experienced through a docent-guided tour or audio tour available on smartphones. Both are included in the price of admission. Videos that elaborate on certain aspects of the exhibit are also played throughout the day. Rodgers said that although the artists were born more than five centuries ago, modern visitors could relate to their work. “After you study their story, everything they said and everything they did relates to our lives today,” he said.


These ‘buddies’ bond over a good book BY MARY HELEN KELLY Last spring, Les Fuchs dropped by principal at a school, finds volunteers, Lake Forest Elementary School one day coordinates the schedule, and works every week. The retired Delta Air Lines with the students the school identifies as pilot would meet fourth grader Sair Bacandidates for the program. nos, and the two of them would head to The program currently operates at the school library to read during the stuLake Forest Elementary and Ison Springs dent’s lunch period. Elementary. The program is looking to Fuchs read aloud expand next year. To from “James and volunteer or learn The Giant Peach,” by more, contact the Do you know an organization or Roald Dahl, a book Sandy Springs Eduindividual making a difference Sair chose at the start cation Force at: sanin our community? Email of the spring ter. Fuchs would read as Sair ate lunch. This year marked As they worked through the book, Fuchs’ first experience with the program. Fuchs would ask questions: Did Sair He came to look forward to the weekly know the meaning of difficult words? meetings. He said he wasn’t sure exactDid he know the location of events from ly how he and Sair had been paired, but the story? If not, Fuchs would explain having a granddaughter the same age as the words or identify the places. the student helped him relate to the boy. “I love to read myself. And it makes Fuchs said the program is about more a huge difference in a young person’s life than just reading. It is also about the volif they develop a love of reading,” Fuchs unteers’ interactions with the students said. and “helping them to develop an appreThe two were paired through the ciation and love of reading.” He said he Reading Buddies program created by gained as much from the experience as the Sandy Springs Education Force. Sair did. Through the program, a volunteer reads Fuchs recalls one day where part of with a student for 30 minutes every the story took place in England. Fuchs week. grabbed a globe and showed Sair the reThe SSEF brings the program to a lationship between Atlanta and England

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for her three children. They had attended Sarah Smith Elementary, their neighborhood school, and “I was not an unhappy parent.” But she liked the size of the academy and what it stood for, she said, so she enrolled her children. “Having three children, it was a big decision for us,” she said, “but it’s been very positive.” Her children tell her they enjoy school. “When I would pick up my kids from car pools, all three of them were fighting to tell me about their day,” she said. “In the past, it would be like, ‘What did you do in school today? What did you learn today?’ ‘Nothing.’ ... “They’ve all enjoyed learning about the classics and learning through the classics. I think it’s been challenging for them. All three tell me they love school. How many kids say that?” The academy completed its first year of operation in May and is preparing for its second year. “We had a good first year,” Kirby said. “We got a lot of things right and we learned a ton.” The student body will grow from the 486 enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade last year to 540 as the school adds a ninth grade. Eventually, it will provide all 12 grades and enroll about 700 students. Kirby said the school has 1,400 names on its waiting list. “Our enrollment comes from all over the city of Atlanta,” Kirby said. “I was pleased with the number of folks who knew about the school. The word is out. People are eager for choices.” Kirby, who owns and operates a group

of restaurants, says he got interested in the idea for a classic charter school in Atlanta when he started thinking about his own children’s education. His employees gave him an idea of the kind of graduates local schools produced. “I know what it looks like when you’re limited by your education,” he said. The school’s board members recruited Moore, an expert on charter startups and former principal of a similar school in Colorado, to run the Atlanta school. Kirby and Moore said their children now attend the Atlanta academy. In addition to being taught academic subjects, they will learn about character at the academy, Kirby said. Where most schools leaders talk about college and careers, “we view things a little bit differently,” he said. “A major goal, we think, of education is for adults to raise the eyes of their students to things that are noble and good, and not base and narcissistic. It’s about hope and high expectations.” The school’s emphasis on “making good citizens and educating thoughtful citizens” is part of what convinced Meredith Batemen, the other co-chair of the PTCA, to enroll her children in the school. “It spoke to me,” she said. “I absolutely believe in the U.S. Constitution and I feel our Founding Fathers are revered at the Classical Academy.” These days, Kirby said, the academy offers a different way of looking at things. “This is what schools were a couple of generations ago,” Kirby said. “And interestingly, it seems to be in high demand.”

Local schools reopen in August. Here are their starting dates. Aug. 5 – Atlanta Public Schools Aug. 7 – St. Pius X Catholic School Aug. 10 – Atlanta Jewish Academy; DeKalb County schools; Fulton County schools, St. Jude The Apostle Catholic School; Weber School Aug. 11 – Atlanta International School Aug. 12 – Atlanta Girls’ School; Holy Spirit Preparatory School; Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

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Buckhead Police Blotter From police reports dated June 21 through July 11

 2000

block of Old Georgian Terrace—A resident was putting air in his bike tire when two men approached him from behind, one placed a handgun to his head and demanded all that he had. When the victim’s partner heard noises and came outside, the suspects ran off with the man’s wallet and cellphone.

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.

ROBBERY block of West Paces Ferry Road NW—A carjacking was reported where a man armed with a screwdriver approached a driver who was sitting inside his white Chevy Trailblazer. The man with a screwdriver asked the driver how to get out of the parking deck. The man tried opening the driver-side door and then punched the driver as he got out of his car. The driver said he saw the man sitting in another vehicle when he entered the parking deck. Police said the man also broke the window on another vehicle in the parking deck prior to the carjacking. A silk jacket and immigration papers were also taken with the vehicle.

 1500

 1400

 100

block of Blackland Road—The resident was sitting inside his garage smoking a cigar when two men approached from the left side of his house, pointed guns at his head and asked who else was in the house. When he said his girlfriend was in the house, the men led the resident inside and made them lie face down in a room while they collected items to steal. The woman said the suspects took her into a closet, rubbed about her body and penetrated her vagina with their fingers. A Chopard Happy Sport white/gold stainless steel watch, a Rolex steel and yellow-fluted gold bezel watch, a Jubilee bracelet with black dial and a Taurus .410 Judge firearm were taken.

 1700

Peachtree Street—A carjacking was reported when a man approached a woman as she was exiting her blue 2003 Dodge Ram and demanded her keys. She fell backward and the suspect pulled out brass knuckles, ordered her not to move, entered her vehicle and drove west on 25th Street. The same suspect entered the Chevron at 1545 Northside Drive and removed three packs of beer from a cooler and left without paying. When the clerk confronted the suspect, he pulled

what appeared to be the “handle of a gun.” When the clerk retreated inside the store and attempted to lock the door, the suspect followed and continued to pull on the door. The suspect left when he was unable to gain entry back into the store.  3300

block of Peachtree Road—A man walking through the mall parking lot was pushed from behind. When he turned around, a man was standing there with his right hand behind his back, demanding the man’s wallet and cellphone. “Don’t test me, I’ll shoot you,” the man said to the victim, who then dropped his wallet and phone on the ground and took off running.

 3500 block of Peachtree Road—A woman

was waiting for her husband to back out of a parking space at Phipps Plaza when she was approached by a man wearing a red hoodie. He demanded “give me the purse” and after she did, he ran back to a white Mitsubishi Galant with three other men in the car. The woman tried to follow the men in the car, but lost them when they turned onto Ga. 400 northbound.

 2200 block of Lenox Road—Two men ap-

proached a man as he unlocked the door to his apartment. One of them pointed a handgun at the resident and took his backpack, keys and cellphone. They left in a white Mitsubishi Galant.

 2500 block of

Bolton Road—The victims were standing outside their vehicles talking when they were approached by a male armed with a handgun. The suspect entered the victims’ vehicle that was left with the keys inside and fled the scene.

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block of Chattahoochee Avenue— Four men dressed in dark clothing approached a couple as they were walking. Without uttering any words, the suspect stabbed one person in the abdomen above his naval and also on the left side of his rib cage. The second person was stabbed on the left side of his rib cage.

 1500 block of Chattahoochee Avenue—

A man was walking to the bus stop when another man grabbed his neck from behind and tried to grab his wallet. When a struggle ensued, the suspect pulled a knife and cut the man on the right side and took his wallet.

 2100 block of Hills Avenue—A white van

(possibly Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country) stopped in front of a pedestrian and a man with a handgun got out of the passenger side and demanded the man’s things. The suspect took the victim’s Apple iPhone 5 and approximately $100 in cash. The suspect’s vehicle was spotted in the area of Nancy Creek Road, but the officer was unable to catch up to it.

 3200

block of Mathieson Drive—A man walking northbound on Mathieson Drive was approached by a car exiting a parking lot. Two men armed with handguns got out of the car and forced the victim back into the parking lot, where they demanded he pull down his pants and put his shirt over his head. The men took a Samsung Galaxy 4 cellphone and a wallet that contained miscellaneous cards and then ran back to their vehicle.

 2800

block of Peachtree Road—A man entered a restaurant and asked to use the restroom. When he came out, he was wearing a mask and holding a black/silver handgun. “Give me the money,” he demanded. When the employees complied and gave him money from the register and tip jar, he demanded money from each person. As each person handed him their wallet, he removed the money and returned the wallet. He ran out and headed eastbound on Rumson Road.

 1600 block of Monroe Drive—A man en-

tered a bank and lingered around before exiting. The same man returned and handed a

teller a note that read “ROBBERY 20’s, 50’s, 100’s NO ALARM.” After reading the demand note, the teller began to yell “robbery,” upsetting the suspect. He snatched the “demand note” from the teller and ran out the door without obtaining any money. He did not produce a weapon nor make any statements about a weapon during the robbery.  1500

block of Monroe Drive—Two men dressed as construction workers entered a cellphone business and asked about purchasing phones. When one of the suspects asked for “Melany,” an employee said she was entering the business. Once inside, the suspects pulled handguns and demanded the victims go to a back room. Once inside, the suspects zip-tied up all the employees with the exception of “Melany.” The suspect demanded she open all the safes or people would be harmed. The safes containing phones were opened one by one and the contents emptied into black and green bags. After obtaining items from the safes and $800 in cash, the suspects also took the victims’ cellphones, jewelry, keys, wallets and purses.


block of Bellemeade Avenue—The suspect entered the victim’s residence, hit her in the head with a soda bottle and poured the contents on her. The suspect threatened to kill the victim before leaving the location on foot.

 5200

block of Alexander Circle—A couple fighting about one of them staying out late turned physical and a knife was used in an aggravated assault. During the argument, the suspect picked up a knife inside the kitchen and said “I will [expletive deleted] kill you. I will go to prison tonight.” The couple’s two minor children watched the fight and one of them phoned 911. A broken Lego set was observed lying inside the living room/kitchen area.

 2500 block of Piedmont Road—A securi-

ty officer was stabbed in the hand, back and wrist when he attempted to detain a shoplifting suspect at Target. The suspect was seen concealing items inside a back pack.

 3700

block of Noble Creek Drive—A man returned to his apartment to find his clothing and electronics damaged by his ex-wife, whom he has a restraining order against. She tried to stab him with a screwdriver and told police that he stole her car and punched her in the face, so she was getting revenge. She was arrested at the apartment without incident.

 3500

block of Piedmont Road—A man was riding on the city street when the suspect became angry with road rage and pointed a gun at him. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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 1600

 2000

block of Cheshire Bridge Road—A man was struck in the head with a beer bottle after he asked the suspect to move. Emergency medical services arrived to treat the victim for a laceration to the head.

 1500

block of Chattahoochee Avenue— Two men were walking on Marietta Boulevard near Bolton Drive when they were approached by four men wearing all black. Without saying anything, the suspects stabbed both victims in their upper torso areas. As both victims fell to the ground, the suspects searched their pockets, removing an iPhone 6.

 4000

block of Roswell Road—A woman walking down Roswell Road with a friend heard a car horn beep and she was struck in the upper thigh with a water bottle. The suspect vehicle sped off.


block of Garden View Drive—Two Apple MacBook laptops, a pink ring, a silver, light blue ring and an Apple iPhone 5C were taken.

 300 block of Peachtree Hills Avenue—An

Acer laptop, a Mac desktop, several Tiffany rings and a Bamboo tablet were taken.

 400

block of Lindbergh Place—Two MacBooks, two iPads, a Marc Jacobs wallet that contained $60 in cash, an ID and credit cards were taken.

North Pelham Road—A house’s rear glass window was broken. Two Apple iPhones, three Apple iPads, a grey HP laptop, a black Kindle tablet, a brown wallet that contained credit cards and a license, an Apple PowerBook laptop, an Apple iMac computer, a 27-inch Apple monitor and $150 in cash were taken.

 1300

block of Lanier Boulevard— A Kenneth Cole computer backpack, a Lenovo computer battery and charger cord, a Dell 6430 laptop, a Dell laptop, and a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses were taken. The alarm sounded and the resident checked the interior of the house and went back to his bedroom. When he heard voices, he discovered the theft and phoned 911. Tire tracks from a bicycle were discovered in the driveway and on the neighbor’s lawn.

 700

block of Amnsterdam Ave—A DeWalt pressure washer and a floor jack were taken from an unsecured back porch.

 1400

block of North Highland Ave—A house was broken into and a side rear downstairs window was discovered broken. An Apple MacBook desktop was taken.

block of Lindbergh Drive—A neighbor saw two men wearing all black and ski masks break in to an apartment.

block of Northside Drive—A master lock was removed from a public storage unit and a black Traktor sound board, a QSC PLX1104 Amplifier and a 42-inch LG TV were taken.

 400

 2000

 700

block of Armour Drive—A storage unit lock was tampered with and three dining room chairs, three wing-backed chairs and an Oriental rug were taken.

 1300

block of Peachtree Road—Several pieces of clothing, three belts, three pairs of sneakers, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, an Xbox and a Tempur Pedic bed

were taken from an apartment.  400

block of Northside Drive—A Sony Vaio laptop, a Mac desktop computer, a 50inch flat-screen TV, a LG sound bar, four pairs of shoes and a .32-caliber pistol were taken from an apartment.

 3500

block of Roxboro Road—A Dell laptop, a leather briefcase, a 50-inch Sony LED TV, a 49-inch Vizio LED TV, a MacBook laptop, an iPad, a Kindle Fire, a MacBook charger, an iPhone charger, a gold necklace, a Tenqa Bluetooth and a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses were taken from a house.

 3300

block of Arbor Gates—A 50-inch Samsung TV, a Dell touch screen Ultra Book laptop, a black PlayStation 3 and a bottle of Gucci cologne were taken from an apartment.

 400 block of Lindbergh Place—An apart-

ment’s back door was pried open and a 50inch Vizio TV, a Toshiba laptop, three Apple laptops, and 20 pairs of various brand name shoes were taken. When one of the residents returned from out of town, he discovered the spare keys to his black 2015 Volkswagen Passat and vehicle were also taken.

 700

block of Lindbergh Drive—A TV was taken. The victims are currently out of town and were unable to be contacted.

 2300

block of Parkland Drive—A Smith & Wesson .38-caliber Special and ammunition, two TVs, a Michael Kors handbag, a Tiffany & Co. bracelet, jewelry and an Apple iPad mini were taken.

 2400

block of Camelia Lane—A 35-inch Panasonic TV, jewelry and keys to a 2006 black Honda RTL were taken. The vehicle was later recovered at 1043 Grant Terrace, when patrol units attempted to stop it and the suspects ran off.

 600

block of Garson Drive—A resident was inside the apartment and heard loud noises, such as the sound of his door being kicked in. No items were taken.

 1200

block of Lavista Circle—The suspects continually rang a home’s doorbell before going to the rear of the house and entering. When the resident phoned a neighbor, he saw a man walking from her porch and going to the rear of the residence. The basement was entered and bedroom ransacked; no items were taken.

 3100

block of Howell Mill Road—Three rings, a hearing aid and $450 in cash were taken from an apartment.

 200

block of Colonial Homes Drive— An Asus laptop, a Sony PS4 game system, a Lenovo 580Y laptop and a set of JBL speakers were taken from an apartment.

 600

block of Phipps Boulevard—A 14-carat necklace, a silver diamond bracelet and $80 in currency were taken.

 2300 block of Lakeshore Crossing—A 50-

inch Samsung TV, a Michael Kors purse, a Chase credit card, a Veridian Credit Union card, cash and coins were taken from a house.


block of Howell Mill Road—A concrete block was used to break a side window. A security guard heard a loud noise and saw two men entering and leaving the location with computers in hand. Five additional suspects also entered and removed computers. Three keyboards and a mouse left at the scene were processed for prints. The suspects fled the scene in a white Dodge Charger (unknown tag) and a dark-colored sedan.

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