Author: Reporter Newspaper Staff

Primary elections moved up to May 20 this year

A primary election and a general non-partisan election will be held May 20. In the past, those elections have been held in July, but a court ruling moved the date back this year to allow at least 45 days for the state’s runoff period so there’s enough time for military ballots to be returned. Here are candidates who qualified for election to seats representing areas of Brookhaven. Georgia Senate District 40 Republicans – Richard D. “Dick” Anderson; Francis R. “Fran” Millar, incumbent Democrats – Tamara Y. Johnson; Benedict I. Truman II District 42 Democrats – Elena C. Parent; R. Kyle Williams Republican – Gregory E. “Greg” Williams   Georgia House of Representatives District 79 Republicans – James Bradley “Brad” Goodchild; Thomas K. “Tom” Taylor, incumbent District 80 Republicans – Catherine S. Bernard; Michael J. “Mike” Jacobs, incumbent District 81 Republican – James R. “Jim” Duffie Democrat – M. Scott Holcomb, incumbent District 82 Democrat – Mary Margaret Oliver, incumbent   DeKalb County Board of Commissioners District 2 Democrat – Jeff Rader, incumbent   Non-partisan elections DeKalb County Board of Education District 1– Stan Jester District 2 – Don McChesney; Marshall Orson, incumbent DeKalb County Sheriff – Dale Bernard Collins; Ted Golden; R. “Tony” Hughes; Vernon Jones; Melody Maddox; Jeff Mann, incumbent; Melvin Mitchell; LaSalle Smith,...

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Dunwoody wants report on emergency dispatch delay

Dunwoody City Council members are asking for a report on the handling of a Jan. 8 emergency call made by a 79-year-old woman. Former City Councilman Danny Ross played a tape recording of the call during the Jan. 27 council meeting which showed the woman was placed on hold during the transfer of the call from Chatcomm to DeKalb County dispatchers. Ross said it took about five minutes for the woman to be connected to an emergency medical and fire services dispatcher. Dunwoody’s 911 calls are handled by Chatcomm, and fire and medical services are handled by DeKalb County and dispatched by DeKalb County dispatchers. Ross has said that the transfer of fire and medical calls from one agency to another should be handled by a computer-assisted dispatch system, or CAD, rather than the single-button transfer now used. But Dunwoody has been unsuccessful in efforts to convince Chatcomm and DeKalb to connect with a CAD-to-CAD system and get the system operating. City officials now say the system should “go live” by the end of February. Councilman John Heneghan asked city staff members to report to council why a police car was not dispatched to aid the woman before the call was transferred from Chatcomm to DeKalb County dispatchers. Henghan said he was “livid” police were not sent to what appeared to be a medical emergency. “What we heard tonight...

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APD investigating armed robbery at Buckhead jewelry store

(Atlanta INtown)- The Atlanta Police Department is searching for three suspects who robbed Elif Fine Jewelry on Paces Ferry Road on Nov. 7. According to the police report, three people entered the store at 10:50 a.m. with guns in hand, faces covered and wearing gloves. The robbers forced the two employees to the floor at gun point. To read the whole story, click...

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