Category: Buckhead Reporter

Fulton County announces local early voting locations for presidential primary, Atlanta sales tax question

Fulton County has announced early voting locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs in advance of the March 24 presidential primary and Atlanta sales tax special elections. The local early polling places, by date, include: Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs. Mondays through Fridays, March 2-20, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sandy Springs City Hall, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. March 5-6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chastain Park Recreation Center, 140 Chastain Park Ave., Buckhead. Sunday, March 15, noon to 5 p.m. North Fulton Government Service Center, Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs....

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Renovated Buckhead fire station to get ribbon-cutting Feb. 27

Buckhead’s Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Station 26 will get a ribbon-cutting Feb. 27 to celebrate interior renovations. The 10 a.m. event will be hosted by District 8 City Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit, who secured Renew Atlanta bond funds for the work, which was completed in December. Conditions of Atlanta’s aging fire stations is an ongoing concern. Matzkigkeit previously said the quarter-million-dollar interior renovation of Station 26 only made it “slightly better than my fraternity house.” He has called for the station to be replaced. Station 26 is located at 2970 Howell Mill...

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Suspect arrested in December shooting of two youths in Buckhead

A suspect is in custody in a December shooting in Buckhead that left two youths wounded. Brandon Nicanor-Cruz, 17, turned himself in at the Atlanta Police Department headquarters Feb. 25 after warrants were issued for his arrest, according to the department. He faces charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. The Dec. 14 shooting happened in the area of 11 Peachtree Ave. in Garden Hills. The victims included an 11-year-old who was shot in the leg and an 18-year-old wounded in the abdomen and an arm, according to police. Police described both...

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Bill would make Fulton authority get city, school board approvals for tax break deals

Following major political controversies about tax abatements for developers in Atlanta and South Fulton, a state legislator has filed a bill that would bar the Development Authority of Fulton County from granting such breaks within cities without the approval of local governments and school boards. State Rep. Derrick Jackson (D-Tyrone) said he filed House Bill 986 to promote conversations between the DAFC and local leaders. “You would think that would happen naturally, but unfortunately it did not,” he said. “… The whole goal is to make sure development authorities touch base with local municipalities.” DAFC Executive Director Al Nash,...

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Buckhead’s Peachtree Road UMC to host organ recital March 3

Buckhead’s Peachtree Road United Methodist Church will host an organ recital by its new associate organist and choirmaster March 3. Oliver Brett will perform music by Bach, Howells, Duruflé and Liszt. He also will be joined by organist Andrew Morris in a performance of the first movement of Gaston Litaize’s “Organ Sonata.” The recital begins at 7 p.m. at the church at 3180 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. Admission is $15, students $5. For more information, see the church’s website...

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Buckhead crime reports, Feb. 1-20

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead Feb. 1 through Feb. 20, was provided by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Homicide 1000 block of Peachtree Park Drive — Feb. 15 Aggravated Assault 1900 block of Piedmont Road — Feb. 1 2400  block of Morosgo Way — Feb. 2 2200 block of Cheshire Bridge Road — Feb. 6 100 block of Peachtree Valley Road — Feb. 8 2100 block of Piedmont Road — Feb. 9 3300 block of Peachtree Road — Feb. 10 500 block of Northside Circle...

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Goodwill CEO discusses Atlanta’s income equality and new Sandy Springs store

Atlanta is the worst city in the country to be born in poverty and the area has the nation’s most unfavorable income inequality, according to Keith Parker, CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia. Parker, former general manager of MARTA, was the guest speaker at a Rotary Club of Sandy Springs meeting on Feb. 17. He now heads a Decatur-based nonprofit perhaps best known for its donation center and thrift stores through the communities of Buckhead, Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, along with the rest of the metro area. Parker said that while every economic indicator says the area is...

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Buckhead Council to host chief judge, city transportation commissioner

The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods has made crime, traffic and tree preservation among its priorities over the past year. On March 12, it plans to bring some top officials with expertise in those topics to talk with the community. Scheduled speakers include Josh Rowan, commissioner of the city’s new Department of Transportation; Chris Brasher, the chief judge of Fulton County Superior Court; and Chet Tisdale, a member of the city’s Tree Conservation Commission. The meeting is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Room 2202, 3434 Roswell Road. For more information, see...

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One suspect in custody, another sought, in Feb. 10 shooting at Buckhead’s Lenox Square

Investigators have identified two suspects – one now in custody and the other still at large – in the Feb. 10 shooting of a man outside Buckhead’s Lenox Square mall, according to the Atlanta Police Department. The victim, a Jonesboro man, was shot after meeting someone in the parking lot of the 3393 Peachtree Road mall, according to APD. In the incident two suspects appeared to take a suitcase from a car the victim sat in for a time. The victim survived, according to APD. Shakeria King, 21, was taken into custody Feb. 20 in Dublin, Ga., on an...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Feb. 29

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. Ga. 400 ramp closures Feb. 24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Feb. 27-29, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Feb. 21-23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound between Northridge Road and Spalding Drive, one right lane. Feb. 23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,...

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Buckhead murder suspect arrested in New York City

A suspect in the Feb. 15 shooting death of a man in Buckhead is in custody in New York City, according to the Atlanta Police Department. The victim, identified by APD as Keithan Joran Hillman, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at the Peachtree Park apartments at 1000 Peachtree Park Drive. On Feb. 19, a New York Police Department fugitive task force arrested Michael Miata, 29, of the city’s Queens borough on a change of felony murder, according to APD. Miata is in custody and awaiting extradition to...

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250 Atlanta police cameras were dead for months in contract blunder

Around 250 surveillance cameras in the Atlanta Police Department’s vaunted “Operation Shield” crime-fighting network were dead for months starting last fall, with some still down in early February, after a maintenance contract blunder. “They were all over the city… Certainly, some of them were in Buckhead,” said Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation, the private group that helps fund and manage Operation Shield, about the dead cameras. The problem was the city’s failure to pick up the maintenance duties and bills after initial, three-year contracts expired, he said. “This was probably a bump in the...

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