Category: Public Safety

Man found dead in Buckhead from possible shooting

A man found dead in Buckhead on the morning of June 17 was apparently killed by a gunshot, according to the Atlanta Police Department. The victim, who has not been named, was found around 8:30 a.m. in the area of Peachtree Road and Bennett Street, according to APD. The victim was “the apparent victim of a gunshot wound,” said an APD spokesperson. The Homicide Unit is...

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Atlanta Police issue scooter safety video

The Atlanta Police Department has issued a scooter safety video on YouTube. The video outline basic rules of the road for the controversial vehicles. According to APD, the basics include: No riding scooters on the sidewalks Ride scooters in bike lanes or in the right lane of the street No using a cellphone while riding Ride one person per scooter No blocking crosswalks, doorways, driveways or anything else Follow traffic laws, follow the flow of traffic and always yield to...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through June 23

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 street/ramp closures June 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed eastbound between Barfield Road/Mercedes-Benz Drive and Ga. 400. June 17-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., closed eastbound between Barfield Road/Mercedes-Benz Drive and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. June 17-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to Ga. 400 southbound closed. June 21-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., street and...

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Buckhead Business Association honors first responders for life-saving rescues

The Buckhead Business Association honored police officers and firefighters for rescues that saved lives – both human and animal – with awards given in its annual “Signature Luncheon” on June 13. The Buckhead Public Safety Awards are sponsored by Georgia Primary Bank and recognizes first responders who are nominated by a supervisor or fellow public safety officers. Those recognized on June 13 included first responders from the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, which covers Buckhead; the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department; and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. Zone 2 Police Officers Chris Davis, Charles Tierney and Brittney Williams were honored...

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Sandy Springs may add three ambulances to meet demand, suggests other cities consider tactic

Sandy Springs is considering adding three ambulances to its next contract with provider American Medical Response to keep up with demand and continue meeting response time targets. Fire Chief Keith Sanders encouraged other cities that have problems with response times to take up its strategy of paying more for additional ambulances. AMR is the same provider that has been criticized by the city of Dunwoody for being slow to respond. Officials in that city have said they would not pay for additional ambulances to ensure response times are met. The contract is expected to be voted on by the...

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Buckhead crime reports, May 23-June 6

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead May 23 through June 6, was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Aggravated Assault 400 block of Lindbergh Place — May 27 2400 block of Coronet Way — June 1 Burglary-Residence 500 block of Bishop Street — May 23 600 block of Garson Drive — May 28 300 block of Pharr Road — May 29 300 block of Pharr Road — May 29 500 block of Northside Circle — May 29 2500 block of Peachtree...

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Alarm ordinance differences cause confusion in Brookhaven

Alarm ordinances changes in Sandy Springs have led to confusion in Brookhaven, where one alarm company sent letters to residents inaccurately saying the city will no longer respond to security alarm calls, officials said. “In short, Brookhaven is responding to all security alarm calls, and statements to the contrary [are] false,” city spokesperson Burke Brennan said. Brookhaven has implemented some similar requirements to Sandy Springs’ controversial alarm ordinance. Alarm companies register users and pay the false alarm fines, but evidence of an intruder is not required. But in Sandy Springs, video, audio or in-person verification must be submitted along...

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Immigration advocates seek apology for Brookhaven Police’s assist in ICE arrest

Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, an organization that advocates for immigrants and tenants, is asking the Brookhaven Police Department to publicly apologize for assisting federal immigration agents in a recent arrest at a Buford Highway apartment complex. The apology is needed “rebuild the trust” between the police and those living along Buford Highway, according to the organization. Brookhaven Police Deputy Chief Brandon Gurley said officers were only serving as backup for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency agents during their June 6 operation to arrest a suspect at the Terraces at Brookhaven apartments at 3510 Buford Highway. Plans are...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through June 15

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. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures June 13-14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures June 10-13, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. (Back-up date for weather delays: June 13-14.) June 14-15, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to Abernathy Road closed. I-285 ramp closures June 10-13,...

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Sandy Springs Police arrest suspect in hit and run that injured officer

Sandy Springs Police arrested a suspect in a hit and run that injured an officer directing traffic on Powers Ferry Road June 3. Police arrested Madison Kelley Leftwich, 25, around 3 p.m., a press release said. Leftwich, an Atlanta resident, was charged with a hit and run, failure to obey an officer directing traffic, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and lane violation, the release said. The officer was hit before 8 a.m. while working an off duty traffic directing job outside the One River Place condo complex, police said. The officer was conscious, alert and breathing when transported...

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DHA donates AED to Dunwoody police

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association has donated an automated external defibrillator, or AED, to the Dunwoody Police Department in memory of former DHA president Bob Lundsten. The donation was made at the DHA’s June 2 meeting. Lundsten, who died Jan. 16, served as DHA president in 1985 and 1987. In 2009, he received the DHA’s Community Service Award. DHA President Adrienne Duncan said the donation was made because Lundsten spearheaded the campaign to raise more than $70,000 to buy AEDs for every city police car after the city incorporated in 2008. AEDs are used to try to revive a person...

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Buckhead Council chair proposes county takeover of City Jail; Mayor’s Office blasts idea

The proposed transformation of the Atlanta City Jail into a social services center – a key piece of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ agenda – should be reconsidered in favor of making it a county jail, says Mary Norwood, the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods chair and former mayoral race rival. A Mayor’s Office spokesperson blasted that idea – and Norwood’s motives — as political “self-aggrandization” and a divisive belief in “locking THEM up.” “There is one mayor at a time,” said Mayor’s Office spokesperson Michael Smith in an email. “The people of Atlanta elected and entrusted the one they chose...

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