Category: Public Safety

Buckhead crime reports, Sept. 13-Oct. 3

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead Sept. 13 through Oct. 3, was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Homicide 100 block of Lakeland Drive — Sept. 25 Aggravated Assault 2400 block of Cheshire Bridge Road — Sept. 13 700 block of Morosgo Drive — Sept. 16 2100 block of Monroe Drive — Sept. 19 1300 block of Northside Drive — Sept. 20 3500 block of Roswell Road — Sept. 24 2300 block of Parkland Drive — Sept. 24 100 block of...

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Sandy Springs Police crime reports for week of Oct. 4

The following crime information is provided via the Sandy Springs “Week in Review” report for the week ending Oct. 4. North District Crime: The unit reported one burglary in an apartment unit. The unit reported seven entering auto incidents. South District Crime: The unit reported five entering auto incidents. One robbery was reported. The suspects were arrested. Street Crimes Unit: The unit reported three felony arrests and five city arrests. The unit conducted 26 traffic stops, issued 24 traffic citations, and located five wanted persons. The unit made one field contact, investigated eight suspicious persons and conducted three vehicle...

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Woman charged with nearly striking Brookhaven Police officer with car arrested in Las Vegas

The woman charged with nearly striking a Brookhaven Police officer with her car while fleeing a Sept. 19 traffic stop has been arrested in Las Vegas. Essence Barkley, 24, of Brookhaven was arrested Oct. 14 by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. She eluded capture in Brookhaven on Sept. 19 after leading police on a 20-mile, high-speed chase and is wanted on various charges by police in Atlanta, Brookhaven and Chamblee. She now faces several other charges in Las Vegas. She will face those charges before being extradited to Georgia, according to a Brookhaven Police press release. In Brookhaven,...

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Sandy Springs gas leaks caused by contractors cutting lines, officials say

A string of gas leaks that snarled some major streets in Sandy Springs over the last week was due to contractors accidentally cutting lines, officials say. The gas leaks included: Oct. 7: Hilderbrand Drive and Blue Stone Road Oct. 7: Dunwoody Place at Northridge Oct. 9: Boylston Drive at Mount Vernon Highway Oct. 14: Northridge Parkway and Dunwoody Place The Oct. 14 leak was caused by a contractor working on a Fulton County sewer line, according to the city. Officials could not immediately name the contractors and projects that caused the other leaks. Mekka Parish, a spokesperson for Atlanta...

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Public comment sought for MARTA Police accreditation

The MARTA Police Department is undergoing an independent review to renew its accreditation, and public comments are being accepted as part of the process. Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies are conducting the review, which will look at how well the police department matches industry standards. Public comment will be accepted in person or by phone during two-hour periods on Oct. 15, or by mail. Comments by phone will be accepted Oct. 15, 1-3 p.m., by calling 404-848-4992. In-person comments can be given at a public information session Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the MARTA...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Oct. 18

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 Oct. 16-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Oct. 11-14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound between Hammond Drive and I-285, two left lanes. Glenridge Drive ramp closures Oct. 18-20, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. I-285 lane closures Oct. 12,...

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Worker killed on 285/400 project fell from overpass, police say

The worker killed on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction project Oct. 3 fell from a portion of a new overpass, according to Sandy Springs Deputy Chief of Police Keith Zgonc. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which governs employee safety issues, is investigating the incident and cannot comment on details, said Eric Lucero, a spokesperson for OSHA’s Southeastern regional office. The name of the worker has not been released. The worker was an employee of a contractor, not of the Georgia Department of Transportation, according to GDOT Communications Director Scott Higley. GDOT’s “Transform 285/400” project is reconstructing the highway...

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Police seek vehicle stolen in Buckhead carjacking

A midnight carjacking on Oct. 7 in Buckhead has police seeking the SUV stolen from the victim. According to the Atlanta Police Department, the victim was sitting in his parked Range Rover at 308 Pharr Road when three people approached him. One of the people pointed a firearm at him and demanded the vehicle. The victim left the vehicle, and the suspects were last seen driving it on Pharr toward Peachtree Road. The vehicle is described as a white 2014 Range Rover RRV with Georgia license plate number RJV4694. Anyone with information about the incident can contact police at...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Oct. 9

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 closure Oct. 4, 9 p.m .to 5 a.m., westbound (no location given). Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Oct. 7-9, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Oct. 4, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to Abernathy Road westbound closed. Oct. 7-9, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to...

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Brookhaven Police seek two suspects in car break-ins, theft of gun and SUV

Brookhaven Police are seeking two suspects they accuse of a string of car break-ins that involved the theft of a handgun and an SUV. Police say property was stolen from 15 vehicles in the break-ins, which happened in the early morning hours of Oct. 2. They believe the same suspects stole a Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV, which was later recovered by the Atlanta Police Department. Among the stolen items was an “unsecured” handgun, according to police. The theft of firearms left in vehicles is an ongoing concern for metro Atlanta police departments. Earlier this year, Brookhaven Police Chief...

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Sterigenics gas leak did not break law, state says; nine smaller release incidents recorded

Sterigenics’ failure to report a leak of ethylene oxide gas on July 31, amid controversy over the Smyrna facility’s emissions of the possibly cancer-causing substance, did not violate state laws due to the small size of the leak, the state Environmental Protection Division has found. However, Sterigenics has agreed to report all future leaks, no matter the size. And the Sept. 30 EPD determination lists nine previous leaks or other incidents at the plant in recent years, one of which drew an official warning for failure to report. All of those leaks eventually proved to be smaller than reporting...

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Construction worker killed on I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project

An accident on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction project site killed a construction worker on Oct. 3. It is the second construction-related accident causing a major injury or death since the state project began in early 2017. The worker who was killed was an employee of a contractor on site, not of the Georgia Department of Transportation, according to GDOT Communications Director Scott Higley. Higley said the exact location of the accident is unknown and no other information has been released. The interchange itself is within the city of Sandy Springs, which reported the location as I-285 eastbound at...

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