Author: John Ruch

Buckhead man slated for execution Oct. 19 for killing police officer

A convict who murdered an Atlanta police officer outside his Buckhead apartment in 1997 is scheduled to be executed Oct. 19, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gregory Paul Lawler was sentenced to die in 2000 for the crime on Morosgo Way in the Lindbergh area, where he opened fire with a rifle containing armor-piercing bullets on two police officers who had given Lawler’s girlfriend a ride home from a bar. Officer John Sowa was killed and Officer Patricia Cocciolone was wounded, according to the AJC. A judge signed Lawler’s death warrant Oct. 5, setting his execution...

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Councilmember Norwood joins Atlanta mayoral race

Atlanta City Councilmember Mary Norwood, a Buckhead resident, is joining the mayoral race, she announced Oct. 5. Norwood, who holds the Post 2-At-Large seat, is the second Buckhead resident to join the race. Peter Aman, the former city chief operating officer, announced his candidacy earlier this year. In her campaign announcement, Norwood said, “I am running for mayor of Atlanta to give all Atlantans a responsible, transparent and accountable government that will ensure that we have a safe city, a sustainable city and a prosperous city for ALL of our citizens.” Several other candidates are in the running to...

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Wieuca Road Baptist Church considering sale, redevelopment

Wieuca Road Baptist Church is considering sale and redevelopment of the site it has occupied for 60 years at Wieuca and Peachtree roads. A congregation vote apparently on redevelopment options is slated for Oct. 16. Word of the potential sale of the 3626 Peachtree Road church was discussed by Buckhead Community Improvement District officials at their Oct. 5 board meeting. A church employee briefly confirmed the possible sale and redevelopment is under consideration, but church administrator Skip Charlton was not immediately available for comment. In a September church newsletter, senior pastor Dr. Mark Wilbanks said a “Structural Options ad...

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Park over 400 design to continue, merge with Buckhead master plan

Planning for a park over Ga. 400 will move forward after a 4-2 vote of the Buckhead Community Improvement District board on Oct. 5, an approval that came amid concerns from major hotels and malls about possible higher business taxes and “conflict of interest.” In addition, planning for the park will merge into the public process for a recently begun update of Buckhead’s master plan, now renamed “Buckhead Redefined.” The first public meeting for that plan, which is technically an Atlanta Regional Commission Livable Centers Initiative process, is slated for Oct. 17 at a time and location to be...

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