Author: Ellen Eldridge

Mother kidnaps infant son in Lenox Mall

***Updated: the mother, Sahar Alwadi, has been arrested, charged with kidnapping and was denied bond Dec. 22, Atlanta Police said during a press conference. Atlanta police say the mother of an infant kidnapped her son while on a visit supervised by Division of Family and Children Services at Lenox Square Mall Monday. Police say Ryan Alwadi, 14 months old, was in DFACS custody and on a supervised visit at Lenox Square Mall Monday when he was taken by his mother, Sahar Alwadi. They were last seen at 11:30 a.m., police said. The mother was last seen wearing a black...

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Dunwoody Police continues Christmas for Kids program

  The Dunwoody Police Department brought the “magic of Christmas” to local kids Dec. 19, the department said in a press release. Christmas for Kids started with officers who wanted “to bring Christmas cheer to children in Dunwoody,” the department said. The program began as an idea to help Dunwoody’s less fortunate children by making their Christmas a little brighter. The Dunwoody Police Department, local businesses and the Dunwoody community worked together to collect new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children from newborn to 15 years old. Then, children were invited on Dec. 19 to a private Christmas festival...

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7 puppies stolen from Petland Dunwoody

  Seven puppies, ranging from eight to 12 weeks old were stolen from their Petland Dunwoody cages early Sunday morning, a store official says. The store has video surveillance footage of “three men who busted in the back door and were in and out in three minutes,” General Manager Kimberly Collins said. Collins opened the store, which is located at 4733 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Sunday at 11 a.m.and immediately saw many unlocked doors and multiple cages open, she said. Collins said of the 30 dogs in the store, only seven were stolen. “It’s just crazy what they picked,” she said....

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Dunwoody families displaced after 2-alarm apartment fire

Neighbors and nonprofits are picking up the pieces after a 2-alarm fire Sunday night left about 10 families without homes. DeKalb County firefighters fought the fire at the Dunwoody Crossing Dunwoody Village Apartments complex, located off North Peachtree Road near I-285. The fire was reported just before 6 p.m. Dunwoody police said 10 apartment units are damaged beyond repair. Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan confirmed nonprofits I Care Atlanta and the Red Cross are actively helping those displaced by the fire. If you would like to make a donation to help the displaced families, you may contact I Care...

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Loyalty oath disavowing communism still part of swearing in process in Georgia

Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan added a note to a guest post by Mayor-elect Denis Shortal, saying council members Lynn Deutsch, Terry Nall and he will also swear in Jan. 4. Heneghan then joked about the Georgia law that requires swearing council members are not members of the Communist Party and he linked to a video from 2012 where audience members laughed at the line. Nall said the Dunwoody charter has an oath, but “Georgia law also dictates a disavow oath.” The Nov. 9 City Council meeting where City Councilwoman Pam Tallmadge is sworn in has the same line,...

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