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DHA considers moving ‘Light Up’ event after Trust objects to tree and menorah BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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From left, Steve Chipka, Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, Chris Grivakis and Denis Shortal, all candidates for mayor, discuss their plans for the city’s future at a forum at Dunwoody High School on Oct. 11. The event, sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, allowed candidates to answer citizens’ questions without fear of interruption or rebuttal. See addditional photos on page 6.

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While candidates for mayor agree they support the “three P’s” -- parks, police and paving -- they don’t agree on the fourth, planned development. “We need smart growth,” said mayoral candidate Chris Grivakis, who called for a focus on the high-density development proposed in the Perimeter area of the city. “I think we need to do a better job prioritizing our projects.” Grivakis recommended putting some studies, such as on the Westside Connector proposal, “at the bottom of the list” in favor of sidewalk projects. But Mayor Mike Davis said he has worked during his term with the region and the state to solve the city’s traffic problems that stem from clogged major highways. Davis said the Westside Connector and other projects are long-term solutions. “We can’t add enough lanes to make up for that [congestion],” he said. “We have to work with the region and the state.” The candidates for mayor and City Council discussed their visions for Dunwoody during a forum held Oct. 11

at Dunwoody High School. Former City Councilman Denis Shortal, who is running for mayor, reminded voters he co-chaired Dunwoody Yes and advocated from the beginning for incorporating as a city. He promised to return the City Council to “open and positive ethical leadership.” Steve Chipka, a retired BellSouth employee who’s lived in Dunwoody since 1981, said his experience with Dunwoody government, including facing fines levied by code enforcement officials, made him want to run for mayor. “I’ve had good experiences with DeKalb, and the last three or four years I haven’t had as good experiences with the city of Dunwoody,” he said. He said in December he received a registered letter from the Code Enforcement department saying his grass was taller than 10 inches. “That is one of several instances that happened that caused me to say I think it’s time for me to step up now and take part,” Chipka said. District 1 City Councilman Terry Nall and challenger SEE CANDIDATES, PAGE 7

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is looking for a new location for its Light Up Dunwoody event. DHA president Robert Wittenstein said the organization is moving the annual holiday festival because the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, which owns the property where the event has been held for more than a decade, would not agree to display a 6-foot menorah alongside the lighted Christmas tree. “We felt those symbols should be displayed together,” Wittenstein said. The trust on Oct. 13 told the DHA it should not display either the menorah or the Christmas tree at the event. Trust co-President Dolores Lauderdale said that because some people believe a Christmas tree is a religious symbol, the trust had no choice but to ask the DHA to move the tree to another location. The homeowners group sponsors the Light Up Dunwoody event, which was scheduled for Nov. 22 at the Cheek-Spruill farmhouse, located at 5455 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Wittenstein said Oct. 14 that the DHA SEE DHA, PAGE 3

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Small school advocates prepare to fight BY JOE EARLE

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Dunwoody’s advocates of smaller school systems are gearing up to take their cause to state lawmakers again before and during next year’s legislative session. “I think this is our year,” State Rep. Tom Taylor told about 20 people attending at public meeting on the subject at the Dunwoody library branch on Oct. 12. “We’ve got this thing teed up.” Taylor, a Dunwoody Republican, and members of Georgians for Local Area School Systems, or GLASS, admit they face an uphill fight to convince legislators to call for a constitutional amendment to allow the creation of smaller school districts. “It’s a change of about three words [in the Constitution],” Taylor said, “but it’s a massive seismic shift.” Taylor’s legislation allowing a public vote on the amendment has repeatedly stalled over the past several years. Still, supporters aren’t giving up. Taylor and GLASS leaders recently hosted a pair of community meetings to try to stir renewed interest in the proposal. They encouraged people who attended the first of the two meetings to contact friends and family members across Georgia by phone and social media to campaign for approval of the legislation. “We need to reach out to all parts of the

state,” GLASS member Allegra Johnson said. She said proponents of the change need the backing of residents of areas other than Dunwoody in order to get the attention of lawmakers from other communities. She said she’d discovered that some state lawmakers care only about the interests of residents of their districts. “It has been an eye-opener to me to go down to the Capitol and be told, ‘You don’t matter.’” Johnson and fellow GLASS members Erika Harris and Evan Wetstone argued the change to allow smaller school districts was needed to improve education in the state. Smaller districts, they said, would allow more local control of the schools and better accountability. “It’s so much harder to hide things in a smaller district,” Wetstone said. Several members of their audience seemed to agree. “I think a smaller system is better for everybody, not just for Dunwoody, but everywhere,” Cheryl Christensen said. As for DeKalb County’s school system, she said: “It’s too big.” Georgia law now limits the number of school districts in the state to 180, Taylor said, which has created districts in metro Atlanta with tens of thousands of students.

Gwinnett County schools enroll 179,000 students and DeKalb County enrolls nearly another 100,000, he said. “What we have are large districts JOE EARLE that are incapaGLASS members Allegra Johnson and Erika Harris ble of meeting the and Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) discuss plans for needs of students,” renewing efforts to amend the state Constitution Harris said. to allow creation of new school districts. Not everyone was convinced. “I Dunwoody Homeowners Association and just don’t know that independent school a former Dunwoody City Councilman, systems are the solution,” said Rebekah said proponents should think how best to Morris, an English teacher at Cross Keys sell the idea in other parts of the state. He High School in Brookhaven, asked how said the backers of small school systems creating a school system in Dunwoody need to show their communities could would affect other students, especialpull out of larger school systems without ly poorer students, in the rest of DeKalb hurting them financially. County. “I think a better answer,” Wittenstein “If you’re not a part of DeKalb, you’ll said, “might be legislation that puts a burjust worry about Dunwoody,” she said. den on the [new] school system to help “Could there be a way for the bill to recushion the blow, so folks in other parts quire that independent school systems inof the county and other parts of the state clude some low-income kids?” will be comfortable that we’re looking out And Paul Maner predicted Taylor’s bill for everybody.” would never win approval in the state LegTaylor said lawmakers were looking at islature. “I see pigs flying first,” he said. how a new school system should be creat“It’s Republicans who have problems with ed. That legislation, he said, “is not about this bill.” education policy, it’s about the transfer of Robert Wittenstein, president of the assets.”

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City Council defers decision to name park on Pernoshal Court BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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After a park naming contest generated only 24 votes for the winner, Dunwoody City Council voted to defer the decision on a name for its newest park, which is currently under construction. The “Name Your Park” contest began Aug. 5 and ran through Sept. 30. The contest provided an opportunity for city residents to vote on potential park names or provide a write-in name, city spokesman Bob Mullen said. Dunwoody resident Kim Brooks spoke during public comment at the Oct. 12 City Council meeting to advocate the park be named after Mack Hannah, who had a long history of helping residents and the Mack Hannah Dunwoody community before he passed away in August. Brooks started a Facebook page called “Vote Mack Hannah Park – Do the Next Right Thing” and before the voting closed on the city’s website, the Facebook page had 339 “likes.” Hannah was a dedicated volunteer who sat on the sidelines of every Dunwoody High School football game to encourage the players, Brooks said. He also pitched in to help the city. “He put on his overalls and raked and shoveled and did what was needed for Cleanup Dunwoody,” Brooks said. Brooks admitted there would always be a “wisecracker” in any write-in vote contest, but the majority of those choices supported her campaign. “It’s really hard to do a write-in cam-

paign,” Brooks said. “There were 73 total votes for Dunwoody’s five choices.” The five potential names for the nearly 5-acre park were Pernoshal Park, Hightower Trail Park, Muskogee Park, Old Buck Park and Magnolia Park. Muskogee Park had the largest number of votes at 24, but the number of people who wrote in a choice or selected none of the given choices made up more than two thirds of the total, Mullen said. Mullen said during the two months the contest was open, the website had 800 visitors and 262 votes. Brooks said of the 189 write-in votes, probably 185 were for Mack Hannah Park. Brooks told the mayor and City Council that she filed an Open Records Act request to find out what the write-in votes called for, but that information was not disclosed. She remained skeptical of a contest with such a low response rate. Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said she has a problem with choosing a new park name based on such low numbers. Deutsch said she, too, wants to see the write-in votes “just because.” Brooks said during closing public comments, after the council voted to defer the park naming decision, that she wants to see the park named after “someone that most of us would aspire to be,” she said. “My intent is to honor a man who honored the community.” Councilman Doug Thompson said he would rather trust the park naming process to marketing staff rather than have the City Council decide. The new park when completed will be approximately 5 acres and it will be the largest newly built park created since the founding of the city. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

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DHA board member Stacey Harris shows a Light Up Dunwoody poster.

DHA looks for new location for Light Up Dunwoody event CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

had just begun looking for a new location for the event, but he was optimistic a new site would be found. “The DHA will look for another location for the tree, menorah and Light Up Dunwoody,” Wittenstein said. “Obviously, we have some work to do.” Wittenstein said the DHA board was looking for a new location before the trust’s board made its decision. “We had taken a vote of the DHA executive committee and we told them if the menorah wasn’t welcome, then the DHA was going to find another location for the tree,” Wittenstein said. DHA board member Stacey Harris said she and Wittenstein had received an email last year in which trust board members denied the menorah request outright. Wittenstein said during the DHA’s Oct. 4 meeting he was disappointed by that decision. “I wasn’t disap-

pointed, I was pissed off,” Harris said. “It’s the most offensive email I’ve ever read.” Wittenstein said on Oct. 14 he was surprised by the trust’s final decision not to include a menorah. In an email to DHA board members informing them of the vote, Wittenstein said he was “flabbergasted” by the response. “I want to express my disappointment and to some degree my amazement at their unwillingness to be more inclusive,” Wittenstein said. But Lauderdale said the decision was made in keeping with the trust’s mission of inclusivity. “It is their tree and they can put it anywhere they want, but we had to establish that we felt like we were excluding other organizations,” Lauderdale said. “This is a secular event and there are some individuals in the community that feel the tree is nonsecular, so we’ve had to say we can’t have any [symbols].”

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Nall, Springer seek council seat Dunwoody voters go to the polls Nov. 3 to choose among two candidates for the District 1 At-large seat on Dunwoody City Council and four candidates for mayor. The Dunwoody Reporter asked the candidates about their qualifications for office and their visions for the city’s future. Here are edited answers from the two atlarge council candidates. To see their full answers and those from the mayoral candidates, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.

Terry Nall

Occupation: CPA and senior financial services executive Elective offices held and previous elective or appointive offices held: Incumbent and at-large member of Dunwoody City Council since 2012. Previous community work: Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church as elder and Clerk of Session; Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts leader, treasurer and merit badge counselor; national board member for Presbyterian Church (USA) Investment and Loan Program.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to Dunwoody City Council? A: I seek to continue building “A better Dunwoody,” where quality suburban values are preserved and enhanced against the backdrop of balanced economic development that keeps our taxes low and facilitates our quality of life that we have enjoyed for years past.

Q: Why should the voters choose you? A: Running for and serving on City

Council is about having leadership qualities and a vision for the community. I have a proven track record of “Promises Made... Promises Kept,” as well as numerous other successful accomplishments, such as facilitating “dual accreditation” of our high schools as a backup to protect HOPE and other scholarships, as well as stabilize property values, when the DeKalb County School District SACS accreditation was in serious jeopardy.

Q: How do you see Dunwoody in 10 years? A: In 10 years, I see Dunwoody as a

city that preserved its traditional, suburban values with the added amenities of paved roads, an extensive network of sidewalks, fixed intersections that allow traffic of local residents to flow better, fields at Brook Run to serve our youth sports without fields today, and easily accessible shopping, dining and entertainment amenities in and near the Perimeter area. This is possible in 10 years if we keep a laser-like focus on our basic “needs versus wants.”

Becky Springer

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mestic manager Elective offices held: none Previous community work: Two years on Austin Elementary PTA; two years on Redfield Home & Garden Board; volunteer at Dunwoody United Methodist Church and lay speaker.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to the Dunwoody City Council? A: I have always been interested in the political landscape, whether on the national or local level. I supported Dunwoody becoming its own city because I felt that it would allow us to better preserve the integrity of our city. However, several decisions made recently are threatening to undermine that integrity. I see a void in the council’s ability to manage its people, projects and our money. Instead of the City Council, I think it should be called the “Citizen’s Council” to reflect the idea that our council members are there on behalf of its citizens. We need new blood on the council, a voice for the people, and a leader to negotiate and make sound financial decisions for our city. Q:

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side I-285. As the city grows, more people move here, and that creates more traffic, more apartments, overcrowded schools and a strain on our city’s resources. I believe that to preserve our way of life we need to have clear lines of demarcation on where and how big projects can reside. Is it appropriate to zone an area on AshfordDunwoody Road for up to a 16-story condo building that backs right up to a residential neighborhood? As a city, we need to be sensitive to the amount and location of multifamily units that are built in Dunwoody. The council needs to be protective of its citizens’ privacy and home values, while making prudent, logical and respectful decisions about commercial ventures in the PCIDs and elsewhere.

Q: How do you see Dunwoody in 10 A: I see a healthy, happy thriving city

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with a refurbished downtown, that looks

more like a downtown Roswell or Decatur, with more good restaurants and stores. Perhaps a destination place where friends and neighbors want to be on a Friday night with their children, eating, playing and shopping. We would be enjoying our new school system that was created by allowing us to have our own school district, or maybe we had decided to set up a state-funded charter school like Brookhaven, where in either case we were hiring our own teachers and setting our own curriculum. Crime would be greatly reduced, because we streamlined our police budget, hired the appropriate number of officers, and concentrated police patrolling in critical crime areas. Police presence is one of the best deterrents of crime. I have great hopes for the future of Dunwoody, but we need to have strong leadership to achieve our goals. We need to bring tenacity, integrity and accountability back to our City Council. UNDERLYING RATINGS: MOODY’S “Aaa” STANDARD & POOR’S “AA+”

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Q: What do you see as the most significant issue facing the city right now? How will you address that issue? A: The most significant issue addressing the city presently is one that really doesn’t affect citizens on a daily basis, however it greatly impacts the direction of the city over the next 10-15 years: zoning. Atlanta has experienced urban crawl over the last 20 years. Initially businesses resided downtown, until rental costs became too prohibitive. So, businesses moved to Midtown, then to Buckhead and now to Dunwoody and surrounding areas out-

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“Our two big issues are traffic and schools. I’m the one who has been walking the walk and talking the talk…and I’m the only candidate up here who has donated his own money to our advocacy group, GLASS.”

“We are at a critical juncture in our city’s history. If we don’t manage the Perimeter area properly and manage the density, the change will be permanent. Traffic in that area is already unbearable.”

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Becky Springer argued heatedly about allegations of corruption Springer made in a League of Women Voters of Georgia voter’s guide, which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published. Before the forum, Springer said she believes, “something’s going on behind the scenes,” in development deals, but she said she didn’t know for certain that anyone did anything illegal. Springer said she’s concerned about the John Wieland “PVC Farm” project, also known as Project Renaissance, and the State Farm project. Both candidates responded to a question asking Springer to clarify her accusation of council members accepting “kickbacks.” Springer did not provide evidence of wrongdoing, but qualified her statement as a reaction to development deals. “That is me looking at several deals the city’s made,” Springer said. She referenced the deal with Wieland publicly. “We basically take all the risk,” she said. Nall responded by saying Springer’s allegations of criminal activity are a “shame” and go beyond “political trash talking.” He said anyone with evidence of wrongdoing should come forward. During her opening statement, Springer said she voted for Nall four years ago in part because he promised a “balance of growth and development” and an “appropriate level of police protection.” She said the State Farm project and “rampant crime” show Nall has broken his promises to the city. Nall, who gave his opening statement first, talked about the “promises made and promises kept” during his term and highlighted his accomplishments, such as dual accreditation for all DeKalb County high schools and an initiative for more rigorous building code requirements of concrete and steel for buildings over three stories.

He said Springer’s campaign included two “patently false” allegations beyond her accusation of council members receiving kickbacks: that crime is up 85 percent over last year and that City Council zoned a 16-story apartment building off Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Nall said no new apartments have been approved in the last four years and the City Council removed around 1,700 planned apartments that were previously entitled by DeKalb. Concerning discussion about the police department, Shortal, a retired Marine, said he supports the police and wants more “boots on the ground” and “eyes on the target.” He suggested part-time officers and civilian patrol. Grivakis said he was astounded by a 39 percent increase in the police budget over the last two years. He said the police budget has gone up too much because of “too many supervisors.” “I don’t get why we don’t do citizens patrol,” Grivakis said. “As mayor, that’s something I will enact immediately.” Chipka said he doesn’t like seeing Dunwoody officers outside their jurisdiction when he hears about needing more police officers. Davis said he looks at two things when the police chief makes annual requests: the number of officers per thousand people in the city and the percentage of time the officers are unavailable when a call comes in to the police department, which is currently 25 percent, he said. Davis said he’s looking to technology, such as body cameras, cameras in parks and ways to use money for public safety that don’t involve putting more officers on duty. Davis closed by saying he wants to add a “fourth P” to the parks, police and paving trio. “Pay as you go” will help the city move forward without borrowing money, he said. PHIL MOSIER

City Councilman Terry Nall, left, and Becky Springer are both running for the District 1 At-large seat. The two attended a forum for candidates at Dunwoody High School on Oct. 11.

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“I think they should respond swiftly and sternly. We can’t afford to have yet another CEO that’s taking advantage of taxpayer dollars. Absolutely, he should resign.”

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ST R E E T T A LK Investigators looking into corruption in DeKalb County’s government recently reported the county was “rotten to the core” and suggested Interim CEO Lee May should resign. What’s your reaction to their report? Should May resign?

“If there’s any validity [to the report] it should be investigated and government has a civic duty to uphold it— to work for the people in the community they represent. Sure, [May should resign]. Anyone responsible and who is participating in corrupt practices should be held accountable.”

Michael Davis “I’m completely tired of the corruption in DeKalb County. I think it’s ridiculous. I think the position of CEO should be eliminated.”

Peter Pizzo “It’s unfortunate. ... [Should May resign?] I don’t know if he’s had a fair shake.”

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“I think we need to get some better communityminded people [into government]. I think we need to privatize the financial sector of government and leave the other half to public interest. [Should May resign?] I think there needs to be more investigation. It’s early ... but if things are discovered that warrant his resignation, at that point ask for it.”

John Morrison “[The officials should respond] with honesty, with sincerity and transparency. Nobody’s a fool. I think [May] has been doing a good job so far and he deserves a chance, and he should be given the benefit of the doubt for now. He’s making an effort to clean things up and improve things in the county.”

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Kate Burke grew up in Kentucky, where her mother made every Halloween costume she ever wore, she said. “We wouldn’t dream of buying a storebought costume,” Burke said. Burke, her husband, Wells, and her two kids, Owen, 5, and Margaret, 3, live in the Margaret Mitchell neighborhood in Buckhead, where every year her neighbors gather for a Halloween party before the kids head out to trick-ortreat. She said they love the festivities so much that Burke’s mother comes to visit so someone is home to hand out treats. “I want to do it all, so I have to have my mom man the door,” she said. Suburban Atlantans go crazy for Halloween. Families in neighborhoods spread from south Buckhead to Dunwoody North get into the spirit of the Halloween holiday. They celebrate with friends, organize cul-de-sac parties, bring in food trucks, and plan parades to supplement their trick-or-treating. In Brookhaven, the Redding Road neighborhood has someone who organizes a donation collection to help residents buy candy every year, nearby resident Sonja Greeley said. “They have the street shut down, and last year a person took charge of soliciting candy donations because so many people come to Redding. It was a polite gesture so everyone who lives there doesn’t go broke handing out candy,” Greeley said. And in Dunwoody, the Briers North neighborhood has become so well known for its Halloween celebration that the neighbors close subdivision streets from 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and won’t let cars inside. Drivers park at a nearby church that collects donations to benefit its school. Briers North resident Joe Bowen said he’s been decorating for more than 15 years and he’s flattered when people

comment favorably about the neighborhood’s celebration, but he’s nervous about attracting more attention. “The problem is that the number of visitors is at critical mass. That is not an exaggeration,” Bowen said. “The streets are so crowded (5,000 plus based on candy count) that it is difficult for volunteers to walk the streets.” Karen Siegel, who organizes the event and handles media requests, said Halloween has become increasingly stressful for the homeowners. “We are now at a critical juncture as the number of visitors is continuing to rise and is overwhelming our subdivision and stressing out many of our homeowners,” Siegel said. “Even with hiring three off-duty Dunwoody police officers to handle the outside traffic and over two dozen resident volunteers handling the inside visitors/children, many in our small neighborhood think it’s simply gotten too large.” Bowen said the neighborhood spends several thousand dollars for candy, and even more for decorations. Others see Halloween as a chance to raise money for charity. In Sandy Springs, Jeff Marcus erects an extravagant yard display to raise awareness of autism, a developmental disorder characterized by emotional detachment and impaired communication. He collects donations from passersby as well as online at Scareawayautism.com. He said last year he raised almost $20,000 for the cause. “It kind of just evolved because my daughter, who’s autistic, loves Halloween,” Marcus said. “My wife says it got out of hand.” Burke’s Buckhead neighbors start their party with food trucks at the nearby school, she said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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helps send boys to summer camp who might otherwise not be able to afford the experience. 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 770-451-5180. Chamblee Halloween Spooktacular Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Get a head start on Halloween with this outdoor event at Keswick Park. Visitors will enjoy a spooky fun house, hay rides, pumpkin painting, pony rides, a free costume contest at 1 p.m., food, music, face painting, bounce houses and a cupcake walk. Costumes are encouraged. Event suitable for all ages. Free and open to the public. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr., Chamblee, 30341. To learn more or to get involved, contact Chris Madden at cmadden@chambleega.gov or call 770-986-5016. Halloween Hunt Monday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. School-age kids are invited to the Brookhaven Library for a Halloween scavenger hunt. Equipped with a scavenger hunt sheet from the circulation desk, kids will solve puzzles and search for clues throughout the library, and winners will receive a prize. Recommended for ages 3 to 12 years. Free and open to the public. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Go online to dekalblibrary.org or call 404-848-7140 for additional details. Haunted Sandy Springs Friday, Oct. 30, 6 - 7:30 p.m. and 8 - 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 1 2:30 p.m. Take a walk through historic Sandy Springs with a spooky twist. The tour begins at the Williams-Payne House, where you can enjoy hot apple cider, light snacks and scary stories. Tour guides then lead participants to the original spring site and over to the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery. Tours last approximately an hour and a half. Tickets are $15 each and tours are limited to 20 people per group. Must be 15 years or older to participate. Go online to heritagesandysprings.org to purchase tickets. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. Have questions? Call 404-851-9111, extension 2.

GA Peach Trick or Treat Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 - 4 p.m. Join the GA Peach Authors for a literary costume event at the Buckhead Library. Authors Marissa Monteilh, Norlita Brown, Jade Jones and Marlon McCaulsky will be featured, and visitors can participate in a costume contest, enjoy trick-or-treat goodies and enjoy readings during the afternoon. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. Find out more at afpls.org or by calling 404-814-3500. Halloween Storytime Saturday, Oct. 31, 3 - 4 p.m. Ms. Leah presents a fun seasonal story time with related activities for the whole family. Registration is required and space is limited, so stop by the library during normal hours, email leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov or call 404303-6130 to sign up. Recommended for kids aged 3-7; free and open to all. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30328. Halloween at Briers North Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 - 9 p.m. Looking for a fun spot to bring your kids and go trick-or-treating? Look no further than Briers North, a quiet Dunwoody neighborhood that goes all out on Halloween. decorations. Rain or

shine. Free and open to the community. Suitable for all ages. Pets not allowed. Candy will be distributed from 6-9 p.m.; no admission to the subdivision after 8:30 p.m. No parking inside the subdivision, so participants are encouraged to find suitable street parking nearby. Brier North Road (off Tilly Mill Road), Dunwoody, 30338. Go online to briersnorth.org for more information and to see pictures from previous years. A Social Mess Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. Costumes, drinking and partying - oh my! The popular Social Mess Halloween Party returns for its sixth year to the Buckhead Theatre. This event draws thousands of partiers and promises an evening of top-rated DJs and adult beverages. 21+ only; no refunds. General admission tickets are $23 each.Group tickets can be purchased for $20 each, minimum 10 guests. 3110 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Go online to asocialmess. com to buy tickets and learn more. Monster Bash 2015 Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Join the celebration at a Latin and international Halloween party at Eclipse di Luna in Dunwoody. Returning for its 17th year, this party offers Latin and international music, a costume contest with $2,000 in cash prizes, drink specials and other giveaways. Ladies must be 18+ for this event; guys must be 21+ to attend. Costumes required. Admission is free until 10 p.m. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, 30346. Find out more by visiting monsterbashatl. com.

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These 11 dams could cause extensive damage should they fail The following list shows the current conditions of the 11 local “highhazard” dams as reported in state Safe Dams Program files. Unless otherwise noted, the owners of record did not respond to questions. Capital City Country Club Lake Dam, W. Brookhaven Drive, Buckhead Built 1925. Latest inspection information from 2014 indicates it is in good condition. Cherokee Country Club Lake Dam (middle lake), Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs Built 1966. Latest inspection information from 2013 reported some erosion that needed to be repaired. A 2010 inspection found erosion that “should be closely monitored.” Dunwoody Club Crossing Dam, Dunwoody Club Crossing, Dunwoody Built 1988. No clear inspection information on file. Lake Forrest Dam, Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs Built circa 1945-1950. The city of Sandy Springs is in the process of examining its condition. Charles Wilson of Schnabel Engineering previously expressed concerns about signs of a leaking pipe within the dam, but a formal exam was still pending. Murphey Candler Lake Dam, W. Nancy Creek Drive in Murphey Candler Park, Brookhaven Built 1953. Latest report is from 2012, reporting relatively minor maintenance issues, when DeKalb County still owned the park and lake. The city of Brookhaven did not have an immediate report on its current condition. Lake Northridge Dam, Northridge Road, Sandy Springs Built 1970. Latest inspection report from 2014 said the main dam parts are in “excellent” condition. The homeowners association said the dam is regularly

inspected by its engineer. Peppertree Lake Dam, Dunwoody Springs Drive, Sandy Springs Built 1939. Trees and brush removed this year from the spillway. A follow-up state report in July said the tree stumps should be removed and noted an unmarked and submerged drain. The report also advised against a request to place park benches in the spillway. Powers Lake Dam, Powers Lake Drive, Sandy Springs Construction date unknown. A 2014 report shows trees and brush were removed and an animal hole filled in. “To my knowledge, according to the state, our dam is in excellent shape,” said Donald Dutson Jr., the owner of record. Scott Candler Reservoir Dam, Peeler Road, Dunwoody Two reservoirs built: one in 1942; the other in 1953; dam expanded 2004. Latest reported information from 2012 called for relatively minor repairs and maintenance issues. DeKalb County did not respond to questions.

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Silver Lake Dam, off Ragley Hall Road, Brookhaven Originally built in 1911 and rebuilt since then. An inspection in May by Piedmont Geotechnical found some minor maintenance issues. Regular inspections say the dam is in “very good condition, according to James Gallo of the Silver Lake Civic Association. The state reported concerns about a “bolt-

ed cover” on an drainpipe, but Gallo says the pipe was never intended as an emergency drain and appears to be an old construction artifact. Tera Lake Dam, Burdette Road, Sandy Springs Built circa 1958. Latest inspection information on file showed issues of

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When record-breaking rains hit South Carolina earlier this month, the deadly floods were made worse by the failure of little-known dams on privately owned lakes. Many were built decades ago with dubious engineering and were monitored by an underfunded state agency that sometimes struggled to identify the dams’ current owners to order repairs, according to local media reports. Georgia dodged the historic rains, but has similar challenges with more than 4,200 dams. The state Safe Dams Program lists more than 40 dams in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, most built decades ago during a boom in suburban leisure lakes and still the responsibility of private owners. The state categorizes 11 of those local dams as “high hazard,” meaning that if they were to fail, the flood likely would kill people downstream. The “high-hazard” category is based on the size and location of the dam, not its current condition. Statewide, 474 dams are currently categorized as high-hazard. Some of the local highhazard dams are well-known and publicly owned, like the lake in Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Park. But many dams impound private lakes hidden behind backyards and possibly unknown to neighbors living downstream. When the state categorizes a dam as high hazard, the owners have 180 days to get an operating permit, which includes filing an assessment of the dam’s condition. But in reality, determining the ownership and condition of such dams can be tough. The Lake Forrest Dam on the Buckhead/Sandy Springs border is a classic example. The tree-covered dam is easy to miss even though Lake Forrest Drive runs right atop it. The state declared it high hazard six years ago, only to discover the dam’s complicated ownership tangle involving a homeowners association and the cities of Sandy Springs and Atlanta. Sandy Springs agreed to take the lead on assessing the dam’s condition and any repairs, which has turned out to be a slow and labor-intensive process. Currently, the lake above the dam is half-drained, with some fish removed by boat, which in turn required lopping down many trees. There is still no final report on the dam’s integrity. “It’s just kind of sitting on hold,” said Hansell Roddenbery, president of the Three Lakes Corporation, the local homeowners association. “We’re just not real sure what’s going on.” Sometimes, the state can’t find any owner at all. In other cases, local homeowners are entirely on the hook and can be taken to court by the state if they don’t properly maintain their dams. State records show homeowners actively

monitoring many of the local dams, but often at great effort and expense. Lake Northridge on Northridge Road in Sandy Springs is one example. Gordon Elkins, president of Lake Northridge Inc., the local homeowners association, said he was pleasantly surprised when he moved into his home to learn of the beautiful, well-hidden, 88-foot-deep former quarry turned into a recreational lake in 1970. “I was shocked because I had no idea…this thing was even here,” Elkins said. A far less pleasant surprise was the maintenance duties of dealing with “beavers, geese and a Class I [high-hazard] dam…It comes with a lot of responsibility, too.” The homeowners association contracts with a private engineer who inspects the dam three or four times a year, Elkins said. Inspection reports are posted on the association website, lakenorthridge.com. The latest, from November 2014, reports the dam’s main parts in “excellent” shape. State records on the 11 local highhazard dams show only one safety issue presented as significant, and it may not

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be a real issue. A “bolted cover” on an emergency drainpipe on Brookhaven’s Silver Lake Dam could have “catastrophic consequences,” according to an engineer’s report dated in May of this year. But James Gallo of the Silver Lake Civic Association, which maintains the 27acre lake, said that pipe appears to be a non-functional leftover from 1980s dam reconstruction and was “never intended as emergency relief.” Regular state and private inspections show the dam is in “very good condition,” Gallo said. While state records do not show significant issues with most other dams, the records range from formal engineering reports to personal emails. For some, the most recent information dates to 2012. Some files show the state cajoling owners for years to conduct maintenance. The management company responsible for the 76-year-old Peppertree Lake, which is tucked behind apartments off Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Perimeter Center, recently removed trees that could have blocked an emergency flow of water from its dam. Re-

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‘Lions in Illyria’ Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. – Separated from her brother after a storm at

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Family Movie Night Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. – The All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody presents a screening of the popular classic “The Wizard of Oz” in the Social Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. This event will be Chastain style; guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and food, and watch the movie. 2443 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Go to allsaints.us or call 770393-3255 for additional details.

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Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 - 5 p.m. – Enjoy the crisp weather at Lynwood Park with a fall-themed get-together for the entire family. The event will have food, a bounce house and other activities. Free and open to the public. Lynwood Park, 3360 Osborne Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Go to brookhavenga.gov to learn more.

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Ashford Park Fall Fair Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m –The Ashford Park School Fall Fair is a community tradition that helps support on-going professional development for teachers, STEM classroom and student enrichment programs, and special events throughout the year. Activities include a rock wall, inflatables, festival games, sand art cart, petting zoo, food trucks, raffle prizes, craft vendors and School of Rock. Free and open to the community. All-inclusive wristbands are $15; purchase by Oct. 20 and pay only $12. Adults do not need a wristband. Children 2 and under play for free. 2968 Cravenridge Dr., Brookhaven, 30319. Go to ashfordparkschool. com or call 678-676-6702 to learn more.

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St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church invites you to join us at our new adult Sunday School Class, Church in Today’s World, a weekly speaker series from 10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. October 25, 2015 – Rev. Stefanie Taylor and Arthur Taylor, Ph.D. will discuss Virtuous Living in a Post-Globalized World. November 8, 2015 – Carl McColman, a contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader, spiritual companion and author of several books, including Befriending Silence, Answering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, will discuss “Christianity and the Nones”. November 15, 2015 – Sean McConnell, National Director of Engagement for the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund (“ER&D”), will discuss how ER&D is creating deep and lasting transformation in the lives of the people it serves.

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Decatur is beginning to suffer from an overabundance of choices. You can get French, Thai, Korean, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Indian, Irish and 17 unusual kinds of ice cream, all within a couple of blocks. It’s delightful; it’s a great way to raise your kids right – unless your kid wants to eat nothing but pickles and mac and cheese. Well, you can still order them some junk off the kids’ menu while you enjoy your higher class food, can’t you? Except your awesome eatery doesn’t really focus on having a great pickle and mac and cheese for the kids. Decatur needs a reminder of the familial food things at the heart of the South – it needs a Revival! Enter Atlanta native Kevin Gillespie with a treasure trove of classic home-style recipes under his arm, courtesy of Grandma Geneva. Naturally, my wife and I ordered the Family Style Dinner. We each got to pick an entree and dessert off the regular menu, and the kitchen took care of the rest – meaning finger sandwiches and pickles, bread service, a salad to share, five gigantic sides of the chef’s choice, and coffee or tea. We ate until we were overfull;

ingly unique plate. Take the cornbread, for example. It’s brown and crispy on the outside, thanks to a light dose of bacon fat. The inside is completely fluffy; no hint of the usual flaking or crumbling you’d expect after an outside with such crunch. They’re shaped like triangles instead of slices or muffins. The butter is sculpted, not simply scooped. This is a bread service that speaks to a thousand, loving little considerations – the time and attention lavished upon you by grandma. Revival is a deeply hospitable place, and more than just the familial food style makes it so: the place owes its soul to Kevin Gillespie’s little sister, Kayla. You don’t have to ask around to figure out which one she is. The Gillespie siblings share twinkling blue eyes, flaming red hair, mischievous grins and serious charm. Kevin works the kitchen magic, and Kayla works her spell over the dining room. She told us some great stories about the stuff on the walls, helped

us decide on desserts, and kept all the servers in good spirits so they remained just as friendly and helpful as she was. Every time she approached a table with a little kid digging happily around in a blue ramekin of perfect mac and cheese, Kayla would talk to the children first and the guardians last. She reminds me of my favorite cousin – the one I most often got to see when we all ended up at grandma’s house for dinner. As much as Decatur certainly appreciates a celebrity chef making dinner in the neighborhood, Revival is truly at its best when it reminds us of our roots and traditions. Couldn’t we all use a little more Sunday dinner in our lives? Revival, 129 Church St., revivaldecatur.com. Megan Volpert lives in Decatur, teaches in Roswell and writes books about popular culture.

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the organization’s website. John was promoted recently to 2nd Lt. Deputy Commander and was awarded the Billy Mitchell Award, the highest award given to cadets. Only 2 percent of cadets receive this award, he said. “John is an exceptional young man and is not one to let obstacles stand in his way when it comes to something he wants to achieve,” said his dad, Bill Willingham. “He’s always setting and pushing to complete more difficult goals. Receiving his private pilot’s license was a very special day for him, and it’s one goal his Mom and I enjoyed very much seeing him achieve.” John said that getting his pilot’s license was, like his other passions, worth the work it required. “Having that interest to get up every morning and keep working at it,” he said, “it’s definitely reachable.” John’s dad was his first passenger. “Once John passed his [Federal Aviation Administration] check flight this past summer in Orlando, he asked me if I would be his first passenger. Of course, I said, ‘Yes,’ and we flew to The Villages, Fla., to see his grandparents waving up at us from their house. “This was the first time I had the chance to see him in action, and was impressed in how he communicated with the tower and Flight Watch. He didn’t seem to be nervous at all and even requested and was given clearance to fly over the parks because he wanted to show me all the people standing in line. All in all he handled everything like he’d been flying for years. It was a very special day for both of us.”

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Meanwhile, an experimental pond and wetland that will capture and treat stormwater runoff—and double as a new city park—is now under construction on Johnson Ferry Road just north of Sandy Springs Circle in Sandy Springs. Work began last week and should finish by next June. For residents, the 2-acre Marsh Creek Headwaters Bio-Retention facility will include a fountain, benches and educational displays. For the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, which contributed a $388,000 grant to the total $4.6 million cost, it’s a pilot project for the state. Small bio-retention facilities, which use trees and plants to suck up pollutants, are fairly common in medians and parking lots. But, says city stormwater services manager Sharon Izzo, “Doing it on this scale is unusual. Doing it as this scale is kind of visionary.”

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The Sandy Springs Police Department started with 86 police officers. The Dunwoody opened with 40 and Brookhaven began with 54. The departments have expanded through the years as they have become better established -- Sandy Springs is up to 128 officers; Dunwoody has grown to 52, with openings for two more and a request to hire even more in 2016; and Brookhaven has 70 sworn officers patrolling its streets. In the beginning, the city departments had little trouble attracting new officers. Brookhaven Chief Gary Yandura said he received 1,600 resumes from would-be Brookhaven police. Sandy Springs police recruiter Officer Nick Smith said new police departments typically add a “bit of persuasion” to their salary scale and benefits to bring in the best people. “When you start out a city and you have nobody, you don’t have the manpower or ability to train brand new officers, so you have to incentivize it to the point where your pay and your benefits are going to attract some of these people that are in locked pensions to move over,” Smith said. But officials of the young police agen-

cies say they still have little trouble attracting new officers as they grow, at least in part because they typically offer higher pay, better benefits and more training opportunities than some other, older departments, Smith said. Some officers say these departments also attract and retain officers for other, less tangible reasons. “We know a lot about one another and we’re a big family,” said Sgt. Andrew Fondas, who helps recruit for Dunwoody police. “In a big agency you’re sometimes just a name and a badge number. Here, you’re a real person.” In Sandy Springs, some of the original hires of the police department say they’ve stayed put because they value the high caliber of their co-workers. In some cases, recruits from other cities who started five or six years ago might be making less money because of the recent recession and a lack of raises in their departments, Sandy Springs recruiter Smith said. “They are not upset or disgruntled,” Smith said about officers who leave other city or county departments to work for Sandy Springs. Instead, they see that the SSPD has given cost-of-living raises of between 1 percent and 3 percent for the last six years, so

they decide to make a change, Smith said. “Word of mouth is big for us, for Sandy Springs,” Smith said. “We set a high standard and we don’t lower our standard just to fill a position. We will go without if we don’t have a qualified applicant.” Brookhaven Officer Celeste Rausch left Smyrna police to join the DeKalb city’s department in February. She traded the rank of sergeant, and working as a shift supervisor in charge of nine people, for the rank of police officer because she’d be making more money and working for a better agency. “I like the management here. I feel like they let you do your job,” Rausch said. “The people who are in charge here have all made their names somewhere else...it wasn’t about proving themselves.” Yandura said law enforcement goes through cycles in which there are times it’s more attractive as a career than at other times. “It is more difficult to be a police officer now, with what’s going on in the country, so you have people who are a little leery of getting into law enforcement,” Yandura said. “But you’re always going to have people interested in law enforcement.” Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs police officials say that they aren’t losing their officers to other agencies. In Dunwoody, for instance, Fondas

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“I don’t need a police report to tell me that in the past four years, my church, my bank, my friends and my neighbors have all been robbed several times.” – BECKY SPRINGER CANDIDATE FOR DUNWOODY CITY COUNCIL

cidents results in a large percentage jump up or down. “Facts show the vast majority of Dunwoody crime is larceny, which includes shoplifting in the Perimeter area,” he said. But Becky Springer, who is challenging Nall for the District 1 seat on the council, said she wasn’t surprised to hear crime was up. “I don’t need a police report to tell me that in the past four years, my church, my bank, my friends and my neighbors have all been robbed several times,” she said. “My neighborhood has cars broken into multiple times a year. So, when the police chief says that we are ‘woefully understaffed,’ my first question is why aren’t we filling these already available positions? Where is the management?” Springer said she blames City Council and the police chief, who spent much of 2014 as acting city manager. “The violent crime rate is up and what has our police chief been doing? He’s been acting as interim City Manager, filming award-winning videos, and writing and publishing his new book,” Springer said. “We need to be proactive, not reactive. The buck stops with the council; they are ultimately responsible for managing city employees.” Crime statistics for eight months year-to-date through August reveal 1,354 incidents of property crime, eight reports of rape and 29 reports of armed robbery. The high percentage increase in rape and armed robbery represents relatively low numbers. Dunwoody has not had a homicide in more than two years. Through August, Dunwoody’s overall crime is down more than 8 percent. “I encourage everyone to evaluate crime claims with real numbers and not misleading percentages based on small numbers,” Nall said. “Dunwoody is a very safe city.” DUN


PUBLIC SAFETY

Dunwoody Police Blotter From police reports dated Sept. 25 through Oct. 8

 1100

were made.  4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 26, 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported and/or arrests were made.

The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-to-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

 4700

 2500

block of Kings Point Drive—On Sept. 28, burglary was reported.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 26, 28, 29, 30, Oct. 1, 4, 5, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made.

 First

 6700

BURGLA RY

block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 30, an arrest was made for burglary.

 700

block of Potomac Road—On Oct. 1, burglary was reported.

 2200

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Oct. 2, burglary was reported.

was reported.  2200

block of Abercorn Avenue—On Oct. 6, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

 4800

block of Twin Lakes Trail—On Oct. 7, motor vehicle theft was reported.

 1300

block of Center Drive—On Oct. 4, burglary was reported.

A U TO THE FT  100

block of Perimeter Center West— On Oct. 3, motor vehicle theft was reported.

 4600

block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On Oct. 5, a motor vehicle theft

THE FT/LAR CEN Y  4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 26, 29, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 26, theft of a bicycle was reported; On Sept. 27, 28, 29, Oct. 3, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 26, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 100

block of Perimeter Center Place— On Sept. 27 and Oct. 5, shoplifting was reported.

 300 block of Perimeter Center North—

On Sept. 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 100

block of Perimeter Center West— On Sept. 27, larceny from a building was reported; On Sept. 30, shoplifting was reported.

 6900

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 28, an arrest was made for shoplifting.

block of Hammond Drive—On Sept. 28, shoplifting was reported and an arrest was made.

 4900

block of Winters Chapel Road— On Sept. 30, an arrest was made for begging and soliciting alms by accosting.

 1500

block of Summerford Court— On Oct. 2, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 4600

block of North Shallowford Road—On Oct. 4, larceny was reported.

 200

block of Asbury Commons—On Oct. 4, larceny was reported.

 5100

block of Hidden Branches Circle—On Oct. 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1400

block of Lake Ridge Lane—On Oct. 6, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

A S S A U LT  First

block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 27, an arrest was made for simple battery of a family member. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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Dunwoody Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29  6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 27, aggravated assault and battery with a weapon was reported.

 5000

block of Vernon Oaks Drive— On Sept. 29, simple assault was reported.

 2300

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Oct. 2, simple assault was reported.

 Ashford-Dunwoody

Road at Perimeter Center West—On Oct. 2, an arrest was made for aggravated assault and battery with a gun.

Road—On Sept. 26, credit fraud was reported and an arrest was made; On Oct. 6, credit fraud was reported.  4600

block of Ridgeview Road—On Sept. 27, credit fraud was reported.

 5300

block of Brooke Farm Drive— On Sept. 28, fraud by impersonation was reported.

 First

block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 28, fraud was reported.

block of Cotillion Drive—On Oct. 3, a sexual assault was reported.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 28, fraud was reported; On Oct. 1, an arrest was made for fraud by swindle.

 2400

 1000

 1800

block of Mount Vernon Road— On Oct. 3, family battery was reported.

 400

block of Asbury Commons—On Oct. 5, assault by intimidation was reported.

 9300

block of Peachford Circle—On Oct. 5, assault by intimidation was reported.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 7, assault by intimidation was reported.

F RA U D  4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody

 4300

block of Ashwood Parkway—On Sept. 29, credit fraud was reported.

 2300

block of Delverton Road—On Sept. 30, fraud was reported.

 2700

block of Amberly Way—On Sept. 30, fraud by impersonation was reported.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 30, credit fraud was re-

ported.

 6600

 100

block of Perimeter Center West— On Oct. 1, fraud was reported.

 4400

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 5, credit fraud was reported.

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 28, two arrests were made for loitering violations.

 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 30, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct; On Oct. 1, an arrest was made for criminal trespass.

 2000

block of Mount Vernon Road— On Oct. 6, fraud was reported.

 3000

 100

 I-285 at Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—

block of Ashford Gables Drive— On Oct. 6, fraud was reported.

AR R ES TS  First

block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 26, an arrest was made for failure to appear; On Sept. 28, an arrest was made for reporting false information; On Oct. 1, a wanted person was located and arrested; On Oct. 7 and 8, arrests were made for prostitution and pimping.

 2200

block of Cotillion Drive—On Sept. 27, an arrest was made for driving while license was suspended or revoked.

 4600

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 27, an arrest was made for DUI.

 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 28, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct; On Oct. 2, an arrest was made for driving without a license.

block of Peeler Road—On Sept. 30, an arrest was made for DUI. On Sept. 30, an arrest was made for failure to register a vehicle and driving without a license; On Oct. 4, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 4800

block of Tilly Mill Road—On Oct. 1, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.

 4300

block of Dunwoody Park—On Oct. 1, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

 4700

block of North Peachtree Road— On Oct. 1, a wanted person was found drinking in public and was arrested.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 2, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Oct. 3, an arrest was made for DUI.

 6700

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Oct. 2, a wanted person was located and arrested.

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