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Plan to add trails to Atlanta Memorial Park draws varying reactions BY JOE EARLE

A proposal to add walking trails to a portion of Atlanta Memorial Park drew widely varying reactions Nov. 5 when presented to the city park’s neighbors. Consultant Jill Sluder, a landscape architect with Hughes, Good, O’Leary and Ryan, outlined a plan that would add two miles of 5-foot-wide concrete trails around the perimeter of the 35-acre portion of the Buckhead park west of Northside Drive. The plan also calls for another mile of trails within the park that would be made from permeable materials. “You have a lot of people using the park,” Sluder told about 60 people who gathered at Northside United Methodist Church for her presentation. “However, the odd thing is they’re not in the park. They’re in the streets. Let’s get these folks off the streets.” In addition to the trails, she said, consultants working for the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy proposed removing invasive plants, such as ivy and privet, from the park, replacing curbs and adding two foot bridges. The consultants recommended cutting down five trees Sluder described as hazardous. Sluder said the trees to be removed would be replaced and were among 800 “specimen” trees in the park. “When we finish this project, your tree canopy is going to be greater than what we started with,” she said. “We are not removing any healthy trees on this property,” she said. “That is phenomenal, in my experience.” The project also would protect five “champion” trees in the park, she said. “Champion” trees are the largest of their type in a particu-

The battle over Peachtree Road bike lanes appears to be “We love bike lanes,” someone shouted as the crowd picking up speed. worked its way down a hall into the meeting room. Hundreds of supporters and opponents of a proposal that “Yes, bike lanes somewhere else,” another crowd memwould bring bike lanes to Peachtree packed a meeting room ber loudly replied. at the Shepherd Center Oct. 29 to voice opinions on the GDOT officials say the project is intended to make travchanges. el on Peachtree safer. A handout at the Oct. Members of the crowd, which includ29 public meeting reported that more than ed Buckhead homeowners and cyclists from 800 collisions occurred from 2009 to 2013 See Commentary for more throughout the metro area, were sharply diin the area being restriped. During that pereactions to bike lanes, p. 8 vided on a Georgia Department of Transporriod, there also were 11 crashes involving bitation plan to restripe Peachtree from Pharr to cyclists and 42 involving pedestrians, the Deering roads in order to add a middle lefthandout said. turn lane and bike lanes along the portion south of Peachtree GDOT officials propose relining the six-lane road to creBattle Avenue. ate a central left turn lane from Deering to Pharr roads. From Differences were expressed even before some people Deering north to Peachtree Battle Avenue, the road would made it into the meeting. SEE PEACHTREE, PAGE 3

Consultant Jill Sluder guides residents through a plan to add walking trails to a portion of Atlanta Memorial Park.


The Atlanta History Center welcomed visitors to its annual “Day of the Dead” or “Dia de los Muertos” festival on Nov. 1, a Mexican event that honors deceased loved ones. Left, Joselina Leon, 12, shows off customary face paint. Above, sugar skulls were a featured candy. See additional photos on page 26.

Arguments over proposed Peachtree Road bike lanes show no sign of slowing down BY JOE EARLE





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contain the left-turn lane, bike lanes and four through lanes, two northbound and two southbound. From Peachtree Battle to Pharr, the road would contain the left-turn land and five through lanes, two northbound and three southbound. The section from Peachtree Battle to Pharr would not include bike lanes. Some residents at the meeting said they thought the turn lanes could be a good change, but they questioned the addition of bike lanes. Buckhead resident Deborah Baxter, who lives on Peachtree, had no use for the bike lanes. “We have enough traffic on Peachtree,” said. “We do not need any more distractions. We’re getting ready to build 12,000 more apartments. We do not need more bikes. Let them go somewhere else. It’s not that I don’t approve of bikers. I do. But they don’t belong on Peachtree.” Resident William A. Davis agreed there was too much traffic in the area already and predicted adding bike lanes would “be a disaster.” “It’s unbelievable to me that it’s even being considered,” he said. But other Buckhead residents welcomed the lanes. Katherine Jones said the redesign of the streets would allow more people to get around in Buckhead without cars. She says she walks to nearby restaurants, but finds it frightening at

times. “I think there are so many more people biking these days than there have been,” she said. “Having bike lanes makes it safer for them. It makes a little more room for pedestrians, too. I walk from my apartment up Peachtree. It’s really scary.” And Ian Rogers, a Georgia State University law student and one of a number of people at the meeting wearing stickers reading “I support safe streets,” said Peachtree now offers “a stressful environment” for both walkers and drivers. “People want to walk, to walk to restaurants and to the grocery store,” he said. “To have to cross a six-lane that has become a freeway... This is not taking away from people driving up and down Peachtree, but to give access to the bikers. ... It’s a challenge. How do we balance the needs of drivers and bikes? Right now we don’t seem to have any support for the bikes. It’s cars, cars, cars.” Resident Michael Wilds argued the new lines were needed to accommodate the growing number of cyclists and to reduce traffic jams on Peachtree. And, he pointed out that if the new lanes made traffic worse, they could easily be undone. “It’s just a paint job,” he said. “If they find out they’ve made a horrible mistake, they can just repaint them.”

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Cities create new Peachtree planning and development authority BY JOHN RUCH

Top officials of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Chamblee and Doraville have met privately for nearly a year to work on a potential joint planning and economic development authority called the Peachtree Gateway Partnership. The existence of the collaboration, which is coordinated by the Atlanta Regional Commission, was revealed at the Oct. 27 Brookhaven City Council meeting by Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams. She said the four cities will start by creating a coordinated network of pedestrian/ bike trails, but have much bigger options, including forming a nonprofit to create public-private partnerships and “a blueprint for the area.” “The first thing we’re going to figure out is how to connect our trails,” which will help the cities “get used to working together,” said Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis. But the long-term goal is to “market success” of the area and take a regional approach to its booming development. “We need to be in control of it instead of letting stuff roll over us,” he said. The cities’ mayors requested ARC’s help with coordinated planning, especially in response to the enormous mixed-use redevelopment underway at the former GM plant in Doraville and the hopes of better

marketing DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on the Brookhaven/Chamblee line. The request is all about “trying to coordinate their economic development goals,” said Dan Reuter, ARC’s manager of community development, who has led the meetings. “I think we’ve got to make ways easier for these four jurisdictions to coordinate.” ARC suggested two large, cross-jurisdictional, public-private partnerships as models. One is Partnership Gwinnett in Gwinnett County. The other is the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance, a massive effort to redevelop the area around Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. Representatives of both groups have attended Peachtree Gateway meetings. So have representatives of the GM site redevelopment and PDK airport. “We’re a different breed, but we can still use that as a playbook,” PDK Interim Director Mario Evans said of the Aerotropolis Alliance. He added that PDK is planning more corporate-jet hangars and is updating its master plan for the first time since 1995—though it does not plan to add runways or any other major changes. The Buford Highway corridor is another area that could see coordinated plan-

ning, Reuter said, adding that Chamblee and Doraville likely need more economic development help than Brookhaven and Dunwoody. But first, there’s the question of what form the partnership will take. Options range from informal talks to a Livable Centers Initiative study to a 501(c) 6 nonprofit business league that could create public-private partnerships with corporations. ARC prefers the nonprofit organization model. “They can have meetings like they’ve done without creating a 501(c) 6 and probably do what they want to do anyway,” Reuter said. “But I think there’s a value to bringing big corporate partners to the table.” However, decision time is near, Williams said. That’s one reason she revealed the meetings, which apparently have been kept secret even from other elected officials. She said the group met three times last year and six times so far this year. The four mayors have sometimes attended, and top city staff have also. “I’m not sure the rest of the council even knew about this,” Williams said. “I’m surprised you even heard about it,” Reuter said when asked about public input. “At some point, it becomes something in the public realm,” he said, but referred only to local governments eventual-

ly voting on the final products. Davis and Williams will be replaced by new mayors in January. The secrecy makes it hard to know how their successors will respond to the details of the partnership. Dunwoody mayor-elect Denis Shortal, a former city councilman, said he knew nothing about the Peachtree Gateway meetings. “I never even heard the term,” he said. “I’m going to become involved if there is such a thing…Hopefully, come January, I will maybe be up to speed on it.” “Under my administration, when we have an opportunity to work with other jurisdictions, I’m willing to do that as long as it doesn’t negatively impact Brookhaven,” said Brookhaven mayor-elect John Ernst. “I think there are a lot of common things we could do as neighbors, but my main goal is making Brookhaven as best as possible.” It also remains to be seen how cities that formed partly out of a desire for local control respond to regionalism-based planning. “While it creates a lot of benefit for local control, it then creates its own geography and the need to think about your neighbors a little more,” Reuter said of the four cities. “Regionalism sometimes means 10 counties or more, and sometimes it just means talking to your neighbor. In general, we don’t want Balkanization.”

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‘We Love BuHi’ aims to promote, protect Buford corridor BY JOHN RUCH

We Love BuHi began this year as Brookhaven resident Marian Liou’s Instagram account, a photo album of her Buford Highway neighborhood. Now it’s her business, selling T-shirts, staging bike rides and advocating for immigrant communities to have a say on the rapidly changing corridor. “My mission really is encouraging the revitalization of Buford Highway…[but] in a way, reflective of diversity and that involves the community,” said Liou during a recent lunch at Havana Sandwich Shop in Brookhaven’s section of the road. “This cultural diversity is a huge asset we need to protect and promote,” she said. Otherwise, “the forces of gentrification could happen because this area is so convenient and affordable right now.” The 36-year-old attorney is taking a break from practicing law to focus on We Love BuHi. She calls it a “social enterprise”— a for-profit business, but with a socially conscious mission. Its biggest event so far was Buford Highway Bikes and Bites in September, which drew 75 people pedaling 4.5 miles of the street and stopping at local restaurants. Brookhaven City Councilman Bates Mattison joined the Bikes and Bites tour.

He praised We Love BuHi for highlighting local businesses and creating opportunities for collaboration—including when he found himself biking alongside a Chamblee city councilman. “Buford Highway is an absolute treasure for all three of our cities,” Mattison said. “I applaud her efforts because she’s a champion for a treasure for our community.” Liou said she enjoys exploring the hundreds of Buford Highway businesses, but We Love BuHi has some personal motivations as well. As a second-generation Chinese American from California, Liou said she recently reconnected with her cultural heritage and wonders about passing it on to her two children. She’s now a board member of Norcross-based Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, which works with Buford’s immigrant communities. “The future of Buford Highway is important to me because it’s my future,” Liou said. Another spark for Liou’s interest was curiosity about urban planning and the impact of pending redevelopments, such as Doraville’s former GM plant and the Peachtree Creek Greenway park. “All of this came from a question of mine. Why are there [streetscape] improvements in some areas of Buford Highway and not others?” Liou said. She didn’t realize the road runs through several jurisdictions between Buckhead and SPECIAL I-285 and is a state route. We Love BuHi organized the Buford Highway Recalling her reaction to the GM plant reBikes and Bites event in September, development plans, she with another planned for February.

Marian Liou, founder of We Love BuHi, walks along Buford Highway in Brookhaven.


said, “Wow, they’re going to plop down as physical wayfinding signs on the street. Atlantic Station in Doraville. That’s going On the organizing end, Liou shows up to impact everything.” She worries about at meetings ranging from the Cross Keys local, independent businesses competing school cluster to the Greenway park, adwith national chains. vocating for better local engagement—inWith Liou’s concern about gentrificacluding in languages other than English— tion, why the use of “BuHi,” the “SoHo”and bigger-picture planning. style abbreviation developers and brokers She notes, for example, that Brookhavoften use in gentrifyen has an economing areas? “It’s a signifiic development plan er. It means the end is for its piece of the near,” Liou said in jokcorridor—which it “The future of Buford ing agreement about would rebrand “BuHighway is important such abbreviations. ford Boulevard”— While she’s “not but other cities don’t. to me because it’s a huge fan” of the She’d like to see the my future.” “BuHi” abbreviation Atlanta Regional herself, she said, it’s easCommission create a ier to use on social meLivable Centers Ini– MARIAN LIOU dia. tiative study for BuWE LOVE BUHI FOUNDER In recent months, ford. she has launched Liou said she’s and ing We Love BuHi started selling T-shirts six months to see if with the slogan. She’s working on a smallit’s viable. (Her work recently got her a scale international film festival to be held part-time event planner job with the city in local restaurants, and a second Bikes of Doraville, too.) But either way, she said, and Bites is the works for February. Her change is coming to Buford. latest project is developing a digital map “It’s not good or bad,” she said. “It’s of local businesses that also could be used what kind of change do you want to see?”

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lar locale. The work, if approved by the city, would cost the conservancy about $1 million, she said. The conservancy also has proposed extensive renovations to the nearby Bobby Jones Golf Course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. That proposal, which includes remaking the 18-hole course into a nine-hole course, has drawn loud complaints from golfers. The Georgia Trust for Hisoric places placed the course on its 2016 “Places in Peril� list. Sluder’s proposals met sharp criticism from some neighbors who said the work was an unnecessary expense and could increase flooding and parking in the area. “I hate to say it, but I have had it,� John Whitney said. “I have had it with the conservancy. I have worked for 45 years to protect this park as a haven for wildlife and now you are going to ruin it.� Whitney said he opposed everything in the consultants’ plan. “It’s a railroad locomotive going down the track and it’s unstoppable,� he said. One resident asked whether the consultants had interviewed anyone who uses the park now. Another said, “I think what’s going to change if we put sidewalks in is more people are going to come to en-

joy our park. ... I’m concerned we’re going to have more crowds, more people that will take away from us enjoying the park.� A third resident questioned the width of the proposed concrete path, saying “if you want to walk with friends, you walk in the street.� Sluder replied, “That’s not very responsible. You don’t want people in the streets.� Other residents welcomed the proposals to open up the park to more users and to more use by its neighbors. “I think it’s, in a word, good,� said Stuart Shelton. “I think it’s a great plan,� resident Bob Caton said. “Anything to get the city of Atlanta to have more accessible parks is what we need to improve livability of the city, which is pretty much a concrete jungle now.� Another residents said, “It just sickens me we have to walk around most of the park in the street. Anything that gets my kids out of the street, I’m very much in favor of.� Andrew Lunde expressed “mixed feelings� after listening to Sluder’s presentation. “I think having a sidewalk around the circumference would be an improvement,� he said, “but the interior path, I’m not so sure it’s going to make it substantially better than what we’ve got now.�

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Elected officials sound off on Peachtree bike lanes Buckhead residents have voiced strong opinions for and against a state Department of Transportation proposal to create bike lanes along a portion of Peachtree Road. GDOT proposes repainting the lanes on Peachtree to create a central left-turn lane from Pharr to Deering roads and add bike lanes on the portion from Peachtree Battle Avenue to Deering. The Buckhead Reporter asked elected officials who represent Buckhead what they thought of the plan. Here’s what they had to say. “In an ideal world, we would have 12foot sidewalks and bike lanes and left-turn lanes. But we do not have enough right of way to have an ideal situation on Peachtree Road. So it’s a question to me of priorities. To me, traffic flow in this limited corridor is the highest priority, with bike lanes not being a priority to me on the south end of Peachtree. I am not a traffic engineer, but intuitively it seems to me that the middleturn lanes will free up some flow. Ultimately, though, government ought to hear the public and make its decisions based on what the public states are its priorities – I hope GDOT does so.” Fulton County Commissioner Lee Morris “Peachtree Road is one of the most significant corridors in the state, serving thousands of families and those coming into Atlanta for work, travel or recreation. The safety of all users, including motorists, pedestrians and cyclists is of utmost importance. While I believe a shared left-turn lane will provide more efficient use of limited roadway, I am very interested in specific plans to safely accommodate the “storage capacity” for those traveling north and south in a shared leftturn lane while competing for multiple curb cuts. I have the same concern for cyclists--too many curb cuts and potential for accidents. I am looking forward to recommendations from the Georgia Department of Transportation following the public comment period. Overwhelming participation and communication by stakeholders should provide a tremendous opportunity for GDOT to both address concerns and provide the best possible design for Peachtree Road.” Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean

“I do not support bike lanes on Peachtree Road. I am a recreational cyclist and support efforts to make Atlanta an even more livable city. However, I believe other nearby north/south routes are better suited for bike traffic, and will best balance the needs and safety of bikers, pedestrians and drivers throughout Buckhead. I suggest two alternative proposals for Peachtree Road, neither of which includes bike lanes. First, because the left lane in each direction is essentially already a turn lane, I suggest keeping both as turn lanes and striping them as such, with continuous turn arrows along each lane. This would avoid the problem I see in GDOT’s proposal of one alternating center turn lane which would stack back into the left through lane. For example, at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Peachtree Hills Avenue, by the Chevron gas station, traffic heading north to turn left onto Peachtree Battle Avenue is often stacked all the way back to Peachtree Hills Avenue and beyond. To accommodate the alternating left-turn lane for those wanting to turn left off of Peachtree onto Peachtree Hills, there must be a turn lane in that direction. Those waiting to turn left onto Peachtree Battle will thus stack back into the left of the two through lanes, thus limiting through traffic to the right lane. The right lane will be slowed by the need of those drivers to yield to the increased bike traffic facilitated by the proposed bike lanes. The right lane of Peachtree, in my opinion, will thus be dramatically slowed as the righthand turners into the many businesses along this vital commercial corridor wait for a break in the bike traffic. The second proposal is to essentially accept GDOT’s proposal of one central, alternating turn lane, but to make each lane, including the through lanes, 12-foot lanes rather than the current 10. Five,12-foot lanes would, I believe, increase the safety as well as improve the aesthetics of the Peachtree Road corridor between Deering and Pharr.” Rep. Beth Beskin


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Make Congress act To the editor, I loved Sally Bethea’s Keith-Richards-inspired introduction to her climate change article, which discussed local actions to cut emissions and hopes for international progress in Paris. Humorless climate writing, with just dire facts of extreme weather events and potential disaster, would trigger readers to have their “19th Nervous Breakdown.” Yet, Bethea’s column had a seriously sad tone because she never once mentioned the U.S. Congress. Congress is arguably the world’s most powerful institution, with the ability to ad-

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History made on golf course History can rise in surcity-owned golf course was prising places. Important open only to whites. The city events don’t all occur on farowned no golf courses then away fields or in exotic lowhere blacks were allowed cales. Sometimes, important to play. Black golfers played events, the ones that make on private courses segregated us who we are, took place for use only by black players. right around the corner, in Charles Bell Sr. rememplaces still in plain sight. bers the match that wasn’t Like, say, a golf course. played in 1951. He was One recent Saturday there, part of the foursome AROUND morning, a crowd of golf Holmes brought to the BobTOWN and history buffs gathered by Jones course that day. in the clubhouse of the Bob“We came to the clubhouse,” JOE EARLE by Jones Golf Course to resaid Bell, who’s now 97 years member a round of golf that old and lives in Warner Robhad been played there on Christmas ins, Ga. “We prepared to pay our fees. Day six decades ago. We were just informed that because of Or, to put it more precisely, they reour color, we were not allowed to play,” called a round of golf that had not been he said. played and then, years later, on ChristThey had expected to be rejected, mas Day 1955, went forward under an he said. They intended to challenge the order issued by the United States Sucity’s segregationist laws in court. “We preme Court. That game of golf helped planned it. We knew we would be dechange many things, and opened Atnied the right to play,” he said. “We lanta recreation facilities to all of the decided to come to the Bobby Jones city’s residents. course... and the rest is history.” In 1951, an Atlanta golfer named They did make history. The group’s Alfred “Tup” Holmes and a group of effort to play golf on the whites-only his friends went to the Bobby Jones course came years before the U.S. SuGolf Course in Buckhead and asked to preme Court would strike down legal play a round. Holmes and his friends segregation in public schools and faciliwere turned away. They were black. The ties. It came years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, spurring the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott. “We were still deep in the thrall of Jim Crow [laws],” said Anne Emanuel, a professor emerita at Georgia State Law School. Demanding the right to play golf on a city course in 1951 was a brave act, Emanuel said. “It was hard,” she said. “It was dangerous to get in front of that train. .... The courage factor. Probably Atlanta was the only place in Georgia you would survive if you did this. The times were very different and very danJOE EARLE gerous.” Michael Holmes stands with Holmes and members of his famia photo of his father, golfer ly fi led suit against the city. Their case Alfred “Tup” Holmes, that is worked its way to the Supreme Court, included in a new exhibit at where it was among the first group of the Bobby Jones Golf Course.

desegregation decisions announced after the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case desegregated public schools. The Holmes family case was among a group of cases that extended the rules applied in the Brown case to other public recreation facilities, such as the Bobby Jones Golf Course, Emanuel said. Michael Holmes, Tup Holmes’ son, said the decision has been referenced 51 times in other cases. “It was a big deal,” Emanuel said. Bell and Emanuel were part of a group of about 75 people that gathered at the Bobby Jones clubhouse to mark

the 60th anniversary of the decision, released Nov. 7, 1955, with the formal opening of a new exhibit about the case called “Holmes v. Atlanta: Changing the Game.” The exhibit, sponsored by the Friends of the Bobby Jones Golf Course and put together by Georgia Tech professor Mary McDonald and her graduate students, includes information about Holmes, his family and the lawsuit. “We felt like it was a story that needed to be preserved,” McDonald said. “I think it’s got all sorts of really important issues connected to it. And it’s an CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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Atlanta story.” Just a few weeks after the Supreme Court ruled, Holmes and his friends got the chance to play golf on a city course. They actually played their first round under the judge’s order on Christmas Eve at North Fulton Golf Course. Bell remembers it was a more prestigious course than Bobby Jones. Others suggested the idea might have been to have that groundbreaking first round played somewhere other than Bobby Jones to avoid a racial confrontation. Bell remembers there were photographers on hand to record the event and said that some people may have shouted catcalls at the players. But he admits it’s hard to recall particulars now. The next day, Christmas Day,


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“The lake is pretty—as much as I would like to fill it in at times,” said Gerri Schwartz, the property manager in charge of Peppertree Lake. It’s not the lake itself, nestled among homes in the heart of Sandy Springs’ Perimeter Center, that raises her ire. It’s the massive dam holding it back— and recent state-mandated repairs that may cost more than $60,000. Peppertree Lake Dam is one of 11 “high-hazard” dams in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs—“high hazard” meaning that if they collapse, the subsequent flood likely would kill people. More than

20 similar dams failed and contributed to deadly floods in South Carolina last month. Many of Georgia’s dams are in private hands with homeowners on the hook for maintenance. Along the top end of the Perimeter, homeowners may grumble at the cost, but likely can afford it. Lower-income areas, or old dams where no owner can be found, can be a bigger problem. About 15 states have some type of grant or low-interest loan program for dam repairs, but Georgia is not among them, according to the state Environmental CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

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Local ‘high hazard’ dams listed Eleven dams in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have been deemed “high hazard,” meaning if they should collapse, the subsequent floodwaters could kill people. The classification does not indicate the dams’ conditions. A Cherokee Country Club Lake Dam Sandy Springs B Lake Northridge Dam Sandy Springs C Dunwoody Club Crossing Dam Dunwoody D Scott Candler Reservoir Dam Dunwoody E Peppertree Lake Dam Sandy Springs F Murphey Candler Lake Dam Brookhaven G Powers Lake Dam Sandy Springs H Tera Lake Dam Sandy Springs I Lake Forrest Dam Sandy Springs J Silver Lake Dam Brookhaven K Capital City Country Club Lake Dam Buckhead Source: Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Safe Dams Program

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accommodating in coming up with solutions. Protection Division. But she still doubts the necessity for Meanwhile, the state has boosted its the tree-cutting and isn’t thrilled that Safe Dams Program budget and is proinspectors also said “no” to putting posing targeted inspections of known benches near the water. The state also problem dams—but also leaving othdemanded installation of an emergener dams largely to privately fundcy siphon drain that will cost $50,000 ed inspections. “They’ve passed on to to $60,000, she said. [homeowner] associations the cost of “[The lake has] turtles and fish and that inspection. It doesn’t sound fair geese…It would be nice to use it as to me,” said Schwartz. an amenity,” she said of the banned Donald Dutson Jr. has supervised ...when you spend $700+ benches. “Your hands are tied.” maintenance on Sandy Springs’ Powers Lake Dam on behalf of his homeowners association for 30 years. He doesn’t ...when you spend $1500+ mind paying the bill. “I’d say we spend *Offer valid 10/30/15 to 11/30/15 a few thousand dollars a year maintaining it…but at least we’ve got the P: 404-351-0000 | E: peace of mind,” Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 6 pm | Sat. 9 am - 4 pm | Sun. 11 am - 4 pm Dutson said. That work currently amounts to /heeneycompanyllc /heeneycompany ing and keep drains cleared, and that bill is split among JOHN RUCH many homeownThe last report on Brookhaven’s Murphey Exit 29 off I-285 on corner of Hammond Dr. & Ashford Dunwoody Rd. ers. Candler Lake Dam, built in 1953, contained But bringing in 1151 Hammond Dr. NE. Suite 240 | Atlanta, GA 30346 relatively minor maintenance issues. a private dam engineer—from a relatively short state-approved list— can cost “hundreds and hundreds of dollars an hour, plus travel time,” he said. And if a major repair is necessary, the costs can easily run to five digits. You asked..... We heard.. We have worked with About 25 years ago, Powers Lake Dam started showing “wet spots” and needa major hearing aid manufacturer to offer the ed $30,000 in repairs, Dutson said. following Holiday Hearing Aid Extravaganza on A major structural repair “could be so expensive you have to pave it a special inventory close out. Up to 60% off with and turn it into a skating park,” Dutprices starting at $995.00 per device. son said, but added that is what good maintenance should prevent. Georgia long has been below the na“We believe hearing aids need to be affordable for tional average in state dam inspection everyone who needs them.” resources, according to the Kentuckybased Association of Dam Safety OffiJoy Pritchett, Doctor of Aud. Owner cials. The legislature boosted the Safe Dams Program budget this year, from $670,000 to $1.2 million, including This Year Hear Your Holidays an increase in full-time staff from six to 11, according to EPD. That’s still only 11 people monitoring more than CALL NOW Limited inventory available! 4,200 dams statewide—474 of them For your convenience take advantage of our extended rated high-hazard. Dunwoody/Sandy Springs When state inspectors arrive at a hours in our Decatur and Dunwoody locations. 678-500-8185 high-hazard dam, that may kick off disagreements with the owners that drag Decatur/ N. Druid Hills on for years. A state engineer and the 404-963-9904 local civic association recently debated whether a pipe at Brookhaven’s Silver Lake Oconee/Greensboro Lake Dam is a “catastrophic” threat or a 706-438-4227 useless old construction leftover. State records show that Schwartz’s Lake Sinclair/Milledgeville engineer and inspectors disagreed for more than a decade about whether 478-607-7576 trees should be removed from the Peppertree Lake Dam’s spillway. Schwartz recently had the trees cut down and, like Dutson, praises the state for being CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11


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Sushi House Hayakawa is tucked into mise the quality of his work. He can fill a strip mall on Buford Highway east of his 30 seats every night without comDunwoody and northeast of Doraville, promise, and he prefers to fill them with and seats about 30 people. You make people who are not rude or naive. reservations. Sometimes when you try, We started with the blue crab miso they thank you for calling and politely soup. It was a light broth that conveyed inform you that they are full this week. the delicate taste of crab right up front. My wife and I risked the walk-in. They put the whole crab in it, standing We were first on the list because we up on one side as both a glorious gararrived as soon as they unlocked the nish and a delectable treat. Then we had door, so we were promptly the nikujaga stew, a speseated and also informed cial of the week. Fat of the that we could have the tapork belly rises to coat the ble for about 90 minutes mouth, pairing perfectly before the smarter people with starch rising off the a ura t Re who responsibly made respotatoes. The deliberate n ervations well in advance equanimity of the portion would come to claim their was impressive – a precise prize. They are very nice at Hayakawa, count on all elements of the dish so that but their policies are extremely firm. we didn’t have to fight over the last lusThis includes their ban on cellphones. I cious bite. was granted permission to take pictures And then the fish! My wife likes to orof the food, but when I pushed to snap der two rolls, and I always get the omakone of Atsushi Hayakawa himself, I was ase sashimi. The rolls are garnished sidedenied. ways, indicating a presumption that the Some days he just wants to work; diner knows how to pick up a piece the some days he wants to entertain. He right way. Everything comes with a side knows there are a million places to get of real ginger, not the pink stuff. sushi in metro Atlanta. Take your loud At $85, the omakase sashimi is uncrew of coworkers to one of those othquestionably the best bang for your ers. He enjoys vegans, but won’t accombuck. It’s 32 pieces of top shelf: giant modate any customer who may comprosweet shrimp with head still on, scallops

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from Hayakawa’s home town, plus a mountain of the usual suspects. The cuts are surprisingly thick given the number of pieces. Even the octopus was cut wide to add an extra sucker on the tentacle, where all the best flavor is hiding. As long as you’re spending that kind of money on protein, spend an extra couple dollars for legit wasabi, glowing a deep green and freshly grated into an abalone shell. Don’t spoil excellent raw fish with a side of processed horseradish imitation. Many people mistakenly skip dessert at a sushi bar. We had black sesame mochi ice cream, which can feed any chocolate demons, plus I love that odd little skin covering the ice cream nugget. We doubled down with yuzu citron kanten, because yuzu is the ultimate refreshment fruit and it was a perfect palate cleanser. If you can’t afford a pilgrimage to

Sukiyabashi Jiro in Japan, go to Sushi House Hayakawa. Atsushi Hayakawa is a true master. Most likely, he does not appreciate the extra publicity generated by this review. He cares only for kizuna, the bond between people formed by the exercise of his incredible skills meeting the welcome of his art into our bellies. Go there to be educated and then go back many times to pay respect. When your bond is strong enough, he will let you know. They love regulars, not tourists. Once, he even visited our table. It was a great honor. Sushi House Hayakawa is located at 5979 Buford Highway. For more information visit For reservations call 770-986-0010. Megan Volpert lives in Decatur, teaches in Roswell and writes books about popular culture.

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a creative alternative to day care? Try Art a la Carte Kidz, a program for children aged 6 to 13. Participants will experiment with a wide variety of mediums, including 3-dimensional sculpture, unique surfaces and more. Registration is $90 for one day, $140 for two days and $220 for all three days. Hammond Park Community Building, 6005 Glenridge Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information and to register, go online to

Holiday Cookie Decoration Monday, Nov. 23, 3 - 4:30 p.m. – Get in the holiday spirit with this cookie decorating workshop! Kids aged 10 to 17 are invited to learn decorating techniques under the tutelage of Sari McIntyre. Free and open to the first 15 participants. Call or visit the branch to register. Brookhaven Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Need more details? Go to

Thanksgiving Camp Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24 – Many local schools will be closed for the

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Terrific Scientific Monday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. – A camp for

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Monday, Nov. 16, 6 - 9 p.m. – The Spruill Center for the Arts presents their 22nd annual Holiday Artists Market. The event features a wide array of art and gifts from local artisans on display in the gallery through Dec. 23. On Monday, Nov. 16, Spruill hosts an opening night ceremony and sneak peek of the market. Wine and light fare provided. Free and open to the public. Go to to learn more or call 770-394-4019. Spruill Center for the Arts, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30346.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. – The Swedish Women’s Educational Association International, Inc., presents their annual Christmas Market in Sandy Springs. Come out for an afternoon of baked goods, flower arrangements, traditional and modern handicrafts, Swedish Christmas ornaments, Scandinavian design, and traditional Swedish food and drinks. The market also offers kids’ activities hosted by the Swedish School of Atlanta. Tickets are $2 for adults, free for those under 18. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. To find out more, go online to or call 404-613-4900.

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Thursday, Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Looking for unique gifts for this holiday season? The annual Christ the King School Holiday Market returns this month to Kenny Hall. A unique and festive shopping experience for all, the event features work by more than 50 artists and vendors. Free and open to the public. Christ the King School, 46 Peachtree Way, NE, Atlanta, 30305. More info? Call 404-233-0383 or go to

Thursday, Nov. 26, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Don’t have plans for Thanksgiving this year? Still want the traditional meal experience? The city of Broo khaven invites you to come to the Lynwood Community Center and pick up a meal for yourself and your family. Call 404-637-0542 for more information. Lynwood Park Community Center, 3360 Osborne Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Go to to learn more.

Thanksgiving Service & Meal Tuesday, Nov. 24, 5 - 7:30 p.m. – Mount Vernon Bap-

Artist Market Friday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – The Work of Our Hands Artist Market returns for its 12th year to the

Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead. The sale features artwork by numerous local and regional artisans and includes painting, glass, fabric, wood, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and more. Free and open to the public. Opening reception is on Thursday, November 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. Questions? Call 404-365-1000 or go online to

tist Church invites members of the community to attend a Thanksgiving service and fellowship dinner. Dinner begins at 5 p.m., followed by ther sermon at 6:30. The service will include songs, a brief devotional, and testimonials about the past year. Childcare is available for children 3 and under. Sanctuary, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 850 Mt. Vernon Hwy NW, Sandy Springs, 30327.

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‘MARTA Army’ seeks to make buses, trains more convenient BY CLARE S. RICHIE

Today at a MARTA bus stop, you’ll see the signature tri-colored sign attached to a pole and little else. The MARTA Army is working to change that through their adopt-a-stop initiative, Operation Timely Trip. The initiative seeks to improve bus riders’ experiences on metro’s Atlanta public transit. MARTA Army, an independent grassroots action group, was an idea sparked at the 2014 Georgia Tech Transportation Camp. The citizen group says it plans on using “boots-on-the-ground interventions to improve the physical, cultural, and social environment of the MARTA system.” “It’s tactical urbanism – citizens coming together to do small acts for large -scale change,” explained Simon Berrebi, a MARTA Army co-founder and Georgia Tech Transportation Systems Engineering doctoral student. The army is pulling together citizen soldiers from different Atlanta neighborhoods and backgrounds to reclaim ownership of MARTA and make it more accessible and convenient. Most MARTA bus stops don’t have bus route and destination information. The few that provide a route timetable only list times for the main locations on

the route, leaving the rider to guess at arrival times. MARTA Army’s first intervention will upgrade “a bus stop to show you where you can go, on which bus or route, and when,” said Berrebi. For citizens who adopt-a-stop, MARTA Army will provide training and printed timetables, making bus destinations more visible and hopefully more enticing. Co-founders Binh Dam and Harshath JR, who commute on MARTA, developed an app to produce the bus stop-specific timetables. “We can make informative signs on the spot,” Dam said, “which is an improvement that MARTA is excited about.” With initial support from In Our Backyard crowdfunding, MARTA, Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta, MARTA Army was able to launch an adopt-a-stop initiative at the recent 2015 Transportation Camp. As of early October, more than 65 citizens had adopted bus stops. The army has a signup sheet at where recruits can volunteer to adopt bus stops and to organize boot camps in their neighborhoods.

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Rituals matter. People need ways to mark the big events – marriages, say, or deaths or births – that change their lives. Jews in metro Atlanta soon will have a new place for the traditional immersion ritual used to mark such big life events. The new Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah, a place for ritual baths, opens this month at Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mt. Vernon Highway, in Sandy Springs. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 15. “In the community, it’s a pretty big deal, if I do say so,” said Rabbi Joshua Heller of Congregation B’nai Torah, who said 20 synagogues and organizations in the metro area will rely on the facility. “This is one of the few religious resources that is shared so widely.” Alice Wertheim of Dunwoody, president of the board of directors of the new mikvah, said the facility will be open to anyone in the Jewish community who wants to use it. “This is a sacred space that brings together varied elements of the community, and that doesn’t happen very often,” she said. “Most open spaces are secular. This is a sacred space – that’s

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Officer Lauren Ruffini says women in police departments often bring a sensitive and compassionate side to law enforcement. “Having females is always an asset,” Ruffini said. “We look at things differently.” As a female officer, Ruffini is a relative rarity among local cops. She is one of 11 female officers on Sandy Springs’ 125-officer force. Officer Celeste Rausch is one of 11 women among the 70 officers in Brookhaven. In Buckhead, Atlanta Police Officer April White is one of 349 women among Atlanta’s 1,921 officers. Until October, Dunwoody’s department hadn’t had a female officer since 2012. Officer Rashida Moore joined Dunwoody Oct. 8 and was sworn in by the mayor at a City Council meeting Oct. 26. Police officials said few women applied for a job and of the few who did, none were qualified. Ruffini started with the Sandy Springs Police Department in May, after the department put her through the police academy to get certified. She said she had worked in the DeKalb County Jail and Dunwoody Police Officer Rashida Moore, center, was sworn in on Oct. 26 by Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, to her left, and Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan, on her right, with her family members also in attendance. ELLEN ELDRIDGE BH

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knew from Dunwoody officers that she Bruce Goddard was born and raised in Reynolds, wouldn’t get hired in the city because she Georgia. He received his BBA from the University wasn’t a sworn officer yet. of Georgia. He also graduated from Gupton Jones Rausch, who started with Brookhaven College of Funeral Service. This humorist, author earlier this year, keeps a set of pink handand motivational speaker has spoken to thousands throughout the United States. He presents the cuffs on the dashboard of her patrol car. “lighter side” of what can be a stressful occupation She admits to having a feminine side and while at the same time giving thought provoking enjoying “dainty, girly” things, but she observations about life from the perspective of a said there’s more to her than that. 3110 Ashford Rdhe• released Atlanta, small town Dunwoody undertaker. In 2005, his 30319 • 404-261-4292 • “I ride a motorcycle [off duty]. I work best-selling book entitled, View from a Hearse, part-time sports broadcasting for TurnLighten Up! er Sports,” Rausch said. “I’ve done a lot Ashford Dunwoody Rd • Atlanta, 30319 of things—shoot guns—that are, in my 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd3110 • Atlanta, 30319 • 404-261-4292 • head, male things to do.” 404-261-4292 • Rausch said she thinks a police force can effectively enforce and communicate with its citizens without having an officer to represent every ethnicity, faith or gender. White disagrees. She said she believes a police force needs officers who should represent the races, beliefs and gender in the community they serve. “Oftentimes, citizens are comfortable when they know the officer responding understands their customs, practices and religion, and can directly relate to the situation at hand,” White said. Rausch said she wondered if she had a skewed perception because the two agenInc. cies where she has worked as an officer had women in investigative roles for sensitive situations. She said she’s never felt her coworkers don’t respect her or that suspects treat her differently because of her sex. “I don’t know if it’s the motherly side of females—they seem to handle crimes that are serious crimes against females such as rape or crimes against kids,” Rausch said. “I don’t mean to seem sexist but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man in those positions, but this is only my second agency.” White, on the other hand, argues compassion is the key. “I believe it’s more about chemistry and experiences than the sex of the individual,” White said. “Depending upon the current, traumatic situation or due to past incidents, our main focus is making the victim comfortable enough to share Dr. Craig Smith Dr. Cassandra Lichkay their story and bring the suspect(s) to justice.”

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Knock, knock: Where’s your permit? BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Anyone knocking on your door to sell you something needs a permit. “Everybody needs a permit – even Girl Scouts,” Atlanta police Maj. Van Hobbs said. “Any door-to-door solicitation must be permitted through the city.” Hobbs, who works in the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, which covers Buckhead, said any homeowner suspicious of a person on the property or in the neighborhood should call police. Officers in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven agree. Recently, homeowners in Buckhead and Brookhaven have expressed concerns publicly about salespeople knocking on doors. Some believed a group that presented themselves as magazine sales representatives were, in fact, crooks who were trying to case homes for potential burglaries. One Buckhead resident said a purported salesperson stood on her doorstep for 10 minutes trying to get into her home and wouldn’t leave when asked. Hobbs said suspicious homeowners should call 911 to ask for police help when dealing with strange solicitors. “We’ll come out and check and investigate, and then tell them to move on,” Hobbs said. Permits usually are not required for charitable or political groups, police said. Sandy Springs’ City Code says the requirement for permits also does not apply to officers or employees of the city, county, state or federal government who are on official business. A person convicted of soliciting without a permit in Sandy Springs faces a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail or “confinement at labor” for up to 30 days. In Sandy Springs, two people were arrested in 2015 for soliciting without a permit, one in January and one in March. One went to jail and the other was given a ticket. Dunwoody officers arrested three people through October


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for soliciting without a permit. In Brookhaven, “normally, solicitors are identified and given either a verbal or written warning,” Brookhaven Officer Carlos Nino said. “If we encounter them a second time, then the officer may use his or her discretion and cite them and book them at the DeKalb County Jail.” Police say, for the most part, posting “no soliciting” signs around a neighborhood doesn’t help all that much, as long as the solicitor has a permit. “We have no stats on how effective ‘no solicitation’ signs are,” said Sgt. Ron Momon, spokesman for Sandy Springs. “If they have a valid permit, the ‘no solicitation’ signs don’t apply. They are not bound by the signs as long as they have a valid city permit. They would not be in violation and therefore not cited.” Brookhaven residents called a neighborhood meeting in September because they feared magazine salespeople were covering for thieves. But Brookhaven Det. Jeffery Gant, who attended the meeting, said he investigated and found no connection. “Burglars have a pretty efficient method of operation,” Gant said. “That’s why they occur so often all over the United States. Recruiting another individual to dress up in nice clothes and preELLEN ELDRIDGE tend to sell magazines just isn’t necessary to From left, Cpl. Tom Martin, Maj. Donald Chase, carry out a burglary Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura and that only takes about Detective Jeffery Gant update a neighborhood two to four minutes.” watch group about crime in their area. BH

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Buckhead Police Blotter From police reports dated Oct.18 to 31. The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  2700

block of Noble Creek Drive—A man approached a woman who was walking toward her and asked if she had anything in her bag. When she said no, he pointed a black gun and demanded her purse. She gave up $40 while the suspect had the gun pointed toward her throat and said, “Oh, you can go.”

 1600

block of Peachtree Road—Two men with a handgun approached a woman at a bus stop and said, “Give it up, folk.” One suspect struck her in her head with a black handgun after she gave up her bag. One suspect tried to pull the trigger on his gun, but it jammed.

 400

block of Northside Circle—Two robberies were reported at an apartment complex. A man parked and attempted to leave his vehicle when a stranger hit him on the left side of his head with a pistol. The suspects took the man’s cellphone, wallet, car keys and cash, before striking the man again with a gun and ordering him not to move until they got in their vehicle.

 A second man was robbed after a strang-

er approached from behind a dark vehicle, pointed a handgun in his face and ordered him to get on the ground. The suspect took the man’s cellphone, apartment keys and $6. The suspect fled the scene with another male suspect.

 1700

block of Peachtree Street—A man wearing a ski mask approached an Uber driver’s side door, pointed a black handgun and said, “Give me all your money.” The driver drove forward and the suspect ran away.

 800

block of Wright Avenue—A man pulled a black handgun and demanded a woman’s cellphone. The man with a gun struck the woman in the back of the head, right behind her ear.

 600

block of Miami Circle—A young man entered a business and started looking around. When someone asked if he needed help, the man picked up two laptops and started to run from the store. The employee attempted to tackle the man, causing him to drop the laptops. The employee was dragged several feet through the store, toward the front door and tried to follow the man, but was unsuccessful.

 2200

block of Lenox Road—A man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked up to his apartment. The gunman took a wallet from the resident’s pocket and ran out of the apartment complex.

 2400

block of Coronet Way—One man approached another man, who was taking out his trash. The first man displayed a handgun and said, “Let me check your pockets.” The man stole a Samsung cellphone, ID, house keys, $350 in cash and a Wells Fargo bank card.

 1900

block of Hollywood Road—Two men asked to buy another man’s blue nose pitbull dog while he was begging for money at a gas station. Moments later, the two men chased and punched the beggar, taking a fast-food bag containing $1,000 and his dog. The suspects ran to an awaiting gray Nissan. The beggar tried to hold onto the vehicle until one man pulled a long case from the trunk, which the victim believed was a gun. 1700 block of Defoor Ave—A man armed with a handgun took a woman’s purse and jumped into the driver’s seat of a silver 2006 Pontiac GRA that had a male passenger. The stolen cellphone was tracked and the suspects were arrested for the Defoor Avenue robbery as well as a robbery in the 2100 block of Belvedere Drive (below). 

block of Belvedere Drive—A woman was pulling into her driveway when she heard a screeching noise behind her vehicle. When she turned and asked, “Can I help you?” the suspect said, “I think something is wrong with my car.” A man with a gun then demanded her purse and money. She asked him to let her take her wallet with cash, but return her purse, which he did. He fled in a silver 2006 Pontiac GRA. Patrol officers canvassed the area and the suspects were spotted. A felony stop was conducted and the suspects arrested.

through an unlocked rear door. The first man was armed with a handgun and a second suspect had a Taser. The gunman asked, “Who is here?” and then asked, “Where it at?” and “Where is the safe at?” The suspects took the employee upstairs to the office, and told him to stand beside the door. As the suspects knocked on the office door, an employee counting money opened the door. “Give me the money, put it in the bag,” the gunman said to the employee, who placed $1,195 in cash, a laptop, house/car keys and a cellphone inside a Lululemon black bag and gave it to the gunman. The gunman closed both employees inside the office and fled the location. The stolen cellphone was tracked to Land O’ Lakes Court, but police did not locate the suspects.  3300

block of Lenox Road—Three men approached a woman from behind in a mall parking lot and told her to emp-

 2100

 3800

block of Roswell Road—An employee was cleaning the restaurant when three men with covered faces entered

Read more of the Police Blotter online at ty her purse. She started screaming, which alerted an off-duty officer. When the men tried to snatch her purse, it dumped on the ground. They picked up her money and her cellphone, and then insisted she had more money and demanded her keys. When the woman said she didn’t have more money and was waiting for a ride, they continued to follow her and ask for keys. When she laid on the ground and began to scream, the men ran toward A station. One of the suspects was apprehended.

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