Category: Brookhaven Reporter

Brookhaven sex toy shop is in contempt of court, ruling says

The Georgia Court of Appeals issued an opinion Feb. 20 stating that the sex toy store Stardust is in contempt for going against a lower court’s ruling to stop operations because it violates a Brookhaven ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses. What this exactly means for Stardust, located at 3007 Buford Highway, remains unclear. Cary Wiggins, attorney for Stardust’s owner, Michael Morrison, did not have an immediate comment. City Attorney Chris Balch did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Court of Appeals opinion this week follows the August 2018 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 11th...

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Oglethorpe first Georgia college to provide scholarships to ‘Dreamers’

Oglethorpe University is partnering with TheDream.US to become the first Georgia college to provide scholarships to qualified immigrant students who came to the United States as children, or “DREAMers.” “DREAMers are among our most accomplished students and young alumni,” said Oglethorpe University President Larry Schall in a press release. “I’ve stated before that Oglethorpe stands firmly in support of DREAMers, and we would take all possible steps to protect and support them. Partnering with TheDream.US is part of that commitment.” For more information on eligibility requirements and application information, visit TheDream.US. The current scholarship application deadline is Feb. 28....

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Mayor Ernst holding Brookhaven town hall on Feb. 21

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst is holding his first town hall of 2019 on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. The town hall will include an informal question-and-answer session with Ernst and other city officials. 2019 Town Hall schedule: Thursday, Feb. 21 Wednesday, March 20 Thursday, April 18 Thursday, May 16 Thursday, June 20 Thursday, July 18 Thursday, Aug. 15 Thursday, Sept. 19 Thursday, Oct. 17 Thursday, Nov. 21 Thursday, Dec....

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Brookhaven may buy billboard near Buford Highway to make way for Greenway

The city of Brookhaven has entered into a letter of intent to purchase a miniature billboard sign at 2036 North Druid Hills Road, near the intersection with Buford Highway, from Railroad Outdoor for $375,000. The billboard sits in the first phase of the Peachtree Creek Greenway trail now under construction. The city is not sure whether it will remove or keep the billboard, City Manager Christian Sigman said. Now that the letter of intent has been signed, the city and Railroad Outdoor will negotiate a purchase agreement, according to Moe Trebuchon, project manager for the Greenway. The lease for...

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Volunteers needed for Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

Volunteers are being sought for the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival set for March 30-31 at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Volunteers opportunities include artist setup, breakdown, assisting in the hospitality suite. Volunteers are also being sought to help with Cherry Blossom Festival 5K which is being held on March 23 also at Blackburn Park. Those 14 and older can volunteer. For more information on volunteering, click here. The festival will feature an all-star music lineup including the Wallflowers, Smash Mouth, the Spin Doctors and the Romantics, an Arts & Crafts Market, Kidz Zone and Pet World. The Classic Car...

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DeKalb trash pickup revised for Presidents Day

DeKalb County will not be running garbage pickup on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day. The schedule for pickup of garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings will run one day late for all customers. The revised collection schedule is: Monday, Feb. 18 – Presidents Day observed. No sanitation collection service. Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Monday, Feb. 18, will be serviced on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Tuesday, Feb. 19, will be serviced on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Thursday, Feb. 21...

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Brookhaven Arbor Day tree planting set for Feb. 16

The city of Brookhaven is honoring Arbor Day with a tree planting in Georgian Hills Park, 2800 Georgian Drive West, on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Georgian Hills Park’s new improvements, including a new open space field, walking trail, playground, picnic shelter and basketball half-court, were completed last year. Volunteers and city officials and staff will plant trees and spread mulch at the event. Participants are asked to bring work gloves, water and jackets for cold/rain. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and the planting will begin at 9...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Feb. 25

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closures Feb. 15-18, eastbound and westbound at Ga. 400 closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Abernathy Road lane closures Feb. 22-24, eastbound and westbound between Glenlake Parkway and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, one right lane, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 ramp closures Feb. 21-22 and 24-25, northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5...

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Brookhaven City Council retreat agenda includes ‘MARTA 2.0’ discussion

The Brookhaven City Council will hold its annual retreat on Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina hotel, 4000 Summit Blvd. NE. Agenda items for the meeting include a look at capital improvement projects through 2023 and ways to fund them and a review of the city’s demographics. The council will also be discussing “MARTA 2.0,” a review of a new effort to redevelop more than 6 acres of mostly empty parking lot space at the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station. MARTA wanted in 2016-17 to redevelop its station into a “town...

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Brookhaven Police seize 17 guns from suspect’s Lynwood Park home

Brookhaven Police seized 17 firearms from the Lynwood Park home of a suspect who allegedly barricaded himself in the house for several hours Feb. 12 before being forcefully taken into custody by a SWAT team. George Frank Roach is facing felony charges including family violence and obstruction of law enforcement officers. Police said the family violence charge stems from an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred last weekend when shots were fired inside the house. “The female victim came to us over the weekend and reported the incident. We began an investigation that included gunshots being fired during a...

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Suspect arrested after SWAT standoff in Brookhaven

A suspect was arrested after an hours-long SWAT standoff in a Brookhaven neighborhood on Feb. 12 that forced area residents to stay in their homes. Tear gas and a forced entry were used to apprehend the suspect who police said was barricaded in a hidden room. George Frank Roach, 48, faces several felony charges, including a felony family violence charge, said Major Brandon Gurley of the Brookhaven Police Department. North Metro SWAT, made up of members of the Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Johns Creek police departments, went early Tuesday morning to the 3300 block of Osborne Road to...

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Brookhaven Police crime reports, Jan. 6-Feb. 10

From Brookhaven Police reports dated Jan. 6 through Feb. 10. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website. Theft and Burglary 2300 block of Colonial Drive — On Jan. 10, in the morning, a no-forced entry burglary at a residence was reported. 700 block of Brookhaven Avenue — On Jan. 10, in the evening, a theft was reported. 2600 block of Buford Highway — On Jan. 17, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 2500 block of Briarcliff Road — On Jan. 28, after midnight, a forced-entry burglary at a non-residence was reported. 3400...

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