Author: John Ruch

Sandy Springs Police to buy more body cameras, other gear

The Sandy Springs Police Department will outfit all uniformed officers and supervisors with body cameras in a purchase deal that also includes new car dashboard cameras and TASER shock weapons. The deal with Axon Enterprise (formerly known as TASER International), approved by the City Council April 17, updates an existing contract to provide more gear at a discounted price. The updated five-year contract will cost the city $1,397,694. That’s a total increase of $607,913, but will save the city with a discount, including a 4 percent annual cost increase that will be eliminated, according to the police department. The...

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Fulton County publishes May 22 primary sample ballots

Fulton County has published sample ballots for the May 22 primary election, giving Democrats, Republicans and nonpartisan voters a preview of the offices they’ll see. The sample ballots are available here. They include all offices and ballot questions a voter might see, but many state races apply onto to parts of the county. For information about which officials represent a particular address, see the Georgia Secretary of State’s voter information page here. Among the big races on the primary ballot are the four Democrats vying to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in the fall, and a Democratic primary...

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McIver guilty of felony murder in wife’s killing

Buckhead attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was found guilty of felony murder April 23 in the 2016 killing of his wife, Diane McIver, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Tex McIver was acquitted of a charge of malice murder, and also found guilty of aggravated assault and influencing a witness, according to the AJC. The prominent Buckhead couple were passengers in a vehicle driving though Midtown in 2016 when Tex McIver shot Diane McIver from behind with a...

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Leftover Sandy Springs street gets a new name

A stub of street left over from the realignment of the Windsor Parkway and Roswell Road intersection in Sandy Springs has a new name. The dead-end section of what was once Windsor Parkway is now Old Windsor Parkway after a renaming approved by the City Council April 17. The realignment, completed two years ago, left a Popeyes Louisiana Chicken restaurant on an island surrounded by roadways. The newly realigned Windsor Parkway now runs to the north of the restaurant, while Old Windsor Parkway is to the south. Old Windsor Parkway dead-ends past the...

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Sandy Springs council OKs replacing church with houses

A Baptist church in Sandy Springs will be replaced with two houses priced at $1.5 million to $2 million each after gaining City Council approval on April 17. The Metropolitan Baptist Church at 4795 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road is shutting down after more than 40 years as its attendance has dwindled to only seven members. The 2-acre property near the Buckhead and Brookhaven borders went on the market for $1.485 million last fall. The redevelopment will be carried out by Eddie Levin of Sandy Springs-based Design Construction by Craftmaster. The houses will front on Peachtree-Dunwoody...

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