Category: Public Safety

Transform 285/400 traffic changes through March 1

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 lane closures Feb. 25-27, westbound between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Glenlake Parkway, one right lane, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Feb. 27-March 1, eastbound between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Glenlake Parkway, one right lane, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 ramp closures Feb. 24-25, southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Feb. 26-March 1, southbound...

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Dunwoody Citizens’ Police Academy accepting applications

The Dunwoody Police Department is accepting applications from Dunwoody residents and business owners to participate in the Citizens’ Police Academy. The academy begins Feb. 26 and will run for 10 weeks, with a break during DeKalb County Schools spring break. Email Community Outreach Officer Anwar Sillah at anwar.sillah@dunwoodyga.gov for an application or for more information. All classes will be held at the Dunwoody Police Department, 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, and begin at 6 p.m. and last until approximately 9 p.m. Topics to be covered include narcotics, gangs, criminal investigations and emergency responses. The program is open to those 21 years of...

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GDOT to temporarily close Roswell, Peachtree lanes in Sandy Springs, Buckhead

Lanes will be temporarily closed along Roswell and Peachtree roads in Buckhead and Sandy Springs during a year-long project to relocate utility poles starting Feb. 18, the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Power announced. Approximately 100 existing power line poles will be relocated from near the curb to the back of the sidewalk along an eight-mile stretch of Peachtree and Roswell roads. The project begins in Midtown and continues through Buckhead to Roswell Road at Windsor Parkway in Sandy Springs, Georgia Power announced in a Feb. 13 press release. The temporary lane closures will occur only in the areas...

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Buckhead jewelry store burglarized after home invaders force manager to provide keys

A Buckhead jewelry store was burglarized Feb. 17 by thieves who broke into the Cobb County home of a manager and forced him at gunpoint to provide keys and safe combinations, according to police. The crime began around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 when two robbers apparently followed the manager home from Icebox Diamonds & Watches at 3255 Peachtree Road at the Piedmont Road intersection. Masked and carrying guns, the robbers forced the manager and his wife into their home and tied them up. One robber then left to join other thieves at the jewelry store. The other robber...

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Dunwoody Police host ‘Coffee with a Cop’ on Feb. 25

Residents are invited to meet and speak with Dunwoody Police officers at the “Coffee with a Cop” event on Monday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Chick-fil-A at the Perimeter at Hammond Drive Location, 4350 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. “Coffee with a Cop” is nationally recognized program created for citizens to meet with local law enforcement for one-on-one conversations, according to a press release. Residents are able to speak to officers, ask questions and voice concerns, the release states. Free coffee will be available from Chick-fil-A for those attending. For more information, contact Officer Anwar Sillahs at 678-382-6933...

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City ordered to pay $1.4M in Buckhead manhole crash lawsuit; may appeal

A jury has ordered the city of Atlanta to pay $1.4 million to a woman injured in a car crash caused by a missing manhole cover on a Buckhead street. The city says it is considering an appeal. The Feb. 8 Fulton County Superior Court lawsuit decision, reported by the Daily Report, followed the 2016 accident on one of the city’s main thoroughfares. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Pamela Dale, a Buckhead resident, was driving home from her job at Phipps Plaza mall when her car hit an open manhole in front of Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant at 3386...

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One killed in Buckhead car crash

One person died in an early-morning car crash Feb. 15 on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Police did not identify the victim, who died in a single-car collision with a brick mailbox near the intersection of Randall Mill Road. “At this time, it appears that speed played a factor in the accident,” the police department said in a written statement. The same section of West Paces Ferry saw another fatal single-vehicle accident in December 2017, when an SUV hit a tree, as AJC.com reported at the...

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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 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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Sandy Springs apartment fire displaces over 30 residents

  A Feb. 12 apartment fire in Sandy Springs has displaced over 30 people, according to the city. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was reported around 6:30 p.m. in the complex at 125 Northwood Drive south of I-285, according to the city. The fire was reported as starting in the laundry room and spread to the attic, according to a Sandy Springs Fire Department Facebook post. Damage to the apartments has displaced 25 adults and seven children. The American Red Cross is providing assistance, the city said. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the...

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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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