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When Maria Venegas was a year old, her parents fled the poverty of Mexico to the U.S. seeking a better life for their infant daughter. Today, Venegas is a senior at Dunwoody High School. She works two part-time jobs, saving money to attend college. But in recent weeks her dream of earning a degree in sign language from Georgia State University has been threatened by President Donald Trump’s decision this month to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or See DUNWOODY on page 22 Dunwoody High School varsity cheerleaders pump up the Friday night crowd on Sept. 8 as the Wildcats battled the North Atlanta Warriors at Chamblee Stadium. The Warriors won the game, 14-0, but the Dunwoody crowd enjoyed tailgating with food and some catch football. More on page 13.►

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Nearly 300 trees along North Peachtree Road and Barclay Drive are expected to be cut down in the coming weeks to make room for two new baseball fields. The fields are coming to Peachtree Charter Middle School and adjacent to Brook Run Park as part of the land deal made late last year between the city and DeKalb Schools. Some residents living in the area, however, are upset the trees are coming down and worry that there won’t be enough of a

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The Dunwoody City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 was postponed one week due to Hurricane Irma’s predicted weather effects that night. The City Council meeting is rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m., at Dunwoody City Hall, 41 Perimeter Center East.






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The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is considering spending slightly more than $6,200 for an “Adopt-A-Stop” beautification project at the triangle located at the Peeler Road and Winters Chapel Road intersection. DHA President Robert Wittenstein said DHA has over the years adopted neglected areas in the city and used funds and volunteer hours to beautify them. Plans for this triangle would include adding $2,520 “creeping raspberry,” a year-round ground cover requiring little maintenance and much easier to care for than grass. Other plants planned for the area include Chinese snowball viburnum, tall bearded sweet iris, purple ice plant and pink muhly grass.


The 45th Annual Dunwoody Home Tour will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m. Four private homes in Dunwoody and nearby Sandy Springs will be open to the public. Tickets for the tour are available at www.dunwoodywomansclub.com/home-tour/ or from any member of Dunwoody Woman’s Club and at the following Dunwoody merchants: Blooms of Dunwoody, Consigning Women, Face Haven, Harry Norman Realtors, Southern Comfort Consignments, Jilli Boutique, Under the Pecan Tree, Lauderhills Fine Jewelry. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. In addition to the homes, this year’s Dunwoody Home Tour will hold two raffles: one for a

shopping spree at Lauderhills Jewelers and another for a decorative, one-of-akind wooden bowl handcrafted by Dunwoody artisan David Dalrymple. Raffle tickets will be available to tour guests on the day of the tour. All profits of the Home Tour and raffles are used to implement the club’s charitable initiatives.


The Dunwoody Homeowners Association did not have a quorum at its Sept. 10 meeting and could not formally vote on whether to publicly support or reject proposed plans by Grubb Properties to redevelop Perimeter Center Parkway East where the current City Hall is located. The DHA executive board and the developer have spent several weeks working on negotiating an agreement, said DHA President Robert Wittenstein. Grubb Properties is seeking to build three residential towers and an office tower at the property located at 41, 47 and 53 Perimeter Center East. Grubb Properties representatives presented its proposed plans for the 19.5 acres located behind the Ravinia complex off Ashford-Dunwoody Road to the DHA in May after several meetings with select DHA members and city staff. At the Aug. 6 DHA meeting Grubb Properties explained it has invested $38 million on the property so far and noted some of the changes they’ve made due to input from the DHA, including the addition of more green space and multiuse paths for cyclists and pedestrians to connect to Georgetown. DHA members at the Sept. 10 meeting, however, debated the percentage of rental versus owner-occupied units as part of the proposal. According to DHA’s requests, there would be no more than 1,200 residential units and the site will be limited to no greater than 300 rental units. If the developer does not achieve 50 percent owner-occupied residential units by the fifth anniversary of the first residential building’s certificate of occupancy, the developer will then pay $2,500 per unit of the units above the 50 percent threshold, up to a maximum of $750,000. The money would be deposited in an escrow account to be used to fund community-oriented projects, Wittenstein explained. The 50-50 percentage did not satisfy some members, who said when they last discussed the Charlie Brown development, Crown Towers, the City Council eventually forced that development to be withdrawn because some council members were not happy with a 50-50 percentage. DUN

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From left, Dr. John Pattaras, Chief of Urology at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital; John Mills and Ed Kennedy, members of the Dunwoody Champions Golf Association; Martin Sanda, Chairman and Professor of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine; and Melissa Childress, Vice President of Cancer Services, Winship Cancer Institute.

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Dunwoody Country Club’s senior men raise $220K for prostate research BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

When John H. Kauffman, the president and CEO of Kauffman Tires Inc., was first diagnosed with cancer in 2009, he traveled from his home in Dunwoody to Houston, Texas, for treatment. An avid golfer and longtime member of the Dunwoody Country Club, Kauffman decided he wanted to receive treatment closer to where he lived and also to support those doing the research and treatment in Georgia. He convinced the senior men of the club, also known as the Champions Golf Association, to begin raising funds for the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, according to David Anderson, chair of the John H. Kauffman Fundraising Initiatives Benefiting the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University at the Dunwoody Country Club. “Our senior men have raised funds for prostate cancer for more than 20 years. Back in 2009, John Kauffman, who was a neighbor and very good friend, asked us to raise funds solely for Winship,” said Anderson. After Kauffman died in 2013, the Champions Golf Association wanted to ensure his legacy lived on and unanimously agreed to name all prostate cancer fundraising activities in his name. This year the senior men raised $220,000, which will be matched dollar for dollar by Winship for a total of $440,000. The money goes toward prostate cancer research, Anderson said. Last year, the senior men raised more than $215,000. Activities to raise the money include golf outings and a major May reception with silent and live auctions. Next year will be the senior men’s 22nd year of fundraising, Anderson said. Some 20 men and women comprise a voluntary committee dedicated to fundraising to find a cure for prostate cancer, the most common cancer in American men. “Fundraising proceeds are used solely DUN

as seed capital for innovative research by oncologists and scientists working at Winship, the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state,” said Anderson. When research projects prove successful, applications are submitted for multi-million-dollar federal or non-federal grants that include support for clinical trials to advance patient care. “The funds we give them helps them raise more money,” Anderson said. Martin G. Sanda, Professor and Chair of Urology at Emory and Director of Winship’s Prostate Cancer Program, said support from the senior men of Dunwoody Country Club through their Kauffman fundraising initiatives has been “absolutely transformative” in advancing prostate cancer detection and treatment. “Pilot studies funded by the Dunwoody senior men have already led to larger federal grants that support the testing of new approaches to detecting and managing prostate cancer at Winship locations throughout Atlanta,” Sanda said in a written statement. The Dunwoody Country Club is located in Sandy Springs at the Dunwoody border. About 50 percent of members are from Sandy Springs and 50 percent from Dunwoody, said Anderson, who has lived in Dunwoody for 40 years and been a member of the country club for 30 years. The club is currently expanding its fitness center that is expected to take about two years to complete, according to Anderson. The club will soon tear down its current “cart barn,” where members park their golf carts, to build a new structure that will include a new cart barn and fitness center on the second floor. A temporary cart barn structure will be built until the new facility is finished, he said. “This is the result of a member survey in which members said they wanted more equipment and classes,” he said. “You will be able to do everything when the project is completed.”

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More than 100 people gathered at a recent International Club of Atlanta discussion group gathering in Sandy Springs to hear from a noted speaker with plenty of international knowledge — Michelle Nunn, CEO of CARE USA, based in Atlanta. Nunn, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 but lost to David Perdue, gave the crowd at its Sept. 5 meeting a general introduction of CARE, one of the longest-serving humanitarian organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty across the globe. Founded as the “Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe” in 1945, the organization helped the millions of people in need following World War II by organizing a program to send them food relief, or CARE packages, of U.S. Army surplus meal-ready-to-eat food parcels that included such items as meat, butter, coffee, sugar, egg powder and chocolate. In the 1990s, CARE changed its acronym to mean “Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere” to better encompass its mission of helping other countries. Nunn explained that CARE specifically focuses on empowering women and girls through human rights, education, health care, economic opportunities and other resources. Poverty can only be defeated when there is equality, she said. Recently CARE partnered with seven other humanitarian organizations to form the Global Emergency Response Coalition in response to some 20 million people starving in Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia as well as Niger, Uganda, Chad, Cameroon, Kenya and Ethiopia. Drought and wars contribute to the crisis, Nunn said.

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Teji Sahni, left, and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, father of Michelle Nunn, greeted each other during a recent meeting of the International Club of Atlanta where Michelle Nunn spoke about the mission of CARE USA to eliminate poverty.

Getting the word out about the global poverty is difficult in “the world of Donald Trump” where the news media is focused on his tweets, Nunn said, adding there are special challenges as a society to tell a global narrative. She also touched on climate change and said CARE “believes in the science of climate change.” “Increasingly we are seeing climate change refugees,” she said. “The impact is not theoretical.” Last year, CARE reached over 70 million people in 94 countries and by 2020 aims to help 150 million people overcome hunger, poverty and social injustice. While the numbers may appear troubling, there is reason to be optimistic because poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, Nunn said. Members thanked Nunn with applause. And for Teji Sahni, who founded the International Club of Atlanta in 1991, the meeting was more proof that such as club is needed, and important, in the world today. “The basic idea is we broaden our outlook,” Sahni said. “We go outside the narrow confines of our world and find that human beings are the same, but of different cultures.” The International Club promotes international ties and offers members social and intellectual settings that reflect its diversity, from a book club to bridge night to monthly “Curry Nights” where members visit the more than 100 curry-serving restaurants in metro Atlanta. Bill Bozarth, president of ICA, worked for IBM in the 1970s and 1980s, including a stint in Germany in the mid-1980s. “Other than the birth of my children, nothing in my life has had such a profound effect on me as the experience of living abroad,” he said. “My interests and perspective on the place of America in the world were forever changed. Subsequent jobs after returning with my family to the U.S. in 1988 brought me back to Europe on a regular basis. I stopped all that travel in 1995, and since then, have sought out opportunity to get to know like-minded people.” The discussion group, which hosted Nunn, is a monthly gathering where speakers from various professions share their thoughts on what is going on in the world and the U.S. On Oct. 8, the discussion group will host Jonathan Mann, who recently retired after 30 years of international reporting for CNN. “We offer a tremendous enriching experience – and it’s fun,” Sahni said. “This is not a networking group. Members are from all parts of the world and we intermingle with each other. This is really about learning from each other.” Socializing with people from different countries helps break down barriers and defeat prejudices, Sahni said. “I think ignorance dictates certain prejudices. When people discuss and learn from each other, I think that helps everyone,” he said.

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Keith Parker, the MARTA CEO and general manager who helped put mass transit back on the agenda in north metro communities, will leave for another job this fall, he announced Sept. 5. Now local leaders are expressing a mix of gratitude and uncertainty as they push ahead with that transit agenda – including key SPECIAL General Assembly proposals Keith Parker, MARTA’s CEO and general manager. next session. Parker, who is leaving to “Transit Master Plan” of priority projects become the new president and CEO of to take advantage of any funding that Decatur-based Goodwill of North Geormight come out those discussions. gia, spent nearly five years as MARTA’s MARTA’s board will name an interchief. In that time, he oversaw a finanim general manager while conducting cial cleanup – from massive debt to rea search for a permanent replacement, serves of more than $240 million – and MARTA said in a press release. In addiimprovements to service that also retion, the board has named a deputy generduced the perception linking MARTA to al manager, Arthur “Rob” Troupe, who will rampant crime. start work Sept. 18. Troupe arrives from Years of progress the infrastructure project consulting firm A politically savvy leader, he built reHNTB – one of the companies working on lationships with local and state leadFulton’s Transit Master Plan – where he led ers, whetting an appetite for more tranthe Northeast Division’s transit and rail sit. That helped to win landmark MARTA services. Troupe previously served as a depexpansion funding, including to Clayton uty general manager at the Washington County via a 2014 vote, and last year’s vot(D.C.) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. er-approved sales tax boost within the city Leaders react of Atlanta. The Atlanta funding, expectAmong local leaders, the loss of Parked to draw more than $2.5 billion over 40 er was met largely with caution that tranyears, could bring light rail to Buckhead’s sit talks will find a way forward without BeltLine segment and the Clifton Corridor the pioneering transit agency chief. out of Lindbergh Center Station, among Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has many other improvements. emerged as one of the north metro arParker also led the agency through ea’s biggest transit evangelists. Earlier new attempts at transit-oriented developthis year, speaking about regional transit ment with varying results; in Brookhavsolutions, he prophetically warned that en, the community earlier this year MARTA’s improved reputation could be rejected a planned mixed-use redevelopin trouble if Parker leaves. ment at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Sta“How long is he going to be here? tion. Local transit-oriented corporate deWill MARTA revert to its previous bevelopment has been more successful, havior if someone new comes in?” Paul such as the new State Farm office towasked at the time. er that is directly connected to the DunIn a written statement on the day of woody MARTA Station platform. Parker’s resignation announcement, Then there was this year’s fire and colPaul expressed the need for continued lapse of an I-85 overpass in Buckhead, good leadership. which Parker could see smoking from “By correcting many of its management MARTA’s Lindbergh Center headquardeficiencies, he has completely turned ters. The snarled traffic afterward was a around the perception of MARTA among watershed moment for Atlanta transit, the policymakers across the region, though and Parker was widely praised for MARMARTA has been slow to develop a regionTA’s increased service for the many new al plan for transit expansion,” Paul said. “I riders avoiding the disaster. hope the MARTA board will find someone Parker’s resignation comes at a cruwith similar credentials who can build on cial time for state and local transit planwhat Keith has done and develop a consenning. The General Assembly is expected sus around a true regional transit strategy.” next session to have unprecedented proFulton County Commissioner Lee posals for possible increased state fundMorris said that a “key player change ing of mass transit and of a new, regional that occurs in the midst of significant initransit governing agency. Fulton Countiatives always creates pause for thought. ty is attempting to quickly wrap up a

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Keith’s leadership has been terrific and his involvement with the Fulton transit study and the upcoming General Assembly session would have been positive.” But, Morris added, MARTA has good board and staff leadership, and “a growing group of legislators who know how important transit will be to the region’s future. So I am optimistic that the change will not set us back.” State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) has a wide-angle view of MARTA’s leadership question as a member of MARTOC, the General Assembly’s joint committee with oversight of the transit agency’s budget, and as a member of the new House Commission on Transit Governance & Funding. Taylor says that while Parker’s loss will be felt, there are other political factors as the General Assembly takes up a likely discussion on a broader, regional transit system. “My first thought — ‘Gosh, he’s going to be hard to replace,’” Taylor said. But, he added, “No one’s irreplaceable and the system is going to be there … But I think you’ve got some hard political choices to make … With more state funding [of transit] comes more state control.” MARTA’s immediate challenges, Taylor said, are filling Parker’s big shoes from a small pool of likely candidates, at least in terms of executives who have run large transit systems. He said the larger political question, however, is whether the timeline for hiring a replacement

wraps up by, say, year’s end with somegoing to be,” Taylor said. one who could participate in General But whoever is in that next General Assembly discussions. Parker has been Assembly session, Taylor said, “I think serving as an ex ofyou’re going to ficio member of the see more of a Transit Governance & move to expand Funding commission, regionally [bewhich next meets on yond MARTA’s Sept. 15. current threeOther political faccounty system]… tors have nothing to and I’m not sure do with MARTA’s leadwhat that animal ership, Taylor said. On looks like.” Asked the funding end, he whether such talk said, a big question is of a regional syswhether Atlanta will tem — maybe an annex the Emory Uniagency that could versity area of DeKalb supersede MARCounty and thus autoTA — could have matically provide its been a factor in newly boosted sales Parker looking at tax money to fund a new job opportumissing link of that nities, Taylor said planned Clifton Corhe doesn’t think ridor light rail. And so. STATE REP. TOM TAYLOR there are leadership R-DUNWOODY “I don’t think questions not only for that is the issue,” MARTA, but for the Taylor said. “He General Assembly and MARTOC itself. was not being looked at like a guy we need Taylor noted that state Sen. Vincent Fort to get rid of — quite the opposite.” (D-Atlanta), a fellow MARTOC member, State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) and state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) called it a “tremendous loss … He certainrecently resigned to make runs for other ly put MARTA on the right track – right offices. choice of words – going forward.” “I don’t know who the new faces are But asked about effects on the Gen-

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eral Assembly proposals, Millar said, “I don’t think so. I think it’s more of a governance situation we’re looking at anyway,” rather than funding models that Parker might have helped to sway. Parker’s exit “also calls attention to the fact of how important it is to have regional transit,” Millar added, and not just MARTA as it exists today with limited county participation. Fulton Commissioner Bob Ellis was another leader expressing caution about continued transit progress. “Mr. Parker has made significant contributions to MARTA, and his leadership will certainly be missed,” Ellis said in an email. “As the Atlanta region continues to grow, congestion and traffic will as well and it will be critical for smart and aggressive transit planning to address the current and future challenges we will face in Fulton and the Atlanta region. Despite a leadership change at MARTA, it is important that efforts like the transit plan that is being developed in Fulton and the work being done at the state level not be delayed.” In Atlanta, which already got the MARTA expansion funding it wanted, Mayor Kasim Reed expressed gratitude. “Keith set a new standard for the role of general manager,” Reed said in a press release. “I cannot compliment him enough on the terrific job he did at a pivotal time for one of the most important public transit agencies in the nation.”

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of land there, so that meant the Google Fiber hut had to be placed deeper into the park, much closer to a stream and Dresden Drive. The proximity to Dresden triggered community complaints about a fence at least 55 feet long front the street in a public park. The first hut is apparently being used, but when and if a second hut will be needed is not known at this time, according to a Google Fiber spokesperson. Google Fiber does continue to lease land from the city of Brookhaven for the Fiber hut in Blackburn Park. In addition to lease payments for the land, Google Fiber also maintains landscaping around the structure. The city and Google Fiber did not respond to requests for how much the lease payments are by press time. The Google Fiber hut in Blackburn Park is currently being used for operational needs, but what that means exactly a Google Fiber spokesperson did not say. Plans are still in the works to use the Blackburn Park Fiber hut in the future to serve customers in the Brookhaven community. Google Fiber announced in January 2015 that it was officially coming to Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Atlanta, Avondale Estates, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville and Smyrna.

The high-speed rollout of Google Fiber in metro Atlanta including Sandy Springs and Brookhaven has significantly stalled, although representatives say plans are still in the works to provide the internet service. “Google Fiber is currently available in over 100 residential buildings in the metro Atlanta area and in several neighborhoods in the center of the city. We’re working hard to connect as many people as possible, and encourage people to sign up for updates on our website,” a Google Fiber spokesperson said. In Sandy Springs, however, permits to install the fiber-optic cable stopped six months ago. “I’ve checked with our utilities manager and to date, Google has not provided any formal notice of delay,” said Sandy Springs spokesperson Sharon Kraun. “They halted their permits about six months ago. Restoration work continues, which ensures property where work was conducted is left in order.” Brookhaven city officials say they are not sure when the service will be provided in the city. “We continue to be in contact with Google Fiber. They have communicated that they are still very much committed to the Atlanta market including Brookhaven, but we do not know exactly when service will be offered,” city spokesperson Burke Brennan said. Google Fiber’s quest to offer services in Brookhaven hit a roadblock dating back to 2015 shortly after the rollout was announced for metro Atlanta when the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied its request to build a utility hut in Parkside Park. Google Fiber’s system requires a number of utility huts in central locations. In Brookhaven, the city had agreed to provide space for two huts in public parks. One is already built in Blackburn Park; the other was to be in Parkside Park, a narrow strip of green space running along Dresden Drive between Apple Valley Road and Parkside Drive. Former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis at the But it turned out that announcement two years ago that the city was one the city was mistaken in of nine metro area communities where Google will begin providing high-speed Internet connections. thinking it owned a strip


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Workers installed fiber-optic cables for Google Fiber along North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven in July 2016.

The nine cities were to work closely with Google to build a brand-new fiber-optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds throughout the service areas. It appears building that fiber-optic cable network was more difficult than anticipated, resulting in the slow-down of getting the service to these cities. Teri Anulewicz, the former mayor pro tem for the Smyrna City Council, wrote on georgiapol. com last month that Google Fiber repre-

sentatives told Smyrna officials that the “construction project is a large, complicated infrastructure project, and they encountered more challenges than they expected in many markets” including metro Atlanta. In July, Gregory McCray, the CEO of Google Access, which oversees Google Fiber, resigned following Google Fiber’s announcement in October 2016 it was stopping work in cities it was in talks with to bring their service. The average American broadband speed is 11.5 megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber is expected to bring metro Atlanta residents access to gigabit internet connections up to 1,000 megabits per second. Google Fiber internet plans cost either $50 or $70 a month; internet and TV plans combined cost $140 or $160 a month. -— John Ruch contributed.

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Commentary: DACA youths help make America great When a country declares education to be a priority, it demonstrates a clear vision of the path to a more developed society. An investment in education implies the development of the nation, it gives citizens the opportunity to cultivate their own minds and instills within them the capacity to be leaders. An investment in education produces conscientious citizens who are responsible for the role they are to play in a productive society and the world. In 2013, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announcing the Global Education First initiative said, “People today often ask about my country’s transformation from poverty to prosperity. Without hesitation, I answer that education was the key.” In 2017, on Sept. 5, President Trump announced the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program which offered opportunities for development to those who were brought into the country as children, a country which they know to be their native land where they have built their lives. The end of DACA will affect approximately 800,000 young people who have sought to reach their universal right to education here in this country. For them, DACA has been an opportunity to feel part of the only country they have ever known, not in the shadows but in the light. DACA is the face of María, José, Jorge, or Camila, who were able to walk free from the fear of being detained, or drive without the fear of being arrested. For many families, DACA has provided opportunities which have kept them out of poverty and all that poverty implies. These families, who arrived over a decade ago with the courage to seek out a better life for their children, learned to survive and guide their children through the complex process of assimilation to a new culture in the so-called “land of dreams.” In Los Niños Primero, a nonprofit organization that helps

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Since the new federal administration came into office, the government of Mexico has promoted the continuation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in order to safeguard the protection of thousands of young beneficiaries of this program, known as “Dreamers,” who make significant contributions to the economy, culture and society of the United States of America. Without any doubt, U.S. immigration policy is solely determined by American people and institutions. However, Mexico cannot ignore the fact that thousands of Mexican-born youths will be potentially affected by the rescission of the program. In the face of this situation, the government of Mexico has the moral duty to act, through diplomatic channels and always fully respecting the rule of law, to actively promote both with the U.S. executive and legislative branches a solution to the legal uncertainty faced now by DACA youths. The Mexican government, through our ambassador to the U.S., Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández, sent a letter to U.S. legislators in which he underscored the significant contributions of these Dreamers to American society and invited them to continue analyzing options to permanently solve the legal situation. The Mexican Government will keep an open and permanent dialogue with the U.S. Congress to support a solution. Also, we are in contact with Department of Homeland Security authorities to learn in full detail the implementation process of the measure announced on Sept. 5. Furthermore, Mexico will receive with open arms those young Dreamers that eventually return to our country. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has instructed federal agencies to reinforce actions that support these young people and make the most of their talents and abilities, as well as fully integrate them to our national economy and society. The Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta has the responsibility of protecting young Dreamers born in Mexico that live in Georgia, Alabama and most of Tennessee; hence, it will strengthen its actions to offer personal and comprehensive consular assistance to every Dreamer that asks for it, particularly legal advice and representation. There is a very particular danger of fraud from paralegals, “notarios” and false attorneys. We urge the Mexican community to keep informed through official channels and report any abuse. We invite them to contact us at informacion@consulmexatlanta.org; to call the Center for Information and Assistance of Mexicans (1-855-463-6395), a toll-free line available 24/7; and to download the free app “MiConsulmex,” which has an emergency button to contact any Mexican consulate in the U.S. Javier Díaz de León was appointed as the consul general of Mexico in Atlanta in 2016. He previously served as consul general in Raleigh, N.C., and as deputy consul in New York and San Diego, Calif.

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secure a place that was pet-friendly.” They tried a stop at a pet-friendly hotel in Valdosta, Ga., but found it unpleasant. So they aimed farther north and ended up at the brand new Residence Inn by Marriott in Dunwoody. The hotel, located next to the Spruill Art Gallery on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, just opened on Aug. 30 and has found housing Irma

Trees blocked roads and took down power lines as some Dunwoody residents spent hours to days without power after Tropical Storm Irma pummeled metro Atlanta with rain and wind Sept. 11. As the remnants of the storm hit metro Atlanta, many Florida evacuees were hunkered down in Perimeter Center area hotels and homes where they had arrived days earlier to escape the historically powerful storm’s full destruction. Some came here because JACLYN TURNER they knew the Some members of the Grant family of Naples, Fla., waiting out the storm included, from left, Josh Grant, Jennifer Goetzl, Jason Grant, area. Some simScott Grant and Lisa Grant, joined by dogs Cara and Tessie. ply found it a good place to stop evacuees to be one of its first missions. as traffic worsened and fear of gasoline The majority of cars in the Residence shortages grew. And all of the evacuees Inn’s parking lot sported Florida plates, wondered whether Irma’s strike on Atwith a few from Texas as well. General lanta would extend their stay in their Manager Joe Fallis said the hotel placed temporary shelters. orders for glow sticks, flashlights and a The following are the stories of three larger than normal food order. The hotel Florida families who spoke to Reporter also froze prices for those needing to exNewspapers while they waited out Irma tend their stay due to the storm. at Perimeter Center businesses on Sept. Shaffner spoke highly of the hotel for 10, the day before the storm followed its friendliness to pets, walkability to resthem to metro Atlanta. taurants, and general hospitality.

The Shaffners, from Fort Myers

As Irma approached their home in Fort Myers, Fla., the Shaffner family packed two cars and a small U-Haul for their valuables. They drove through the middle of the state, attempting to avoid I-75 because of the evacuation gridlock. “When [Florida] Gov. Rick Scott said this was the time to leave, we took that seriously,” said Sue Shaffner, whose group included her daughter and grandchild, adding the family had Hurricane Harvey’s recent Texas landfall on their minds. “After Houston we were thinking, we can leave, so we should. “We have a grandbaby and five animals between us, so we weren’t going to leave them,” she continued. “I don’t want to be rescued off the roof of my house.” The group averaged 40 mph on the drive into Georgia. “Gas was a problem. Only one out of 10 gas stations probably had gas,” Shaffner said. “We didn’t plan to come here. We were trying to get north of Atlanta, but with the traffic and conditions, and having a child in the car, my daughter was calling from the car to

“I just want to cry. [We] don’t even know these people, but that aspect of Atlanta has blown us away,” she said, recalling a server at a restaurant who gave the family her business card in case they needed a place to stay.

The Smiths, from Oviedo

For the Smith family of Oviedo, Fla., fleeing to Dunwoody was a natural choice. “We just decided to leave,” said father Omar Smith. “We used to live here and have family here.” Mother Christine said the family watched everyone else leave their street in Oviedo, which is near Orlando. The family placed sandbags out to block flooding, then left. It took them 13 hours to drive to Atlanta – more than twice the usual time. While they are able to stay in that family home in Dunwoody, the evacuation is taking its toll, the Smiths said. “We would like to leave Tuesday [Sept. 12], get our kids back in school and [get] back to work,” said Omar Smith. “The storm’s playing with everybody’s emotions, but it is what it is. There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.” DUN

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The Grants, from Naples

It took three cars and 18 hours for the Grant family – seven adults, two young children, three dogs – to flee Naples, Fla., for Perimeter Center. And a good thing, too, as that Florida city took a strong hit from Irma. Lisa and Scott Grant, the family grandparents, have been watching TV between supply runs to a local Target store, and managed a visit to the Georgia Aquarium to occupy their 2-year-old granddaughter. “We haven’t even watched the local news, we’re so concerned … and we’re worried about what we are coming home to,” said Lisa Grant. The grandparents learned that their home, eight miles from the Gulf Coast, had already lost power on Sept. 10 after a call to her home phone went straight to an answering machine and a video doorbell security device stopped working. “We could see the wind at 8:30 this morning through the video feed,” she said. The Grants were able to find rooms in another Residence Inn by Marriott on Savoy Road on the Dunwoody/Chamblee border. For Lisa Grant, it means facing her own uncertain future just weeks after she donated to hurricane relief efforts in Texas. “Ironically, I just gave a lot to Harvey, and now I’m paying for three rooms and food,” she said. “But we gotta do what we gotta do.”

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The mayor and City Council voted July 10 to spend up to $5.7 million for the design and construction of two new baseball fields adjacent to Brook Run Park. The amount is still significantly more than the original budgeted $4.3 million to build the fields but the council agreed the remainder of the money would come from the city’s reserves. Councilmember John Heneghan wrote on his blog that 296 trees are headed to the chopping block and that the city is investing in the latest lighting technology to hopefully limit light spillover into the nearby neighborhoods. He wrote he expressed disappointment that so many trees were having to be cut down, but added “that construction will be messy and much like the heartache of cutting the Brook Run Trail through the woods, with a few years of growth it will be a beautiful facility that the entire community can be proud of.” The new baseball fields will have ar-

buffer between the new fields and their homes to keep out noise and possible stadium lighting. “We are livid about what they are going to do,” said Elliott Rich, who has lived on Ellisbury Drive for 11 years. “It’s too late ... because the decision has been made already. It’s like the city is asking forgiveness rather than asking permission.” Rich said he just learned of construction of the new baseball fields earlier this month via Nextdoor, the private social media website for neighborhoods. The thicket of trees that can be seen from North Peachtree Road and Barclay Drive was surrounded by fencing on Sept. 7. The cutting of the trees and other preparation work was set to begin Sept. 11 but was delayed due to heavy winds and rain from Tropical Storm Irma. Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker said he has heard from a few concerned residents about the number of trees that will be removed to make way for the new baseball fields to be used by Dunwoody Senior Baseball and students at the school. He said the city will replace each tree cut down with a new one as part of its “no net loss of trees” policy established about seven years ago. Most of the trees to be cut down are hardDYANA BAGBY woods and pine trees Fencing poles and some fencing recently went up on North Peachtree Road surrounding a thicket of and crews will be doing nearly 300 trees expected to be cut down during what they can to spare construction of two new baseball fields. the trees, especially along North Peachtree tificial turf and will be the home for the Road, Walker said. 42-year-old Dunwoody Senior Baseball “This is not something we particularly league for middle school and high school we want to do,” he said. “We will be plantaged boys. The fields will also have rectaning one for one, either at the location or in gular overlays in the outfield so that PCMS right-of-way or at other city parks.” students can also use the fields for such


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sports as soccer during regular school hours. Dunwoody Senior Baseball President Jerry Weiner said he was surprised to hear there were some complaints about the cutting down of trees because construction of the fields has been known for some time. “I’ve not heard people upset,” he said. “If you look at the site, it’s obvious the trees are not able to stay. “Of course, we always want to keep as many trees as possible,” he said. “Given where the city chose to put us there is no choice [about the trees]. I would have loved to have other choices.” Walker said the ballfields had to be redesigned and shifted several times to fit into the 8-acre space to cut down on costs after a bid came in at more than $7 million and was rejected by the council. The new fields will include more parking, a plaza area between the two fields and a conces-

sion stand. Walker said plans are to have the fields finished by February in time for Dunwoody Senior Baseball league play. The City Council had been in private talks with DeKalb Schools for about a year before they voted in November 2016 to approve the land deal to swap Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields in Dunwoody Park to DeKalb Schools for the current Austin Elementary site and $3.6 million in cash. The current baseball fields are on 10.2 acres in Dunwoody Park. The new fields will be built on about 8 acres of green space at the back of PCMS that is now city property. DeKalb Schools intends to break ground next month on a new Austin Elementary School. The new Austin school is expected to be open in fall 2019. After the new school is opened, the city will then own the current Austin Elementary School site and early talks are of making that property a park.


New baseball fields will soon be under construction on the open field space adjacent to Peachtree Charter Middle School, part of which can be seen at left.

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HIGH HOLIDAY WORKOUT Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:45 to 9 p.m.

All ages are invited for Zumba and a Sh’Bam dance party at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Beginners to advanced welcome; open to the community. Free. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Register: atlantajcc.org. Info: Rachael Rinehart at 678-812-4022 or rachael.rinehart@atlantajcc.org.


Bring your flashlight for a guided, family-oriented hike and hear the sounds of nocturnal creatures at the Dunwoody Nature Center. The hike follows trails around the wetlands and returns about an hour later to the meadow, where hot cocoa will be served around a fire. Strollers not recommended. Free. RSVP requested: email holly@ dunwoodynature.org or call 770-3943322. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.

SANDY SPRINGS LIGHTNING 10K/5K Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. race start.

This 27th annual race on a fast, flat course through Sandy Springs neighborhoods is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier and kicks off the 32nd annual Sandy Springs Festival. $30-$40. Race day registration: Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center parking lot, 85 Mt. Vernon Highway N.E., Sandy Springs. Parking and other info: sandyspringsfestival.com.


Sunday, Sept. 24, 4 to 7 p.m. Free beginner dance lesson at 3 p.m.

The Grammy Award-winning Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band bring their traditional accordion, 70s funk and classic R&B sound to the Dorothy Benson Center in an event sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association. Tickets: $18; $5 students; $14 active military. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Cajun/Creole food for sale. 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: aczadance.org or 877-338-2420.

FALL NATIVE PLANT SALE Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members only preview: Thursday, Sept. 28, 4 to 7 p.m.

Azaleas, hazelnuts, ground covers, evergreens, veggies and a variety of butterfly attractors in full bloom are among the items that will be up for grabs in the Fall Native Plant Sale at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Greenhouse. Horticulturists and master gardeners will be on site. Admission is free to the horticulture area. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: 770-992-2055 ext. 229 or horticulture@chattnaturecenter.org.


Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 32nd annual two-day festival will feature art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade with prizes on Saturday at 10 a.m., children’s activities, classic rides, 10K and 5K races, a Battle of the Bands on Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m., a car show and a variety of food options. A new Heritage Sandy Springs exhibit about Jewish life and culture in the city, L’Chaim Sandy Springs, officially opens during the festival. Festival admission is free, for the first time in its history. Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: sandyspringsfestival.com.


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The Atlanta History Center’s celebration of Southern culture includes folk art, storytelling, demonstrations of crafts such as woodworking and blacksmithing, and acoustic music by The Whiskey Gentry band at the Smith Family Farm, a preserved 1840s farm. Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene,” will demonstrate open hearth cooking. Hot dogs, craft beers available. Admission is included in cost of general admission; free to members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Tickets and other info: atlantahistorycenter.com/family.

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More than 75,000 gently used books will be for sale at bargain prices when the Atlanta, Cobb County and North Fulton branches of the American Association of University Women hold their 58th annual book fair. Free. $10 admission on preview night. Lower level of the Dillard’s wing at Perimeter Mall, 4400 AshfordDunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Proceeds fund educational endeavors. Info: bookfairaauw.com.

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Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason in this classic crime mystery presented by Stage Door Players. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Schedule and ticket info: stagedoorplayers.net.

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Singers from the Capitol City Opera Company will perform highlights from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” in the monthly Dinner and a Diva program at Petite Violette restaurant. Appetizers and cash bar begin at 6:30 p.m. Three-course dinner includes a glass of wine. Reservations required. 2948 Clairmont Road N.E., Brookhaven. Pricing and reservations: 404-634-6268. Dinner and a Diva info: ccityopera.org. Continued on page 18

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Culinary and cultural historian Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene,” a memoir of his roots and the origins of Southern cuisine, will speak at the Atlanta History Center. Twitty was named one of “Fifty People Changing the South” by Southern Living magazine. $10 general public, $5 members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.

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Camino de Santiago is the collective name for a number of pathways that all converge at Galicia. Beck favors the 500-mile route starting in St.-Jean-Piedde-Port, France, and continues over the Pyrennes Mountains and across the width of Spain to the coast. This popular route draws about 200,000 hikers and cyclists a year. “You walk through a lot of tiny and medium-size Spanish towns on a paved surface, but about 70 percent of the trail is through woodlands, eucalyptus groves and vineyards,” said Beck, who first hiked the Camino in 2011, then again in 2012, 2013 and 2014. “It’s a moderate hike,” he continued. “It’s definitely not strenuous like the Appalachian Trail, but some parts are a little tougher than others. “If you’re relatively fit and don’t mind getting up in the morning and walking 12 or 15 miles a day for 35 days, you can do the Camino,” he added. “I’ve hiked with people in their nineties, and I remember walking with a lady pushing a carriage with her eight-month-old son inside. She was walking the whole trail.” Hostels along the way provide places to eat, socialize and spend the night. “After a long day of hiking, it’s great to get to your hostel in the late afternoon and sit and drink beer and wine with interesting people from all over the world,” he said. Beck started serious hiking more than 50 years ago when he and his best friend and co-worker, David Adams, decided on a whim to walk the 2,190-mile-

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Dunwoody ‘Dreamer’ rallies school community Continued from page 1 DACA, that protects young undocumented people from being deported. “I’m directly affected by DACA,” Venegas said in an interview while walking home after her shift at Eclipse de Luna on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. She also works at a local daycare. “Ever since [Trump’s] announcement, I’ve been on the edge myself, scared, anxious about where my future might go,” she said. Venegas received her first DACA identification card two years ago, when she was 15, and renewed it in May for another two years. The DACA program requires registration every two years. Each registration costs her and her family about $2,000 to hire a lawyer to register for the program. “Whether [Trump] takes it or not, in my mind I have one year to prepare for whatever is coming my way,” Venegas said. “My parents have lived here illegally for 17 years, so maybe I can do it as well. I want to be safe and have a back-up plan.” Venegas and her family have lived in Dunwoody for 11 years. She attended Peachtree Charter Middle School and said she “was always the odd one in class, the only Hispanic.” Because her parents did not speak English well, they could not help her with her homework

and she said she essentially was on her own. She also has two younger siblings and helped them with their school work. “What’s got me through is the many wonderful teachers I’ve had,” she said. But Venegas wanted to do something to raise awareness that a repeal of DACA affects not only people from somewhere else, but also people living in Dunwoody and attending Dunwoody High School. She helped organize a Sept. 8 rally at DHS where more than 100 students chanted and waved flags and signs to show support for the DACA program. “I just wanted to protest so people who are affected can see they are not alone,” she said. “We want them to know they have support, even in Dunwoody, which is primarily a white community. Sometimes people look at us differently because we are a different race or ethnicity. But we are Dreamers and we are not alone.” Venegas said she was brought to tears to see how many students showed up at the rally and protest. “I was just very pleased our community could come together for one big cause. It’s a very hard situation, to put yourself out there,” she said. Venegas said after the rally she received hate emails and students looked at her differently in the hallways. “This was the first time many of my

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Maria Venegas, left, and Farah Ulfat cheer at the Sept. 8 Dunwoody High School rally to show support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Venegas is a DACA recipient after her parents moved to the U.S. from Mexico when she was an infant.

classmates found out I was illegal,” she said. “People I’ve known since the second grade were pointing at me and now want to treat me differently because they found out about my status. It was very intimidating ... and yet I had a sense of pride. We did something. I’ve been calling it Dunwoody High School history.” Rachel Greenwald, a junior at DHS, said the rally was quickly organized online, “a testament to how students communicate now.” “I feel like not caring is a privilege,” she said. “In any high school, there is a vibe that you don’t hear about political issues ... it was reassuring to see our involvement in our politics. This is not just Dreamers and their families standing alone — we have members from other communities just as supportive of DACA.” Farah Ulfat, a junior at Dunwoody High School, held a sign that read, “I dream with the Dreamers” at the rally. “I’m out here because this is our generation,” she said. “In the future, we are going to dream, we’re going to build America, we’re going to make it better. If you send these children home, if you send them back, who is going to create … the future generation? “It is us who is going to support the future,” Ulfat said. “If you get rid of us, there will be no one to take care of America. That is why I am here. To stand up for all these people.” Venegas formed DHS’s first sign-language club after deciding to learn American Sign Language when corresponding via video chat with a deaf aunt who lives in Mexico. Because she is a DACA recipient she has never seen many of her family members still living in Mexico. “I wanted to be able to communicate with her,” Venegas said about the catalyst for the career she wants to pursue. A teacher at PCMS nurtured her desire to learn sign language and at DHS she formed a club that now has about 25 members. Venegas admits frustration and a sense

of hopelessness after working so hard in school to be able to go to college to learn her opportunity to do so may disappear as soon as next year if DACA is repealed. Venegas said she feels she is just as American as any of her classmates who were born in metro Atlanta. The DACA program gave her hope that she could one day live the American dream outside the shadows. “I’ve worked so hard and trying to do the most I could to be the perfect candidate,” she said. “And now our president wants to end DACA. The one thing giving me a chance may be taken away. ... To leave my future in someone else’s hands, it’s very upsetting and I’m angry. “I felt like everything I worked for could be discarded because a lot of people think we don’t deserve a chance for a better future,” she said. DACA is an executive policy implemented by President Barack Obama that allows undocumented youth with no criminal records and other criteria to register with the federal government to receive legal identification so they can, for instance, get a job. Obama implemented the DACA program in 2012 after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, which would have paved a path to permanent residency for teenagers and people in the early 20s and 30s. Many college and high school students who came out of the shadows of being undocumented to advocate for the DREAM Act became known as Dreamers. Trump campaigned on repealing DACA, saying it was unconstitutional. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this month said the Dreamers were breaking the law and stealing jobs from native-born American citizens. Trump is giving Congress six months to come up with some other kind of policy to replace DACA. Venegas said many of her teachers continue to encourage her to stay strong. “It’s great knowing we have support,” she said. “All hope is not lost.” DUN

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Sept. 3 through Sept. 10. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 3, in the evening, a man was arrested for trying to shoplift a pair of pants and a Michael Kors watch from a department store. 2000 block of Pernoshal Court — On

Sept. 3, during the day, a wallet with debit cards and ID was taken from a car. 2200 block of Pernoshal Court — On

Sept. 3, in the evening, a man reported his car was broken into. 6800 block of Peachtree Industrial Bou-

levard — On Sept. 4, a woman said someone broke into her car overnight. There were two cigarette butts left behind. 2000 block of Pernoshal Court — On

Sept. 4, a woman reported in the morning, her Ford Explorer was stolen overnight. 1500 block of E. Bend Creek Court —

On Sept. 7, a man reported that someone stole a gift card from his mail. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place —

On Sept. 4, in the evening, someone tried to steal an Xbox game and fidget spinners. 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 4, at night, officers responded to an employee theft at a department store. Money and merchandise had been recovered. 2000 block of Pernoshal Court — On

Sept. 5, a man reported his door lock had been damaged the previous day. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place —

On Sept. 5, in the afternoon, someone stole Coricidin. 1700 block of Kellogg Springs Drive —

On Sept. 5, someone tried to enter a car. 4500 block of Village Springs Place —

On Sept. 6, overnight, someone removed a work bag containing a wallet and an iPad from someone’s trunk. A neighbor said her car was opened but nothing was taken. 4300 block of Georgetown Way —

Overnight into Sept. 6, a tote bag and cellphone were removed from a car.

1700 block of Kellogg Springs Drive —

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

2500 block of E. Madison Drive — On

Overnight into Sept. 6, two cars were reported as illegally entered.

— On Sept. 6, at night, a man reported that a bag containing his wallet, driver’s license, and credit card were stolen from his car.

Sept. 8, after midnight, a caller said an armed suspect was inside his home with a knife, attempting to attack his father.

1300 block of Mill Glen Drive — On

2200 block of Dunwoody Crossing —

Sept. 7, around noon, a man said a backpack containing his Macbook and a medical kit were stolen from his work truck that had a previously broken window.

On Sept. 8, in the evening, a man was arrested and charged with simple battery.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 5, at night, an optics boutique reported that someone stole seven frames from the store. 4500 block of Kellogg Circle — Over-

night into Sept. 6, a man reported that two of his cars were broken into. block of Village Springs Place — Overnight into Sept. 6, a woman reported her car was ransacked overnight. Nothing was missing. 4700 block of Ashford-

Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 5, at night, a woman said her car’s rear window was damaged and a briefcase was taken. 1200 block of Ashford Crossing — On

Sept. 5, at night, a woman reported a laptop, various clothing, a tablet and charger were removed from her car. 4800 block of Topeka Court — On

Sept. 6, a woman discovered a key for a Chrysler car in the ignition of her Toyota. Overnight, someone had attempted to steal her car. They also removed items from her spouse’s car. 1800 block of Berkshire Pass — Over-

night into Sept. 6, a man’s car was stolen. Officers found it abandoned on Walbury Court. 4500 block of Village Springs Place —

Overnight into Sept. 6, a man reported that $85 in cash, a watch, checkbooks, his vehicle’s insurance card and credit card were taken from his car. 1800 block of Olde Village Run —

Overnight into Sept. 6, a woman reported a credit card missing from her car. 4600 block of N. Shallowford Road —

On Sept. 6, a man said his vehicle tag was stolen. 1600 block of Bethesda Court — On

Sept. 6, in the morning, a man said his BMW and Jaguar were broken in to. 1500 block of Chateau Club — On Sept.

Overnight into Sept. 6, a woman reported that someone stole $6 from her car. 4700

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 5, at night, a bookbag containing an Ipad was taken from a car. DUN

ford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 7, at noon, a man was arrested for shoplifting from a department store.


6, in the morning, a man said his wallet containing American, British, and Chinese currency was stolen from his car.

4900 block of Village Creek Drive —

4500 block of Ash-

Road — On Sept. 6, in the evening, someone walked out without paying for their meal at a restaurant.

4300 block of Ashford-

Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 7, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested for trying to shoplift from a department store. She was found with a tool used to remove sensors from clothing. 4600

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 7, in the afternoon, a man said his car had been entered. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 8, in the morning, a man was arrested for shoplifting. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 9, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested for shoplifting. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 9, in the evening, a woman was arrested for shoplifting. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 10, around noon, a woman was arrested for shoplifting.

4700 block of Summerford Drive —

On Sept. 10, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with simple assault.

ARRESTS I-285 WB/ Chamblee-Dunwoody Road —

On Sept. 3, in the early morning, a man was arrested and charged with reckless driving and speeding. He was going 110 mph in a 65 mph zone. Peachtree Road /Cotillion Drive — On

Sept. 3, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after causing an accident. He also violated open container laws and was charged with following too closely. Ashford-Dunwoody

Road/ Hammond Drive — On Sept. 3, in the morning, a 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license. 2000 block of Pernoshal Court — On

Sept. 3, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop. 1400 block of Dunwoody Village Park-

way — On Sept. 3, at night, a woman outside of a restaurant was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and received an open container violation. Ashford-Dunwoody Road / Perimeter

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Sept. 3, in the morning, officers responded to a domestic dispute taking place in a parking garage. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Sept. 5, in the afternoon, a woman reported that someone was making terroristic threats as a form of intimidation. 1500 block of Mount Vernon Road —

Center — On Sept. 4, in the morning, a driver was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license and registration and no insurance. 100 block of Perimeter Center E — On

Sept. 4, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and charged with soliciting illicit sexual acts. 100 block of Dunwoody Park — On

On Sept. 5, in the evening, a man said an employee was threatening him.

Sept. 4, in the evening, a wanted person was located after providing false information to officers.

1000 block of Potomac Road — On

6900 block of Peachtree Industrial

Sept. 6, in the evening, a nonviolent family offense was reported. 3000 block of Four Oaks Drive — On

Boulevard — On Sept. 4, at night, a man was arrested and charged with consuming alcohol less than 100 feet from a package store.

Sept. 7, in the afternoon, officers responded to a custody READ MORE OF THE POLICE BLOTTER ONLINE AT dispute between parents.


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